|Looking At Colva Beach from the South|
The full Colva beach is subdivided into the main Colva beach which is the prime beach, secondly Sunset beach (towards betalbatim) which is less congested and then Baywatch beach (towards Benaulim at Sernabatim). The main beach itself, though crowded in peak season, is magnificent with beautiful sand, coconut palms gently swaying in the breeze and blue waters (which can sometimes turn rough and grey-green). Teams of fishermen operate all along the coast from here down to Benaulim further south.
|Fishermen at Work at Colva Beach|
Colva Village gets particularly busy in October, when large numbers of pilgrims come to visit the famous Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Piedade (Igreja in Konkani is church) also called Our Lady Of Mercy church.According to local legend the statue in Our Lady of Mercy church was found in the mid-seventeenth century in the coast of Mozambique, when Rev Fr. Bento Ferreira and his party had been shipwrecked off the coast. In 1648 when Father Ferreira was posted to Colva he placed the statue on the altar and it soon started drawing large crowds of devotees as it granted their favours.