Goa, the crown jewel of the west coast, and once part of Portuguese India, is currently India's richest state, and ranking consistently on top of the table amongst Indian states on various socio-economic indicators, especially infrastructure, per capita income, and quality of life.
Goa is best known for its beaches, lifestyle, laidback culture, parties and nightlife, places of worship and architecture. Interior goa is the exact opposite, undiscovered, low density of population of calm and serene forest along the often dramatic cliff faces of the Western Ghats.
Tourism is its primary industry, and Goa gets 12% of all foreign tourists to India. Goa also has its fair share of business and industrial activity including mining of ores of iron, bauxite, manganese etc. Other industries include pesticides, fertilisers, footwear, pharma, chemicals, cashews, textiles and brewed products. Goa is one of the few states in India that has voted against setting up of Special Economic Zones to foster industrial growth.