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Q. Best route: Goa to Mumbai via Amboli and Belgaum

Asked by H Saldanha on Friday, March 26, 2010

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Please suggest the best route from Goa to Mumbai via Amboli and Belgaum.
What are the road conditions like on this route?

Thanks,

H Saldanha

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Ans. by ajaiviswa on 27 Mar, 2010

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Part 2 of my response (and why would a Travel site keep a 1000 character limitation?!?)

Belgaun to Vashi would then be around 460 Kms and that can bve covered at a fast click! I have done that in just over 5 hours and wasn't racing either. Part of the Goldent Quad and excellent. So which should you take?
If you have time and want to break journey: NH17 via Ratnagiri. If you want to make it back in a day, cater for around 8-19 hours and swing back via Amboli. In that option choose Belguam (over Ajra) if you are a fast driver; else just go via Ajro (shorter but some bad sections). You will hit a Nippani and turn left on NH4

Stops: Nh4 option (Amboli Kamaths for Restrooms 2 hrs from Goa then Sai International at on NH4 (right side) 2 more hours OR Mahindra Exec at Satara (another 2 hours) and CCD on Expresway (after Pune)

Enjoy!
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Ans. by ajaiviswa on 27 Mar, 2010

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You've got a lot of responses; another one to the collection!

Regular Goa-Bay route is NH17. You pretty much head startigh up north (on goa's only NH) and the route takes you through:
- Sawanatwadi (nice beach resort called Tarkarli is closeby)
- Ratnagiri (another great beach resort in Ganpatipule) + Mangoes like another traveller mentioned
- Chipuln (Was the Taj but is now another chain; Nice)
- Poladpur (Turn off for Maharashtra's favourite Hill station - Manahabaleshwar)
- Mangaon and
Panvel

Road is nice and was once rated amongst the top 5 sceneic drives in India (esp in the rains). Most of the route is through smooth Tar roads (no dividers) but a really winding road!

Alternative is:
Goa - Sawanatwadi
Turn Right towards Amboli (break at Kamaths!)
Heda on towards
(Option 1) - Ajra and then Nippani [ Roads are narrow and non-divided and at some sections broken tarmax/potholed (30 odd kms)
(option 2) - Belgaum. Wider and joins NH4 60KM south of OPtion 1
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Ans. by ajaiviswa on 27 Mar, 2010

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You've got a lot of responses; another one to the collection!

Regular Goa-Bay route is NH17. You pretty much head startigh up north (on goa's only NH) and the route takes you through:
- Sawanatwadi (nice beach resort called Tarkarli is closeby)
- Ratnagiri (another great beach resort in Ganpatipule) + Mangoes like another traveller mentioned
- Chipuln (Was the Taj but is now another chain; Nice)
- Poladpur (Turn off for Maharashtra's favourite Hill station - Manahabaleshwar)
- Mangaon and
Panvel

Road is nice and was once rated amongst the top 5 sceneic drives in India (esp in the rains). Most of the route is through smooth Tar roads (no dividers) but a really winding road!

Alternative is:
Goa - Sawanatwadi
Turn Right towards Amboli (break at Kamaths!)
Heda on towards
(Option 1) - Ajra and then Nippani [ Roads are narrow and non-divided and at some sections broken tarmax/potholed (30 odd kms)
(option 2) - Belgaum. Wider and joins NH4 60KM south of OPtion 1
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Ans. by ashokmkarnad on 26 Mar, 2010

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Dear Mr. Saldanha,
You already have four answers. I have another alternative for a route.
From Goa drive to Kankavali. Before Kankavali, near Civil Hospital, take State Highway SH117 or just after Kankavali, take Nagave road. You will meet SH117, little after Kanedi which is on SH117. Continue towards North on SH117. You will be passing through PHONDA GHAT, later will reach Kolhapur. There take NH4 which takes you to Mumbai via Pune.
Phonda Ghat (& Not Ponda - which is Goa) is a total jungle & also a Sancturi.
If you are near Ponda, why not take NH4A via Londa & Belgaum?
I suggest, you browse through Google Earth, wherein you may select a route best suiated for your purpose.
Best Wishes for your journey

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Ans. by MOHIT BHATNAGAR on 26 Mar, 2010

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Goa to Mumbai drive is best via Ratnagiri, Chiplun, Panvel. Its got good roads and better secenery on the way. You could stop near ratnagiri to by mangoes since the season has begun. The Taj in chiplun is a good place to stop for a meal or snacks(they have buffet for both)
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Ans. by Pratappv on 26 Mar, 2010

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Hi,
You can take the route as Mumbai-->Pune-->Kolhapur-->Belgaum. The road is excellant till Belgaum (Part of Golden Quadrilateral project). From Belgaum you need to divert for Goa via Amboli. The road quality for Belaum to Goa is fine.
You will enjoy the road from Pune to Belgaum the most, its beautiful.

Happy Journey

Thanks & Regards
Pratap

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Ans. by Shib on 26 Mar, 2010

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I have gone to Goa from Mumbai via the Pune (expressway ) - Kolhapur - Nipani - Amboli - Goa. Went in Jan end 2010. The roads are good till Nipani, after which the road through Uttur and Ajra is narrow and full of potholes. Then pass through Amboli Ghat till u take NH17 and reach Sawantwadi. It took me 10hrs with few stops on my Fiesta.
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Ans. by RaviNayar on 26 Mar, 2010

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The old route through NH17 is extremely picturesque and a drivers dream with a lot of twisties thrown in. However the only drawback is that its a single lane and one has to be on toes while overtaking with the trucks all over the place. The road surface is pretty good all the way through. The new route through NH4 is slightly longer but is a three lane highway all the way to Nipani where you turn off onto the state highway and go through Amboli Ghats. The road quality is pretty bad in patches from Nipani till Amboli Ghats. So here you go, its your call. Have a safe drive.
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