Cola Beach: A hidden gem in Goa
Cola is a stunningly beautiful hidden beach in South Goa that very few tourists know of. This is so remote that it feels like a private beach. It remains hidden by thick vegetation, palm trees, and hilly terrain.
On my recent trip to goa in Jan 2020, I spent time in south goa. And no wonder, Cola is a perfect choice to escape from the crowded beaches and the hustle and bustle of city life.
Our journey to Cola Beach began with a one-hour drive from Varca Beach (South Goa) which is 28 Km from Cola Beach. This beach is 16 Km from Palolem, which is further south. It is also simply not “easy” to reach Cola Beach. The sign boards are non-existent. Just to make you aware, there is an unpaved off-road with bumpy rock formations with red mud all over, that stick out along the path. Hence, travel in day time is advised.
But this arduous road to Cola Beach is what’s kept Cola Beach a serene, clean and pristine hidden oasis. The journey to Cola Beach helps filter out the crowds and rowdy visitors.
However, by the time you get there you will know it is worth the trip! And you will very likely agree that it’s the best beach in South Goa!
The beach is divided into two parts – North Cola, and South Cola, with a small hill separating the two. North mainly draws tourists because of its beautiful lagoon. Trees and hills make this beach more beautiful.
Swimming is relatively safe. But remember, the depth changes abruptly and there are also some rocks on the Arabian Sea bed. So, it is best to stay close to the shore. In most times, there are no lifeguards on the beach
The Blue Lagoon that makes Cola Beach the best beach in South Goa
The blue lagoon is the highlight of Cola beach. This is what distinguishes Cola from the other beaches of Goa. There is a small creek that comes out from the thick vegetation and meets the Arabian Sea here, but just before the confluence it forms a fresh water lagoon. I imagine it’s called an emerald lagoon because of its clear green colours and its calm swimmable waters. The river/”lagoon” is enclosed by tall palm trees and lush verdant borders along its canal. You can also do kayaking and fishing here. Just beside the lagoon, you will find couple of places that serve drinks and food to day visitors in Cola.
There are only a few places to stay at Cola beach. There are no beach huts here or luxury star properties. You will find only bungalows and tents here. Blue Lagoon Resort Hotel, Samyama Retreat , and Dwarka Hotel are the best places to stay here.
Best Time to visit the beach
You can visit Cola beach throughout the year, but the best will be between November and February, when the weather is noticeably nicer.
Please do not confuse COLA beach with COLVA beach. They are two separate and different beaches.