as the longest beach in Goa and stretching upto a distance of twelve miles
of white sand on the Arabian Sea, the Colva beach lies in the village of
Colva, 24 km north of Panaji. The beach has the reputation of being the most
romantic beach in Goa. The annual festival held in the honour of Baby Jesus
in the month of October starting from the Catholic church brings many
tourists to the beach.
The brightness of the moon draws the ocean with its glowing fullness, while
the winds beat the waves along the white beach which turns out to be the
fisherman's feast during the full moon. The beach is the pride of the
Salcete and the only envy of Calangute beach in terms of natural beauty and
Tourists coming to the Colva beach can have the pleasure of watching the
fisher man laying out the mackerels on the beach for drying. The small
fishing boats on the shores and in the middle of the sea hunting for the
fishes are a sight not to be forgotten. Sundays are meant for merry making
accompanied by dance.
The beach is full of stalls of sea foods open till late evenings for the
comfort of the visitors around. Colva is known for the bull fights it holds
in the open spaces that adds rhythms and excitement in the beach. Swimming,
fishing, rafting all can be done at ease in the beach with out any kind of
trouble. Apart from that, walking down the banks of the beach can be an
amazing experience. It is a time for praising the beauty of Goa, reminiscing
the personal memories of the past and planning for the future.
The Church of the Lady of Mercy -
The simple church has a 17th century
history of the statue of Menino Jesus or Baby Jesus found in the Sena river
in Goa by father Bento ferraiera. The people of Goa started believing that
the statue had healing powers and slowly its fame grew far and wide inviting
large tourist to feel its uniqueness.
» Colva village -
The quaint fishing village that
lies to the southern coast is popular for the fishing communities living
there for around hundred years. The village is abundant with coconut trees
and verdant fields are covered with palms, contributing to the splendid
ambiance of the surrounding.
» The Church of St John -
Situated 2 km away from
the beach, the Baptist church above a hill and beyond the village is a great
place to visit. The monsoon feast of Baptist St John is celebrated by young
men and women wearing crowns of leaves touring the area singing for gifts.
The church is built to commemorate St John who was visited by mother Mary
while he was in his mothers womb.
Reaching Colva Beach
» By Air -
Dabolim Airport is the closest airport
which is situated 29 kms away from capital city Panaji and 68 kms from Colva
» By Rail -
The closest railway station is at
Karmali which is around 11 kms from from Panaji. Panaji is 39 kms north to
the beach of Colva.
» By Road -
Regular buses connects Panaji to Margao.
From there tourists can take a bus to Colva which is just 6 kms away and can
be reached in a short while.