Situated six kilometers away from Margao in South Goa, Colva Beach is one of the less crowded beaches in Goa. It is connected to Benaulim Beach and is popular for its white sandy shores, clean clear water and overall tranquil atmosphere. The beach stretches about 20 kilometers along the Arabian Sea, the longest among Goa beaches and known as the oldest beach in Goa. Despite the increasing tourism infrastructure, the beach has good amount of virgin territories laced with fine white sand for you to enjoy. If you are looking for a picture perfect beach, you have to check out Colva.
Next to Colva is its private suburb, Sernbatim. Lined with swaying coconut palms, Colva has Cabo de Rama in south and Bogmalo in North. During the pre-colonial period, this town had the reputation of being the retreat site of Margao’s community. The Colva village is dotted with sophisticated villas and houses. Despite being famous among Indian and foreign tourists, the beach is more popular among the locals with the large number of Goans coming here.
Colva Beach is popular for having some of the best beach resorts in Goa. You can find first-rate hotels close to the beach that offer excellent service, boasting classy amenities to serve every need of the guests. Your eyes won’t be bored with the wide variety of amusing things, including small restaurants, snack bars, souvenir shops and street food vendors. The beach is rich with colorful shells with beautiful patterns, ideal for shell collectors. Swimming here is also safe as the water is quite shallow and gentle, and currents are not too strong.
Many tourists choose to stay here in Colva Beach to escape the crowded scene in commercialized beaches like Anjuna and Calangute. You can also stay in beach shacks that are lined up along the beachfront and provide plenty of delectable Goan cuisine while also boasting Goan drinks and beverages. There is nothing more pleasurable than to relax in one of the shacks and savor delicious food while viewing the vast blue sea in front of you.
Although commercialization is gradually penetrating Colva, you can still discover relaxing areas away from the crowd. And what’s the best thing to do after? Grab your favorite book, tie your hammock between two palm trees and treat yourself to a refreshing drink.
Several tourist attractions can be seen in Colva. One is the Nossa Sehore de Merces Church or Our Lady of Mercy, a very famous church with a rich religious history associated with it. The statue of Child Jesus found on this church is believed to have powers. It was discovered in 1640 by Fr. Ferreira in Mozambique. Eight years after, he brought it to Colva and gave it to the church. Every year, during the second Monday of October, Fama Festival takes place attracting many local and tourists across Goa.
Bull fighting is another exciting social event in Colva, usually taking place from October until May. Using the beats of Konkani music, the bullfight typically takes place in rice fields with no fences, providing loads of thrill and exhilaration for spectators.
To reach Colva Beach, you can catch a bus from Margao that leaves every 15 minutes from 7:30am to 7pm. Buses from Margao to Benaulim are also available with some even continuing south to Cavelossim and Varca.