Once a Portuguese colony and with a coastline of 65 miles, Goa is hilly and includes a portion of the Western Ghats rising to nearly 4,000 feet. The two largest rivers are the Mandavi and Zuari, between the mouths of which lies the island of Goa (Ilhas). The island is triangular, the apex (called the cape) being a rocky headland separating the harbour of Goa into two anchorages. It is a delightfully laidback and charming state with many beautiful beaches, colonial churches and hills. The people of Goa are a mix of the Portuguese descendents and the indigenous population.
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