In legend and history, the great God Parashurama shot an arrow into the sea from the Sayadhri Hills and commanded the ocean to withdraw to the point where it fell... thus was created the
beautiful territory of Goa--a priceless heritage for future inhabitants.
This young state of India never ceases to enchant visitors from India and abroad. Its hospitality, culinary delights, ancient temples, churches, monuments, folk arts and music, the scenic
beauty are enough reasons for any visitor to fall in love with Goa, and reasons enough to be titled 'the Pearl of the Orient'
Goa has a long and varied history. It has been ruled by the Maurian Empire, the Satavahanas of Kolhapur, the Chalukyas of Badami, the Shiharas, the Rashtrakutas, the Kadambas, the Chalukyans
of Kalyani and the Yadavas, under whom it became a part of the Delhi Sultanate. The Portuguese were the last to rule Goa. They reigned from 1510 to 1961.
Goa was liberated from the Portuguese rule by the Indian army on the 19th of December 1961, and it was declared a full fledged state on 12th of August 1987.