A coastal village in Salcete, South Goa, Colvá is a famous tourist destination, known for its white sand beaches and fishing. Majority of local people are fishermen and includes Hindu converts, migrants from various Portuguese overseas territories such as Angola, Mozambique, Brazil as well as Portugal itself.
The White Sand Beach of Colva, also known as Saxttiche Yead, stretches for about 2.4 km, part of the 25Km beach consisting of white powder sand and the shore lined by coconut palms. Extending from Bogmalo in north till Cabo de Rama in the south, the Beach is graded as the most spectacular Beaches of South Goa. Tourism thrives well in Colva with many budget hotels, guest houses, beach shacks, food stalls, small restaurants, pubs and bars. The beaches are under constant supervision by lifeguards and the swimming areas flagged with coloured flags accordingly. Localites enjoy the sunset and various beach activities.
Colvá Church called Igreja de Nossa Senhora das Merces (Our Lady of Mercy) attracts pilgrims during October. Thousands of devotees throng the 400-year-old church for the grand ‘Colva Fama’ during third Monday of October every year, to seek the blessings of Menino (Infant) Jesus. The festival and Grand feast that follows is popular among tourists and locals. The church founded in 1630 was later rebuilt in the eighteenth century in the village square.
Bull fighting is another memorable experience that Colva has to offer. Usually held during October to May, the Bullfighting takes place on old rice fields with no barricades and is held along with beats of Konkani music, promising loads of excitement and fun.