Benaulim (also called Banaley) is located about 2km south of Colva and 10km west of Margao. It is a relaxed and friendly place at the more peaceful and pleasant end of Colva beach. The sea is safe for swimming.
Benaulim derives it name from the Sanskrit word Banali, “the place where the arrow landed.” It is said that Goa was created when Parasuram, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, fired an arrow into the sea. He ordered the water to recede from the place the arrow landed.
If you head south toward Varca you find fairly secluded beaches away from the hawkers and fruit sellers.
In the center of the village, at the main intersection (Maria Hall Crossroads), are two good general stores, the Bank of Baroda, a laundry place, some cafes, the bus stand, and an auto-rickshaw and taxi stand. There are several places here where you can rent bicycles and motorbikes.
Buses from Margao, Colva and Varca stop every half hour about 1½ km from the beach, in the center of the village. It is a 50 minutes ride to Dabolim Airport.
Where to Stay
Most of the hotels and lodgings are small, budget guest houses located about 1km from the beach. During the high season, most of the mid-range hotels are booked. If you prefer to stay in one of them, you should reserve them in advance.
Along Benaulim Beach Rd and in the coconut groves on either side, rooms are available in private homes and cottages.