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Venue :
The International Centre, Goa (ICG)
University Road, Dona Paula Post Office
Dona Paula, Goa - 403 004, INDIA

Ph: 91-832-24 52 805 to 24 52 810
Fax: 91-832-24 52 812

Goa's international airport is Dabolim which is 35/25 Mile from Panaji on the coast near Vasco da Gama. It is one of the few in India where international chartered flights are allowed to land. A number of chartered flights arrive during tourist season, mostly from the European and Middle East regions.

Citizens of all countries require a valid national passport or valid travel documents and a valid visa granted by Indian Missions abroad for entering Goa. Nepalese and Bhutanese citizens are exempted and just need suitable documents for their identification when coming from their respective countries. Foreign nationals of Indian origin, their spouses and children can obtain visas valid up to 10 years from the consulate. Tourist visas can be obtained for six months, one year and 10 years. Appropriate visas should be obtained by students, businessmen, journalists and others who want to visit India for professional purposes. More information can be obtained from the nearest Indian consulate or embassy.

The unit of currency in Goa is the 'Rupee'. Each rupee consists of 100 paise. Currency notes are issued in the denominations of Rs. 500, Rs. 100, Rs. 50, Rs. 20, Rs. 10, Rs. 5, Rs. 2, Re. 1. Coins issued are Rs. 5, Rs. 2, Re. 1, 50 paise, 25 paise

Credit Cards
Most large establishments in Goa accept international credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, Diners and Amex.

It is usual to tip waiters, porters, guides and drivers. Tips are not included in the bill.

Useful Numbers
Police: 100
Fire Brigade: 101
Ambulance: 102

The electricity supply is 220 volts and an international adapter is recommended.

Health Risks
Water supply for most houses and apartments are drawn from the underground water table. A municipal piped water supply is also available although it can be unpredictable at times because of the increasing demand for it. It is recommended to drink the bottled mineral water sold on shops. restaurants and bars.

There are some mosquitoes in the winter months and these increase in number in the more humid spring months until the onset of the summer monsoon. Consult a doctor or a chemist for appropriate malaria tablets and anti-sting creams and sprays.

Time Zone
GMT + 5:30

Business Hours
Offices are open for business from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Shops are usually open from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm although some small tourist shops close much later. Many offices observe Saturdays as holidays since the Indian calendar is full of festivals and religious holidays. Should one happen to be in India on a holiday, it is advisable to participate in the festivities, possibly with the help of a guide. Banks, offices and most shopping areas are closed on Sundays. Sometimes different markets within the same city close on different weekdays so it may be wise to check from the hotel before setting out.

Nov 12 Diwali
Nov 14-16 Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Nov 26 Guru Nanak’s Birthday
Dec 25 Christmas Day

Goa is generally humid due to its proximity to the sea. It is cool and pleasant from December to February ( Click here for more information on the climate of Goa). March to May are warm summer months, with a hot and humid temperature. June to September is lovely, green and lush but very wet, with the average rainfall of 320cm. October and November are relatively warm and with no rain. The best season to visit is from October to May. Summer temperature is between 24° C and 32.7° C and winter temperature is between 21.3° C and 32.2° C.

Thin cotton is the best. A jacket or sweater may be necessary in cool season. Light woolen can be worn during December and January.

GDP Growth Rate
State domestic product: Rs 1849 crore (Rs 18490 million)
SDP growth: 1.93%
Annual growth rate of Goa is estimated at 6%


Fish, iron ore, manganese, spices, manganese and iron ores, bauxite, fish, and salt

Iron ore mining, tourism, fertilisers, fisheries, food-canning, distilling of feni, shipping

12 phones per 100 persons


A tiny emerald land on the west coast of India, Goa is better known as a former Portuguese enclave. It is situated between the borders of Maharashtra and Karnataka. The state is separated from Maharashtra by the Terekhol River in the north, Karnataka in the south, the Western Ghats in the east, and the Arabian Sea in the West. It is located between the latitudes 15°48'00" North to 14°53'54" North and longitudes 74° 20'13" East to 73° 40'33" East.

Goa now has 1,343,998 (March 2001) people as against 1,169,793 in 1991 census.

Ethnic Groups
Majority of the people in Goa are Hindu but strong Catholic influences are visible everywhere in the art, culture, and society. This is due to the fact that Goa came under the Portuguese control in the 15th century. There is also a presence of minority Muslim community, a result of the brief period in the early 14th century when Muslim rulers reigned over the state.

Konkani (Official State Language), Marathi, Hindi, English and Portuguese

82.32% (2001)

Hindu, Muslim, Christian

Event :

Goa prepares to host IFFI


Goa will play host to the 35th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) from 29 November to 9 December, 2004.

The new INOX theatre will be screening majority of the films. Apart from the construction of the INOX theatre, buildings are being given a fresh coat of paint and most roads in Panjim are being broadened.


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