Colva has miles of virgin territory laced with soft white sand for you to explore on continuous strip of coastline. Longest among all beaches in Goa, Colva stretches 26 kms (with several continuous beaches) along the Arabian Sea. Over last few years Colva has become our domestic tourist’s paddling beach.
Things to see and do
The main beach area can get quite crowded, especially on weekends, but walk a couple of hundred meters in either direction and there’s plenty of space on the beach to relax, with only an occasional visit from a fruit or trinket seller. Swimming is safe at the beach and visitors can enjoy its white soft sands, shining sun and the music of waves playing by.
While at the beach, just laze, laze and laze. Grab a favorite book, tie your swinging net between two coconut trees in a peaceful place or use one provided by the shacks, and treat yourself through the day.
If you want to stroll down the beach, turn left and head south along the pleasant – and usually quiet – stretch of beach to Benaulim, a couple of kilometers away. You can also turn right and head north along the largely deserted beach toward Majorda and eventually Vasco de Gama.
In season, November to May, seafood restaurants sprout in large numbers on the main beach area. If you have deep pockets, then 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, Indian delicacies, varieties of Goan fish and prawn curries.
Bull Fighting, Water Sports, and Dolphin Sightings
From early October to late May, bullfight promises to be a fulfilled experience with loads of excitement and local humor in the air. On the beats of Konkani music, you can witness a bullfight. These fights usually take place in old rice fields with no barricades.
Water sports on Colva beach comprises mainly of jet skiing and speed boat rides. You can sometimes see dolphins some way offshore, and the local fishermen run dolphin viewing trips in their wooden boats.
Nossa Senhora de Merces (Our Lady of Mercy) Church: It is a simple church but it has an interesting history attached to it. The church has a statue of Child Jesus placed on the altar. The statue it’s believed to be imbibed with gifting powers. The statue was discovered by 1640 in the coast of Mozambique, and brought to Goa in 1648. Every year, 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.