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Goa is located on the western coast of Indian Peninsula and separated from Maharashtra by the Terekhol River in the North, Karnataka in the South, the Western Ghats in the east, and Arabian Sea in the west. Goa is located between the latitudes 1548'00" North to 1453'54" North and longitudes 74 20'13" East to 73 40'33" East. It was formed as a separate state on 30 May 1987. Goa, a land of gentle hills and green valleys, a land blessed with flowers, fruits and minerals, is the 25th sate of India. Also known as 'the pearl of the east', it is best known for its golden Beaches, Blue Skies and Pale Green Hills, Silvery Sand fringed with palms, Gothic churches, age-old ruins, coconut groves, intoxicating Feni, and laid back way of life. Goa is considered as one of the most advanced states in India in terms of education and social infrastructure. The largest industry in the state is tourism, which has contributed significantly to the state's economy. A number of domestic and foreign tourists visit Goa every year. Goa attracts almost 12% of total foreign tourists arriving in India. To give a big fillip to hospitality industry in the state, the Department of Tourism has taken multi-pronged strategy involving both private and government organisations. Goa is also blessed with wide and wonderful rivers numbering seven in all. Terekhol (Tiracol), Mandovi, Zuari, Chapora, Sal and Talpona are the main rivers which weave their way throughout the state forming the inland waterways adding beauty and romance to the land besides being used to transport Goa's main export commodity of Iron and Manganese ore to Mormugao Harbour. The vast green expanse of the Sahyadri mountain range ensures that Goa has an abundance of water. Some of the famous lakes in the state are Mayem and Carambolim. Administratively the State is organised into two districts North Goa comprising six talukas with a total area of 1736 sq. kms. and South Goa comprising five talukas with an area of 1966 sq. kilometers. In all there are 383 villages of which 233 are in North Goa district and 15 in South Goa district. As per the 2001 census, there are 44 towns of which 14 are Municipalities and remaining are census towns. As per 2001 census, the population of the State is 13,42,998. Panaji (Panjim) is the state capital located on the banks of the Mandovi river and Vasco, Margao, Mapusa and Ponda are the other major towns.

Nightlife in Goa

Nightlife in Goa is exciting and there are many ways to liven up the evening. Goans enjoy going out and it is not unusual to find families out for a night of merriment. In certain areas, almost every third house has a bar-cum-restaurant. The place may not be anything special, usually just a room in the house that has been opened to the public with a couple of chairs and a table. But the atmosphere is great - totally relaxing and extremely conducive to an enjoyable night out with friends and family. The hottest place to visit and to be seen at in Goa today is Titos which is right on the beach. There's also a new discotheque 'The Beachotheque' where one can dance the night away. Lidos in Dona Paula or a night on the beach with a group of friends or family alongwith some favourite food and drink are other available options.

Shopping

Goa is one place in India where one can shop in the shops by the street as well the beaches in Goa. The shops by the beach prove the best hunting grounds to pick up souvenirs that remind us of the colonial history of Goa. The Anjuna Beach is known for its flea market in Goa. A shoppers delight, the pale golden sand of Anjuna beach sees itself being decorated by colourful shops offering you just about everything right from cameras to swimming gears to bikes to ethnic Indian handicrafts. Liquor brews like feni and urak, Goan sausages, cashews, meat and farm produce, native jute, leather, and ceramic ware are popular items to shop at Goa. Friday market at Mapusa which is a commercial hub in Goa is also a good place to shop. The excellent local handicrafts of Goa are easily the most popular souvenir items and include brassware, terracotta, shell work, crochet, carved furniture, bamboo work, papier-mache, etc. These are available in the Government Emporia and also at shops and stalls near the popular tourist spots.

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