Practical Information in KonkanEdit This
Konkan Practical Information is a list of some basic facts pertaining to the Konkan area, that will help travelers in planning their trip to the region. Whether you are interested in exploring the Konkan region, or the Konkan coastline, here you will find some essential information that will help you to prepare for your trip, and what to expect once your arrive in Konkan, India.
To explain the location of the Konkan, we must first explain the variations: The Konkan region is mostly described as including the Maharashtra districts, the state of Goa, and the Kannada districts. The sapta-Konkan is a larger area and is described as the land that stretches from Maharashtra to Karnataka, and the Konkan division is an administrative division described as the coastal districts of the state. The Konkan region is isolated by the Sahyadri Mountain Range that borders the Konkan area to the east, and the Arabian Sea borders Konkan to the west. Konkan makes up a large portion of the western Indian coastline.
According to the 2001 Indian Census (the most recent census) the estimated population of Konkan was over 24 million inhabitants known as Konkanis.
The official language of India is Hindi, and the official second language is English. There are 28 states in India that, by law, can delegate their own official language of that state, so it is common to hear many different dialects within India, including Konkan. Konkani is the language of Konkan, but within the region you might also hear the Kannada, and Marathi language quite frequently.
The official currency of India is the Indian Rupee (INR). The most common symbol for the Indian rupee is Rs. The rupee is subdivided by 100 paise, and the coins used are 5, 10, 25, 50 paise, and the 1, 2, 5, and 10 rupee coins. The paper banknote rupees used are the 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1000 rupee notes. When traveling in Konkan it is always advisable to carry a small amount of cash on you at all times. Major credit cards and travelers checks are widely accepted at hotels, restaurants, and shopping outlets. It is a good idea to exchange a small amount of currency before arriving in Konkan. Banks, hotels and currency exchange booths are good places to exchange currency upon arrival in Konkan, as well as ATMs. It is a good idea to check with your local bank before leaving on your to Konkan, to make sure your ATM cards are accepted at most Indian ATMs.