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by TravelCurators Editorial | 5 February 2010 | | 0 comments

Benaulim or Banavli is a village in the Salcete taluka of Goa. It is surrounded by Colva in the north and Varca in the south...



Legend has it that the 6th incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Parashurama had shot seven fiery arrows over the waters of the Arabian Sea and ordered Samudra, the sea god to roll back the waters to the point where it landed. The area where Benaulim is situated has been reclaimed from the sea. The place is marked by a sweet-water lake of lotuses called Comllam Tollem. However, according to PP Shirodkar, the word Benaulim is derived from Banvalli or Banhalli, a village covered by forest.

The village of Benualim is known for its Renders (toddy-tappers) and Ramponnkars (fishermen). Benaulikars are also known to be the best tailors and craftsmen  with carved furniture being their forte.

The church of St. John the Baptist, a major attraction in Benaulim was built in 1581 with a Mannerist frontage. The church was turned to ashes by a devastating fire on May 2, 1784 but was renovated by the Comunidades of  Adsurlim, Benaulim and Cana.

The main place of Hindu worship is the Laxmi temple where the festivals of Laxmi Puja and Datta Jayanti are celebrated. In addition to the religious monuments,  Benaulim is renowned for its pristine beach with silvery white sand.

Benaulim is a destination in itself. The village is a living museum of Goa offering its visitors myriad flavours of Goa on a platter.

You can visit Goa Chitra, the ethnographic museum to peep into the lives of our ancestors and to pick up some eco-friendly solutions to our present environmental problems. Go bird watching with local guides such as WildGoa.

As a traveller, you can explore Benaulim on foot or pedal. All you have to do is rent a bike for a meagre 50 rupees a day.

Need to satiate your taste buds with authentic goan cuisine, visit Durigo’s. And if you feel you have seen enough for a day, laze on the silvery sands of the Benaulim beach.

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