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Colva Beach

Running for almost 24 kms, Colva is one of the longest beaches in the world. Being one of the latest beaches to be discovered and also on account of its length, Colva is less crowded than its southern counterparts. And despite commercialization slowly blossoming, there are tracts where you can still enjoy on your own and nightlife is still minimal. Colva is 8 kms from Marago and 40 kms from Panaji with Bogmalo in north and Cabo de Rama in south.

The best way to enjoy Colva is by reading a book under the sun but even if you do practically nothing you will never get bored here. Lately, the beach is becoming a favorite hangout for locals, and you will see crowds coming during weekends. Also in December, you will see throngs of pilgrims coming to visit the Colva Church. Due to its scenic beauty, the beach was meant only for high society during pre colonial days and their old villas still lie scattered in the area.

How To Get There: There are regular buses to Colva from Margao and Vasco da Gama. The buses leave from the KTC bus stand in the suburbs of Margao. Few buses also ply from Panaji, which is 33 kms ahead. The new Konkan Rail station is 3 kms away and the Marago rail station is also close by.

Accommodation: High end resorts, budget hotels or beach shacks, accommodation will not be a problem here. But to be on the safe side do book in advance.

Attractions: There are many activities you can enjoy here. Begin by sunbathing under the sun listening to the sound of the gentle waves. After that take a dip in the sea, the water is safe for swimming and it is constantly monitored by lifeguards. After that, revive your energy with good food. Colva is a foodie's delight; delicious foods are available at the shacks along the beach with some innovative cocktails to complete the meal. After your meal, burn out the excess calories by jet skiing and speedboat riding with friends exploring the scenic coastline along the way.

If you have a splitting headache, walk down to the historical Nossa Senhora de Merces (Our Lady of Mercy) Church and the statue of Child Jesus might just cure that for you.

This statue is believed to have healing powers. If you are here in October you can enjoy the Fama festival and the grand feast that always follows. The festival is one of the most popular in Goa; the festivities begin at eight in the morning ending only at nine in the evening. Bull fighting is also staged at Colva but with a local touch with some Konkani music held at an old deserted paddy field. Nightlife is active and pulsating at Colva and late night parties at the beach are becoming a regular. If you are here from mid-April onwards the Beach Bonanza, a musical festival held every Sundays, is worth a visit.

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