If ever there was an idyllic stretch of beach that made you want to take off your shoes and walk with the sand caressing your feet then its Benaulim.
Lying on the southern stretch of the Goan coastline, Benaulim beach is home to many things. Soft silky sand, panoramic views of the pristine southern Goa coastline and all season shacks what more can you ask for. Easily accessible, Benaulim is just 20 odd kilometers away from the hustle and bustle of Margao and a mere 5 kilometers from the commercial Colva beach. It is the ideal beach if you just want to get away from the noise yet it has just the right amount of shack activity for you not to be too lonely either.
If you crave for a muse or simply a place to be with your thoughts then head towards this silken stretch. Known for its creative and cultural hubs, Benaulim boasts of a world class museum, the Goa Chitra as well the Art Escapade which, as the name suggests, is a haven for artists of all genres to meet and flourish. This beach is famous for inspiring and firing up many artistes imaginations. Its pristine beauty coupled with an old world charm has attracted creative talent here from all over the world. The winding roads that lead up to the area are lined with vintage cottages and heritage Portuguese homes in vibrant hues. It’s a great ride especially if you are interested in architecture.
It is easy to get addicted to Benaulim. This beach has that effect on you. Here you’ll find a few odd tourists doing their own thing, some locals playing football, a smattering of honeymooners walking hand in hand, all very different types of people but each getting their one common fix, the Benaulim vibe. It’s a difficult phenomenon to explain and to understand it truly you need to experience it yourself, so try this. Drop in here once at sunset and we guarantee that will you find it hard to tear away. The beach is almost magical at this time, and as the warm orange glow of the sun descends behind a blanket of the big blue sea, the calm is almost surreal and even the lashing of the incessant monsoon rains cannot dampen the spirit of Benaulim.
Come season time and Benaulim beach is abuzz with shacks that set up shop for the tourists. Each with its own unique character catering to a loyal crowd that comes here year after year. But no talk of Benaulim is complete without the mention of Fiplees, a restaurant that comes much before the beach. This restaurant is a favorite haunt of the locals down south and is the centre of much excitement throughout the year. And if one were to evaluate the shacks on the beach then Pedros and Johncys are the two names that pop up instantly as they too remain open throughout the year and are really popular with the locals as well as tourists.
Home to one of Goa’s most luxurious beach resorts, Taj Exotica, Benaulim is often the preferred stop for celebrities and famous personalities. This upper rich crowd can often be seen lounging around on exclusive beach beds sipping their cocktails or jetting around in the water scooters. From Bollywood biggies like Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham, Bipasha Basu, Yash Chopra to corporate bigwigs like Laxmi and Sunil Mittal to the Indian and foreign cricket teams to yesteryear Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and present President Pratibha Patil- Benaulim has a fan following that is truly envious.