Betul beach is located 35 kms from Dabolim
Airport (Approx 45 mins journey). Unlike other beaches in
Goa, there are no means of accessing the beach directly via
public transport. Betul beach is one of the most secluded
and private beaches in Goa; very few tourists have even heard
of it, let alone know how to get there.
If you do not have access to a vehicle, then you will need
to use a variety of means to get to the beach. One popular
way for tourists to gain access is to travel to the town of
Mobor and then to cross the River Sal on the Assolna Ferry
(a free service), before finally walking a short distance
to the beach. Alternatively, tourists have also been known
to travel via rail to Margao Station and then continue via
bus to the outskirts of Betula for around 10 rupees, before
walking the remaining distance to the beach.
The beach has therefore successfully retained its natural
charm. Betul differs from other beaches in Goa not only because
of its almost secret existence, but also because it offers
a typically much cooler climate due to its sheltered location
and the existence of many fruit and palm trees which cover
large areas of the beach.
Betul offers a secluded space to relax and swim in clear waters
surrounded by beautiful natural landscape. Many visitors also
choose to walk to the nearby Mobor Peninsula. The Mobor Peninsula
is around 1km from the beach and provides spectacular views
of Betul beach and the surrounding area and therefore is highly
worth a visit.
In light of the secluded nature of Betul beach, as you would
expect, there are very few tourist activities on offer. This
gives the beach a very paradise like feel. There are also
very few souvenir stalls / regular markets which again, contrasts
with the majority of other beaches in Goa.
The shoreline at Betul tends to be rather active due to the
local fishermen who catch a wide variety of species in Betuls
clear waters, before offering them in the form of cooked dishes
to visitors. It is also often said that the finest mussels
Goa has to offer are found in the waters which surround Betul
beach, and consequently Betul has gained a reputation for
offering exotic fish dishes at its small number of food stalls
If you are considering extending your stay at Betul beyond
a single day, then there are a small number of family run
guesthouses which offer tourists the chance to experience
the “real Goa”, so to speak. Living amongst the
local population instead of in closed tourist resorts makes
for a truly memorable experience.
Overall, Betul beach is arguably the most suited beach to
those who wish to relax in seclusion and privacy, whilst enjoying
the natural beauty and climate Goa has to offer.