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Mumbai - Goa - Mumbai

Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by Grandeur, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. Grandeur

    Grandeur Staff Member Janitor

    There was nothing much to share and talk while going Goa (NH4). But yes while coming back I found NH 17 is quite scenic and roads are gr8, except few patches where it is really terrible to drive.

    We started around 11:30 AM from Goa and took NH17.





    Take a look at the difference as soon as you enter Maharashtra border :A



    Mind it...GO SLOW!! :grin:


    As soon as we enter Maharashtra, couple of meters ahead we saw Police barricades.


    Cops tried there best to find something out of my car, but it was an disappointment for them.


    Well, we continued our bumpy drive until Sawantwadi. :(

  2. Grandeur

    Grandeur Staff Member Janitor

    We stopped over at Kamat for lunch and started again our journey at 2:30 PM for Mumbai on NH17. Drive was smoother from Sawantwadi till Lanja.





    We stoped at 5:30 for a tea break somewhere around Lanja.







    Drive after Chiplun became very tedious and it was very difficult to take the pictures in night specially in ghats and during bad roads.
  3. Great Pics Sandy .. I hope due to the great suspension you would not have felt most of the patches inside the car . :)
  4. kedarbendre

    kedarbendre Esperto

    MH 12
    Nice pictures. Even I am also planning a trip to Goa
  5. Grandeur

    Grandeur Staff Member Janitor

    I'll be going back on 11 Of Nov to Goa with office colleagues. There will be two cars...ofcourse mine and Ford Figo and rest of the people will be traveling by train.
  6. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

    Enjoyed your breathtaking photographs, as usual, Grandeur. I remembered my Goa-Mahabaleshwar-Mumbai trip in March 2010 when I drove my Linea on the scenic NH 17.
  7. Grandeur

    Grandeur Staff Member Janitor

    Thanks Raviji!
  8. anoop

    anoop Superiore

    Nice triplog and superb clicks - enjoyed reading the report, Grandeur.
  9. johnny

    johnny Regolare

    Greater Noida
    Greater Noida
    Grande Punto 1.3
    I did not want to start a new thread, so decided to use this thread.

    We had come from Greater NOIDA to Mumbai during early Oct 13 (I am giving a few updates in another thread). A road trip to Goa was one of the activities planned. While the one way distance is doable in one day, we decide to take it easy, and split the trip with one night halt each way.

    We set out from Colaba on 14 Oct at about 0630. I was pleasantly surprised by the new Eastern Freeway which links VST to Chembur. It takes you just about 12 mins to cover this distance. After that, the going was good (mainly since the traffic was thin). We followed NH4 via Pune, Satara, and reached Kolhapur by afternoon, and made a halt there. In the evening, we went to the market to shop for the famous Kohlapuri slippers.

    We set out by about 0700 the next morning, and left NH4 at a place called Shankeshwar. The route thereafter was: Shankeshwar - Gandhiglaj - Amboli - Sawantwadi - Panaji (all two lane). The road from Shankeshwar to Gandhiglaj was just about OK. After leaving Gandhiglaj, the road had frequent bad patches. The stretch from Amboli to Sawantwadi was quite bad, with the worst patch being the ghat section. The only plus point was that there was practically no traffic, probably since the season had not yet started in Goa. The stretch from Sawantwadi to Panaji appears to have been done up recently, and was good. Barring the road condition, the entire stretch was very scenic.

    We spent a week at Goa - three days at Calangute (Hotel Calangute Grande, which was quite nice, and actually had three parking slots - Calangute is very bad for parking), and three days at Deltin Suites at Nerul. This was a good hotel. We spent the first three days doing our own sightseeing, and the next three days we attended a re-union of guys who joined the National Defence Academy in Jan 68. This part was great, with many of us meeting after 40 years, with each one thinking how old the other guy looked. This part included a river cruise on the Mandovi, and a visit to the Deltin Casino Royale - pretty impressive.

    We started back on 21 Oct, and followed the same route back with the variation that after Amboli, we turned short of Gandhiglaj to a place called Uttor, and intercepted NH4 at a place called Tawandi Ghat which is between Nipani and Shankeshwar. This road was good. So, the best route currently would be: Panaji - follow NH17 - Sawantwadi - Amboli - Uttoor - Tawandi Ghat - NH4.

    We did a night halt at Panchgani, which is off the highway, just short of Mahabaleshwar. The weather was great, and the Mapco Garden is worth a visit for food, and to buy squashes etc. The strawberries and cream they serve is 'bucket-list' stuff.

    We got back to Mumbai the next day. On the whole it was a nice trip.

  10. varin11

    varin11 Superiore

    I recently visited Mahabaleshwar on 15-11-13 from Bombay via Pune and the roads were in good condition.The only disappointment was bad roads in New Bombay as they are constructing so many flyover, god knows why?. Also in mahabaleshwar first time in last 10 years of my visits I experienced bad roads within mahabaleshwar, punchgini.

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