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As a travel destination, Goa hits all the right notes. So, of course, there may not be a better place to dream once a nightmare is coronavirus and the corresponding nationwide lockdown is over. When you finally want to travel, you also want to make sure that the journey is no less exciting than the destination. And the best way to do this is to travel from Mumbai to Goa by road. This road trip will open a treasure trove of panoramic sights and scenery, while you are missing it all. Expect full thrill and fun at a hotel in Goa before going on that much-awaited beach vacation.

If a road trip from Mumbai to Goa is on your post-lockdown bucket list, then this blog is for you. It detects the various routes you follow, as well as the main attraction to each route. Read on and plan your trip.

When you travel from Mumbai to Goa by road, you can choose from two scenic routes - one passing through NH 4 and the other passing through NH 66. Both these routes provide stunning expansions and enticing stops. So if you are in the mood to catch some incredible scenery on the road, be prepared to discover many Instagram-worthy views on this trip. The best thing about this road trip is that it is less than 12 hours drive from Mumbai, making it perfect for weekends before it starts regularly. Let's look at each of these two routes in detail:

Route 1: Mumbai to Goa via NH 4

From NH 4 to Mumbai to Goa will take you on a smooth route marked by wide roads suitable for fast driving. Featuring excellent stopovers, it is a straight four-lane road. While driving on this route, you can see many attractions including forts, lakes and temples and even a wildlife sanctuary. If you are on a family trip, this is the ideal route. However, be prepared to face some toll booths on the way. The roads on this route are quite smooth, making it ideal for people with motion sickness.

Route: Starting from Mumbai, you will travel to Pune via Mumbai-Pune Expressway. You will then follow NH 4 to go through Satara, Kolhapur and Belgaum before finally reaching Goa.

  • Distance: 590 km (approx.)
  • Travel Time: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.) without any detours

Popular Stopovers

  • Pune: Notable tourist places to visit in Pune are Shivneri Fort, Aga Khan Palace, Sinhagad, Shaniwar Wada Palace and Pataleshwar Cave Temple. If you are traveling with children, be sure to visit the Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park.
  • Satara: The main attraction of Satara is the Kas Plateau or Valley of Flowers which boasts 850 species of flowering plants. Nataraja Temple, Juna Rajwada, and Nava Rajwada are other attractions that you can see while passing through this city.
  • Kolhapur: The quaint town of Kolhapur is famous for many tourist attractions, including the ancient Mahalakshmi Temple, Jadugari Rankala Lake and the historic Panhala Fort. A visit to Chhatrapati Shahu Museum will give you a glimpse of many artifacts dating back to the bygone era.
  • Belgaum: A beautiful city, Belgaum is a heap of attractions that are worth seeing. Prominent among these are Belgaum Fort, Gokak Falls, and Kittur Fort and Mahal. If you are a nature lover, then you should not miss visiting the Bhimgarh Wildlife Sanctuary.

Suggested Stops for Breakfast and Lunch

For your breakfast, you can stop in Pune. There are many restaurants in Pune that snack lips. Vaishali in FC Road is a vegetarian restaurant where you can enjoy South Indian fare and hot cups of filter coffee. Satara is a good place to stay for lunch. The city has a variety of eateries that serve delicious food on a large scale. You can also eat in Kolhapur, which boasts some of the best dhabas. However, given the current situation, it is best to carry some snacks and home-made food along the road.

Route 2: Mumbai to Goa via NH 66

The winding route of NH 66 from Mumbai to Goa will give you a thrilling ride, with the majestic Western Ghats serving as the backdrop. To add to the whole experience there are narrow, steep roads at altitude that are barricade-less in most places. A popular route for adventure seekers, it is ideal for those who specialize in maneuvering vehicles through such terrains and treacherous corners. You can explore many places while traveling from Mumbai to Goa by car or bike from this route, including historical sites, heritage structures and even religious sites. If you suffer from motion sickness then try to avoid this route.

Route: Starting from Mumbai, the route will take you to Panvel, Pen, Kolad, Khed, Chiplun, Pali and Sawantwadi before finally reaching Goa.

  • Distance: 577 km (approx.)
  • Travel Time: 12 hours (approx.)

Popular Stopovers

  • Ganpatipule: Ganapatipule beach may not be as famous as the beaches in Goa, but it is a beauty in itself that has many water sports facilities. The Swayambhu Ganpati Temple is a major attraction for tourists and pilgrims.
  • Karnala Bird Sanctuary and Karnala Fort: A popular destination in Panvel for bird lovers, the Karnala Bird Sanctuary is home to over 222 species of birds. Karnala Fort is also located within the boundary of the sanctuary and is worth a visit.
  • Pen: This place is famous for making huge Ganesh idols. By spending some time here, you will be able to take a closer look at how skilled craftsmen make these huge sculptures.
  • Kolad: There is a colaad for adventure enthusiasts, where you can enjoy your best water rafting. Bhira Dam is one of the popular places where you can catch all the activities of white water rafting.
  • Tamhini Ghat Waterfalls: Against the backdrop of lush greenery, this waterfall offers a spectacular view. You can also visit the Kansai waterfall, which is not far from Tamini Ghat.
  • Dapoli: The coastal accommodation of Dapoli near Khed has many attractions in and around many places including Harnai Port, Panhalaji Caves and Kadayavarcha Ganapathi Temple. Don't miss visiting Unware Hot Springs, which is also in the vicinity of Dapoli.
  • Murud: If you take a detour to Murud, a small coastal village, you can go for a dolphin-spotting trip. When you visit this place, one must visit Casa Fort.
  • Chiplun: Situated on the banks of the river Vashistha, Chiplun is enriched with many natural wonders such as Guhagar beach and Savatsada waterfalls. The man-made wonders that define this place are the Lord Parasurama Temple, Koyna Dam, and the Pandava Caves, which are believed to have been built by the famous Pandava brothers of the Mahabharata.
  • Sawantwadi: The serene setting of Sawantwadi is a pleasant change from the chaos of city life. Adding to its beauty is the Sawantwadi Palace which takes you back in time. The giant Moti Talao located near the palace is another majestic attraction to explore here.

Suggested Stops for Breakfast and Lunch

Collad is a good place to hold your taste buds with a satisfying breakfast. There are many restaurants at this place where you can get fresh breakfast items to energize you with energy. Shrikar - Dhaba is a popular place to enjoy a good breakfast. Chiplun is a popular stopover for lunch on the NH66 route. If you are craving for local cuisine, make a stop here and continue munching with home-taking stock and stop straight into Goa.

Essential Stopovers

During your drive from Mumbai to Goa, you will find many small villages and cities with ATM facility and petrol pumps. Kolad, Mangaon and Indapur are to name a few. Be sure to keep your car or bike running smoothly without interruption during the journey.
To sum it all up, if you prefer to drive by safe and accessible route, choose Route 1. But if you want to feel the natural beauty as well as the adrenaline rush, then you should choose Route 2. Safely and responsibly.

Safety Tips for Road Trips from Mumbai to Goa

All ready to hit the road? Before you close, take our two cents to DOS and do not go on a trip from Mumbai to Goa.

  • Wear masks and gloves
  • Wash your hands every time you step out of the car or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Choose a 100% Clean Hotel for a Safe Stay
  • Prefer bottled water and eat in clean restaurants
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth repeatedly
  • Take vitamin C and D daily along with zinc to increase your immunity
  • Carry essential things like torch, hand sanitizer, light food, protein bar, sleeping bag and water
  • Take a pair of comfortable shoes in your luggage
  • Always keep the map or download offline maps when you are on your own and searching for an unknown area.
  • And, of course, follow all COVID-19 guidelines issued by WHO, including hygiene practices and social disturbances

Have a nice road trip!

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