Benaulim Beach is situated in southern
Goa, just a few kilometres south of Margao
and about an hour’s drive from Panaji. One of the easiest
ways to get to the beach is via the regular bus services offered
from Margao, Panaji, Varca and Mobor. Alternatively, visitors
can access the beach via train, with Karmali station being
located in relatively close proximity to Benaulim.
Benaulim is generally regarded as the beach of choice for
those who wish to be close to nature, due to its unspoilt
shoreline. Broadly speaking, the beach is very quiet during
weekdays. However, it tends to be very busy due to local popularity
on weekends and therefore if you are considering visiting,
then you should bear this in mind.
Benaulim beach has pristine sand, clear water and remains
largely unknown to the majority of tourists, meaning the beach
has avoided the wide range of water sports usually offered
at other beaches in Goa. Accordingly, visitors to the beach
are able to relax in peace and tranquillity. This is one of
the key attractions of Benaulim beach to tourists looking
to escape from the crowds.
As mentioned above, there is very little to do at Benaulim
beach other than to enjoy the natural beauty of the area and
laze in the sun whilst basking in the enviable climate that
Goa boasts. However, Benaulim does in fact possess a major
cultural attraction in a nearby village; the Church of Saint
John the Baptist. The church is positioned on a small hill
and draws many visitors away from the beach. A visit provides
the opportunity to marvel at the beauty of the building, whilst
also taking advantage of the views offered by the elevated
location of the church.
There are also several local festivals which take place on
the beach over the course of the year which gives visitors
the opportunity to sample the real India and immerse themselves
in the local culture. These festivals tend to begin in early
April and go on until around late July. However, it is recommended
to seek local advice as specific dates tend to vary year on
Benaulim also provides a memorable experience in terms of
the food on offer. In fact, often don’t need to leave
your spot on the beach to sample the local delicacies as the
owners of restaurants and food stalls regularly walk on the
beach offering to take orders for delivery. When the evening
draws in, Benaulim beach offers romantic candle lit dinners
on the sand providing the best end to a day for both couples
and families alike.
In terms of accommodation, Benaulim offers a small but attractive
selection of options. Whether you are looking for a luxury
boutique hotel such as the Taj Exotica or the Carina Beach
Resort, or accommodation of a more simplistic and local nature
in the form of independent/family owned budget hotels or beach
huts, it should not be hard to find an appropriate place to
stay on any budget.
Benaulim beach is usually regarded as being one of the premier
beaches in Goa. Still relatively undiscovered by tourists,
it offers visitors a tranquil and relaxing experience, to
be enjoyed in undisturbed surroundings where local culture
still continues to thrive.