Goa is a region of India, situated on the south-west coast. The region was a Portuguese colony until the independence of India in 1947. The region still retains many items from that time, including catholic churches.
The region is famous for its excellent white sand beaches, and in the 1960s was a popular destination on the Hippie trail. Today the region has a booming tourist industry, and many large hotels have been built in the last twenty years.