Colva

Colva

Colvá is a village in Salcete, Goa. Colvá beach stretch is around 2.4 km, the beach consists of about 25 km of the finest powder white sand and is lined along its shore by coconut palms extending furthest towards Bogmalo in the north and Cabo de Rama in the south along South Goa's coastline. In the Portuguese governance days it used to be the retreat for Goa's high society, who would come to Colvá for their "Mundanca" or change of air. Today the area that is reminiscent of this age are the beautiful houses or villas, including many ruins that dot the village. On a weekend, huge crowds that comprises tourists, foreigners from around the world and local Indian tourists as well, who enjoy the sunset and various activities on offer. The beach also gets particularly busy in October, when hoards of pilgrims come and visit Colvá Church called Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Piedade that was founded in 1630 by the Roiz family and later rebuilt at the village square in the eighteenth century. The area is well developed with plenty of budget hotels, guest houses, beach shacks, food stalls, small restaurants, pubs and bars. However the development hasn't been extended to nightlife largely. The beach waters are constantly monitored by lifeguards and the swimming area is flagged with coloured flags accordingly. Majority of the local people (from the mid 16th century) are historically and presently fishermen by occupation who were Hindu converts as well as migrants from various past Portuguese overseas territories such as Angola, Mozambique, Brazil, etc. as well as Portugal and numerous inter-marriages have had a huge influence on the communities. The ethnicity is thus very diverse. The village had significant importance to Portugal and Portuguese Goa. Currently a famous tourist destination of South Goa enjoyed for its whitish-silver sands and called the fishing village of South Goa.

Read more about Colva:  Etymology and History, Colvá Beach, Climate

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