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Goa's primary revenue rests on the tourism industry, which handles nearly 12.5% of the tourist influx in India. Its lovely beaches, lush greenery and happy-go-lucky people allow tourists to enjoy their holidays without any compulsions. Goa's hippie past from the '60s and '70s to its cultural era with inputs from the Portuguese, Dutch and British receives much appreciation from Indian and foreign tourists. This blend of religion and ethnic history is rarely to be found anywhere.

The scenic beauty of Goa includes beaches with palm and coconut tassels where one can find solace or have a frivolous time. As you travel more inland, you will be enchanted by the natural beauty of paddy fields, temples, cashew and mango groves and small yet charming villages. During the prime tourist season, the population doubles in Goa, with the tourist population almost equaling the local citizens.


Most agricultural products are imported from Karnataka or Maharashtra, and paddy crops form a major outcome. Other crops grown on Goa's soil are ragi, maise, jowar, bajra, pulses, and fruits like mangoes, coconuts, cashews, and jackfruits.


Goa is a leading producer and exporter of iron ore, manganese, bauxite, high magnesia, limestone and clay. Portugal controlled the mining industry during its heydays, but the mines were rented out to private owners after the state was liberated. The mines are located mainly in Goa's northern and eastern parts, while the Marmagoa Port handles most of the mines extracts.


Fishery till recent times employed a lot of people because it was dependent on traditional methods of fishing. But with technological advancements in the fishing industry like trawling, Goans are trying to break from their long-established occupation.

Other industries that contribute to the economy are animal husbandry, pesticides, fertilisers, tyres and tubes, iron ore pellets, footwear, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc.