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Colva beach

Colva is the oldest, largest and the most spectacular of south Goa beaches. It lies about 6 Kms to the west of Margao. The beach consists of about 25kms of the finest powder white sand and is lined along its shore by coconut palms extending to Bogmalo in the north and Cabo de Rama in the south along south Goa's coastline. In the colonial days it used to be the retreat for Margao's high society, who would come to Colva for their "Mundanca" or change of air. Today the area that is reminiscent of this age are the beautiful houses or villas that dot the village. Today's Colva is slowly undergoing commercialization  at a feverish pitch "a la" Calangute.

Local attractions

The legacy of Menino Jesus

Apart from the beach itself, the other main attraction for the locals is the "Menino Jesus" statue at the local church of Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Piedade ( Our Lady of Mercy) founded in 1630. The church lies in the village square.

The statue was discovered by Rev. Father Bento Ferreira in 1640  while shipwrecked after being attacked by muslim pirates off the coast of Mozambique. The statue was washed ashore and lay intact on the rocks. Father Ferreira  kept it with him and brought the statue to Colva in 1648  when he was posted  as the first vicar to the church at Colva.  The statue was placed in an altar in the church and soon gained the reputation for granting favors among the local populace. 

Following the banning of the Jesuits by the Portuguese, the Jesuits took the statue with them to Rachol  and refused to return it. This  enraged the locals and ensued in a long,  arduous and  unsuccessful  struggle for the return of the statue to Colva . Even after obtaining an order for its return from the King of Portugal, they were unsuccessful.  Frustrated, they finally commissioned a new statue and adorned it with the original ring that had fallen off the previous statue prior to its transfer to Rachol. This resulted in the return of the miraculous powers to the new statue. In the light of  the debacle with the previous statue, the statue now remains  locked up except during the Fama festival on the second Monday in October every year. The tradition  attracts thousands and continues to this day and according to the locals, Menino Jesus has never failed to deliver. 

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Colva Beach

Colva Beach

Colva Beach

Colva Beach

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Colva Beach

Colva Beach

Colva Beach

  Colva Church

Approach

There are regular bus services from Margao and Vasco da Gama and they depart from the KTC bus stand, 3kms north of Margao city. There are regular buses to Colva, Majorda, Benaulim and other nearby villages leaving from here. The interstate buses also depart from the KTC bus stand at Margao.

There are two  train stations, the newest being the Konkan Rail train station located about 3kms from the Margao city center.  

Nearby  Sightseeing

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Nearby cities
Margao  
Vasco da  Gama

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Nearby beaches
Benaulim, Majorda, Betalbatim, Betul, Canaguinim, Agonda, Palolem, Rajbhag, Polem

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Nearby Churches
Church of Holy Spirit, Margao
Rachol Seminary, Rachol

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Nearby Temples
Shree Damodar Temple, Zambaulim
Shree Chandranath Temple, Paroda
Shree Navdurga Temple, Borim
Shree Shantadurga Temple, Fatorpa

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Nearby Masjids
Jama Masjid, Sanguem

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Nearby Monuments
Cabo de Rama , Buddhist caves, Rivona

Local Infrastructure

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 Nearby Banks    

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Nearby Currency exchange centers

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Post office - Post Office, Colva.

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Police Station - Police Station, Colva.

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Restaurants in Colva

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Nearby Internet Cafes

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Reliable local Physician - Dr. Elvis Mascarenhas.

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Hospitals - Hospicio Hospital, Margao - Tel: 722164

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Drug store / Pharmacy - Holy Spirit Medical Stores, Margao - Tel: 737433

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