The fact that this seaside village was short listed as a venue for the Inter-national Film Festival of India speaks volume about this place. The beach here is quiet and peaceful.
How to get there
Close to Bogmalo and Hollant beaches, Velsao is 4km away from Verna on NH17. You can take a taxi from Dabolim Airport, 17km away and can either take a bus or a taxi from Vasco and Margao.
What to experience
There is not much to see around Velsao Beach, you can just lie on the sand, watch the canoes and trawlers that are out for fishing. You can listen to the waves beating on the shore or watch the eagles soaring high. The beach is yours to enjoy.
A long walk on the beach is a pleasant experience. Alternatively, you can cycle or ride a motorbike between Colva and Velsao. Among the places to see is the Velsao Chapel, from where you can enjoy the lush Salcette countryside.
In the evening, you can see the famous Goan sunset.
Many people flock to the Chapel of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios dos Remedios or Our Lady of Cures Chapel on January 6 to celebrate the Feast of Three Kings - three boys dress up as kings during the festival.
Though safe for swimming you should be careful to avoid the tiny creek. There is no lifeguard here and so venturing out beyond waist-deep water is a risk unless you are a strong swimmer.
Though there are not too many options in the village to eat out, this stretch of Velsao beach has some of the best local and international cuisine.
There is not much in terms of accommodation. Arossim, Betalbatim and Majorda offer better facilities and cater to both low-budget travelers and those who are flush with funds.
More great destinations can be found in the Explore Beaches in India page.