Colva is a picturesque coastal village lined with powdery white-sand beaches on the Arabian Sea. You can also explore scenic hiking trails, find cascading waterfalls and see the largest cathedral in Asia.
Things to do in Colva
Unwind under the swaying coconut palms at Colva Beach or get your adrenaline pumpings with water sports, such as jet skiing, paragliding and snorkeling. Those looking to combine nature and wildlife watching can sign up for thrilling dolphin spotting excursions.
Lace up your hiking boots and admire the region’s diverse flora and fauna on a guided trek. The Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary offers adventure tours through rugged trails home to Muridae deer, giant Indian flying squirrels and four-horn antelope. The best views are seen from the 25-meter-high treetop watchtower.
Looking for souvenirs? Browse Cova’s colorful flea market, where you can pick up bargain-priced clothes, accessories and handicrafts. Afterward, hike the trails at Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park to photograph its impressive waterfalls.
History enthusiasts can take a day trip to Vasco De Gama to marvel at the Gothic architecture of St. Xavier’s Church and the golden bell at Se Cathedral, the largest cathedral in Asia. Wander the historic grounds of Shantadurga Temple or learn about Indian naval aviation through exhibits showcasing aircraft and weapons at the Naval Aviation Museum.
Getting around Colva
The easiest way to reach Colva is by taking a train or bus from Margao, while Goa International Airport is a 35-minute drive away. In town, you can get around by taxi, bus, auto rickshaw or a hired bicycle.