Need some info regarding Pune - Goa route

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Hi All Travel freaks out here......

I need to know whether the volvo buses route from Pune - Goa travels through the Western Ghats?
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Have to hire a private taxi to travel with the Western Ghats between Pune - Goa?

Thanks in advance
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Originally Posted by prashant1161 View Post Hi All Travel freaks out here......

I need to know whether the volvo buses route from Pune - Goa travels through the Western Ghats?
Or
Have to hire a private taxi to travel with the Western Ghats between Pune - Goa?

Thanks in advance
This is a rather confusing post, can you be more clear?
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By Western Ghats do you mean the Mumbai - Goa highway? If yes the buses from Pune will not travel by that route. They will take the Mumbai - Bangalore highway.

The Mumbai - Goa highway is a 2 lane highway and will have more traffic than the Mumbai - Bangalore highway.
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Originally Posted by prashant1161 View Post Hi All Travel freaks out here......

I need to know whether the volvo buses route from Pune - Goa travels through the Western Ghats?
Or
Have to hire a private taxi to travel with the Western Ghats between Pune - Goa?

Thanks in advance
All private buses that are only Pune-Goa travel through the Kolhapur-Gaganbawda route. Hope that answers your questions.

But 99% of them are at night so your only hope of watching the Western Ghats are night vision goggles. At an average speed of 40kms/hr.

You want to specifically take the Western Ghats for reasons of your own, drive in the day time.
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Thanks for all the inputs so far...

As stated above that Mumbai - Goa & Pune - Goa routes are different so which one travels through western ghats...both?....just wondering which route is more scenic and can be more adventurous in terms of forest, wildlife?

Also i am planning to hire a shared taxi in order to cover the route in day time and as per my plan. Any idea abour the private taxi fare and the minimum approximate journey time in both the routes?

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by prashant1161 View Post Thanks for all the inputs so far...

As stated above that Mumbai - Goa & Pune - Goa routes are different so which one travels through western ghats...both?....just wondering which route is more scenic and can be more adventurous in terms of forest, wildlife?

Also i am planning to hire a shared taxi in order to cover the route in day time and as per my plan. Any idea abour the private taxi fare and the minimum approximate journey time in both the routes?

Thanks!
If you're leaving Pune on a Saturday, you could even take the Poorna Express to Goa, which starts to descend the Braganza Ghats on Sunday morning (entering the ghats around 10 am). This is an extremely scenic route.

I hear there is a road that traverses the same ghat as well, but is in horrible condition.

Google "Braganza Ghats" or "Doodhsagar waterfalls" for more info.
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I plan to do something similar. Can someone suggest the best route based on the road condition. I am not looking for the shortest but rather the one with lesser bad patches.

1- Pune - Kolhapur - Tavandi- Ajra - Sawantwadi - Goa
2- Pune - Kolhapur - Asandoli- Gaganbavda -Sawantwadi - Goa
3- Pune - Kolhapur - Radhanagri - Phonda - Sawantwadi

I usually do # 1 above, but the lasty trip is an year old and the road has some really bad patches. I am looking for a smoother ride
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Originally Posted by new_traveller View Post I plan to do something similar. Can someone suggest the best route based on the road condition. I am not looking for the shortest but rather the one with lesser bad patches.

1- Pune - Kolhapur - Tavandi- Ajra - Sawantwadi - Goa
2- Pune - Kolhapur - Asandoli- Gaganbavda -Sawantwadi - Goa
3- Pune - Kolhapur - Radhanagri - Phonda - Sawantwadi

I usually do # 1 above, but the lasty trip is an year old and the road has some really bad patches. I am looking for a smoother ride
Dear new_traveller,
I have recently returned from my Goa trip in Aug 13. You can check the details in my thread where you will get all your answers

http://www.indiamike.com/india/1634636-post1/

Thanks
Maxravi
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Originally Posted by maxravi View Post Dear new_traveller,
I have recently returned from my Goa trip in Aug 13. You can check the details in my thread where you will get all your answers

http://www.indiamike.com/india/1634636-post1/

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Ravi- Sorry it did not answer my question on road condition. I am not keen on the scenic route or length. I have an expecting mother with me and want the road to be better amongst the avaialble options.
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Sorry new traveller, dint know about the issue. I would suggest that that NH4-Tavandi-Amboli-sawantwadi-Goa(the general route) can be the best option(the road condition is best among all). Or you may also travel on train via mumbai with more safe and also has the scenic views.
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I recently went via the Belgaum-Chorla route. Other than a 15 km stretch where the road is bad, the rest is a breeze. I was surprised to see a road that goes into Goa not riddled with potholes.
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Originally Posted by markrodricks View Post I recently went via the Belgaum-Chorla route. Other than a 15 km stretch where the road is bad, the rest is a breeze. I was surprised to see a road that goes into Goa not riddled with potholes.
But plenty when you get there.
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Originally Posted by maxravi View Post Sorry new traveller, dint know about the issue. I would suggest that that NH4-Tavandi-Amboli-sawantwadi-Goa(the general route) can be the best option(the road condition is best among all). Or you may also travel on train via mumbai with more safe and also has the scenic views.
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Originally Posted by markrodricks View Post I recently went via the Belgaum-Chorla route. Other than a 15 km stretch where the road is bad, the rest is a breeze. I was surprised to see a road that goes into Goa not riddled with potholes.
Thanks, Am just analyzing the additional kms and the additional time I take. Actually I think I will not take additional time at all. Considering the slow speed on the rough route via nipani.
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Originally Posted by new_traveller View Post Thanks, Am just analyzing the additional kms and the additional time I take. Actually I think I will not take additional time at all. Considering the slow speed on the rough route via nipani.
We did a comfortable 6.5 hours till Belgaum. Bear in mind that had a 30 min breakfast halt, 45 mins lunch halt and 2 small 5 min stops on the way.

From Belgaum to find the Chorla route would take Google Maps and asking around but I was with someone who knew the road well. From Belgaum City to Goa is another 2-2.5 hours depending on rain etc. I would strongly advise against doing the Chorla Ghat route at night.

Actually any road that goes into Goa but this is less frequented.

Just my 2 cents worth.

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