Benaulim Beach – The Place to unwind on a holiday
One can just laze the day off soaking in the sun. It gives you the pleasure and satisfaction of being in Goa. Benaulim beach is the beach to be, when you just want to relax. Eating joints nearby 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. Here you can simply lie on the sand and finally get up with a beautiful tan. Benaulim beach still has the Portuguese influence. This beach in Goa starts where Colva beach ends. The best thing about Benaulim beach is that it is still rather undiscovered by domestic tourists even though it is a famous beach for fishing. This beach gets fairly crowded in the evenings and on weekends
Benaulim is an atmospheric fishing and rice-farming village situated between coconut groves and paddy fields on the main coast road from Colva to Mobor.
It is an ideal place to unwind on holiday and the seafood in the restaurants and beach shacks is superb and very good value for money. The long beach with its brilliant white sand, churning surf, beach shacks, traditional outrigger fishing boats and glorious sunsets is breathtaking. The local people are very friendly and helpful. It is a town of immense natural beauty, located along the scenic south Goa coastline. Folklore has it that Lord Parashurama, incarnation of Lord Vishnu, shot an arrow from the Sahyadri mountains in adjacent konkan; the arrow (Baan in Sanskrit) landed at the site of this present-day town. Thus it was known as Banahalli or Banavalli (the village of the arrow) before the advent of the Portuguese. Ancient Banavalli had a magnificent temple dedicated to Shiva and Parvati,known as Katyayani Baneshvar ruins, of which can be still found in the village. The deities were shifted to Aversa in Northern Kanara (modern Uttara Kannada) in the 16th century.
Some of the hotels one can find around Benaulim are: Furtados Beach House is located exactly on the famous Benaulim Beach In South Goa. Joecons beach resort is built on a 9,000 sq. mts, surrounded by lush paddy fields in the quaint village of Benaulim. Joecons is where you can enjoy a relaxing getaway. Lotus Resort is a home away from home for the visitors to Goa. And is Strategically located in close proximity to the beautiful Benaulim beach. Overlooking the mighty Arabian Sea, The Taj Exotica is one of the best 5-star properties in Goa.
Beach shacks offer great sea food, traditional Indian food, and lots of Beer, along with cocktails. There are open-air eateries serving seafood and Portuguese dishes. Beach Bonanza fair starts from mid of April and held on consecutive Sundays. Visitors can enjoy various activities at this Beach Bonanza Fair. Apart from the seafood, you can also catch up with some water activity. The main water-sports in Benaulim beach are dolphin and crocodile spotting. Adventure lovers can also enjoy Para sailing or jet-skiing. Wind surfing, boating, banana boat rides, skiing and rowing are few water sports that you can indulge in. It is among the beast beaches as for as fishing is concerned. Few private companies organizes full day Paradise Island Trip, which includes food and beverages; underwater snorkeling and fishing.
Two of the Major Tourist Attractions are Nossa Senhora de Merces( Our Lady of Mercy) Church and the Church of St John the Baptist.
Nossa Senhora de Merces is famous for its annual religious event Fama of Menino Jesuse (Child Jesus) since the 17th century. The Catholic community celebrates it on the third Monday of October every year. It is one of Goa’s most popular feasts and a huge fair is organised on this auspicious occasion. The Church of St. John The Bapist celebrates on arrival of the monsoon the feast of St John the Baptist (Sao Joao) as a thanksgiving. Young men wearing crowns of leaves and fruits tour the area singing for gifts. To commemorate the movement of St John when he was in his mother’s womb and visited by Mary, the mother of Jesus, the young men of this village jump in the wells.
Eating and drinking in huts, shacks and restaurants are the main nightlife of Benaulim beach. Enjoying loud music, drinking chill beer and parties can be seen at night. Occasionally, people enjoy with their guitar at the shacks.
Shopping complexes are yet to be developed but one can enjoy visit to trinket shops and drink stalls on the beach to buy artefacts, antiques and gifts. The beach provides a natural landscape and makes the surroundings absolutely photogenic. The tall swaying palm trees, the blue ocean, the golden sands, the wooden boats scattered at strategic places, all make this beach a scene out of Paradise. Occasionally you may find hawkers, fruit sellers, wandering masseurs, roaming on the beach. The Benaulim beach is also popular because people can easily go swimming here as the water is free of jellyfish and other hazards.
You can look forward to a perfect beach setting with acres of silvery sands and cool breeze that take you to a different world of rest and repose until the sound of the sea waves crashing into the shores brings you back. The beach looks even prettier at night with the starlit sky and gentle moonlight lending the place a truly exotic look. A candle light dinner amidst the setting is an excellent add-on to the perfect vacation.