Holidays to Cavelossim take you to a laid-back village in southern Goa, where shack bars and restaurants line the white sand beach.
A beach retreat
Cavelossim is a relaxed seaside village in southern Goa. It comes with a few shack restaurants along the water, while the main road is dotted with market stalls and is home to the charming cream-and-yellow Church of the Holy Cross. The place is cushioned by a long white sand beach, with the sweeping Sal River running past it to the sea. Although the pace of life is unhurried, it’s just half-an-hour’s drive from the hustle-and-bustle of historic Margao
White sand beaches
The white sandy beach in Cavelossim is 200 metres from the village. It’s a long, wide stretch of nothing but sand and water – with a few shack bars added along behind. Twenty minutes’ drive away is Varca, where wooden fishing boats dot the coast and mango trees line the sand. There’s also Benaulim Beach, 25 minutes’ drive away, which has a watersports centre offering scuba diving courses for beginners.
Daytrips to Margao
Just 30 minutes drive away is the town of Margao, which comes with a mish-mash of Portuguese and Indian architecture. Right in the centre is the whitewashed 17th-century Holy Spirit Church, while next door is the old colonial mansion Seven Gables House, a bright red building with a row of wooden balconies. A stylish colonnade runs beneath the red-brick city hall, while banana and mango trees line the paths in the nearby municipal garden.