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The rule later passed to the Chalukyas of Badami, who controlled it between 578 and 753, and later the Rashtrakutas of Malkhed from 753 to 963.From 765 to 1015, the Southern Silharas of Konkan ruled Goa as the feudatories of the Chalukyas and the Rashtrakutas.Between the 2nd century BC and the 6th century AD, Goa was ruled by the Bhojas of Goa.Chutus of Karwar also ruled some parts as feudatories of the Satavahanas of Kolhapur (2nd century BC to the 2nd century AD), Western Kshatrapas (around 150 AD), the Abhiras of Western Maharashtra, Bhojas of the Yadav clans of Gujarat, and the Konkan Mauryas as feudatories of the Kalachuris.
The Mormugao harbour on the mouth of the River Zuari is one of the best natural harbours in South Asia.
In 1510, the Portuguese defeated the ruling Bijapur sultan Yousuf Adil Shah with the help of a local ally, Timayya. This was the beginning of Portuguese rule in Goa that would last for four and a half centuries, until its annexation in 1961.
In 1843 the Portuguese moved the capital to Panaji from Velha Goa.
The highest point is the Sonsogor, with an altitude of 1,167 metres (3,829 ft). Goa's seven major rivers are the Zuari, Mandovi, Terekhol, Chapora, Galgibag, Kumbarjua canal, Talpona and the Sal. Goa has more than 40 estuarine, eight marine, and about 90 riverine islands.
The total navigable length of Goa's rivers is 253 km (157 mi).
Most of Goa's soil cover is made up of laterites rich in ferric-aluminium oxides and reddish in colour.