Who doesn’t love the state that everyone loves? We certainly do! Goa might be one of the most visited and recognisable places on the planet, but here we shed light on some of the fascinating, lesser-known facts about one of the world’s greatest destination. So the next time you’re looking for a conversation, be sure to remember these points. You never know who you might just fascinate and impress.
5. There is not a single proper Portuguese house in Goa
The centuries-old mansions that everyone and their mothers think are Portuguese ought to be called Indo-Portuguese houses, which have evolved as a fusion of European architectural elements and Indian traditions. However the Old Goa churches are built on European architectural models, the parish churches in Goan villages are actually homegrown designs.
A fun fact is that some temples, particularly those that were relocated, show the influence of Roman architecture in their decorative elements and lamp towers.
Facts about Goa #4. Goa has been rated as having the best quality of life
Goa was ranked the best-placed state by the Eleventh Finance Commission for its infrastructure and ranked on top for the best quality of life in India by the National Commission on Population based on the 12 Indicators. Goa also has the highest GDP per capita among all Indian states, two and a half times that of the country. That combined with the general chilled out vibes here make it the perfect place to live.
3. Goa is perfect for a visit regardless of the season
It is no doubt that spending a lazy day enjoying the sun, sand, and sea at the beaches can be best relished from October to May when there is no sign of rainfall. Yet, monsoon in Goa has its own charm. It is the time when the land is greener, the temperature is cool, and the place oozes a feeling of freshness. It is an ideal time to discover the inner regions as well as the natural splendour.
Check out our blog about how to spend monsoons in Goa for more.
2. The number of tourists that visit Goa is 7 times greater than its population
Yep, you read that right. Goa’s population of 1.8 million seems tiny in comparison to the 7 million or so Indian and Foreign tourists that set foot here every year. And this number seems to show no sign of stopping. The newly built airport has greatly increased this number and the under-construction Mopa airport is set to make this gap even bigger.
1. Goans don’t really drink as much as you think
Yes, Goans may drink more than your average Indian. But it’s not to the point where you can simply assume that everyone here does it. Another fun fact is that Goans do not produce Feni in their backyards!
Unsurprisingly, Goa also has one of the lowest obesity rates in the country. Turns out that most of us don’t even really like the taste of beer.
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