Goa, a state on India's West coast, is a former Portuguese colony with a rich history. Spread over
3,700 square kilometres with a population of approximately 1.8 million, Goa is small by Indian standards. It has a unique
mix of Indian and Portuguese cultures and architecture that attracts an estimated 2.5 million visitors each year
(including about 400,000 foreign tourists).Goa has a more than its fair share of museums, art galleries and libraries.
You will find many government run museums in Panaji, including the Goa State museum, the Kala Academy, the Central
Library and the Goa Science Centre. In Vasco da Gama, you can find the Naval Aviation Museum, a great place to see
vintage aircraft. The best time of the year to visit Goa is mid-November to mid-February when the weather is comfortable,
dry and pleasant.
First thing to bear in mind is that when you are visiting Goa, you are visiting
a whole state, not a city. So there are several towns spread out with considerable distance between them and so it is
essential to prepare, or at least have an idea of, what kind of local transportation you will be using while there.
High resolution maps are not available for Goa. For example, some popular isles are not shown in many maps.