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, AN OFFBEAT ROAD TRIP – Coastal Konkan

A Mumbai to Goa trip along the western coast is all about simple food and endless stretches overlooking the sea. This is an unconventional choice of routes that skips popular NH4 or NH 17 /66. The idea of driving along the endless coast with no pressing agenda is liberating.

Reducing dependency on car ownership for a road trip is possible by availing a Mumbai to Goa Car Rental service. It is possible to choose from an array of vehicles available, book online or via mobile app, pack few essentials, put on some romantic music and buckle up for a wonderful journey.

The Route to Paradise

It is a good idea to leave early from Mumbai to beat the traffic and head towards Alibaug. Driving down the coast of Revdanda – Murud – Agardanda- Mhasala – Harihareshwar gives ones the opportunity to check out Ahmedganj Palace and Murud fort on the way and enjoy the stunning sea view with long stretches of mangroves that open straight into the sea. One must cross River Savitri to get to Bankot and continue down the road to Harnai. The road till Murdi is a little rough, but the coastal road cradled between emerald hills offers panoramic views that take one’s breath away.

A Culinary Delight

Roadside joints overlooking the sea serve lip-smacking food  on the Harnai-Palande road (SH4) by the coast which heads to Dapoli. From here, the roads are maintained well and offer a smooth ride along sandy beaches dotted with tiny fishing hamlets.

Pit Stops Galore

As one drives across Vashisthi river and reaches Dhopave, it is a good idea to take a detour and check out Takaleshwar lighthouse on a cliff overlooking the sea. One may even stop over and take a ferry from Tavassal to explore Jaigad fort before continuing to drive towards Ratnagiri and heading towards Ganapati Pule to visit pristine beaches and pay obeisance at the famous Ganesha Temple. The drive along the incredible Aarrey Waarey beach road feels like enjoying a slice of heaven. Taking a walk on the beach and enjoying the sunset while sipping on Kokum juice and munching on deep fried delicacies is an experience to remember!

A Night in Rural Konkan

Ratnagiri is the ideal stopover as the sun sets. A Konkan style thali is sure to tickle the tastebuds after a long day behind the wheel. As one moves out of Ratnagiri, one will notice symmetric rows of tall casuarine trees lining the stretch along Bhadarwadi road which cruises along Chavatwadi towards Shirse. Lunch at the temple town of Kunkeshwar is almost mandatory on this route.

Winding roads lined with mango orchards, glittering rivers, placid lakes, bridges, quaint villages, and still-regal forts dot the long stretches of the sea until Malvan. The lovely Sindhudurg fort is worth a visit. Those seeking an adrenaline rush can indulge in water sports and snorkelling at the beautiful Tarkarli beach too. A drive past Vengurla and across Tiracol bridge will take one to Goa.

This 675-700 kilometre road trip spread across 2-3 days along the Konkan coast, is a journey one must go on at least once in a lifetime.

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