Colva Beach Margao- Goa
About the beach
Till few years back, before the beach resorts had not
made their foray on Colva beach, it was an easy escape for those
seeking ultimate solitude. Thankfully, the development in the past few
years has been pretty fast paced making Colva southern Goa's main
tourist beach. Nevermind the activity, Colva still has miles of virgin
territory laced with soft white sand for you to explore.
Colva is forty kilometres from Panaji, the Goan capital and two kilometres from Benaulim. Adjacent to Colva is its secret suburb, Sernbatim beach. Longest among all beaches in Goa, Colva stretches twenty kilometres along the Arabian sea, about six kilometres west of Margao. Lined with coconut palms throughout, Colva has Bogmalo in north and Cabo de Rama in south. In the pre colonial era, Colva had the honour of being the retreat zone of Margao's high society. While speaking of history of Colva, the name of Our lady of Mercy Church invariably comes up. More about the church in the later paragraphs.
While at Colva one can also see the beautiful houses and villas that dot the village. Another interesting thing about Colva is its popularity among the locals. Though the beach is fairly famous with foreign and Indian tourists, it is the locals who can be seen here in large numbers.
Things to see and do
Colva is god's perfect gift for those who seek solitude in their holidays. Colva offers you with something no other beach offers. Miles and miles of virgin territory comprising of white soft sands, shining sun and the music of waves playing by. Though commercialization is gradually taking roots in Colva, yet with its long stretch it still seems and remains less crowded.
While at the beach
Laze, laze and laze. There is no end to that. Grab your
favourite books, tie your swinging net between two coconut trees in a
peaceful place and treat yourself through the day.
When in season (November to May) seafood restaurants sprout in large numbers on the main beach area. If you have deep pockets, than don't give any second thoughts, just enter and you will have the most romantic evening. With tablecloth, candles, soothing music and large portions to gorge on, you will not complain. And for budget tourists there are plenty of offers in the shacks. You will get excellent pasta and steak, varieties of Goan prawn curry. Swimming in Colva is another passtime.
Colva is fairly safe place to make a splash in water but don't venture in deepwaters unless you are a strong swimmer. Indulge in some trinket shopping or start collecting seashells and make your own collection. Though not in line with established rave party venues like Anjuna, Colva doesn't actually disappoints its visitors. There are few places where you can catch up with the party scene.
Water sports on Colva beach comprises mainly of jet skiing and speed boat rides. For speed lovers jet skiing is the sport. The machine is very simple to handle but mostly an instructor accompanies rider. Next to jet skiing in terms of speed is the speedboat ride. It is a group activity comprising three to six people. So go ahead and explore the Goan coastline.
Nossa Senhora de Merces (Our Lady of Mercy) Church
This church is very famous in Colva and has a religious history attached to it. The church has a statue of Child Jesus placed on the altar. The statue its believed to be imbibed with gifting powers. The staue was discovered by Fr. Ferreira in 1640 in the coast of Mozambique. In 1648 Fr. Ferreira brought it to Colva and placed in the church. Since years now, on second Monday of October Fama festival takes place every year. The festival and grand feast along with the fair that follows attracts thousands of locals and is popular with tourists as well.
This promises to be a funfilled experience with loads of excitement and local humour in the air. On the beats of Konkani music, you can witness a bullfight from early October to late May. These fights usually take place in old rice fields with no barricades.