Benaulim beach is a lovely beach. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Parasuram's arrow landed at Benaulim when he shot it into the sea and Goa got extended further into the sea.
How to get there
Benaulim is in the centre of coastal Salcette taluka and just around 2km south of Colva. To reach it, you can take a taxi from Dabolim Airport (28km). From Margao Station (8km), you can choose from taxis, buses and autos.
There is no dearth of accommodation. Crucially, there are many options to choose from, ranging from the mid-range to the high-end hotels.
What to experience
Among the places to visit is St. John the Baptist Church, built in 1581. The Hindu influence on the church can be easily seen from its finials and spires. The Holy Trinity Church, built in 1992, is at Manzil Vaddo, in Benaulim. Visitors here can get a glimpse of the past glory of the Portuguese royals by visiting Manthan, a heritage gallery, converted from a house belonging to the Portuguese era.
There are many island tours organized by local boatmen. There are also options to go for trips to spot dolphins and crocodiles.
Benaulim beach is quite safe for swimming.
Though there are many joints for eating out, they are not comparable to the options available in Colva or Margao.
There are not too many opportunities for a wild night out.
More great destinations can be found in the Explore Beaches in India page.