Colva Beach Goa
What was once a sleepy fishing village and a hippie hang-out in the sixties, is now a resort town named Colva. Crowded with day-trippers and package tourists, Colva Beach in South Goa is a popular spot to enjoy water sports and get some fresh air. It offers a laid-back vibe which lacks in most of the beaches in North Goa. Lined with food shacks and cafes, the main beach is an ideal place to watch the sun go down in the Arabian Sea.
Colva Beach stretches for 2.4 km of powder white sand and is lined with coconut palms which extend as far as Bogmalo Beach along the South Goa's coastline. At the town centre, Colva Beach Circle is located around most of the hotels, resorts, and shops.
Opting for water sports is one of the best things to do in Colva Beach. Visitors can enjoy all kinds of water sports in Colva Beach such as snorkelling, speedboat riding, parasailing, jet skiing, banana rides, motorboat rides, and even paragliding. Colvá town is a major tourist destination for its beaches, budget guesthouses, beach shacks, restaurants, and bars.
One of the popular places to visit near Colva Beach, the white-washed Our Lady of Mercy church or Igreja de Nossa Senhora das Merces is a prominent landmark in the area. Founded in 1630, the church houses the Menino Jesus statue. The statue is kept for public viewing in the month of October for the annual Fama festival. For those looking for shopping in Colva should know that main village market is located behind the church. Overall, the market is about 2.3 kilometres from the beach.
In fact, Colvá has three beaches: the main Colvá beach, the Sunset beach towards Betalbatim, and Baywatch beach at Sernabatim. Constantly monitored by lifeguards, the swimming areas at the beach are marked with coloured flags. Being one of the popular beaches of Goa, Colva Beach is known for adventure activities as well as nightlife. A handful of well-known restaurants and bars offer great music and dance with complimentary drinks. Beach shacks at Colva are often open until midnight. Partying at discos and mingling with fellow travellers in cafes is a great way to enjoy the nightlife at Colva Beach.
For shopping in Colva, hit the nearby markets to pick up souvenirs such as local dresses, jewellery, jute shoes, and books – all at reasonable prices. The best places for shopping are Margoas Municipal market, Nagoa market, and Queen Nagar Market.
Among popular places near Colva Beach, the Portuguese buildings and villas are a major tourist attraction. The Colva Church is another historical and religious attraction worth visiting. The best time to visit Colva Beach is November through March as the weather during this period is ideal for water sports and local sightseeing in Goa.