India’s smallest state and the most popular beach destination in the country, Goa is sandwiched between Maharashtra in the north and Karnataka in the south. The thin strip of land was one of the last to be liberated from colonial rule after the Indian Army stormed in and forced the Portuguese out. The 451 years of colonial rule, however, continues to be reflected in the state’s architecture and culture. Whether it is the quaint colonial district of Fontainhas near Panaji or Fort Aguada that stands just around the corner from the state’s capital, Goa tends to remind you of what life may have been in another era. Goa is a melting pot of cultures. Hindu traditions are as alive as Catholic ones and Goa is home to several Hindu temples -- Shantadurga temple being the most prominent of them all -- as it is home to churches such as the Basilica of Bom Jesus, both of which can be seen here on the Goa map.
For all practical purposes Goa is divided into two districts -- simply identified as North Goa and South Goa. The more popular beaches such as Calangute, Baga, Arambol and Anjuna lie in North Goa. South Goa is considered to be relatively quieter though its beaches -- from Agonda and Benaulim, all the way to Palolem are now popping up on the map.
Thivim is the closest railway station to Panaji and if you want to explore North Goa and if you want to visit South Goa, alight at Madgaon, the biggest rail junction in Goa. We hope this Goa map will help you navigate your way through the state with ease.