A poet once described the physical shape of Goa as one half of a heart, the other half being carried in the very heart of every Goan. The Sahyadari Ghats hover protectively to the east of Goa where the height of this coastal state rises to 1022 mt above sea level. The Arabian Sea laps at Goa's long Western coastline. Several rivers crisscross the state and empty into the Arabian Sea. To the North of Goa lies Maharashtra and to the South and East lies Karnataka.
Area - 3702 sq km
Population - Almost 15 lakh people (1.5 million)
Altitude - Sea Level to 1022 mts
Location - Between Latitudes 15 48'00" N and 14 53'54" N and Longitudes 74 20'13" E and 73 40'33" E
Neighbouring Cities - Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra towards the North, Belgaum to the East, Karwar district of Karnataka to the South and the Arabian Sea to the Wes.
Major Rivers -Tiracol, Chapora, Mandovi, Zuari, Sal and Talpon.
Main Beaches - Arambol, Mandrem, Morjim, Vagator, Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Sinquerim, Miramar are major beaches in the North with Majorda, Betalbatim, Colva, Benaulim, Varca, Cavelossim and Palolem in the south.
Wildlife Sanctuaries - Bondla, Mollem lie in the eastern forested hilly areas of the state.