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Colva Beach Holidays in Goa

With twenty miles of sunny, white sands Colva Beach is the perfect antidote to a stressful life. It is one of the longest beaches in the world. With its peace and tranquility and sublime natural setting amongst paddy fields and lush forested countryside, it's easy to understand why Colva Beach has such a great reputation.

The beach is clean and safe and is perfect for strolling along and collecting delicately patterned shells. Coconut palms line the beach providing a beautiful backdrop to the long warm beach where you can laze around for as long as you want to. It is usually less crowded than busier Goan resorts such as Anjuna or Calangute. The beach is looked after by lifeguards and safe swimming areas are clearly marked by coloured flags.

Jet skiing and parasailing are available for the more adventurous but most people enjoy Colva for the relaxation it inspires. Just sitting watching the fishermen bringing in the nets and spreading them to dry on the beach can be very therapeutic. Alternatively you might wish to take a boat and go dolphin watching – these are beautiful, intelligent creatures and an afternoon watching them is most rewarding. Throughout the village and beach area, there are dozens of stalls selling textiles, musical instruments and local crafts. Stall holders can be persistent in their selling but a firm 'no' is always accepted.

October is a particularly busy time when hordes of pilgrims visit the 17th century whitewashed Greja de Nossa Senhora de Piedade Church where the statue Menino Jesus is said to have healing powers. Another tradition held in the local paddy fields is bull fighting, which is always a spectacle, especially since there are no barriers to contain the fight. There is always lots of excitement and the sounds of Konkani music fill the air.

The beach is freckled with beach shacks that serve amazing food - delicious Goan cuisine, international dishes and sensational seafood. You can even enjoy mouth-watering cocktails to quench your thirst by during the day or to chill out by the light of the moon. Some of the resort hotels have live music or karaoke as well as offering a more up-market environment to dine in. You will also find golf courses, tennis courts and casinos amongst these hotels too.

The nearest rail connection is at Margao five miles away and the closest international airport is at the capital Panaji 25 miles away. Taxis and auto rickshaws are numerous everywhere to take you cheaply and courteously to where you need. Public transport from Colva itself is limited but there is a bus that goes to Margao. Alternatively you can hire scooters or bikes to enable you to come and go as you please.

Although this is a well-developed resort there is very little in the way of nightlife – although what could compare to sitting on the beach watching the magnificent colours of the sunsets over the Arabian Sea? If you want solitude and a beautiful place to relax, then Colva Beach is a great choice.