Sight Address : Colva Beach lies about 6 Kms to the west of Margao and is the oldest, largest and the most spectacular beaches of South Goa. Edit
Colva Beach is the oldest, largest and the most spectacular of south Goa beaches. It lies about 6 Kms to the west of Margao. The beach consists of about 25kms of the finest powder white sand and is lined along its shore by coconut palms extending to Bogmalo in the north and Cabo de Rama in the south along south Goa’s coastline. In the colonial days it used to be the retreat for Margao’s high society, who would come to Colva for their “Mundanca” or change of air. Today the area that is reminiscent of this age are the beautiful houses or villas that dot the village. Today’s Colva is slowly undergoing commercialization at a feverish pitch “a la” Calangute. Colvá is a village in Salcete, Goa. Colvá beach stretch is around 2.4 km, the beach consists of about 25 km of the finest powder white sand and is lined along its shore by coconut palms extending furthest towards Bogmalo in the north and Cabo de Rama in the south along South Goa’s coastline. In the Portuguese governance days it used to be the retreat for Goa’s high society, who would come to Colvá for their “Mundanca” or change of air. Today the area that is reminiscent of this age are the beautiful houses or villas, including many ruins that dot the village. On a weekend, huge crowds that comprises tourists, foreigners from around the world and local Indian tourists as well, who enjoy the sunset and various activities on offer. The beach also gets particularly busy in October, when hoards of pilgrims come and visit Colvá Church called Igreja de Nossa Senhora das Merces that was founded in 1630 by the Roiz family and later rebuilt at the village square in the eighteenth century. The area is well developed with plenty of budget hotels, guest houses, beach shacks, food stalls, small restaurants, pubs and bars. However the development hasn’t been extended to night life largely.
Colvá beach is built the first Portuguese architecture residential house in 1551 facing the opposite side of the sea and at a distance from the shore, this was tactfully done to avoid any enemy attacks from the Arabian sea. The entire beach called praia da Colvá belonged to him. In the 18th century, one of Diogo’s decedents namely Sebastião José Roiz ordered his village people to plant coconut trees on the entire coastline, the villagers thought it was foolish as the soil was white (in-fertile) and would not sustain the plantation growth. However today the shore line is a serene beauty of those plantations of coconut trees. The entire Colvá shore and beach property till betalbatim was inherited by various descendants of the Roiz family until the late 20th century after which parts were handed over to the Government of Goa under Indian administration post 1974/75 settlement of Goa, as Colvá was annexed as a part of Goa during the 1961 annexation of Goa by India and the rest of the land was sold.
Best Season to Visit
Goa can be visited all through the year. But the Best season to visit is from October to June. Summer (March to May) is hot in Goa but the sea breeze offers solace to the heat. Monsoon (June to September) offer heavy to medium rainfalls.
Best Time To Visit
Morning, Afternoon, Evening.
Time Required for Sightseeing
Ticket Required : No Edit
Individual National Adult Rs. : N.A.
Kids Rs. : N.A.
Individual Foreigner Adult Rs. : N.A.
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Still Photo Camera Rs. : N.A.
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Guide Required : NoEdit
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Dress Code (If Any) : NoEdit
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How to ReachEdit
Taxi : This place is well connected by road.
Bus : There are regular buses from Madgaon Bus Terminal .
Train : Madgaon railway station is at a distance of 43 km.
Air : Closest airport is Dabolim Airport which is about 67 km away.
Others : N.A.
Things to CarryEdit
Carry swimming costumes, towels, Suns cream etc.
Safety / WarningEdit
During the monsoon season, which lasts till September, rains and thunder showers pelt the Goan plains. The humidity levels are at their highest during the monsoon months.
• Police – 100
• Ambulance – 102
• Fire – 101
• Goa Tourism – 143