from Sanskrit word "Banali" and later corrupted by the Portuguese
to Benaulim, the beautiful beach lies in the center of Colva Beach, 7-km
west of Margao. Only a decade ago, this fishing and rice-farming village,
scattered around the coconut groves and paddy fields had barely made it onto
the backpackers map. This beach remains a peaceful and welcoming place to
to do and see in Benaulim beach
Either side of the sand blown beach front, the gently shelving sands shimmer
away almost to the horizon, littered with photogenic wooden fishing boats
that provide welcome shade if the walk from the palm trees to the sea gets
too much. Moreover, the sea is safe for swimming, being generally
jellyfish-free, while the village itself boasts a few serviceable bars and
restaurants, several telephone booths and a couple of stores.
St.John the Baptist Church
This divine church is located on a hill beyond the village on Colva Road.
It was built in 1581 and is popular for its unique architecture. Twin
balustrade towers in four distinct tiers flank the facade and the central
pedimental gable is topped by finials and spires, showing Hindu influences.
The interior makes use of white Italian marble and holds a baptismal font
carved in basalt stone.
The village of carpenters, Benaulim is adorned with the artistic images of
Saints, affluent houses and churches, which advocate their craftsmanship.
The main structure of Benaulim village are Patrocinio Chapel and Holy
The main water-sports in Benaulim beach is dolphin and crocodile spotting.
Boatmen remains in queue on the beach side and offer an island tour for this
purpose. Enthusiast can also go for rides and actions on water via para
sailing or jet-skiing. Further, private companies organizes full day
Paradise Island Trip, which includes food and beverages; underwater
snorkeling and fishing. The boat can also go all the way to Anjuna Flea
Market and for a sunset trip, only at the expense of cruiser's choice.
Benaulim Beach Shopping
Visitors may not find shopping outlets on the beach, but can fill their
kitty with moving towards the Benaulim village. Manthan, a boutique located
in an old restored Portuguese house on the road from Maria Hall displays
selected articles including beautiful antiques, Christian art, Goan pottery,
sculptures, recycled handmade paper and paintings.
Eating at Benaulim
Benaulim's proximity to Margao market, along with the presence of its
Christian Fishing Community, means its restaurants serve the most succulent,
competitively priced seafood in Goa. However, one will find better food at
lower prices in the smaller terrace restaurants further along the beach and
scattered around the village. Pedro's and Hawaii on the beach serves the
special Goan cuisine made of tiger prawns. Other beach shacks like Johncy's
Dominics Bar, Joecon's Garden and Goan Hideout serves an array of Indian,
Contenintal, Goan and Chinese delicacies.
Place of accommodation in Benaulim beach
Holidaymakers in Benaulim can find an interesting mix of accommodation
ranging from thatched shacks to luxury 5-star resorts. The remarkable one
are Taj Exotica, O Palmar, Carina Beach Resort, Rosario Inn and Hotel
Failaka. The Mediterranean-style Taj is also known as the excellent
Ayurvedic spa center in Goa.
When to visit Benaulim beach
The best time to visit Benaulim beach is anytime between the month from
September to March
How to reach Benaulim beach
The nearest airport to Benaulim is the Dabolim Airport. It is situated 28
km away and visitors on reaching the aerodrome can hire pre-paid taxis, so
as to reach the beach
Madgaon Station, situated 8 km away is the nearest train station to
Benaulim. Apart from hiring the available pre-paid taxis from the premises,
visitors can catch buses from Margao's City Bus Stand near the municipal
garden and reach Benaulim beach in short time.
While traveling by road, drive left at Colva Char Rasta Junction, cover2 km
down this road and reach the beach destination at Benaulim.