A hot season retreat for
Margao's moneyed middle classes since long before Independence,
Colva is the oldest and largest of South Goa's resorts. Its leafy
outlying 'Vaddos', or wards are pleasant enough, dotted with
colonial style villas and ramshackle fishing huts. The beachfront
is a collection of concrete hotels, souvenir stalls and fly blown
snack bars strewn around a central roundabout.
Each afternoon, busloads of visitors from out of state mill
around here after a paddle on the crowded foreshore, pestered by
postcard wallahs and the little urchins whose families camp on
the outskirts. If, however, one wants to steer clear of this
central market area, and stick to the cleaner, greener outskirts,
Colva can be a pleasant and convenient place to stay for a while.
Swimming is relatively safe while the sand, at least away from
the beachfront, is spotless and scattered with beautiful
At the place where two of Goa's
famous rivers meet the Arabian Sea is the secluded bay of Dona
Paula with a fine view of the Marmagao Harbour. 7-km from Panjim,
nestled on the south side of the rocky, hammer-shaped headland
that divides the Zuari and Mandovi estuaries, this former fishing
village is nowadays a commercialized resort. This is an idyllic
spot to relax and sunbathe. Water scootering facilities are also
available over here.
this place is called the Lovers Paradise due to a myth that has
been attached to this place. According one legend the Viceroy's
daughter after facing objections from her family about her love
affair with a poor fisherman jumped of the cliff.
Tranquil and blue, Dona Paula unravel the ultimate in aquatic
sport and fun.Dona Paula Sports Club, Dona Paula offers some of
the best water sports facilities to the sports enthusiasts
including Water-scooter rides, Motor-boat rides, etc.
On the way to Dona Paula, 1-km ahead of the confluence of the
Arabian Sea and Mandvi River, under the palm shade, is "Gasper
Dias" or Miramar Beach and is just 3-km away from the capital
city of Panjim.
In Portuguese language 'Miramar' stand for viewing the sea.
Situated on a good location for evening walks, the coast is
spread upto 2-km, having a fine silvery sand bed. From here one
has an excellent view of the Aguada fort just across the Mandovi