Colva is a coastal village in South Goa situated 40 km (25 mi) from the state’s capital Panaji. Colva’s beach stretches for about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) and is a part of 25 km sandy broad beach extending from Bogmalo to Cabo de Rama. The village was a popular destination for Portuguese. Today it has many ruins of mansions, villas from colonial era and white churches on the inland roads. The Church of Our Lady Of Mercy was founded in 1630 (rebuilt in the 18th century) and is famous for its miracle statue of Menino Jesus. The infrastructure is expanding and the village has modern amenities like air-conditioned resort complexes, tourist cottages, eateries, guest houses, etc. At the end of Colva Beach starts Benaulim, known for its calm and peaceful environment and offering more accommodation for backpackers.
When to visit: best time to visit October to March. March to May is hot and humid. June to September is monsoon season.
HOW TO REACH
Nearest railway station: Madgaon Junction railway station in Margo is about 7 km away. Margao station is the terminus station for several Konkan Railway trains and almost all trains passing through Goa stop here. There are direct trains from most parts of India including Delhi, Mumbai, Cochin, Mangalore, Bangalore, Gujarat, Kerala, coastal Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Nearest airport: Goa International Airport or Dabolim Airport is about 21 km away.
Buses: The Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) is the state government’s bus service. Buses go from Margao Bus Terminal (KTC Bus Stand). For longer distances you need to change buses. Biggest bus stations in Goa are – Mapusa, Panjim, Vasco da Gama, Margao and Canacona.
By road: The distance from Goa International Airport or Dabolim Airport to Colva is about 21 km via NH566 and Dabolim - Cavelossim Rd. It takes around 1 hour.
The distance from Vasco De Gama train station to Colva is about 26 km via NH566 and Dabolim - Cavelossim Rd. It takes 1 hour.
The distance from Madgaon Junction railway station in Margo to Colva is about 7 km via Colva Beach Rd. It takes around 30 min.
The distance from Old Goa to Colva is about 31 km via MDR 1 and NH 66. It takes 1 hour.
The distance from Mumbai to Colva is about 610 km via NH48. It takes around 10-11 hours.
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