Lying 39 km away from Goa's capital Panaji, Colva is a small fishing village that boasts of one of the most romantic beaches in the state. With over 20 km stretch of silvery sands, rows of palm and coconut groves, fascinating rock formations and a perfect blend of old world charm and modernity, Colva can be safely termed as a sheer sensory delight.
How to Reach Colva
Dabolim is the nearest airport, situated 68 km from Colva. Buses and taxis are available at the airport for further travel.
Karmali railway station is located just 11 km from Colva and connects the region with other cities in and around Goa. Taxis are easily available at the station.
The place is well connected to other cities in Goa through a network of roads. There are frequent to and from buses between Colva and Panaji (35 km) as well as Madgaon (6 km).
Tourist attractions in Colva
Nossa Senhora de Merces:
The church finds an important place in the history books for the annual Fama of Menino Jesuse event, which is being held here since the 17th century. Celebrated on the third Monday of October, the event is marked with a feast and a huge fair.
The colorful atmosphere of Goa really comes alive at Colva. A perfect place to relish a rejuvenating sunbath, Colva beach is also known for its exciting water sports. The evenings here are simply romantic with the sand gleaming under the moonlit sky and gentle music playing in the background.
A thrilling experience on the beats of traditional Konkani music, the bull fights can be seen in the rice fields from October to May.
Where to stay in Colva
There are plenty of hotels and resorts ranging from luxury to low budget that offer quality accommodation. Benaulim beach, situated close to Colva also offers a number of options. Besides, it is possible to rent local houses, which also lets you experience local culture and lifestyle from close quarters.