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37th IVU World Vegetarian Congress
Goa, India, September 10-16, 2006
Healthy Lifestyle - Vegetarian Way!


Goa was liberated on 19th December, 1961, from 451 years of Portugues Colinial Rule and became the 25th State of the Indian Union when it was conferred Statehood on 30th May, 1987.

Panaji, Capital of Goa, is a small picturesque town on the left bank of the the river Mandovi. It is the seat of the State administration. The State has been divided into two districts: North Goa and South Goa, with headquarters at Panaji and Margao respectively.

Ensconced on the slopes of the Western Ghats (Sahyadri Ridges) Goa is bounded on the North by Sindudurg district of Maharashtra, on the East by Belgaum, on the South by Karwar district of Karnataka and on the West by the Arabian Sea.

Major rivers are Tiracol, Chapora, Mandovi, Zuari, Sal and Talpona. Main beaches are Arambol, Vagator, Anjuna, Baga and Calangute in North Goa and Colva, Betul and Palolem in South Goa.

 Goa, a tiny emerald land on the west coast of India, with its natural scenic beauty, abundant greenery, attractive beaches and temples and churches with distinctive style of architecture, colourful and lively feasts and festivals and, above all, hospitable people with a rich cultural milieu, has an ideal tourist profile.

General Information:

Tourist Season : Throughout the year - November to February is pleasant while June to September / October is rainy season. However, the rain stops by the end of August, maybe just the odd shower after that, and the hotels are a lot cheaper in September, before the main tourist season.

Goa is well connected with all major cities of India by Rail / Road / Air.

Air : Goa is connected by various Airlines from all major cities of India like Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Cochin, Kolkatta, Delhi, Chennai and Thiruvananthpuram. Daily flights between Mumbai and Goa. Leaving Mumbai around midday - Travel time approx. 1hr. 20 min.

Rail : Goa is connected with Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Thiruvananthpuram, Delhi, Cochin, Chennai (via Karwar) and Mangalore through Konkan Railway Corporation Section. Overnight train from Mumbai - travel time approx. 12 hours.

Road : Goa is connected by good motorable roads with all major cities of India. Travel time from Mumbai is approx 14 hours.

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