Bombay/Pune-Konkan-Goa Bike Trip

#1 Feb 2nd, 2009, 11:55
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Dear all,

The third an final phase of my plan to comprehensively cover Konkan has arrived. (I have already covered north and central Konkan last month). This phase will be between 14 to 22 Feb. This will require 5 working days leave. The most beautiful part of Konkan is the farthest, so we need that much time. Sindhudurg, Malwan, Vengurla are known for its awesome beauty and I need not introduce Goa. Also, the objective will be to visit off beat tracks, forts and places of historical importance. Beaches, though will be covered, will be of secondary importance.

The outline of the trip is as follows:

Day 1 (14 Feb): Bom/Pune- Chiplun 234 KM, Chiplun to Ratnagiri 85, Ratnagiri to Pavas 15 km

It is likely that we will be fatigued by the time we reach Pavas. If not then we will visit Purnagad fort today.

Day 2 (15 Feb): Mostly, we will visit Purnagad today early morning. It is 7 km from Pavas. Exploration will take around 2 -3 hrs. After Purnagad, ride first to Rajapur (Pavas to Rajapur 30 km) and then to Vijaydurg (Rajapur to Vaghotan/Talere to Vijaydurg 80 km). We should be in a position to finish Vijaydurg by early evening, and so shall move on towards Devgad (Vijaydurg to Devgad 70 kms), depending on the time.

Day 3 (16 Feb): Reach/explore Devgad fort and beach and proceed towards Malwan. (Devgad to Malvan via Achra ferry or from Achra via Ramgarh route <via Masade>). This should not take more than 3 hours at the most. Depending on how much daytime we’ve got, explore Malwan and Sindhudurg, or just relax at Malwan beach and enjoy the Malwani cuisine.

Day 4 (17 Feb): Visit the grand Sindhudurg if we haven’t already and move towards Vengurla. Explore Tarkarli beach on the way and head to Terekhol fort on the Goa state border.

Day 5 (18 Feb): Enter Goa and choose the route towards Panjim which gives us maximum exposure to beaches and forts of Goa.

Day 6 and 7 (19-20 Feb): Enjoy in Panjim, and visit a few Portuguese forts and churches there.

Day 8 (21 Feb): Head back to Bombay. We can do so after exploring some unfinished places in North Goa as will try and reach only Chiplun today. Stay at Chiplun.

Day 9 (22 Feb): Chiplun to Bombay or Pune, if anyone is joining from Pune.


Note: The Sindhudurg district website claims that we can use State Highway 4 all the way between Vijaydurg and Vengurla and even towards Terekhol. I am a little doubtful, because there are a few creeks which need to be crossed by ferry and not sure if we can commute our bikes through all of them. Keeping this in mind, I have drafted the above itinerary. In case the SH 4 does allow us to commute along the coast from Vijaydurg to Vengurla, we will be saving a lot of time, which we can spend on the beaches of Malwan!

This is a unique opportunity to explore the heart of Konkan in a customized way and with minimal expenses. I do not expect a lot of responses, but if I do, then the upper limit for the group will be 5 bikers. Costs will be as per actual. The total distance we shall cover be around 1500 kms or so, but spread across 9 days

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#2 Feb 2nd, 2009, 12:24
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You can travel by the MSH 4 without any apprehensions.

From Vijadurg till Terekhol all the creeks are having bridges.
From Terekhol you can take your vehicle to other side by the ferry boat.
Enjoy your trip and do post the experiance

Cheers :-)
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Originally Posted by anindya911 View Post You can travel by the MSH 4 without any apprehensions.

From Vijadurg till Terekhol all the creeks are having bridges.
From Terekhol you can take your vehicle to other side by the ferry boat.
Enjoy your trip and do post the experiance

Cheers :-)
Thanks...that would be great...as we would not have to take too many detours
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No response

guys...no 1 is interested in biking???
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Historic trip

I did the whole thing solo...1561 km...in 8 days... pics (some truly amazing ones)under my travel pics 'South Konkan and Goa' at my blog http://vijh.blogspot.com.

A travelogue will follow soon...

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