The Puranas mention the nomenclature of Goa has undergone several iterations such as Gove, Govapuri, and Gomant. Consequently, the Arabian geographers from the medieval age referred to it as Sindabur. Prior to the arrival of the Portuguese on the shores in 1510 CE, Goa was the name used to refer to the port near the mouth of the Mandovi river. In fact, it was this site on which the Portuguese later built their capital, what is today known as Old Goa or Velha Goa. 

Located along the Konkan coast in western India, Goa is one of the smallest states in the country. Its capital has shifted with time – from Chandor in the ancient period to Velha Goa (Old Goa) during the Portuguese rule to Panaji as the current capital city. Formerly under Portuguese occupation, Goa became a part of India in 1961 and attained statehood in 1987. When tourism first opened in the 1960s, the beachside slice began to gain the reputation of a holiday destination. While Goa’s popularity soared with its sun-and-sand attractions, the state has more to offer. Beyond the beaches, Goa hosts a rich cultural and ecological landscpae from the mangroves to the khazans and across its rich wildlife reserves. Goa through Maps introduces you to Goa’s unique character — where a cosmopolitan living culture exists alongside a rich heritage. Warmth and hospitality is abundant, and culinary practices create longlasting bonds. The traditions and languages of those residing in Goa might differ but a shared sense of community brings them together.