Benaulim Beach

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Benaulim Beach, Goa Overview

Just 2 km away from the tourist hub Colva of South Goa lies the serene Benaulim beach. With its long stretch of empty sands dotted with inviting beach chairs, this scenic beach is the perfect place for a relaxing vacation in the tourist trap of Goa. One can marvel at the divine architecture of the temples and ancient churches, as well as the Portuguese style of architecture seen in the houses of Benaulim.

Along with soaking up the sun while lazing on a beach chair at the beach, tourists can also engage in watersports such as jet skiing, snorkelling, parasailing, and windsurfing. Being a relatively quieter beach as compared to the party beaches found further north, this beach is a better option for those wishing to go dolphin spotting. Fishing is a principal occupation for the locals here, and one can enjoy the aroma and taste of fresh seafood at the shacks and restaurants in the area. Bullfighting is a popular event that occurs in the rice fields here, complemented with local Konkani music. Beach Bonanza fairs are held every Sunday from April onwards, a delightful affair that sees the lively participation of the locals in activities like live music and dance, displaying the original spirit of Goa.

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The months between November and February are the best time to visit Benaulim beach due to the relatively cooler climate at the beach.

Benaulim is home to all types of accommodation options travellers may be seeking while in the area. Luxurious resorts range from the grand Taj Exotica to the Joecons Beach Resort and the Fern Beirmar Resorts, offering tourists all the luxuries they might want for the perfect beach vacation. More budget-friendly options such as beach shacks along the coast and resorts such as the Carina Beach resort and L'amour beach resort are apt choices.

The Church of St. John the Baptist: Situated atop a hill overlooking the quaint village of Benaulim, this 16th century architectural beauty, made from unstained Italian marble, is the site for the Feast of St. John the Baptist, also known as San Joao, a form of thanksgiving celebrated at the onset of the monsoons with great enthusiasm by the locals.

Nossa Senhora de Merces (Our Lady of Mercy) Church
: A 17th-century delight displaying the classic features of Goan architecture, this charming church is the site of one of Goa's biggest feast, the Fama of Menino Jesus, celebrated on the third Monday of October.

Bull Fights
: Bullfights are regularly held in the vast rice-fields between the months of October and May.

The party scene isn't the thriving all-night scene like the party beaches of North Goa. However, lively music plays at the many shacks and restaurants of Benaulim beach, where one can chill with their companions with a refreshing beer or cocktail. Firefly Goan Bistro Bar occasionally has live acts which are a delight to witness.

There are a number of beach shacks on Benaulim beach like Hawaii Shack, Coco's Beach Shack, Valonias Beach Shack and so on along the coast and in the village of Benaulim, where one can enjoy some fresh seafood and delightful Goan cuisine while enjoying the ambience of the beach. Pizzas at Luna's and continental food at Blue Lagoon are sure to satisfy your taste buds.

  • Air: The nearest airport is the Goa International Airport in Dabolim, 27 km away from Benaulim. One can hire a taxi from the airport to arrive at the beach.

  • Rail: The Margao Railway Junction is the nearest railway station, situated 5 km away, which is well-connected to most major cities. One could either hire a taxi or rent a vehicle from the railway station to reach the beach.

  • Road: There are regular buses from Panjim and Colva which come to Benaulim. Alternatively, one could also hire a taxi, or rent a scooter/car. The Benaulim beach is located at the end of the Colva beach to the south.


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