Goa is a state in South India and a former Portuguese colony with a rich history. Goa is tiny by Indian standards. Goa is made up of a unique mix of cultures: Indian and Portuguese. Its architecture reflects this historical fact. Since the sixties, Goa has been attracting a steady flow of visitors - hippies, pilgrims visiting Catholic and Hindu shrines, and many settling in Goa and making it their home. Goa is looks and feels different from the rest of India, thanks to Portuguese rule which isolated it from the rest of India for 451 years. Because of the extraordinary harmony between Hindus, Christians and Muslims Goa is regarded as one of the most peaceful states in India.