Colva Beach, located in southern Goa, is about 8 km from Margao and 40 km from Panaji. It is the oldest beach of Goa. It is about 2 kms away from the Benalium Beach.
It is usually less crowded as compared to Anjuna or Calangute Beach and has gained popularity very lately. People visit here to relax and feel the tranquillity in the natural beauty of the beach. The beach is covered with white sand and surrounded by coconut palms along the coast. You can see a large number of fishermen’s motor trawlers anchored offshore. Silver carpets of mackerels laid by fisherman over the beach for drying can be seen. A large number of food stalls and drink stalls at the Colva Beach provide you with delicious sea food cuisine and you can also enjoy the famous drink named feni made of cashew or coconut.
Water sports activities including jet skiing, swimming, boat rides are offered to tourists visiting here. The night-life here is more bustling than any other beach in the whole of the South Goa. It is a famous destination for rave parties, and is made more marvellous along with music, late night bars and discos which are crowded from 10:00 pm onwards.
Another famous tourist attraction is Our Lady of Mercy Church that was founded in 1630. The statue of Menino Jesus, inside the church, is believed to have healing powers. Every year during the month of October, an annual religious event – ‘Fama of menino Jesuse’ is organized during which the statue is removed from the triple vaulted lock of the church and dipped in water after a procession. This water is taken as a token of good luck by pilgrims.