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Road trips are fun to explore new places. India encompasses various places in different parts of the country. So, no matter where you live in the country, there is always the option of planning an India road trip.
we made a10 days motorcycle tripfrom Mumbai-Goa-Mumbai along the coastal route through picturesque seaside towns with endless stretches of sea views. Sail over the sea with your vehicle loaded onto a ferry and feel the sea breeze bathing you in salty kisses. The coastal route deserves an experience.
This route is less explored as it takes much longer than the other two popular routes Mumbai Goa Highway (NH66) and Mumbai-Pune-Bangalore Highway (NH4). If you are a traveler and like to hit the road like we do, this tour is for you.
In this article we will guide you along the coastal route and share our experiences that can help you plan this beautiful road trip.
|travel date||April 03 to 12, 2022|
|number of days||10|
|Number of ferries taken||4|
|Vehicle||Motocicleta (Royal Enfield Standard 350)|
|cost of gasoline||$ 5196|
table of contents
DIA 1 – MUMBAI PARA HARIHARESHWAR
rota– Bombaim~Kashid~Murud Janjira~Agardanda~Dighi~Harihareshwar (222 km)
ferry stop– Agardanda at the port of Dighi. (From 8 am every hour until 9.30 pm)
Our stay on day 1 was in Harihareshwar. You can also plan to end the day at Shrivardhan which is about 20 km before Harihareshwar.
Upon reaching the NH66 just before Karnala there are plenty of breakfast options. We ate at Joshi Wadewale, which serves an authentic Maharashtrian breakfast. Puneri misal is a must try.
Advance to Alibaug via Vadkhal Junction on NH66. From here the coastal route begins. Avoid stopping at Alibag as it can be easily explored on any other day in Mumbai. About 30 km from Alibag and on the way to Murud Janjira isPlaya Kashid. There are many huts with hammocks offering snacks, cold drinks and coconut water. You can relax here for a while.
If you're looking for a more secluded beach, skip Kashid and travel another 15 minutes toNand Gaon beach. A calm and peaceful place with clean water. Good place to relax in the shade of coconut trees. There are not many restaurants here.
We took our first ferry at 1:15 pm from Agardanda Pier. Get off at Dighi Port, situated on the bank of Rajpuri Creek, in 15 minutes. From here, Harihareshwar is 48 km away. Dighi road is under construction but still manageable.
Sadgurú Krupa Khanaval (7350380167)on Dighi road serves home cooked meals at a reasonable price. We have tried vegetarian and non-vegetarian thali. The food was simple and tasty.
Harihareshwar beach is a stretch of calm and serene water with a fresh, unpolluted breeze blowing along the shore. After a long drive this is a perfect place to spend the night. Visit the historic 16th century Harihareshwar Temple located on the coast. It offers a great combination of natural beauty and spiritual enhancement.
DIA 2 – HARIHARESHWAR PARA GANPATIPULE
Ruta -Harihareshwar~Bagmandla~Vesvi~Harnai~Ladghar~Dabhol~Dhopave~Guhagar~Tavsal~Jaigad~Ganpatipule (164 km)
- Bagmandla to Vesvi (from 7:30 am every 1 hour)
- Dabhol to Dhopave (from 6h45 every 45 min)
- Tavsal to Jaigad (from 6:40 am every 1 hour)
Day 2 is about the ferry crossing. There are 3 ferries to cross. We took the first ferry at 10:30 am. We arrived late because we spent the morning shooting in Harihareshwar.
After a 30-minute drive, you arriveEmbarcadero de Bagmandla. The ferry crosses the Savitri river and drops you at another place called Vesvi in 5-10 minutes. It saves almost 30-40 km of travel.
After reaching Vesvi, you need to head towardsDabhol Jettyby the Kelshi~Harnai~Murud~ route. This is a wonderful stretch of inner city roads. There are many places where you would like to stop and enjoy the view and take pictures. Of course it should, since you hit the road to enjoy the ride, right?
We took our second ferry from Dabhol at 3:45 pm. m., which dropped us off in Dhopave in 10 minutes. From here, your next destination isCais of Tavsalwhich is 50 km. And then another 22 kilometers and you reach Ganpatipule.
Here we would like to share a little experience. It was already 4:30 pm when we left for Tavsal. Our concern was whether we would be able to catch the 6:40 pm ferry. Missing it means waiting another hour. The roads were very good, but narrow, with many hairpin bends, and for miles we were the only souls in sight. You can imagine the thrill of riding alone.
It was when we were immersed in our solitude, climbing the ghats, that we found two young cyclists pedaling slowly. I slowed the bike down and quickly struck up a conversation. Cycling from Mumbai, they were also heading to Goa. This was his first bike trip. They were also heading towards the docks. I informed them about ferry times. Cheering them on, I sped up. We wish we could stop and hear your experiences on the road, but we didn't want to miss the ferry.
We arrived at the pier 15 minutes before the scheduled time. There weren't many passengers. We were waiting for the boatman to let us on. And when that happened, I got up to start my bike, and all of a sudden, motorcyclists appeared just before the ferry left. And there we were, stretching and one of them sharing their experiences as the ferry started to move with the wind gently kissing our faces. His story reflected courage and determination. It was a good feeling to meet these inspiring souls.
After a 20-minute ferry ride, we arrive at Jaigad pier. Knowing that we would not meet again, we said goodbye to them and parted ways.
We arrive at Ganpatipule at 8:30 pm.
DIA 3 – GANPATIPULE PARA TARKARLI
Ruta -Ganpatipule~AareWare~Pawas~Devgad~Tarkarli (181 km)
No more ferry crossings. To Malvan, drive along this beautiful stretch with wonderful views of lush vegetation, crystal clear waters of white sandy beaches and colorful ancient temples, each with a unique story to tell.
Before starting the trip, visit the famous 400-year-old buildingGanpatipule Templelocated on the beach. Approximately 1 km from the temple isMuseu Prachin Konkan. This is an open-air museum with sculptures depicting traditional Konkan life and culture. A trip to Ganpatipule without visiting this is incomplete.
After a 30-minute drive, you'll arrive at a combination of two beaches.Area and Goodsthat are next to each other. The snippet is so amazing. Definitely a must stop. There's a certain freedom in finding a little part of the world that belongs just to you, even for a little while.
There are many places on this route where you would like to stop. Visit some cities on the route. Talk to the locals, the fishermen. Konkan people are very helpful and humble.
Other places to explore along the way –Devgad e Kunkeshwar
We arrived in Malvan at 7 pm. Our stay was inGhar Malvankarache (8600381490)– a family home run by a humble family. They have budget rooms that are clean and comfortable. But most of all the food is simply spectacular. I tried Prawns Masala with Malvani Vade. It was simply delicious. Next morning for breakfast aunt Archana served us Ghavane with coconut chutney. Whenever I visit Malvan again I will definitely eat here.
DIA 4 – EXPLORE MALVAN
One day is not enough to explore Malvan. Malvan is the kind of place that makes you want to stay forever if possible, with the waves and the sand, the trees and the stars. But even if you stay here for a day or two, you will take something with you, at least a photo of a unique shell on a fascinating beach.
Take a stroll through the villages when the sunlight seeps through the palm trees. You will pass women sorting dried fish outside their homes. Give them a smile and you're sure to get it back. This small Konkan town has a busy wharf with a tangle of boats and tile-roofed houses, where the smell of wood smoke and fish curry aromas wafts through your memories.
Places you shouldn't miss:Playa Tarkarli,Playa Chiwla,Pueblo Deobagh&Dirija o Sindhudurg
If you like water sports, let yourself godive,dolphin safariand other water activities that take place here.
DIA 5 – TARKARLI para GOA
Ruta -Tarkarli~Vengurla~Shiroda~Goa (109 kms)
It was time to go to GOA. We were excited.
As we walked towards Vengurla, past towering palm trees, around a bend I heard a voice that sounded familiar. I turned around to see it and it was exactly what we didn't expect. There they were: the two cyclists. We were happy to see them again.
We used different means of transport while traveling the roads, but we could connect with each other in the joy of enjoying road trips. Car trips are full of surprises, right? Who knows, maybe we'll even meet in Goa.
Continue cycling 50 km until you reach Vengurla. Take a walk through the village in the shade of verdant plantations of cashew, mango and coconut trees.
About 3 km from the Vengurla market,Playa Sagareshwarhides behind rows of tall casuarinas swaying in the wind. A small temple of Sagareshwara (Lord of the Sea) stands on the beach.
Located at the end of a winding mountain road and about 45 minutes drive from Sagareshwar, it isTo install Playa Shiroda.An untouched and less explored region of Konkan, Shiroda Beach is carpeted with silvery white sands, cool blue waters and gentle sea breezes.
Other places to explore along the way –nivati beach,Playa Redi&Sawantwadi
We arrived in Goa at 4pm. Our stay was in Anjuna, North Goa. After checking into our lodge and freshening up, we'll spend the night on Vagator Beach. If you are a party person; then this is definitely the place for you with rave parties that go late into the night. Somehow we managed to find our little corner of happiness on this crowded beach.
DAY 6, 7 AND 8: GOA, GOA AND JUST GOA
Live!! Finally in Goiás. Yes, the long-awaited fate. You need to plan these 3 days well depending on where you want to stay between North and South Goa. This will again depend on your travel tastes and what you want to experience in Goa. For peace and solitude, and eccentric experiences, head to South Goa.
Soon we will share how we spent our 3 days in Goa:
Day 1– We explored places close to our guesthouse in Anjuna. Total distance traveled 40 km exploring Praia da Baga, Sinquerim Fort, Reis Magos Fort, Fontainhas and Chapora.
You have to try the Fruit Salad with Ice Cream atScarlet Juice Center, Chapora.
day 2– On this day we travel 85 km to South Goa to try kayaking in the backwaters oftail beach. Cola Beach is one of those off-the-beaten-path destinations where the beautiful blue lagoon meets the unstoppable wave of the Arabian Sea.
You can rent a kayak for 30 minutes to navigate the backwater for just 150 rupees.
On the way back to North Goa, if you manage to get there before dark, take the route byvineyard road. Surrounded by palm trees and fields on both sides, end the day watching the magical sunset.
Day 3– An impulsive decision and we headed to the Ribandar pier where a ferry (free) would take us toIlha do Chorão. Once the beaches were done, we wanted to explore something different. It felt like we had escaped to a quiet, peaceful and picturesque town from a different era, with its Portuguese-style mansions and churches. It's also home to the unconventional.Sanctuary Dr. Bird Salim Ali.
Once the island is over, we head straight to Morjim beach for lunch at theSmoked Fish Coffee (8975557019)The family run terrace restaurant serves authentic Goan home cooking. One of the best meals we had in Goa.
We finished our last day of shopping at the Anjuna flea market and then took a walk along Anjuna beach, reminiscing about our trip from day one. This trip was one of the best things we've ever experienced.
Two more days on the road yet…. The journey was not over yet.
DIA 9 – GOA for MURUD (DAPOLI)
Ruta -Goa~Kankavli~Chiplun~Khed~Dapoli~Murud (392 kms)
This has been a long journey for us. I almost did 400 km. We took the NH66, the four-lane Mumbai-Goa highway to Khed and then turned towards Dapoli.
When we stopped at Sangameshwar for lunch, we decided not to stay in any of the roadside hotels, opting to walk a few more kilometers and stay on the beach. It was as if the sea was calling us back to the coastal path. So I called Aviraj Niwas, a homestay inPlaya Murudin Dapoli, where I had stayed before, and immediately booked a room.
The road is in good condition from Goa to Kankavli and you will enjoy driving this four lane road at 60 km/h. After Lanja, the road becomes a two-lane. And you have to be careful because road widening works are underway and there are detours every few meters.
These bumpy roads were exhausting for both of them. But as soon as we got off the highway and took a detour to Dapoli, we felt relief. We roll again along the coastal route. The night sky formed a perfect backdrop for a stroll along the winding road. And then the moon slowly rose and cast its silvery sheen.
DIA 10 – MURUD (DAPOLI) PARA MUMBAI
Ruta -Murud~Dapoli~Mandangad~Tol Phata~Mangaon~Mumbai (250 kms)
Tired but still got up early because we had to go to Murud Beach for the Dolphin Safari. We decided on this at dinner last night while talking to our host. He assured us that dolphins are seen for sure. So we thought we'd take a chance. We saw some of them after a long wait in the middle of the sea. The boatman was kind enough not to let us ashore without seeing the dolphins.
Murud is a small town with a long, picturesque stretch of beach dotted with crab holes and swaying palm trees. It also has many spas located amidst coconut plantations.
Olive Ridley sea turtles have also been seen here.
We looked for a new route for our last day on the road. From the Dapoli market, turn left towardsMandangad. He took us to Mangaon on the NH 66 via the inner village roads.
Coming home after 10 days on the road was a little depressing. I was reminded of one of John Denver's compositions, "Hey, It's Good To Be Back Home Again".
This homecoming was quite different from all the others I've had in my life. Coming home evokes many emotions, and we would return home with fond memories.
– Clemente and Steffe
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|Road Distance from Mumbai to Goa||587 kms|
|Travel Time for Mumbai to Goa by Flight||1 hours and 20 minutes|
|Best Routes||Mumbai to Goa via NH48|
|Mumbai to Goa via Bengaluru-Mumbai-Pune Highway|
|Best time to visit||December – January and February – June|
Read on to find out more about how to complete a road trip from Mumbai to Goa by road. One of the best things about this trip is that Goa is just a 12 hours drive from Mumbai, so whenever you get a long weekend, you can take off for this brilliant road journey.What is the coast from Mumbai to Goa called? ›
The stretch covering the coasts of Maharashtra and Goa is called the Konkan coast. Mumbai lies on the Konkan coast.Is Mumbai Goa highway is in good condition? ›
Latest News on Goa Mumbai Highway
Of these, two in the Sindhudurg district are 99% complete. There are five packages in the Ratnagiri district, out of which two packages are 98% and 92% complete. The remaining work is currently in progress.
This is the fastest and most economic way of getting about in Goan towns and sometimes to locations at short distances on the outskirts. The motorcycle taxis are easily recognised by the yellow mudguards and yellow number plates.
It will take you around 12 hours to get to Goa if you undertake the NH 66 route. The distance that you will have to cover is about 511.1 kilometres. You will be kick-starting your journey along the roads of Madikeri. You can stop at Atithi near Madikeri for some parathas and dosas.How much time is sufficient for Goa trip? ›
If you can afford to take a long leaves from your job and responsibility, avid travelers recommend you to spend 5 Days in Goa. With these five days, you can enjoy every element of beauty in this land. Do not start with beaches, because, you would never have the heart to leave and enjoy other activities.Is driving in Goa easy? ›
Most Goan roads are narrow and there are several ghat sections that have sudden curves. Also, most of the stretches in Goa are unlit unlike the major cities of the country. The carefree mindset ensures that the drivers do not remain in high alertness and that's when the accidents cause.Which is the easiest way to reach Goa? ›
Regular trains run from Delhi to Madgaon, the important ones being Goa Sampark Kranti Express and Trivandrum Express. The Madgaon Railway Station is located approximately 38 kilometres from the capital city. Another railway station is the Vasco da Gama station that is 29 kilometres away.Is Mumbai to Goa by car safe? ›
The roads from Mumbai to Goa for most of the year are pretty safe. However, you would want to avoid driving in the monsoon because of landslides you'll come across on the way. Get enough rest before the journey, you would also want to make a few stops along the way as the journey is quite a long one.
Most beach roads in Goa are very narrow and not very suitable for large vehicles ,although those who have the knack for it do drive. If you do plan to drive ,avoid Calangute Candolim Baga areas as its the most difficult stretch to drive and parking can be a big issue.How much does it cost from Mumbai to Goa by road? ›
Totaling all the expenses, your Mumbai to Goa Road Trip Cost by Car will be ₹29,500 approx. which means ₹7,375 Per Person. If you are just 2 people going by car, you can simply cut Food and Hotel cost by half after which the cost of the trip will be ₹18,000.Which is the most beautiful train from Mumbai to Goa? ›
To enjoy the most luxurious train journey between Mumbai and Goa, you have to take a ride on the 'Mumbai CST-Karmali Tejas Express'. The journey begins from CSMT and it takes around 8 hours to reach Karmali. In fact, it is also the fastest train on this route.Is Mumbai to Goa train journey beautiful? ›
With views of waterways shaded by swaying palms and rolling banks of forested hills, the rail journey from Mumbai to Goa is widely celebrated as one of the most scenic train rides in India.Which is the most scenic train from Mumbai to Goa? ›
Known as the Dadar-Madgaon Jan Shatabdi or CSMT-Madgaon Jan Shatabdi or simply the Mumbai-Madgaon Jan Shatabdi, the train journeys along the Konkan Coast, offering stunning 360-degree views of the Western Ghats through its wide glass windows and glass ceilings.Which month is best for Goa trip? ›
Mid-November to Mid-February: These are the best months to visit the party capital since the weather is pleasantly cool and comfortable. It's the perfect time to relax on the beaches amidst other tourists who make the most of these three months in Goa.Which month is crowded in Goa? ›
The peak season in Goa is during the months of December and January owing to the mind blowing party scene prevalent here during the eve of Christmas and New Year's.Which road is famous in Goa? ›
The Parra Road | LBB.How do you travel in Goa without a car or bike? ›
Both taxis and auto rickshaws can be pre-booked, alternatively, you can flag down an auto rickshaw when needed. A scooty (local word for scooter) is a very popular option in Goa and the most preferred mode of transport, not just for visitors but for Goans themselves.Which part of Goa is best? ›
For those who prize seclusion and scenic beauty over everything else, South Goa is perfect. Palolem, Majorda, Butterfly, Colva and Benaulim are among the top beaches dotting the southern part of India's smallest state. They have that pristine ambience which helps you unwind, breathe and let go off all anxieties.
The best locations here are - Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim, Mandrem and Ashvem. South Goa: This area is the more relaxed and luxurious with cleaner and quieter beaches. The best locations here are - Agonda, Palolem, Patem, Benalim, Colva, Cavelossim and Arrosim.How much should I budget for Goa for 3 days? ›
|Goa Packages for 2 Nights 3 Days||Day/Night||Price|
|Amazing Goa Flight Inclusive Deal 2N Package||3 Days/2 Nights||₹17,131|
|Romance & the Wilderness in Goa - MakeMyDay Special Package||3 Days/2 Nights||₹27,153|
|All-Inclusive 2N Holiday - Flights, Sightseeing & Transfers Package||3 Days/2 Nights||₹18,155|
If you're planning on driving in Goa, you'll need to get an international driving license.Are Goa roads safe at night? ›
Goa has been considered one of the safest places to be in India, even at night. However, one must not hop from one island to another at night. What should I wear in Goa? There are no restrictions on the clothes that you wear.Is driving in Goa tough? ›
Goa is very much drivable and the roads are excellent (for the most part at least). Not to forget the grand amount of diverse attractions in landscape and in culture over here. So whether you're a regular Goan commuter or simply a traveller looking for a great time, here are 5 unwritten rules for driving in Goa.What is the cheapest way to travel in Goa? ›
Travel by train
For backpackers, opting for a train to travel to Goa will cut down your overall expenses drastically. There are trains to the state from major cities. If you are travelling from Mumbai to Madgaon, you can take Matsyagandha Express and Mumbai Express.
Where is best to stay for your first time in Goa? This of course can vary, depending on whether you want a budget holiday or a luxury-laden escape; however we highly recommend that first-time visitors base themselves in Candolim, in the north of the state.Which is the most scenic train to Goa? ›
A classic choice for travellers going from Mumbai to Goa is the Mandovi Express.
With views of waterways shaded by swaying palms and rolling banks of forested hills, the rail journey from Mumbai to Goa is widely celebrated as one of the most scenic train rides in India.Is Amboli Ghat safe to drive? ›
Is it safe to drive on Amboli ghat for the 1st time ghats driver? If you drive careful and avoid speed. The Ghats can be tricky,the regular drivers ,mainly truck drivers are extremely rash so you have to be careful. Like mentioned above drive slow and on a high alert .
Mumbai CST-Karmali Tejas Express is the fastest and luxurious train which travels between Mumbai and Goa. It started its service on 22nd May 2017 and operated by Central Railway Zone. It departs at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and reaches Karmali.How many tunnels are there in the route of Goa to Mumbai? ›
The entire Konkan Railway stretch has 91 tunnels and 1,880 bridges with the longest tunnel of 6.5 km at Karbude near Ratnagiri and tallest 64-metre-high bridge over Panval river at Ratnagiri. The Konkan Railway operates 756 km-long routes between Roha near Mumbai and Thokur near Mangalore.What is the cost of sleeper ticket in Goa Express train? ›
However, the fastest way to reach Goa is to take a flight from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai which takes approximately an hour to reach. The Dabolim Airport in Goa is located around 26 kilometres from its capital city; Panaji.Which is vistadome train from Mumbai to Goa? ›
The CR has decided to add one more vistadome coach in Train No 22119/22120 CSMT- Madgaon Tejas Exp Tejas Express with effect from April 14. The revised composition of the train now stands at two vistadome coaches, 11 AC chair cars, one AC Executive Chair Car and Two Luggage, generator cum brake vans.Is breakfast free in Tejas Express Mumbai to Goa? ›
Included in the ticket. (With an option of excluding it for a reduced ticket price). But the spread is yum and is served by a butler in both classes (Chair cars and one Executive class, more like a First Class). Tea/coffee, breakfast, snacks and lunch/dinner keep coming one after the other.Which is the shortest train from Mumbai to Goa? ›
There are 13 weekly trains and 4 daily trains that run from Mumbai to Goa , covering the shortest distance of about 412 km by KCVL GARIB RATH(12201).What is the most expensive train ticket from Mumbai? ›
Presidential Suite – INR 11,09,850.Is it safe to drive on Amboli ghat at night? ›
Amboli route is ok but don't drive via this route after the sunset, considering your passangers. Better to climb down the Amboli ghat before 5 pm.Which month is best to visit Amboli ghat? ›
The best time to visit Amboli is between the months of October and February, i.e the winter time. It is during this time of the year that Amboli is at its best. This hill stations experiences best weather condition during these months.