10 Facts About Goa You Didn't Know
In a paradisiacal place with a plenitude of sightseeing attractions, there generally are numerous undiscovered aspects. Although Goa is the fun capital of India, this region was steeped in history. Having seen numerous settlements from across the world over several centuries, the culture of Goa is truly international.

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Can You Guess How Many Bars Goa Has?

Can You Guess How Many Bars Goa Has?
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This is one of those facts about Goa you didn’t know. For a small state, Goa has an astounding number of bars. In total, there are about 7000 bars and almost all of them are licensed to serve alcohol. But what would be the estimate if you add the number of unlicensed bars to the tally?

It would truly be an astounding number! Now would that make Goa the liquor capital of India? Not really. Being an international tourist destination, this is land of 
high spirits and free-wheeling fantasies. So bars are only enablers of the footloose (not recluse) collective consciousness of this region.

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The Non-Decomposing Body St. Francis Xavier

The Non-Decomposing Body St. Francis Xavier
In the year 1542, the Portuguese ruled Goa. It was during this time that St. Francis Xavier began his work of spreading the gospel. He was instrumental in helping many people turn to his faith and in 1552; he planned to introduce Christianity in China.

He was part of an embassy that left to China. But the embassy members didn’t last the trip. The saint continued on his journey and finally landed at Macau. He died in Macau and his body was brought to Goa in 1553. Enshrined in a glass casing, his non-decomposed body is in the world-famous Basilica of Bom Jesus church.

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Goa Has The Highest Per-Capita Income

Goa Has The Highest Per-Capita Income

When you land in Goa, you don’t want to go back – one of the emotional facts about Goa! You could probably fantasize staying in this place forever leading a life of high spirits and luxury. Amazingly, Goans living and working in the state have a lot of money to spare – lucky them! A national census indicates that on average a Goan makes INR 192, 652 a year. 

This is enough to lead a comfortable existence in the state. You could envy a Goan given that they have so many avenues for recreation. Beaches, forests, entertainment, casinos, party boats, and money in the hand!

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Mineral Ore Exports of Goa Are The Highest in the Country

Mineral Ore Exports of Goa Are The Highest in the Country
The export of mineral ore began as early as the 16th century – one of the facts about Goa you didn't know. It was not until a Dutch traveller conveyed to people that there was iron in the stones of Goa that mineral mining began.

Laterite stone is the most abundant in the state. Goa exports large volumes to Japan even now. So apart from having a tourist economic backbone, this state contributes to the Indian GDP with exports as well. Exports of iron and manganese ore started in the early part of the 19thcentury. Currently, bauxite, magnesia, limestone and clay are additions to the list of mineral ore exports.

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The Forest Density Cover of Goa is Over 30%

The Forest Density Cover of Goa is Over 30%
For those who have not visited Goa, they think this region is only about beaches. But this state has a forest cover in excess of 30%. The forests teem with exotic wildlife and birdlife. An abounding ecosystem characteristic of the Western Ghats can be found here.

The equatorial forest cover gives rises to thousands of plant species. Supplementing this vibrant ecosystem is more than 
275 species of birds. There are more than 40 types of animals and reptiles in these forests too. The wildlife sanctuaries of the state are amongst the protected ones in the country given the unique flora and fauna that thrives here.

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Asia’s Only Naval Aviation Museum is at Goa

Asia’s Only Naval Aviation Museum is at Goa

Goa’s Naval Aviation Museum is one of a kind and Asia’s first and only one. There are only about six other such museums in the world. This museum in Goa displays India’s naval aviation history. For instance, the giant reconnaissance ship called Lockheed Super Constellation is displayed. India’s first naval aircraft can be seen at the museum. 

Contemporary aircraft, jet trainers, helicopters, and famous aircraft that were used at wars are displayed. A section of the building houses naval memorabilia. You can visit the armament enclosure to see ammunition that was used and is currently being used as well.

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Take a Two-Wheeler Taxi – Only in Goa!

Take a Two-Wheeler Taxi – Only in Goa!
This is the only place in India where you can ask a biker a lift and actually pay him without worrying about riding with a stranger! Goa is full of motorcycle taxis and riders take you pillion to your desired destination for a charge.

It is known to be a cost-effective form of transport and is definitely fuel-effective for the Goan economy too. Referred to as Pilot, these two-wheeler taxis are also a means for ladies to travel to and from destinations. Importantly, tourists can explore the length and breadth of the state without paying too much for fuel and driver costs.
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The First Medical School Was Setup in the State

The First Medical School Was Setup in the State
Being a melting pot of different cultures and nationalities, Goa has a distinct way of life.  The Goa Medical College was India’s first medical school setup to educate prospective doctors and also to impart treatments. This is definitely one of the facts about Goa you didn't know. It was built in the 18th century when the state was still under Portuguese rule.

One of Asia’s oldest medical colleges, the library here is one of the oldest as well, with books dating back to the 18th century. The medical college has numerous acclaimed treatments to its credit. Currently the hospital offers a range of treatments including critical ones such as open-heart surgery and knee-replacement surgery amongst many others.
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The First English Medium School Was in This State

The First English Medium School Was in This State

Currently, there are tens and thousands of English medium schools. But given that Goa’s tryst with the English language is centuries old, it was not a surprise that the first English medium school was in this state. The pluralistic and egalitarian essence of this state is vivid. Amidst this diversity, people live in harmony and celebration.

Goa is definitely a unique land bestowed with a charm that transcends cultures. In its imitable style, this region commands the reverence and respect it deserves. Not only a party capital of the country; facts about Goa indicate that this is also a state of firsts.

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Goa Remembers Its History

Goa Remembers Its History

The Kadambas ruled this region for more than three hundred years. During their reign over this state starting from the 11th century, a distinct political culture evolved. This period was stable and people began to experience prosperity. So the first Golden Age for the people of Goa was during this period.

During the Kadamba rule, several temples were built. The most famous one, the Tambdi Surla exists inside the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary. The religious tolerance during this dynastic rule is still remembered. It set the context for naming the state’s transport service as Kadamba Tourist Corporation. Uniquely, no other transport service has been named after a dynasty.

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Simply WOW!! Quite a thrillophilic journey with immensely warm hospitality, perfect planned schedules and of course amazing travel. As planned we were picked up @7 in the morning and were taken to the falls which happens to be around 100 kms. Bus they provide are very comfortable and AC will also be sufficient to beat the heat of sultry Goa. We also covered a landmark church of Goa enroute. They will give you around 15 20 mins to get that holy feel. Once we reached the venue we were given time to have breakfast, meanwhile the guide arranged tickets for the whole group and settled us up in the bolero which takes you from there further. It was again a Splendid journey of 45 mins through mahavir national park where you will cross several streams also. Pure off roading and adventurous experience. From the parking u have to walk for 5 mins to finally reach the destination which, you undoubtedly will feel deserving enough to have travelled for. Such a sublime scene and cool clear water with fishes around you will quench all the tiredness you might have had after traveelinh to several beaches. You get around 1.5 hours in total after final parking out of which for bathing you will get around 45 mins. Caution : please travel with good non slippery shoes as the rocks are too slippery and carelessness might get fatal. No worries though, you wont drown as they will provide you with life jackets so a good news for non swimmers. Post bath again you will be taken back and be served with complimentary lunch in goan style which is quite palatable. Then a short spice plantation tour followed by a return drop to the reapective pick up points. The trip will end in North Goa around 6 evening. ps : If you have time on your goa trip, do visit this place and thrillophilia is definitely a good option to consider coz it will wave off your trip organisational headache.
03 February 2020
Excellent
Superb cycling experience, it was just the 3 of us including the guide and we were able to complete the trip real fast. The bird sanctuary is where we took most of the pics. We went off road through the forest area as well and we could find the railway lines located there. Couple of steep ups and downs which made cycling challenging. The total distance would be 30 kms. Best I've ever cycled
An unforgettable experience for me. For the first time got a chance to get into snorkeling and see the marine life. Thanks alot guys for an amazing experience.
12 December 2015
Excellent
A well planned and executed sightseeing trip. Good for family tourists like us. We visited some of the famous beaches and churches of Goa. It was nice experience overall.
06 December 2019
Excellent
Goa is famous for its beaches and its parties but amid all the chaos of Goa, this is one soul-soothing experience. This a must-do activity and should be part of any goa itinerary. A 01-hour long cruise journey will give you immense memories.
One from the bucket list !! Scuba was always in my bucket list and finally, the wish came true! I am so glad that I got connected with Team Thrillophia. I was visiting Goa for the first time and so does this coordination for Scuba Diving. The whole journey was made so comfortable by the team, it is truly applaudable. Be it the pick-n-drop or providing guidelines or having fun with the crea and other riders, everything was impeccable!! Thrillophia is quintessential for those who love adventures !!
19 March 2020
Excellent
I decided to try out bungee jumping during our trip to Goa. I read some Thrillophilia reviews and booked the trip from them. once we got there. the staff was pleasant and very accommodating. My friend was a lil bit nervous but the staff reassured her that it was completely safe and hella fun. Overall it was a nice experience, a must-try activity in Goa.
19 March 2020
Excellent
Amazing activity to do in Goa really loved it, this was the best adventure I have done in my life so far. Thank Thrillophila for such an incredible experience.
28 February 2020
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