Colva is Goa's longest beach with 20
km of virgin white sands that are fringed with palms and drenched with the
sun. The small village of Colva is located in south Goa, 39 km away from
Panaji (the old name for Panjim) the capital of the state of Goa. Benaulim
is 2 km further ahead of Colva.
The Past :
Colva Beach gained popularity much later as compared to the other beaches
quaite some time the beach was marked with serenity and tranquility, it was
little disturbed and life moved on quietly. But those are the things of the
past. Over the years, many hotels, buildings and resorts have mushroomed
near the coast.
Twelve Miles of Powder-White Sand- Colva Beach:
Colva Beach is an ideal spot for scenic splendour. Here, sand, sea and sky
blend in enchanting natural harmony. Many choose to go to the Goa Colva
beach to experience a change from the crowded Anjuna or Calangute beaches.
Colva beach in Goa is one beach which is usually less crowded.
Colva is pleasant and convenient place to stay, swimming is relatively
safe, while the sand, at least away from the beach front, is spotless and
scattered with beautiful shells. There are many snack bars lined up along
the beach which offer you delicious Goan cuisine that can be complimented
with innovative cock-tails.
Nossa Senhora De Merces (Our Lady Of Mercy)
Since the 17th century, the church is famous for its annual religious
event, Fama of Menino Jesuse (Child Jesus). The predominantly Catholic
community celebrates it on the third Monday of October every year. It is one
of Goa's most popular feasts and the occasionis marked with a grand fair .
Colva Beach is full of suprises while taking a stroll. One can see bangdde
(mackerels) shimmering on the golden sands for drying. Fishermen's motor
trawlers can be seen anchored in a line offshore. Colva Beach draws plenty
of tourists, including Indians and local Goans. Souvenir stalls and food
stands are open of the evenings. Seafood and Portuguese cuisine is relished
by the visitors. Colva has a reputation as one of Goa's most romantic
As far as big shopping complexes or markets are concerned, Colva Beach
still has to develop. But there are a lot of trinket shops and drink stalls
on the beach where one can buy artifacts, antiques and gifts for friends
waiting back at home. Open-air eateries serving seafood and Portuguese
dishes are in abundance on the shore.
» By Air: The nearest airport is at Dabolim, which is 29 km
away from Panaji and 68 km from Colva.
» By Rail: The nearest railway station is at Karmali, 11 km
away from Panaji. Panaji is 39 km away from Colva.
» By Road: There are frequent buses from Colva running to and
from Margao (also Madgaon; 6 km away) from where one can take a bus to
Panaji, which is 33 km further ahead.