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 of Goa. For 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) Church:
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 .
Beach Surprise: 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 beaches
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.