Colva Beach – Spectacle of Sea, Sand & Sky
This beach is a spectacle of sea, sand and sky, the perfect blend of an enchanting natural harmony, weaving their magic spell on the visitors. It was known for its scenic beauty. This is part of Salcete, Goa’s only Catholic majority sub-district. Once a very hospitable area, now relations are getting monetized thanks to tourism.
Its stretch is around 2.4 km; the beach consists of the finest powder white sand and is lined along its shore by coconut palms. It has been one of the famous beaches of Goa, and is a threat to those who want to have a lovely sunbathe and a peaceful relaxed moment. It is gradually changing pace with the century, so it has become noisy although still a beautiful beach to sit on. Recently in the 21st century, Colva has 3 subdivided beaches Colva beach which is the prime beach, Sunset beach (towards Betalbatim) which is less congested and then Baywatch beach (towards Benaulim at Sernabatim). Colva is approximately 8 kilometers from Margao and 40 kilometers from Panajim. The closest railway station is in Margao followed by Vasco da Gama. The airport is Dabolim Airport (GOI) at Vasco da Gama, Goa. The neighboring villages are Betalbatim and Benaulim,
In the colonial days it used to be the resting area for Margao’s high society, who would visit Colva for their change of air. Today the area that is reminiscent of the luxurious lifestyle of the aristocratic class has the beautiful houses or villas that dot the village. While taking a stroll on the ColvaBeach, you have the beach shacks, water sports and various vendors. One can part-take in various beach activities or you could just enjoy the sun set in its mesmerizing hues.
Whilst Colva succumbs to the needs of tourism with all its attractions such as the water sports that is positioned on the beach front with paragliding and regular dolphin watching trips, Colva still maintains its local feel with its active fishing community. One will see fishermen bring in their haul in the early mornings and also have heaps of fish & fish nets drying along the road side.
As one enters Colva, you could say it is the Calangute of the south. At one point of time, Colva was merely an empty, peaceful & serene Beach, but now with the inflow of tourist Colva is becoming highly populated with Indian as well as International tourist. Once in Colva you will see various stalls, shops selling a variety of products, artifacts etc. You also find a variety of pubs, restaurants and food stalls all along the way right up to the beach offering various cuisines.
Apart from the beach itself, the other main attraction for the tourists is the “Menino Jesus” statue at the local church of Our Lady of Mercy founded in 1630. The church lies in the village square. The church in Colva is famous for its annual religious event-Fama of Menino Jesuse (Child Jesus)-since the 17th century. The predominantly Catholic community celebrates it on the third Monday of October every year. It is one of Goa’s most popular feasts and a big fair is held on the occasion at Colva. It is an event not to be missed if you are visiting during the period.
Accommodation in Colva is not an issue as there are many options, from luxury hotels to motels to rooms, as per everyone wants. Though during the peak season it can really get crowded and along with that the rates also increase.
Colva is quite a spectacle, for those who prefer the quieter scenes, this is a perfect picnic spot.
The nearest railway station is Margao, which is 39kms from Colva.
Frequent state buses go to and from other parts of Goa, but if you’re traveling a longer distance, you need to change buses. A bus from Margao costs around Rs.10–15.
Prepaid taxi from Margao would be around Rs.200-300, depending on your bargaining skills.
Take any road going towards the beach from the main road and find a bunch of places to sleep as you approach the beach. If you choose a smaller road you’re likely to find cheaper places.
-Article By Melissa Godinho
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