Popularly known as heaven for tourists, the evergreen Benaulim is a beach town, south of Margao in Goa. It has everything from wonderful scenic beauty, to enchanting silver beaches, architecturally grand churches, old houses, temples, excellent accommodation, nightlife and parties.
Apart from sunbathing, seafood and water activities, Benaulim is also known for its famous tourist attractions. During the weekends, it is home to a large number of globetrotters. Benaulim is the ideal destination if you want to spend some memorable time with your loved ones, friends or family members, amidst nature. It is a complete package of enjoyment.
To get to Benaulim, you can fly into Dabolim airport, which is 27 km (16.77 miles) away. By rail, the nearest railway station is Madgaon, which is 5 km (3.10 miles) away from Benaulim.
Here are some of the best things you can experience in Benaulim, Goa.
1. Benaulim Beach
Uncrowded and almost like a private beach, Benaulim is a blend of south Goan calmness and lively, north Goan excitement. It is a wonderful beach with miles and miles of golden sand, with food shacks and water sports, like many of the other beaches in Goa. You can walk for miles, north to south, along the sandy beach, with the sea waves caressing and cooling your feet.
A good number of food shacks are here, serving drinks and good food at affordable prices. Don’t forget to try the crab xacuti, it is simply amazing. You can explore the beach by renting a bike.
Benaulim features an amazing sunset view - at around 5 to 6 pm, you can watch the red sun set in the west, into the Arabian Sea, while the bright moon appears in the east. Away from hustle and bustle of the city, the beach is the perfect place for beach bums to relax and regenerate their spirit.
Address: Near Colva Beach, towards the south of Goa
2. Colva Beach
With its white sand and blue-green water, Colva Beach is lovely and one of the more happening beaches of South Goa, with a lot of water sports to take part in, like water skiing, paragliding and boating. Situated near the Margao Railway Station, it’s more quiet and far less commercial than the northern beaches.
The beach runs for approximately 18 km (11.2 miles), in an almost straight line. Colva has a long street, full of shops, banks, change bureaus, restaurants, and hotels. It’s fun to be on this beach in the evening when the place comes alive and gets very lively. If you like a busy and bustling atmosphere, you will love it, here.
Address: 5 km (3.10 miles) from Margao
3. Margao Market
Margao Market offers a lot for visitors and locals. It has amazing ambience and a wide variety of goods. You can buy genuine authentic Goan products here, including things used daily by locals, vegetables, meat, spices, garments, fabrics, local crafts made from bamboo, straw or grass, woodwork, pottery and metalware, all in one location.
Tourists will love this place but the only drawback is the bazaar weaves through narrow lanes, stretching all the way from the main square to the old railway station. Wandering through the bazaar, you can pick up typical Goan memorabilia, antiques, and souvenirs.
Address: 4 km (2.48 miles) from Benaulim
4. Ayur Mantra Treatment Center and Spa
The Ayur Mantra Treatment Center and Spa is a wonderful massage parlour in the Kerala tradition, with excellent specialists. The center offers alternative therapies for healing and rejuvenation and includes all kinds of Ayurvedic therapies, herbal beauty care, European therapies, slimming therapy, yoga and yoga therapy and meditation courses. The professional service will leave you feeling refreshed.
Ayur Mantra Treatment Center and Spa
Address: Near Pedros Bar and Restaurant, Vasvaddo Beach Road, Benaulim, Goa
Website: Ayur Mantra Treatment Center and Spa
The Zuri White Sands Luxury Beach Resort & Casino spreads over an area of 37 acres (15 hectares) and has the largest meandering pool in Goa and access to a private beach. They have an additional pool and a baby pool as well, all in good condition. It is a great place for a conference and is also good if you are with your friends or family. This laid back area is particularly nice if you want to find some peace and tranquillity. The beach is just a few minutes walk away and you can hear the waves.
The Zuri White Sands Luxury Beach Resort & Casino has the usual feel of a resort but also has a small casino with good table games. The staff are good and they serve an amazing buffet, that includes Goan, European and Pan-Asian cuisine.
6. Betty's Place Boat Trips
This lovely boat trip lasts for 5 hours on the River Sal and Arabian Sea. On a 45 foot (13.7 meter) wooden boat, made in the traditional way by craftsmen from Karnataka. First, tourists are taken out to sea for dolphin sighting and on the way, the charm of the lovely beaches of South Goa, are on display. When the boat heads back into the river, the view of the fishermen and the repair yards, along the river bank are just fascinating. Huge fruit bats and gorgeous kite sightings are also en route. A lunch is provided and is comprised of prawns in garlic butter, freshly cooked fish with salad and rice and then fruit salad - all prepared in front of your eyes, on the boat. On the return journey, the boat staff sing hilarious songs. The cost is just INR 1000 (USD 15.48) per person including all you can drink, soft drinks or alcoholic beverages. Everything you could need for a fabulous, relaxing and enjoyable day.
Betty's Place Boat Trips
Website: Betty’s Place Boat Trips
7. Goa Chitra
The Goa Chitra Museum has a collection of items from a bygone era. It showcases how rural societies have found solutions to transportation, crop cultivation, harvesting, grain preparation, and cooking. The Indian wheel cart section, with carts from various states in India, is amazing. You will learn a lot about earlier lifestyles and the trappings involved.
Goa Chitra has two museums within the museum, one is the Goa Chakra Museum that has antique carts and the other one is the Goa Chitra Museum that consists of different agricultural and cooking equipment and much more, that was used years back. The museums are well maintained and the guide explains every antique piece, in a simple way, including their uses and the era and location where they were found.
Address: St. John the Baptist Church Road, Mondo-Waddo, Benaulim, Salcete Goa
Website: Goa Chitra
Heaven for tourists
With its wonderful scenic beauty, Benaulim has enchanting silver beaches, architecturally grand churches, old houses, temples, nightlife and parties. It offers a complete package for enjoyment and is heaven on earth.
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