Geographical Location: Geographically Goa lies between 14° 53′ 54″ N and 15° 40′ 00″ N latitudes and 73° 40′ 33″ E and 74° 20′ 13″ E longitudes.
Total Area: 3, 702 sq. km
Bordered by: In the North Goa is surrounded by Maharashtra and on the South and East are Karnataka. The Arabia Sea lies on the West coast.
Physical Features: Goa as a coastal State enjoys a diverse landscape from the towering Western Ghats that border the East to the plateaus in the centre and low lying basins and coastal plain on the west. The seven major rivers of Zuari, Mandovi, Tirakhol, Chapora, Galgibag, Cumbarjua canal, Talpona and Sal in the South cut across the lands to form the backwaters and little rivulets that form the lifeline for many in the interiors of Goa.
Administration: The seat of Government is at the Secretariat in Porvorim. For administrative purposes it’s divided into North and South Goa.
Etymology: Ancient literature refers to Goa as Gomanchala, Gopakapattana, Gopakapattam, Gopakapuri, Govapuri, Govem, and Gomantak.
Climate: Tropical climate
Languages: Konkani, Marathi, Hindi, English
Important Days: Goa’s calendar is filled with important days that are celebrated both nationally and locally. Festivals run throughout the year. But State recognised holidays are: 15 August (Independence Day) and 19 December (Liberation Day).
Fire service: 191.
KTC (Kadamba-Goa) 2438034 to 2438037
MSRTC (Maharashtra) 2438253
KSRTC (Karnataka) 2438256