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How to reach Colva Beach, Goa in India

Updated on October 7, 2016
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A travel enthusiast, Sunil Kunnoth finds pleasure in making long train journeys with a mind to observe things around.

The spectacular Colva Beach, Goa
The spectacular Colva Beach, Goa | Source

Sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats, Goa lures the tourists in several ways. Though its prime attraction is beautiful beaches, it has more spectacular things a tourist can’t ignore. Goa’s super attraction is obviously its beaches sprawled over a 100 km coastline. If you love beaches, head towards North Goa, where both domestic and international tourist arrive in search of the fascination for a lovely beach life. But Colva beach in the South Goa is more popular since the place is rich with budget hotels, beach shacks, food stalls serving a multitude of seafood, restaurants, pubs and bars.

Since I myself being a beach lover and a great fan of Goa, I had visited Goa several times and done a couple of hubs featuring the spectacular and irresistible images of Goa and the interesting Goan life. This time, I am just back from yet another Goa trip with my colleagues and love to share you some wonderful moments of our trip through some lively snaps and text here. Speaking about Colva, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Goa. It is a coastal village in Salcete in South Goa.

The Train is the best option to reach Goa as it has good connectivity with all major rail heads in India. Daily there are six trains running between Mangalore Central (MAQ) and Mangalore Junction (MAJN). The distance between Mangalore Central to Madgaon is 320 km (Rail route). Please note that Mangalore Central and Mangalore Junction are different stations. Mangalore Junction is on the Konkan route and it is also known as Kankanadi. There is a distance of six (6) km between these two stations.

Swaying palms, white sands and sparkling waters: the three essential elements of Colva beach.
Swaying palms, white sands and sparkling waters: the three essential elements of Colva beach. | Source
The shore is rich with coconut palms. An ideal place to relax.
The shore is rich with coconut palms. An ideal place to relax. | Source
An impressive view of the Colva Beach
An impressive view of the Colva Beach | Source
This board gives you the distance chart to other popular attractions in Goa. This snap was taken from Colva. Buses and Taxis start service from here to take you to tourist spots.
This board gives you the distance chart to other popular attractions in Goa. This snap was taken from Colva. Buses and Taxis start service from here to take you to tourist spots.
The vast stretch of white sand.....
The vast stretch of white sand..... | Source
This is a cottage for tourists owned by Goa Tourism Department.
This is a cottage for tourists owned by Goa Tourism Department. | Source

Some useful information

Goa Tourism Site: 1) http://www.goatourism.gov.in/

2) http://www.goa-tourism.com/

Important Phone Nos.

Konkan Railway

Madgaon 2712790-91 (STD Code 08342)

Vasco 2501223/2512398 (STD 08345)

Canacona 2643395 (STD: 08346)

Roadways

KTC 2438034-37

KSRTC 2438256

MSRTC 2438253

Airways

Indian Airlines: Airport - 2542444-46

Jet Airways: Airport - 2542025-26

Why Colva so popular


Colva is undoubtedly one of the most popular beach destinations in Goa. Why? Several reasons can be attributed for this love. But I must inform you that it is more famous among the local (read Indian) tourists. International tourists are less in number here. In fact, Colva is not an expensive or exotic location like other beaches in Goa or elsewhere in the world tourism map. There are plenty of mid-range hotels here. Truly speaking, Colva is a paradise for a budget-traveler for it has such a concentration of the budget hotels. Their tariffs are very attractive. Also, when it comes to reachability, Colva is a fine spot. It is easy and affordable, and I think that must be the reason why the local or the Indian tourists rush to this beach. From Madgaon railway station what it takes is just 7 km, which can easily be managed within 15 to 20 minutes time gap. You can catch a taxi easily from the railway station and reach Colva Beach quickly. And on taxi service, Goa has a special feature. It is the two-wheeler (Bike) taxi service here. If you are alone, you can hire either a bike-taxi or get a bike on rent. Luckily, it is not at all expensive and rather convenient too. As Goa is a popular tourist place, the drivers here follow most of the Indian languages and English, though their mother tongue is Konkani. Marati, Hindi and English are the other languages they effortlessly use.


The other advantage being stationed at Colva is the easy accessibility to other popular tourist spots in Goa. Several tourist operators conduct sightseeing trips from Colva to different locations in the state. Their service starts around 9 in the morning and concludes by 8.30 in the evening. You will be happy in knowing that just for a charge of Rs. 200/- (roughly between 3 to 4 $), they take you to either South Goa or North Goa as you opt for. When the South trip has a historical and divine elements for it covers some famous historical places, churches and Temples, the North Goa trip is exclusively for beaches and fun. Each trip takes a full day and the charge is same. To know and feel Goa, you must utilize both trips by staying two days in Colva. One day be it the the South and the other day the North or vice versa. But again I must remind you that the pleasure of Goa doesn't just end there. It is up to you to explore and enjoy more.

Goa - Basic Facts

Capital: Panaji (Panjim)

Area; 3702 sq km.

Neighboring states: Karnataka & Maharashtra

No. of Districts: 2 (North & South)

Chief Languages: Konkani & Marathi (English & Hindi also spoken)

Major Religions: Hinduism & Christianity (5% Muslims)

Main Towns: Panaji (Panjim), Margao (Madgaon), Vasco, Mapusa & Ponda

Watch this video to feel Colva Beach

Attractions in Colva


Though Colva is a popular beach, don’t expect this to be the best. Actually, it is a coastal village. Still, Colva has its unique features. The coconut palms lined along the shore gives it a picture perfect look. The powder white sand is another temptation for a beach lover. The calm and quite costal village of Colva is a relief from the maddening crowd of a city life. Again strolling through the villages around, you may be astonished on the charm of the homes reflecting the colonial architectural excellence. The Portuguese ruling though ended some fifty years before, it is still felt here in many ways. What the plus point of Goa is that that the place has more stunning beaches in the north side. The Palolem, for example, is amazing and worth a visit as well stay. A word of caution: before leaving for Goa, do ensure a bottle of sun lotion, a cap and cooling glass in your luggage. The place is so hot especially at the beach area.


Nevertheless, spending a night at Colva is a must feel experience. You will love the time spent on the powdery sand here in the evening. You can spend any time as long as you wish to remain there enjoying the moonlit and the alluring ambiance. There is no sort of disturbance to spoil your mood. You enjoy your time with your dear ones either in silence or listening to the melodies orchestrated by nature or more so to the tunes of the waves. You can carry your guitar and sing along with your buddies. We spent hours on the sand singing some old melodies. You feel a security here thanks to the presence of the life guards and security staff, who keep a strict vigil during the night. Using the powerful search lights they monitor to ensure that everything going smooth. But I think I must share a disturbing scene I found irritating on this otherwise calm place. It is the presence of stray dogs. Their barking sound and group fighting is not a welcome thing for a tourist. But luckily all these happen in the day time! I wonder why the Tourism authority in Goa keep mum on this annoying issue. The menace is increasing each passing day. In my earlier visits I never noticed such issues. .

To explore Goa, where you need to reach is Madgaon. All trains passing through the Konkan route to Mumbai or Delhi travel through Madgaon. There are a number of direct trains to Madgaon from different parts of India. For travelers from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry Mangalore is the best option since a couple of trains start service from there to Madgaon. If you travel in daytime, you can enjoy the spectacular beauty of Konkan rail route. Bus services also available from Mangalore,

Liquors are easily available in Goa.
Liquors are easily available in Goa. | Source
A Wine Shop. Liquors are cheap here. Collect some Wine and Feny as a souvenir.
A Wine Shop. Liquors are cheap here. Collect some Wine and Feny as a souvenir. | Source
A pool at Colva Beach Resort, a budget hotel in Colva.
A pool at Colva Beach Resort, a budget hotel in Colva.
Colva Residency is owned by Goa Tourism Department. The property offers a good view of the Colva beach
Colva Residency is owned by Goa Tourism Department. The property offers a good view of the Colva beach | Source
These cottages in front of the Colva Beach are owned by Goa Tourism Corporation. A decent option for your comfortable stay.
These cottages in front of the Colva Beach are owned by Goa Tourism Corporation. A decent option for your comfortable stay. | Source
Sitting here, you can watch the scenic beach. Another view of the Colva Residency.
Sitting here, you can watch the scenic beach. Another view of the Colva Residency.
A tourist bus parked in Colmar Beach Resort. They arrange Goa tour every day in the morning.
A tourist bus parked in Colmar Beach Resort. They arrange Goa tour every day in the morning. | Source

Bed & Breakfast

Colva is a region (actually it is a coastal village) where a number of mid-range hotels are available offering you budget stay. The place is rich with all types of budget hotels. Hence, accommodation is never an issue. But the joy ends there. You may disappoint when you come to know that food is very expensive here. Most of the restaurants charge you excessively for food. I was shocked when I found a hotel, where the price of an Idly was Rs.30/-. It is too much. So you need to be very careful before giving your order for food. Study the menu well to avoid an unpleasant situation later. Here, what is advisable is choosing the right hotel preferably a small one sans luxury. If you love drinks of any sort, the entire Goa is ok since the liquors are cheap and easily available. I must say that Goa is a paradise for the boozers. Taste the local drink ‘Feni’ to know and feel the real ‘Goan spirit’. Besides, Feni has some medicinal values too. You can read my Feni story below:

Feni is so popular in Goa that every traveler, who happened to visit this most beautiful land must have something to say or share about this country liquor. It is true that Feni is synonymous with Goa. What Tequila is to Mexico, Feni is to Goa. Feni is also spelt Fenny or Fenim. For more information, please read the following article:

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 15 months ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      @Chitraji, thank you for your review. I am glad that you liked this hub. Hope you can visit it sooner or later. Keep on writing. All the best.

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      Patricia Scott 15 months ago from sunny Florida

      O yes...I wish that I could have the opportunity to visit here...I love settings surrounded by lovely waters and sand. Sounds like a winner.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Angels are headed your way. ps

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      Chitrangada Sharan 15 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice and informative hub!

      It is a great travel guide for those who want to visit Colva beach in Goa. One of the most popular destination for travellers from India and abroad--Goa is just wonderful. Your travel guide will benefit many.

      Thank you for sharing the helpful details!

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 16 months ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      @teaches12345, thank you for stopping by and leaving some encouraging comments. You are right Colva is really inviting for any vacationer.

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      Dianna Mendez 16 months ago

      Sounds like a nice place to visit. The budget hotels and beach are inviting for any vacationer. Very informative post.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 17 months ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Devika, So happy to see you back here. I too was on a short absence from HubPages. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comments here. Glad to know you loved it.

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      Devika Primić 17 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      sunilkunnoth2012 It has been a while! Interesting and informative. I don't have travel plans as yet. This place sounds a great idea.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 17 months ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      @emge, Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comments. Love to hear your Colva story.

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      Madan 17 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      Nice post. Been to colva many times

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