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Colva Beach

South Goa’s beaches are pristine havens of calm. One of the busy shores on this stretch, Colva beach is located close to Margao and getting there by bus or public transport is easy. The area is populated with stores selling garments, dry fruits and more. The Colva Residency  is centrally located along the beach. If you’re looking for things to do in Colva, here’s a quick guide.

City Drive

Drive to Margao city, the commercial centre of south Goa, with its bustling markets. It’s just 6 kms from the beach. There’s plenty to see in the city from the famed monuments to the beautiful heritage homes. You can explore the local market scenes, stock up on the famed spices or even eat at some of the oldest eateries like Longuinhos, that’s directly opposite the Margao Residency.

Read more about the town in the Margao City Guide


Shopping in Colva like any other beach offers plenty of good bargains. The tiny stalls sell everything from Rajasthani bags and jewellery to leather items and beach wear. You can browse and haggle to your heart’s content. Or if you’re in the city then you can hop into some of the stores to see what you can find.


South Goa is bestowed with a rich historical legacy. Museums like Ancestral Goa in Loutolim is one of the major tourist attractions for history buffs. It’s filled with artefacts of Goa’s past and takes you on a walk down memory lane. The museum is particularly known for the largest sculpture of Sant Mirabai located within the premises.


As the sun sets, the restaurants along the coast come abuzz to the live music scenes. Most of these places are walking distance from the Colva Residency and offer something unique and special for all tastes.


Foodies can indulge in a wide culinary sojourn of their taste buds. Shacks and eateries cater to all sorts of palettes with their mouth-watering preparations. Famed restaurants like Martin’s Corner in Betalbatim, Nostalgia in Loutolim serve authentic Goan food that will not disappoint a foodie.


Staying at the Colva Residency will give you close access to other famed beaches in South Goa like Benaulim, Betalbatim and Arrossim. About 15-minutes from Colva, the drive along the southern stretch of beaches like Varca, Mobor Cavelossim and Betul is also a pleasurable experience. A visit to Goa’s most sought-after beaches extreme South in Palolem and Agonda, is also recommended provided one has their own transport or you’ll have to take the bus from the main city terminus at KTC, Margao.