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The best time to visit Goa is from October to February. The peak season lasts from mid-December to first week of January. Monsoon lasts from June to September. Located on the west coast of India in the region known as the Konkan, it is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north and by Karnataka to the east and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast.

 
Airlines
All major domestic airlines including Jet Airways, Kingfisher, Air India, Spicejet, Indigo, and GoAir provide daily connectivity between Goa and the other major cities of India.
Airport
Goa Airport at Dabolim near the town of Vasco da Gama; handles both domestic and international flights.
Altitude
Ranges from sea-level at the coast, to an altitude of 1,022 metres above sea-level at its highest point in the Sahyadri mountains.
Ambulance
Dial 108. In Panaji, you can call +91.832.222.7997 (Panaji City Round Table). In Margao, you can call +91.832.273.1759 (Margao Ambulance Trust).
Area
3,702 sq kms
Area Code
0832
ATM
Ask your hotel for the nearest ATM.
Boundaries
Located on the west coast of India in the region known as the Konkan, it is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north and by Karnataka to the east and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast.
Capital
Panaji
Chief Minister
Digambar Kamat
Clothing
Tropical clothing throughout the year; light woollens during December and January; rain wear during monsoons.
Coordinates
Located between Latitudes 15 degrees 48'00" N, 14 degrees 53'54" N and Longitudes 74 degrees 20'13" E, 73 degrees 40'33" E.
Currency Exchange
Best rates are usually available at State Bank of India branches or at Thomas Cook counters.
Density
363 per sq km
Emergencies
Dial 102 for an ambulance; 101 in case of fire
Hospital
 
Language
Konkani (official), English, Marathi, Hindi, and Portuguese
Native of Goa
Goan in English, Goenkar in Konkani, Goês (male) or Goesa (female) in Portuguese, and Govekar in Marathi.
Pharmacy
Farmacia Salcete in Panaji (near Moti Mahal, 18th June Road); Farmacia Salcete in Margao (near Municipal Market). Apollo Pharmacy in Panaji (Opposite Don Bosco School). Drogaria Colvalcar in Mapusa (New Drug House, Opposite Agriculture Department).
Police
Dial 100. Panaji Police Headquarters (+91.832.242.8400) is on Malaca Road, at the western edge of Azad Maidan.
Population
1,400,000
Post Office
Panaji’s General Post Office is located near Patto Bridge; open Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Religion
Approximately 65% are Hindus, 26% are Christians, and 6% are Muslims.
Temperature
Ranges from a pleasant 20°C during winter to a warm 35°C in summer.
Time zone
IST (UTC + 5:30)
Tourist Season
The best time to visit Goa is from October to February. The peak season lasts from mid-December to first week of January. Monsoon lasts from June to September.

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