Goa

Geography

Goa Is Famed For Its Sunny Beaches. Most Of Goa Is A Part Of The Coastal Country Known As The Konkan, Which Is An Escarpment Rising Up To The Western Ghats Range Of Mountains, Which Separate It From The Deccan Plateau.

Goa's Main Rivers Are The Mandovi, The Zuari, The Terekhol, Chapora River And The Betul. The Mormugao Harbour On The Mouth Of The River Zuari Is One Of The Best Natural Harbours In South Asia. Goa Has More Than Forty Estuarine, Eight Marine And About Ninety Riverine Islands. Goa Has More Than Three Hundred Ancient Tanks Built During The Rule Of The Kadamba Dynasty And Over A Hundred Medicinal Springs.

Most Of Goa's Soil Cover Is Made Up Of Laterites Which Are Rich In Ferric Aluminium Oxides And Reddish In Colour. Further Inland And Along The River Banks, The Soil Is Mostly Alluvial And Loamy. The Soil Is Rich In Minerals And Humus, Thus Conducive To Plantation. Some Of The Oldest Rocks In The Indian Subcontinent Are Found In Goa Between Molem And Anmod On Goa's Border With Karnataka. The Rocks Are Classified As Trondjemeitic Gneiss Estimated To Be 3,600 Million Years Old, Dated By The Rubidium Isotope Dating Method. A Specimen Of The Rock Is Exhibited In The Goa University.

Goa, Being In The Tropical Zone And Near The Arabian Sea, Has A Warm And Humid Climate For Most Of The Year. The Month Of May Is The Hottest, Seeing Day Temperatures Of Over 35 °C (95 °F) Coupled With High Humidity. The Monsoon Rains Arrive By Early June And Provide A Much Needed Respite From The Heat. Most Of Goa's Annual Rainfall Is Received Through The Monsoons Which Last Till Late September

Goa Has A Short Cool Season Between Mid-December And February. These Months Are Marked By Cool Nights Of Around 20 °C (68 °F) And Warm Days Of Around 29 °C (84 °F) With Moderate Amounts Of Humidity. Further Inland, Due To Altitudinal Gradation, The Nights Are A Few Degrees Cooler.

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