Many choose to visit this beach to experience a change from the crowded Anjuna or Calangute beach, because it is usually less crowded. There are many shacks lined up along the Colva beach which offers you delicious Goan cuisine to be washed down by innovative cock-tails. Sit in one of those shack, savour the mouth-watering food while looking at the vast sea in front of you.
Though there are eating joints and hotels around beach, this beach still manages to keep its serenity in tact. Unlike Anjuna or Calangute, Colva beach gained popularity only lately. Over the years, many hotels and buildings have sprung from nowhere in and around these beaches in Goa. This is one of those beaches that is developing at a very good pace.
About 2 km away from Colva beach is the Benaulim beach, which is more peaceful and serene. Benaulim provides an escape to see nature in its full bounty with few tourists to disturb its peace. One can still see spot old Portuguese houses.
Nossa Senhora de Merces (Our Lady of Mercy) Church
Apart from the Colva beach, you can also visit the Nossa Senhora de Merces (Our Lady of Mercy) Church. This 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.
Longuinhos Beach Resort This old Colva favorite is about a kilometer from the crowded village, and right on the beach. Rooms are comfortable and reasonably priced, and the staff friendly and helpful. You can eat at A Tartaruga, the in-house restaurant, or take your pick from dozens of shack restaurants close by.
Star Beach Resort The chief advantages of this extremely ordinary four-story building are its proximity to the beach (a few minutes by foot) and its location just off Colvas main street. Rooms are basic but clean and comfortable, which is more than can be said for many of Colvas properties. None of the rooms face the sea.