Goa which was liberated on 19th December 1961 along with Daman and Diu from 451 years Portuguese Colonial Rule, became the 25th State of the Indian Union when it was conferred Statehood on 30th May 1987. The State has been divided into 2 districts: North province and South Goa with headquarters at Panaji and Margao severally, and 6 divisions comprising eleven Talukas. Ensconced on the slopes of the Western Ghats (Sahyadri ranges) province is delimited on the North by Sindhudurg district of geographical region, on the East by Belgaum, on the South by Karwar district of Karnataka and on the West by the Arabian Sea. Its rivers, Tiracol, Chapora, Mandovi, Zuari, Sal and Talpona, that are passable throughout the year, have their origin within the Sahyadri ranges and flow westward into the Arabian Sea, 60 km. away, breaking the long coast line covering a length of 105 km. into enchanting estuaries and bays which mark off idyllic palm-fringed beaches like Arambol, Vagator, Atijuna, Baga and Calangute in the North and Colva. Betui and Palolem in the South. Goa, a tiny emerald land on the West Coast of India, with its natural scenic beauty, attractive beaches and temples famous for its architecture, feasts and festivals and above all hospitable people with a rich cultural milieu, has an ideal tourist profile.