Goa a tiny green land surrounded by azure waters on the West Coast of India, with its natural picturesque beauty, is known as the “Pearl of the Orient” and a “Tourist Paradise”. The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendours of its temples, churches, old houses, have made Goa a firm favourite with travellers around the world. The most important places of interests are the beaches of Goa which are filled with millions of tourists every year, as visitors all over the world flock to this natural paradise, besides, Goa also has wild life sanctuaries, beaches, lakes, waterfalls and forts. It also has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which is classified as a biodiversity hotspot. Major festivals like Ganesh Chaturhti, Diwali, Ramadan Eid , Christmas, Easter and Carnival are celebrated with great pomp.
Raia is a quiet and picturesque village and part of the Margao Metropolitan area in the South Goa district in the state of Goa, India, close to the city of Margao. Raia is famous for its Harvest feast Konsache fest celebrated with great festivity on August 5th every year at Our lady of Snows Church.
The small state is known the world over for the abundance of sun, sand, sea, sylvan surroundings, moderately deep rivers, walkable hills and green fields. Goa is blessed by a mild climate sprinkled with raindrops during the monsoon season. Temples and churches add a mystic touch to the land inhabited by people who believe in “joie-de-vivre” and “joie-de-savoir”. The centrally located Goa University and an ever increasing variety of colleges contribute in a big way to make Goa a learning centre. The architectural wonders, monuments and forts blend the essence of ancient India with Portuguese ambience, making Goa a true rendezvous of the East and the West.
Nearest post office:
Raia post office is located close to the Institution, while the Margao Post office is at a distance of 5 kms from Raia.
Nearest railway station:
Margao Railway Station is the nearest railway station,which is 5 kms from Raia. Trains are well connected to major cities and states which run from New Delhi to Kanya kumari .
Nearest Bus stand:
The KTC bus stand is 5kms from Raia. Bus transport is available from the KTC bus stand to any village or city in the north or south Goa. There are also State bound buses that ply to neighbouring cities and states of Maharashtra and Karnataka.
Dabolim Airport is the only airport in Goa, and it is 20 kms from Raia. It is well connected to all major states in India and international destinations.
There are several banks in Margao which is 5 kms away from Raia and the Indian Overseas Bank which is in Nuvem, is only 1 km from Raia. The Institution will have its own arrangement of bank facilities for the students.
The Salgaocar Medical Research center which is a super-specialty hospital in Goa is 20 kms away from Raia. The Rajagiri Victor Hospital which is multi-specialty hospital in Goa, is in Margao.
Many branded shops in clothing and footwear are located in and around Margao city. Besides there is a shopping mall the “BIG G” in Margao which is a one stop shop for ladies and men. In Panaji there are many shopping outlets that cater to the tourist requirement besides there is a shopping mall called the “Caculo” which is a one stop shop for all.
Goa is famous for its beaches. The entire coastal belt has beaches. School children and families opt for beaches as their picnic spot. Calangute, Anjuna, Miramar are famous beaches in north Goa, while Colva, Benaulim, Mobor and Palolem are famous beaches in south Goa.
Restaurants and shacks:
There are many restaurants and shacks that serve exclusive vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. Goan cuisine is famous for its rich variety of fish dishes cooked with elaborate recipes. Sea food is a delight to many of the tourists in Goa.
There are several multiplexes in cities where films are screened in English , Hindi and regional languages.
Goa is a permanent destination for the International Film Festival in India. International and Indian delegates which comprise of actors/ film producers/directors etc from all over the world, visit Goa during IFFI event which lasts for a fortnight.
Football is a craze in Goa. The Football clubs in Goa and other states in India support their clubs by roping in the best talent from the country. Some clubs import foreign players too. The Goa professional league and the premier I-League matches are played in Goa (home and away) and one can witness good soccer. Cricket tournaments are also organised in the state.
Spice garden & Wine distillieries
The spice garden is situated in Ponda, south Goa. The farm has a dense cover consisting of genuine spices coming from the trees grown in and around the farm. The farm has been developed using scientific technology in conjunction with age old concepts of mixed crop farming. This farm serves as a nodal place for farmers and students to carry out research studies.
There are several distilleries in the State of Goa. Wine making is the most common. Liquor is also made from the extracts of coconut palm and cashew fruit. Wines and spirits are manufactured and exported to different countries.