Betul beach is in South Goa, 20.7 kilometers from Margao by the MDR43. It takes about 45 minutes by road from the city. Betul is at the southernmost tip of the 27 kilometers long continuous shoreline that extends from Vasco da Gama to the Sal River. The stretch of sand comes to an end at the confluence of the Sal River and the Arabian Sea at Betul. Immediately north of Betul is Mobor, followed by the popular Cavelossim beach. The stunning Betul fort is on the opposite bank of the river, offering panoramic views of the sea, the coastline, river, and the countryside.
This is a very serene and secluded beach, even during the November to January peak tourist season. It is a sandy beach with a few rocky outcrops. There are plenty of palm and casurina trees. You will also find many red crabs here. The calm Sal River flows quietly to meet the sea. A small red hill rises on the opposite side with the Betul lighthouse on top. The Betul fort is on the southern bank. You will only find a few tourists on the beach, those who explore on foot from the neighboring Cavelossim and Mobor. There is also a road that comes from the north to the confluence.
The beach gets its name from the small fishing village. It is a busy fishing community with a fishing port on the Sal River. You will see many fishing trawlers coming into the river and going to the sea. There is no bridge. But you can take the ferry service to visit the Cutbona fishing jetty.
This beach has the most mussels anywhere in Goa. You will also find many red crabs here as there are so few people to disturb them. Sometimes, dolphins can be seen in the sea.
Quick Facts About Betul
Betul beach is in South Goa, next to the Mobor beach.
It is the southernmost tip of the 27 kilometers long coastline from the city of Vasco da Gama.
It is 20.7 kilometers from Margao, the biggest city in South Goa, by the MDR43.
Betul is a very secluded and quiet beach with many trees and very few tourists.
Most tourists are from the neighboring Cavelossim, an upscale area, with 5-star properties and a few villas and bungalows.
Sal, one of the biggest and most important rivers in Goa, meets the Arabian Sea here.
Visit the Betul Fort and the Betul lighthouse on the opposite banks of the river. You will have beautiful panoramic views from both these places.
Sal River cruises to see dolphins, many species of birds and bats. The local fishermen also offers half and full-day fishing trips.
There are no hotels or villas right on the beach and no beach shacks. It remains completely deserted. However, there is a star property on the river end – The Mayfair Hideaway Spa Resort.
Betul is a busy fishing village. There is a fishing port on the river. You will see many deep-sea fishing trawlers and vehicles carrying the fresh catch to different Goa markets and beyond.
Best Time to Visit
The beach is best visited from the neighboring Cavelossim and Mobor. You can also visit from Palolem and Agonda beach further south, which are both very popular. The best time to visit Betul is during the winter months from November to February. The weather will be nice and cool this time of the year, perfect for long walks, boat rides, appreciating the nature, and relaxing on the beach.
The summer will be hot and humid. The rainy season between the middle of June to late August will be very wet. The sea will also be extremely choppy – not good for boat rides and cruises on the Sal River. The road to Betul won’t also be in good condition.
The summer months (March to early June) will not be pleasant. The days are hot and the evenings will be humid. There is a chance of heavy rainfall in late afternoon. There is no accommodation at Betul, so most tourists visit from the neighboring areas. But the tourist infrastructure will be basic in these places. The beach shacks are all closed, as they are temporary structures that come up only during the peak season. However, you can get deep discounts in the hotels and villas during these months.
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Visit Betul in the winter – November to February. Long walks on the beach will be so much more comfortable. The road trip to the beach will also feel better. There are no beach shacks here, but you will find them in the neighboring Mobor and Cavelossim this time of the year. There will be rarely any rainfall, so you can plan the day better.
How to Reach
- By Air – The Goa International Airport at Dabolim is 39.1 kilometers from Betul beach by the Dabolim-Cavelossim Road and the MDR43. But it may take you up to an hour and a half because of heavy traffic.
- By Rail – The Margao Railway Station is the biggest railhead close to the beach. It is 17.9 kilometers from Betul by the MDR43. Almost all trains coming from east and south India stop here. There is a pre-paid taxi stand outside. You can rent a taxi from here.
- By Road – A small field road from Cavelossim will take you to the Betul beach. This is the only motorable way to reach the beach. To visit from further south, you have to take the road number 41 or 46 and pass through Quitol, Velim, and Assolna. Take the Assolna-Cavelossim Bridge, cross the Sal River, and then the small field road to reach Betul.
Betul is one of the most serene and quiet beaches in Goa. It is a sandy shore that remains secluded throughout the year. There are a few rocky structures and many palm and casurina trees. The meandering Sal River meets the Arabian Sea on one side, making this a unique landscape. There is a big sand bar at the confluence where you can see the river on one side and sea on the other. It would be unique to stand on the water edge and get panoramic views.
The only people you will find here are a few locals, couples who come here to spend time together, and tourists who visit from the neighboring areas, mostly Cavelossim and Mobor. A small dirt road leads from Cavelossim to the beach. You can take this road to visit Betul or walk on the beach itself. You can also ride a bike.
Betul is a busy fishing community. The Cutbona jetty is on the opposite bank of the Sal River. It is one of the busiest fishing harbors in Goa. You will see hundreds of deep-sea trawlers leave the jetty for the Arabian Sea and come back with their catch every day. There is no road connection between Betul and the port. But you can take a ferry ride and visit the port. It would be a nice trip for a couple of hours. You will see the fresh catch – many species of fish here. See how the fish is packed and loaded into vehicles and taken to the markets. Read the many interesting boat names.
The beach gets its name from the village. Located on the opposite bank of the river, close to the fishing port, it is a beautiful village with many trees. It is on the side of the river. There are several waterbodies here too apart from the river. The village has about 60 houses. They are very colorful. Every evening children and women gather together to talk about different things, to play games and have fun.
Take a ferry to visit the village for a chance to see authentic Goan rural life. See the traditional way of living. Most people living here are employed in the fishing and boating industries. You will also see many cats in the village.
The lighthouse rises sharply on top of a small hill next to the village. Take the winding road from the base, cross the small Holy Cross chapel to reach the top. You can even climb the lighthouse till 6 PM in the evening to catch a view from the top. You will get fantastic sunset views from here. The coast is on one side and tall grasses on the other.
Painted in red and having bright white stripes, the lighthouse is a coastal landmark in South Goa. It is visible from the beach as well. You will get panoramic views of the coast, the surrounding areas, and the Quepem neighborhood from here.
The Betul Fort is on the edge of the Sal River with the sea on the other side. This small fort was erected in 1676 by the Hawaldar of Balli on the orders of Shivaji Maharaj. In fact, this is the only fort in Goa that interested this great Maratha King. It was constructed to guard the mouth of the river. However, the Portuguese soon became interested and took control of the fort in 1764. They held it till 1961 when Goa became a part of India.
It is in ruins now. But you can still see many cannons on the ramparts. The State Archives and Archaeology department or the Archeological Survey of India does not recognize it as a fort of historical importance. However, the Goa History Lovers group has recently put up a board here. They are asking for notification and preservation.
Hotels and Villas
There are no hotels on the beach side of Betul. You will find a few places to stay on the other side of the river, including the star property the Mayfair Hideaway Spa Resort. There are also a few other properties – hotels, villas, and guest houses close to the village and the fishing port. Most restaurants are located in the village and the Betul Bridge close to the Mayfair resort. Most tourists at Betul stay at the neighboring Cavelossim beach where there are two luxury properties and a few villas.
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