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. Many of the beaches are a part of fishing villages.
Benaulim Beach in the southern part of Goa (pronounced Benauli by the locals), not far from Colva Beach, is on the tourist map but perhaps not as crowded as some of the others. It’s a long and wide beach 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 for a leisurely stroll either in the morning or the evening. Let the sands You can always find a lounging chair enjoy the breeze and drink in the spectacular sunsets.You can also watch fishermen at work whether 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).