Benaulim Beach

In South Goa, this long stretch of white sand is great for sun lovers. 41 kms away from Panaji and 2 kms from the longest beach Colva is Benaulim beach. If you wish to be at some place close to nature and totally untouched, than Benaulim is the place for you.


History

Legend has it that this is the place where an arrow shot by Lord Parshuram, sixth incarnation of Vishnu landed. The arrow shifted back the hills hence forming the Konkan. The place was hence named Banavli (ban means arrow) and later distorted to Benaulim by Portuguese. The place is also special for Christians as it’s the birth place of the venerable Father Joseph Vaz. Where in the world do you find strings of mythology attached to a beach but Benaulim is one beach that does.


Things To See And Do

Beach View

Beach View

Legend has it that this is the place where an arrow shot by Lord Parshuram, sixth incarnation of Vishnu landed. The arrow shifted back the hills hence forming the Konkan. The place was hence named Banavli (ban means arrow) and later distorted to Benaulim by Portuguese. The place is also special for Christians as it’s the birth place of the venerable Father Joseph Vaz. Where in the world do you find strings of mythology attached to a beach but Benaulim is one beach that does.

This is a very special beach. At Goa Benaulim beach, one can just laze the day off soaking in the sun. Benaulim beach at Goa gives you the pleasure and satisfaction of being in Goa. This is the beach to be when you just want to relax, relax and relax. Nearby shacks offer you snacks and drinks as and when preferred and you don’t even have to bother about getting up from your comfort zone for such things because there are assistants roaming about through whom you can place the orders and the food or drink is brought to you where you are seated. So at Goa Benaulim beach, all you do is swim, sunbath, sit, get a nice tan, laze on the beach and relax.

 

Beach Shacks, Boat Rides, and Water sports

Beach shacks offer great sea food, traditional Indian food, and lot’s of Beer, along with cocktails. Apart from the seafood, you can also catch up with some water activity. A main attraction of this beach is the dolphin spotting trips. The trips are reasonably priced and chances of spotting dolphins fairly high.

Apart from boat rides, there are also options of parasailing, jet skiing and wind surfing available. Windsurfing though comparatively cheap is a tough activity.

 

Some Sightseeing

Church

Church

Church of St. John the Baptist

Apart from the lovely beach, Situated atop the hill is the church of St John the Baptist. Situated beyond the village, this church is a classic example of Goan architecture. Built in 1581, the church has a mannerist frontage. The interiors are made out of unstained Italian marble. Feast of St John is celebrated here on the arrival of monsoon as a thanksgiving. Young men wear crown of leaves and tour the area for gifts. Benaulim also has a recently constructed church, Holy Trinity Church. It was built in 1992.

Also Benaulim is a village of gifted craftsmen. Their works adore not just churches but villas also. Carved rosewood furniture is the specialty of Benaulim. Drop by the village for some serious shopping.

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