Colva Beach, Goa
Colva is a beautiful beach in the village of Salcete in South Goa. A very popular tourist destination, it is known for its beaches, food, pubs and bars. It is also known for its Portugal significance with a number of buildings which speak of history, elegance and architecture. Extending from Bogmalo beach to Cabo de Rama beach; its a beach filled with coconut reefs lined out.
Things to Do in Colva Beach
- Colva is well known for its white – washed Our Lady of Mercy Church founded in the year 1630. It's a beautiful Church. Visit this place simply for its architecture, design and the beauty it has beholded all these years. It is also known for the religious event locally called “ Fama of Menino Jesuse”. It is celebrated every year on the 3rd Monday of October month.
- Like other beaches, this one too has got a number of water sports. A number of adventure sports are carried out. For an adventure lover; it has got a lot. Try out sports like snorkeling, speed boat riding, parasailing, jet skiing, banana ride, motorboat rides, Paragliding for a wonderful beach sports experience.
- The beach is not only known for adventure, but also leisure activities. A lot of tourists come here just for sea – bathing, sea – side walking, sand palace making and things like this. Kids love to play in the sand and simply run around.
- Nightlife too is one of the best things to do. A Number of well – known restaurants and bars offer high music and dance with complimentary drinks. Beach shacks are often open till the wee hours, which are thronged by tourists in their discos.
Shopping in Colva Beach
As such there is not a huge local market in Colva. Still, there are nearby markets, which are good enough to shop for local dresses, designer jewellery, jute stuff, shoes, souveniers, old books – all at reasonable prices. The best stuff can be found at Margoas Municipal market, Nagoa market and Queen Nagar Market. Yet it is a good place for eating. A number of international brand food joints thrive here.
How to Reach Colva Beach
Margao is the nearest railway station just 7 kilometers away. It takes only 15 minutes from the station to reach the beach. Or hire a taxi to reach the beach. Buses too run on the same route. It is best to take pre – paid taxis as it is a avoid necessary haggle. Or ask your tour operator to guide you. It takes around an hour to reach Colva from Panjim – the Capital of Goa.
Tips for Traveller in Colva Beach
Colva the Queen of Beaches is surrounded by quite developed area. It is filled with brands like Mickey’s Multi – cuisine. Kentuckee, Costa Coffee, Leda Lounge, KFC – all of which are quite known ones. It is one of the best places to have your tummy’s filled with names like Harry’s Bar, Furtado’s Shack, Club Margarita and many more.
This white washed place is filled with tourists, so keep an eye on your belongings and cash. Carry less cash and use credit and pay cards wherever possible. Always keep an eye on your kids and do not let them go away from your sight. Always be in touch with your tour operator. Hire a bike to get the best view of Colva beach and nearby attractions. You can also hire a bike for hours, which is generally rented out for hours a day. The rates for these bikes differ as per the season.
Nearby Attractions in Colva Beach
The Portugal buildings, villas located in Portuguese area are a major tourist attraction. Tourists come here and get photo clicked in this part of Colva. This location is known for “Mundanca” or change of air for tourists coming from Portugal. The Colva Church, locally called Igreja de Nossa Senhora das Merces, built in 1630 is a major tourist attraction. This beach is otherwise well – known for evening walks, shopping and food rather than tourist destinations.