Summer is possibly the best time to plan a road trip with your family. And, there’s no better road trip to plan than one that takes you from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai to the tranquil shores of Goa. Of course, a road trip wouldn’t be complete without a few fun stops on the way. Notably, Tarkali and Vengurla in Sindhudurg are happening beaches with sumptuous seafood along the way. No matter what route you choose to take, you’ll be able to enjoy tranquil beaches, water sports, and delicious food at every stop. So, let’s start planning!
If you are thinking about making your way to Goa with your family, then you need to plan ahead, figure out the route, and make sure you plan for enough stops and traffic on the way. Goa is barely 600 kilometres away from Mumbai, so if you time things perfectly, you’ll be able to leave the city at 6 in the morning, and cross state lines in time to catch a relaxing sunset on the beach – definitely one of the top things to do in Goa. Depending on which route you take, the drive can last between 10 to 15 hours.
Route 1: NH4
Covering 590 kilometres, NH4 takes you from Mumbai to Goa via Pune, Satara, Kolhapur and Belgaum. Most road trippers prefer this route, as the highway is well-built, and it doesn’t wind up and down the ghats. On this road, you can finish the entire journey in 10.5 hours. However, if you do that, you’ll miss out on some great eateries and some fabulous sightseeing.
It’s a good idea to stop at either Satara or Kolhapur to taste some delicious Maharashtrian delicacies. Don’t forget to click a few pictures at the Rankala Lake, and then stretch your legs at Panhala Fort. The stops may add to your overall drive time, but the experiences are definitely worth it!
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Route 2: NH66 (Previously, NH-17)
At just 577 kilometres, this road is shorter, but it winds around the ghats, and takes a minimum of 12 hours. If you’re an experienced driver, you should definitely try this route out, but we wouldn’t suggest risking it during the monsoons. This picturesque route touches the coast at various locations, offering families gorgeous views during their journey.
You can hit the brakes at Karnala Bird Sanctuary for a bit of bird spotting and give yourself a taste of what is to come at the Ganpatipule Beach. If you’re driving down in the summer, you can also add a stop at Ratnagiri, to savour the delicious mangoes.
Before you fill up that tank and head off on your Mumbai to Goa road trip, here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Make sure you have Rs. 600 on you for the tolls.
2. Enjoy a good night’s sleep before you undertake the road trip.
3. Don’t forget some high-energy snacks to devour en route.
4. Book yourself a resort in Goa, even if you’re travelling off season.
5. Relax at the Club Mahindra Beach Resort in Varca, Goa – It’s a great place to enjoy with your family, and you can check the Club Mahindra reviews before you plan on staying at the resort.
Plan a vacation with Club Mahindra today & have a memorable and pleasant stay at Varca Beach resort in Goa with family.
We look forward to seeing you on the sand!