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Benaulim Beach

Location: 2 kms South of Colva, at the center of coastal Salcete Taluka
Address: Goa
Best Time to Visit: October to March
Beach Activities: Sightseeing, Church visit, parasailing, jet-skiing, dolphin dundee boat ride, Paradise Island trip, Crocodile-Spotting trip
Attractions in and around: St. John the Baptist Church, Benaulim carpenters village, Holy Trinity Church, Manthan boutique
Hotels and Resorts: Taj Exotica, Carina Beach Resort, Hotel Failaka
STD Code: 0832

Benaulim Beach, GoaDerived 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 unwind.

BoatThings 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.

Benaulim Village
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 Trinity Church.

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
By Air
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

By Rail
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.

By Road
While traveling by road, drive left at Colva Char Rasta Junction, cover2 km down this road and reach the beach destination at Benaulim.

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