Benaulim Beach & Colva Beach


Guests staying at Anthy’s Guest House can explore the two beaches of South Goa that are at a short walking distance from their rooms. Walking on your left, towards the South soon brings you on Benaulim Beach and exploring towards your right sets your feet on the Colva beach.

Benaulim Beach: The local Goan beach.

The beach of Benaulim is a quiet and calm beach good for walking, jogging or lazing around in the Goan sun. Enjoy the pleasure of a local Goan beach as Benaulim beach is still untouched by commercialization and up market tourism. In and around Benaulim village, you can discover many Portuguese houses standing tall all along the coastal belt. Over the Arabian Sea, watch local Goan Fishermen cast their nets for their daily catch of fish and beyond the palm trees you can watch local traditional farmers doing their rice farming in their paddy fields. Once you are tired walking, then you can head to the famous Seafood beach shack of Anthy’s just outside your rooms to get some food and beverages. Benaulim beach offers shining white sand, small waves hitting the shore, beach shacks and many wooden boats busy in their fishing occupation on the high seas.

How Benaulim supposedly got its name.

Indian Mythology recalls that Lord Parashurama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, supposedly shot an arrow from the Sahyadri Mountains from the high hills of the Konkan area.  The arrow (Baan in Sanskrit) is told to have landed at the location of this present-day village of Benaulim. Thus it was known as Banahalli or Banavalli (the village of the arrow) before the advent of the Portuguese. Ancient Banavalli had a magnificent temple dedicated to Shiva and Parvati, known as Katyayani Baneshvar ruins, of which can be still found in the village. The deities were shifted to Aversa in Northern Kanara (modern Uttara Kannada) in the 16th century.


Colva Beach: Queen of South Goa beaches

What Calangute is to North Goa, that way, Colva is to South Goa. Colva is considered to be Queen of South Goa beaches. The name Colva has become internationally famous too, due to the millions of foreign tourists visiting this place. The Sea, Sand, Sun, Surf and Sky all combine together in a perfect blend for majestic sunsets at Colva. It is known for its scenic beauty. Colva beach is a long silvery stretch of around 2.4 kms. This beach of Colva is famous for the powdery white sands of the Arabian Sea. Colva beach is further sub-divided the main beach into Sunset beach, which is less crowded and Baywatch beach. Colva beach in South Goa is around 7 kilometers from Margao town and 40 kilometers from Panaji, the capital city of Goa. The closest railway station is in Margao followed by Vasco da Gama. The airport is at Dabolim Airport (GOI) at Vasco da Gama, Goa. The neighboring villages are Betalbatim and Benaulim.

Around Colva beach, nearby is the “Menino Jesus” statue at the local church of Our Lady of Mercy established in the year of 1630. The church lies in the village square. This church in Colva is famous for its annual religious event-Fama of Menino Jesuse (Child Jesus)-since the 17th century. The Colva Catholic community celebrates it on the third Monday of October every year. It is one of South Goa’s most popular feasts and a big fair is held on this religious occasion at Colva. It is an event not to be missed if you are visiting Anthys Guest House & Restaurant during this period.


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