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The state of Goa is located between Latitudes 15 degrees, 48'00" N and between 14 degrees, 53'54" N and Longitudes 74degrees, 20'13" E and 73 degrees 40" 33" E. It is 1,022 meters above sea-level.
GMT + five and half hours.
It has a coast line of 104kms
The highest mountain is Sonsogor in the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats which is 3,827 feet.
a) The Zuari which is approximately 39 miles and
b) The Mandovi which is approximately 38.5 miles.
The other major rivers include the Tiracol, Chapora, Sal and the Talpona rivers. All the rivers originate in the Sayhadri ranges and flow westward into the Arabian sea and are navigable throughout the year.
Overall Goa's inland waterways are about 250kms
One third of Goa is covered by forests, the actual number
being 1424.38Sqkms. Of this the Government owns 1224.38Sqkms,
the rest ( approx 200Sqkm ) is held by the private sector.
For its size and topography, Goa is well connected with roads both locally and nationally via the National Highway system. The contributions are - National highways 224.00 Kms, the State highways 232.00 Kms, Major district roads 815.00 Kms, Village roads (surfaced) 2086.00 Kms and Village roads (un-surfaced) 1490.00 Kms.
The Talukas comprise of towns and villages, most of which have their own governing body-the Panchayat. Some towns also have municipal councils. The most recent statistics put the total number of villages in Goa to be 383 with a total of of 188 village panchayats. There are 31 towns with about 14 municipal councils.Panaji, in Ilhas taluka in North Goa.
Summer: 35 0C
Goa receives rainfall from the South West monsoon winds between June and September. Rainfall received in 1998 was 3008 mm. This is also the tourist "OFF SEASON".
Hindus account for a little more than 64.68 per
cent of the total population, Christians (Roman Catholics) nearly 29.86 per cent
and Muslims 5.25 percent of the population. The remaining 1.21 percent
comprise of other religions including Buddhism, Jainism, Sikh etc. The
scheduled castes amount to 2 per cent of the population. There
are no scheduled tribes in Goa.
It has a literacy rate of 77%.
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