How to reach Colva Beach, Goa in India
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.
Some useful information
Goa Tourism Site: 1) http://www.goatourism.gov.in/
Important Phone Nos.
Madgaon 2712790-91 (STD Code 08342)
Vasco 2501223/2512398 (STD 08345)
Canacona 2643395 (STD: 08346)
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 6 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 9.30 in the morning and concludes by 7.30 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. You can book your ticket either from Colmar Beach Resort or from Colva Residency. It is better you opt your journey from Colva Residency since it is run by Goa Government. They arrange sightseeing in AC buses just for Rs.300/-. 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 let it be 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. Also, the tourists must be aware of the villains in the area particularly a man running some business in Colva, mainly related to tourism like sight seeing, taxi service etc. He always troubles the tourists when they avoid his services. I have seen beating the tourists and abusing them verbally. No one is registering complaints against him as all are fearful of him. In case you face any issues from him, you can easily contact Police by calling 100. They will reach the spot within 10 minutes and take immediate action. So please take this option when you are in trouble. You can easily recognize him for he wears rings on all his fingers and roaming around the area in his scooter. You can even file your complaint through email also to the Tourism authorities. Details can easily be collected from Internet. We had some great trouble from him and had reported the case to Tourism Director via email.
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,
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:
- Feni, The Popular Drink of Goa, India
Goa is a hot spot of international tourists. It is a small state in India with lot of amazing features like fine beaches, cheap liquor and Portuguese influence. Goa has a unique drink in Feni.
My other articles on Goa
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- Is Goa a wrong choice for a visit?
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- A Quick Tour Trip and Plan to Goa
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© 2015 Sunil Kumar Kunnoth