Part of a long stretch of beach which starts at Mobor at the mouth of the Sal river in the south and stretches on to Velsao in the north, Colva, is part of almost a 25 km long stretch of beach which in many parts is empty and gorgeous! In the colonial days Colva used to be the resting area for Madgaon's high society, who would visit Colva for their "Mundanca" or change of air.
Colva at just about 6 kms from Madgaon is one of the nearest beaches from Madgaon. Colva is an ideal beach to stay in Goa if you want to explore the beaches in South Goa. The main beach in Colva is lined with numerous stalls and cafes. The road that runs along the breac is perfect for gentle scootering, with lots of picturesque mansions and whitewashed churches along the way.
Benaulim beach is a stretch of beach continuous with Colva. Benaulim beach is located about 5 kms south of Colva with many shacks to the north of the main Benaulim beach entrance.
Apart from the Colva beach itself, the main attraction in Colva is the "Menino Jesus" statue at the local church of Our Lady of Mercy founded in 1630 located in Colva village. This church in Colva is famous for its annual Fama of Menino Jesuse since the 17th century. The predominantly Catholic community celebrates it on the third Monday of October every year. It is one of Goa's most popular feasts and a big fair is held on the occasion at Colva.
Located between Colva and Majorda, Betalbatim is one of the quieter beaches about 4 kms from Colva. Betalbatim itself consists of several small strips of beaches like Lover's beach. Dolphins sighting trips are very popular in Betalbatim.