Goa is known as a beach destination for good reason, as the Konkan coastal part of the state is dotted with over 50 of them! While some of them are extremely popular with visiting tourists a larger number of the beaches are relatively uncrowded and free of commercial ventures because the tourists haven’t really discovered them. Benaulim Beach Goa is also part of a fishing village, as are most beaches in the state.
Benaulim Beach is in the southern part of Goa (pronounced Benauli by the locals). Its not far from Colva Beach, and perhaps not as crowded as some of the other beaches. It’s long and wide with a couple of resorts right on the beach and a few shacks known for the food they serve. You can also find the usual typical sort of beach tourism activities like boat rides, dolphin spotting rides, parasailing, etc.
If you’d rather enjoy a more relaxed visit, Benaulin Beach is a great place. Take a leisurely stroll either in the morning or the evening. You can find a lounging chair, enjoy the breeze and drink in the spectacular sunsets. Catch the fishermen at work either fishing, or working on their nets depending on which part of the day you’re there.
Benaulim also has a historical significance in the Puranas. Legend tells that Parashurama shot an arrow from the Sahyadri mountains and it landed at Benaulim. Benaulim is supposedly a corruption by the Portuguese of the original name of the village which was Banavalli/ Banahalli (“bana” meaning arrow and “halli” meaning place).