#53 of 85 Places to Visit in Panjim
Distance (From Panjim (Goa)): 36 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1-2 Hours
Place Location: Near Benaulim And Past Sernabatim Beach
Transportation Options: Cab / Auto / Rental Bike
Travel Tips: 1. Colva Beach (4.5 kms) can also be visited from this place.
2.Sernabtim Beach (2.6 kms) can also be visited from this place.
3. St John the Baptist Cemetry (1.8 kms) can also be visited from this place.
4. Nossa Senhora de Merces (3.4 kms) can also be viisted from this place.
5. St. Anthony Chapel (3.7 kms) can also be visited from this place.
At a distance of 36 km from Panaji Kadamba Bus Stand, 6 km from Margao Railway Station and 4.5 km from Colva beach, Benaulim Beach is known for its calm and peaceful environment located in South Goa.
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. This Beach is right place for picnic and one can just relax the day off soaking in the sun. Moreover, one can see bull fighting at Benaulim Beach between the months of October to March. Watching the bull fight at the beach adds delight to traveling in Goa.
Dolphin Cruises are the main attractions on this beach. The trips are reasonably priced and chances of spotting dolphins fairly high. The Benaulim village in Goa is known for its carved rose wood furniture. Also Benaulim is famous as the place where the legendary Parashuram's arrow landed, by which Goa was created. Apart from boat rides, there are also options of parasailing, jet skiing and wind surfing available. Windsurfing though comparatively cheap is a tough activity.
The other two attractions of Benaulim Beach are The Church of St John the Baptist and Nossa Senhora de Merces. On the arrival of the monsoon, Feast of St John the Baptist (Sao Joao) is celebrated as a thanksgiving. Young men wearing crowns of leaves and fruits tour the area singing for gifts. Nossa Senhora de Merces is famous for its annual religious event Fama of Menino Jesus (Child Jesus) since the 17th century. The Catholic community celebrates it on the 3rd Monday of October every year. It is one of Goa's most popular feasts and a huge fair is organized on this auspicious occasion.
Beach shacks offer great sea food, traditional Indian food, and lots of Beer along with cocktails.
If you wish to move around on your own then you can hire a bike, car or even take a cruise to Palolem or Bogmalo beach.
Best Time to Visit: October to March.