beach is the most popular beach among the Goans with its white powder sands
on the shores of the Arabian Sea. Benaulim is 2 km further ahead of Colva.
The Benaulim beach is broad and beautiful, and has a stream coursing through
it. A walk on the beaches is full of delights. Shimmering silver carpets of
bangdde (mackerels) lie drying on the golden sands. Fishermens motor
trawlers lie anchored in a line offshore. Tourists in colorful dresses
throng about and several of them can be seen sunbathing in the glorious sun.
Trinket stalls and drink stands on the golden sands make a moonlit evening
on the Benaulim Beach utterly romantic.
Travel Attractions of Benaulim Beach
Bullfights can be seen at Benaulim from early October to late May. The
bullfights are usually held in an old rice field with no fences or
barricades just outside a village, to the beat of taped Konkani music.
The Beach Bonanza Fair
The Beach Bonanza fair that is held on successive Sundays from mid-April
onwards on the Benaulim beach is a must not miss! Frenzied visitors dance in
merriment and other entertainment. There are plenty of resorts and
low-budget hotels in and around Colva. Benaulim too has a few hotels.
Besides it is possible to rent houses for a longer stay.
Either side of the sand blown beach front, the gently shelving sands
shimmer away almost to the horizon, litered with photogenic wooden fishing
boats that provide welcome shade if the walk from the palm trees to the sea
gets too much. Hawkers, itinerant masseurs and fruit wallahs appear from
time to time, but one can easily escape them by heading south towards
neighbouring Varca, where tourism has thus far made little impact.
Wide Range of Activists
Moreover, in the Benaulim beach it 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.
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. The most popular places to eat are the
shack cafes in the beach front area, where Johncy's catches most of the
However, one'll find better food at lower prices in the smaller terrace
restaurants further along the beach and scattered around the village.
Arguably the best of bunch is the Palm Grove's Congenial Garden Restaurant,
and there is a string of look alike café-bars, which dot the lane
leading to it. For fresh seafood, though, the Hawaii Shack is hard to beat.
While taking a stroll on the Colva Beach, silver carpets of bangdde
(mackerels) can be viewed shimmering on the golden sands for drying.
Fishermen's motor trawlers can be seen anchored in a line offshore.
Tourists. Indian and foreigners, as well as locals. can be seen in colorful
dresses, coming either for a walk or for a change of air. . Many tourists
can be seen having a sunbath on the golden sands.
The trinket stalls and the drink stands on the golden sands under the
moonlight make the evening on the Colva Beach utterly romantic.
How to Get There
: Buses from Margao, Colva, Varca, Cavelossim and Mobor roll
through Benaulim every thirty minutes, dropping passengers at the Maria Hall
crossroads. Click here for Travel Agents & Tour Operators in India
Places to Stay
Benaulim's accommodation consists largely of small budget guesthouses,
scattered around the lanes 1-km or so back from the beach. During peak
season, the village's few mid range hotels tend to be fully booked, so
reserve in advance if one wants to stay in one of these.