Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Goa Beaches - Benaulim Beach

Benaulim beach is located in the immediate neighbourhood of the picturesque Colva beach in south Goa and is around 6 km from the city of Margao.


If you have decided to fly down to Goa , then the only airport in Goa is at Dabolim. Benaulim beach is located at a distance of around 33 kms from Dabolim.Benaulim road

If you happen to travel from the capital city of Panjim, Benaulim is  at a distance of around 42 kms from Panjim city.

The nearest railway station to Benaulim is at Margao , also known as the "MADGAON railway station" which is hardly 7 kms away.

The local bus service from Benaulim is quite a frequent affair. Also if you happen to be at the neighbouring beach, Colva, you must know that Benaulim is  less than 2 kms away and there are plenty of buses plying from Colva to Benaulim.

Also , there are other services of transport to Benaulim from Margao such as a taxi, a motorcycle pilot or a rickshaw from the Margao Kadamba bus stand.


A pretty serene environment,  the Bbenaulim beachenaulim beach is still untapped by revellers coming to goa and therefore it is an idyllic spot to spend one's time and have a peaceful vacation away from the crowds. However crowds mainly from Goa, flock to the beach on the weekends owing to its historic ambience and traditional belonging in the hearts of Goans. Benaulim has always been a favourite among the people in south Goa.

The Benaulim beach is known to be the historic fishing village and now has consumed itself into the realm of tourism. It is currently hosting very few hotels. However the area is famous for the presence of one of the largest hotels in Goa,The Taj Exotica. There are also various self contained  apartments with all amenities offering a comfortable accomodation, with plenty of shacks and other eateries nearby offering delicious Goan cuisine.


The beach front is also home to a host of adventure sports and water sports activitiesbenaulim fishing which tourists can happily indulge in besides services such as spa treatments,tatooing , ayurveda etc are all available around the beach zone. Sunbathing is a favorite choice of most tourists around this area. Benaulim is known for fishing,underwater snorkelling, Dolphin watching , crocodile watching , island tours and other such activities which are often organised by the boatmen on the beach.

Boat trips are also a very popular leisure activity at Benaulim beach which can help you move far and deep in the sea . There are various options of Leisure available including the long haul option of a boat trip all the way up from the Benaulim coast to the Flea market at Anjuna.


Benaulim beach has scanty accommodation available and a few hotels are around the area. However self contained apartments are the best way to stay at the beach. Besides being cheaper, they are very convinient and have most amenities included such as refrigerator, airconditioner, gas connection, utensils for cooking, sparkling flooring and clean and crisp bedding , well maintained hygienic bathrooms etc. The best part is they are much cheaper than the hotels in Benaulim. For options send an email or enquiry to " Goa Living Styles" . They have accomodation in Benaulim at affordable cost and longer durations are offered a discount.


Benaulim used to be known for Bull -fights in the olden days. however nowadays these Bull-fights are banned and there are presently no bull fights staged in Benaulim whatsoever. Only rumours about bull fights are doing the rounds .

Benaulim is blessed with a beautiful Church known as the Church of St John the Baptist. The Church is situated on a hill beyond the village and is worth a benaulim beach viewvisit. On the arrival of the monsoon, the traditional feast of St John the Baptist is celebrated here with plenty of enthusiasm and fervour.

The feast, popularly known as "SAO JOAO FEST" is celebrated as a thanksgiving day. On this day it is a common sight to see young and old wearing crowns of leaves and fruits touring the village to the accompaniment of the drums and songs, especially the Goan Mandos, urging everyone to participate in the celebrations.

The villagers than gather around various wells or ponds in the village and jump or dive in the waters of the wells or ponds while Mandos are being sung in the background with the chant of " Viva Sao Joao" resonating vibrantly on everybody's lips.

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