"Colva the Town"
Colva is in south Goa which is reputedly quieter than the northern resorts. It is a small town with numerous articraft shops, restaurants, Ayurvedic health shops, a chemist and several banks. There are several phone and internet places but I didn't try them as I like to be out of touch when on holiday. You will also find several general stores and a wine and beer shop where you buy Kingfisher by the case. There is a whole range of accomodation from simple overnight B&Bs to medium range hotels. There is a book shop down near the square by the beach that has a good range of second hand and new books. On our recent visit the owner recognised me and ofered me the new small book on birds. He had remembered me from my last visit in December 2005 when I bought a hard back book on Indian birds. The town is surrounded by rice fields and you will find a lot of interesting birds in the area. Kingfishers can be seen regularly, usually sitting on telegraph wires above the paddy fields or in trees around irrigation tanks. The two most common around Colva are the "White Fronted Kingfisher" and the "Eurasian Kingfisher". Most mornings, after breakfast at the the hotel we walked through the paddy fields with a pair of binoculars spotting birds despite the fact that we are not really true bird watchers. Birds that we saw were, Coucal, White Faced Waterfowl, Egrets, Swamp Herons, Brahmini Kites, Pariah Kites, Red Wattled Plover, Cormorant, Little Green Heron, Little Ringed plover and several other types of wading birds.