Saturday, February 28, 2009

Colva Beach - Queen of South Goa

The Colva Beach has been the prime spot for tourists visiting south Goa and is considered to be one of the finest beaches colva beach sunsetamong the Goan beaches. Located at a distance of hardly six kilometers from the Goan commercial capital Margao, Colva beach has been the idyllic unwinding place for the South Goan population as also the avid tourist and has a wide opening towards the beach. The beachfront is a collection of restaurants, souvenir stalls and plenty of snack bars decorating the central roundabout.

Due to its convenient location and idyllic setting , Colva beach is a favourite haunt for visitors. Every day , busloads of visitors from out of Goa frolic on the beach after a paddle on the crowded foreshore. Swimming is relatively safe, while the sand, , is spotless and scattered with beautiful shells all around. Colva, gets crowded in the evenings and on weekends, it is a completely bustling place, with hundreds of visitors just parking themselves in the welcome sands of the beach.

How to get to Colva
By Air: The only airport in Goa at Dabolim is around 36 kms away from Colva and there are plenty of taxis servicing this route
By Rail: The nearest railway station is at margao known as “ Madgaon railway station” and is hardly 7 kilometres away from Colva.
By Road: The bus service to Colva is very frequent with buses plying from Colva to and fro for the whole day. Also there is a sharing taxi service from Margao which is best to be avoided as it normally exceeds the passenger limits. From Margao, one can travel to the north in Panjim which is around 35 kms away

How to spend time in Colva

Although Colva had never been regarded as a great venue for rave parties or the like, Colva can boast of a more livelier nightlife than anywhere else in south Goa, thanks to its ever-growing population of young package tourists.

For the most happening nightspots you need to move down in the dunes, south of the beachfront area where “ splash” welcomes you with a big MTV satellite screen and music to go with it, and a late bar and disco that adds extra life up around 10.00 pm.

A sandy plod just south of here, Ziggy's is armed with supposedly Goa's only air conditioned dance floor, a vibrantly thumping Indian Ragga and Techno sound system, and a social grooving terrace abounding with easy chairs. If you prefer to get lost somewhere affordable and less revealing you may want to , try Johnny Cool's midway between the beach and the crossroads of Colva

Eating Out in Colva

When the season is in full swing, Colva’s beach front hosts a lot of temporary structures known as Shacks which are restaurants serving Goan cuisine and temptuous seafood. These shacks are well equipped with good music and lighting. The rates for food in these places may be a little costlier, but the portions are correspondingly more, and standards generally high since they cater normally to the foreign tourist.

So bury your legs in the sand while feasting on delicious Goan cuisine to be washed down by some heady Goan cock-tails while enjoying the crashing waves of the vast sea in front of you   

Places To Stay in Colva

In keeping upto the rapid development of Colva as a package tour resort, Colva's increasing appetite for accommodation is well satiated in a wide range from swish campuses of hotels and swimming pools to a fair selection of ” good value for money” guesthouses, in between.

Good living Styles” is a good place to book cheap accommodation in spacious apartments in Colva with all the amenities such as refrigerator , air conditioner, cooking gas, plush bathrooms etc. Added to this is the hygiene and the sparkling nature of their apartments which can hold good sway over any tourist. Their apartments are also located at less than a five minute walk from the beach and most of all are priced at an unbelievable steal. To book cheap accommodation in Colva in spacious apartments “click here"

Library in Colva

There is also a book front on the beach front at Colva for you and Damodar Book store, is stocked with a nice selection of reasonably priced second hand paperbacks in English. They also do exchange and subscription of books, and have the best range of postcards in the Colva area.

Places to visit in Colva

The Nossa Senhora de Merces (Our Lady of Mercy) Church is the church of Colva and is famous for its annual religious event known as the -Fama of Menino Jesus (Child Jesus)- which is celebrated since the 17th century. The predominantly Catholic community of Colva celebrates this feast on the third Monday of October every year. In the Goan This feast is very popular and is considered as one of the major draws for people from all over Goa and a big fair is held on the occasion. So visiting Colva would be complete with a visit to this historic Church

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