The Colva Beach, at a distance of 6 km. from Margao, equals Calangute in natural splendor. The silken sands of Colva beach stretch to nearly 20 kms and end at the Bethul beach (sparsely populated), which is perhaps one of the best in Goa. Lining the beach are coconut and palm trees. Evenings are picturesque - with the sun setting in the horizon and the fishing boats returning with the day’s catch. Colva has some of the best resorts in Goa.
A hot-season retreat for Margao's moneyed middle classes since long before Independence, Colva is the oldest and largest - of south Goa's resorts. Its leafy outlying vaddos, or wards, are pleasant enough, dotted with colonial lection of concrete hotels, souvenir stalls and fly-blown snack bars strewn around a bleak central roundabout. Colva is pleasant and convenient place to stay, swimming is relatively safe, while the sand, at least away from the beachfront, is spotless and scattered with beautiful shells.
There are plenty of resorts and low-budget hotels in and around Colva beach. The Benaulim beach, near Colva beach, too has a few hotels. Besides it is possible to rent houses for a longer stay.
Colva Attractions -----
Nossa Senhora de Merces (Our Lady of Mercy) Church :
The church is famous for its annual religious event, Fama of Menino Jesuse (Child Jesus), since the 17th century. The predominantly Catholic community celebrates it on the third Monday of October every year. It is one of Goa's most popular feasts and a big fair is held on the occasion.
On the Beach :
While taking a stroll on the Colva Beach, silver carpets of bangdde (mackerels) can be viewed shimmering on the golden sands for drying. Fishermen's motor trawlers can be seen anchored in a line offshore. Tourists' Indian and foreigners, as well as locals. can be seen in colorful dresses, coming either for a walk or, for a change of air. . Many tourists can be seen having a sunbath on the golden sands. The trinket stalls and the drink stands on the golden sands under the moonlight make the evening on the Colva Beach utterly romantic.
Getting There -----
Air : The nearest airport is at Dabolim, which is 29 km away from Panaji and 68 km from Colva.
By Rail : The nearest railway station is at Karmali, 11 km away from Panaji. Panaji is 39 km away from Colva.
By Road : There are frequent buses from Colva running to and from Margao (also Madgaon; 6 km away) from where one can take a bus to Panaji, which is 33 km further ahead.
Get off here if one can, as it's closer to most of the hotels & Resorts