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Old 3rd August 2009, 15:02   #31
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Thank you very much hvkumar;

just went through your logs and found:
1) Goa to Kolhapur = 364kms
2) Kolhapur to Ganpatipule = 198 &
3) Ganpatipule to Mumbai = 389 kms
TOTAL Distance = 951 kms

Thats a long drive isnt it - or am i misreading something? Knowing that I wont be able to drive over 60-70 kms / hr that will be a handful and tiring journey dont you guys think.

Another query is given a choice with family - should I opt for Goa-Pune expressway to go to Goa instead of the Goa highway. Somewhere I read about Mumbai-Goa Highway for bad roads and unsafe issues.

Have been through the Kolhapur - Amboli - Sawantwadi route and that route too is pretty bad

Will await your reply's

thanks again
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Old 3rd August 2009, 15:12   #32
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Bombay (Chembur)-Goa (Panaji) on NH17 is 600 kms (8-12 hours).
Goa-Nivali-Ganapatipule on NH17 is 270 kms (5-7 hours)
Ganapatipule-Nivali-Bombay (Chembur) is 350 kms (7-8 hours)

Kolhapur is not on the route, I just suggested that log book which had the relevant route details.

NH17 highway to Goa is a great road, may have some bad sections in Pen-Mahad, but otherwise unperturbed in the monsoons. You have to be prepared for 50% mountain road driving though.

You can always go on Bombay-Kolhapur-Amboli-Goa one way and return on Goa-Ganapatipule-Bombay on the other.
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Hi Everyone!
I will be driving from Mumbai to Goa shortly. I have done the trip via the NH4 (Mumbai - Sankeshwar - Amboli - Sawantwadi - Panjim) -and NH 17 route many times.
This time I would like to drive along the Coastal Highway and avoid the NH 17 completely.
Is it possible?
Has anyone taken this route recently?
I tried this a couple of years ago but had to keep coming back to the NH 17 since most of the creek / river bridges on the Coastal Highway were still under construction, especially in the Raigad District.
Any update on the route and road conditions would be most welcome

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This time I would like to drive along the Coastal Highway and avoid the NH 17 completely.
Is it possible?
YES,
It is possible.
The route is SH4 sagari mahamarg [ coastal highway].
The road sh4 starts near alibaug and ends at redi near shiroda after vengurla.
Though the name is highway, hardly two cars can cross eachother on this road. if any bus or truck come, then one has to leave tar.
The road is most scenic, full of twists and turns, lot of greenery, forest, creeks, beaches, palm trees. I have a dream to take this route once.
but......
looking at current condition of road, uncompleted bridge across creeks, no ferry available due to monsoon, it is not possible in monsoon. You can do it in dec or jan as ferry services are available. You need full two days[ yes two days] to reach goa by this route. Ideal halt point will be hedvi near guhagar.

you have to use ferry services to cross all creeks from alibaug to hedvi/jaigad. after jaigad, all creeks can be crossed by bridge.
Again at terekhol after redi[ last point of maharashtra coast], you have to use ferry to enter in goa.

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Again at terekhol after redi[ last point of maharashtra coast], you have to use ferry to enter in goa.[/quote]


Terekhol is in Goa. The maharashtra boundry ends with the Tata metalics plant compound in Redi.

People travelling through this route, please try & visit the Ganapathi temple at Redi. there is a very interesting story about how the temple was discovered.
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Again at terekhol after redi[ last point of maharashtra coast], you have to use ferry to enter in goa.
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Again at terekhol after redi[ last point of maharashtra coast], you have to use ferry to enter in goa.



yeah, politically, terekhol is in goa. thats why in my post, i referred last point as redi, not terekhol.

redi is famous for that ganapati temple and mines.
the area after vengurla to terekhol is so beautiful.
mochemad beach is one of the best beaches. i liked shiroda beach.

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Hi Ashish,
Yes the route is very good, When I travel from belgaum to north goa, I take the belgaum - amboli - sawantwadi-redi-baga beach route. My kids love to ride in the ferry at terekhol.
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Yes the route is very good,
hi shahir,
yes, the road is very good in that part.
for mumbai gang,
if anyone is going to goa for beaches, sand and nature, if he travels on sh4 toward goa, i am sure, he will forget goa and settle his holidays in this area.
one more thing, mtdc has resorts and some other hotels are there, don't expect any fancy items and food like goa, you will get simple but tasty food, nice homestays, best beaches[ forget goa], nice lovely people, nature at full bloom, no commercialisation, so no shopping. Get only pure fun with best nature, sand and beaches.
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How much one needs to spend on the tolls via both the routes NH4. I have been travelling on NH17 from a long time and i think the amount of money you spend on toll is less than 100 if i am not wrong. Also whats the distance between Mumbai-Goa via NH4.
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From Kolhapur to Mumbai the toll would total upto around INR 400 approx one way(including the Pune-Bom EW toll).Distance is around 600kms.Not much of a difference in terms of distance via NH4 vis-a-vis NH17.The only differentiating factor is that NH-4 route is faster,boring and plain straight roads till Kolhapur/Sankeshwar from where you turn off to Amboli/Nipani etc and on towards Sawantwadi.That stretch is ofcourse very very beautiful.

NH-17 is scenic full of twists and turns and full of challengesBorivli to Panjim via NH-4 & NH-17 was about the same distance for me.Around 600kms.However NH-17 took me 12 hours whereas NH-4 took me around 8.5-9hrs.
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I think if we are leaving from Mumbai at night then it would be safe to go on the NH4 as the highway is 4 lane and separated by divider till most of the earlier part of the road to Goa. Also the oncoming vehicle will not be a problem. If you leave mumbai at 12 in the night you can reach cover the highway distance in the night and by the time you reach to the roads which are narrow and bad, you can handle those during the day. :-)
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I am planning a road trip Mumbai-Goa on around 14th Oct and want to know the state of the roads as I understand that the recent rains have caused a lot of damage. Any advice would help. I have normally taken NH-17 but that route this time may be difficult as there have been many landslides and the road had been closed - what is the status of NH-4?
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I am planning a road trip Mumbai-Goa on around 14th Oct and want to know the state of the roads as I understand that the recent rains have caused a lot of damage. Any advice would help. I have normally taken NH-17 but that route this time may be difficult as there have been many landslides and the road had been closed - what is the status of NH-4?
NH4 has been reportedly holding good.NH-4-Kolhapur-Tawandi Ghat-On the ghat take a Right turn opp Hotel Satyavati Palace-Nipani-Uttur-Ajra-Amboli-Sawantwadi-NH-17-Mapusa-Panjim.Refer to this thread for more details http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...pur-goa-7.html
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Panzer, Please update about the condition of the route, which ever one you decide to take. Hopefully by the 14th the rains will have reduced and we will have a better idea as to which is the route to drive on.

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Just finished a weeks trip to goa. I stay at chembur in mumbai and was in a similar dilemna on which route to take. Did some research and decided to take NH 17 for mumbai - goa strech and NH 4 for the other way round.
Here are my impressions. NH 17 (Panvel - Chiplun - Sawantwadi - Goa) is a driving enthusiasts delight. Just loved driving on those scenic winding ghat roads. Started at 5 AM and found some truck traffic from panvel onwards. However, it soon thinned down and from then onwards, there was sparse traffic all the way up to goa. The road being an NH is twoo laned all the way, but without any dividers. The quality of roads is good. People who are scared of motion sickness on winding roads are advised not to take this road as it is full of curves right through out. However, will again add that for someone looking to enjoy driving and not in too much hurry, this road is a must try. Reached Pajani city by around 5.30 PM. Average driving speeds were around 80-90 kmph.
NH4 (Panaji-Mapusa-Sawantwadi-Amboli-Nipani-Kolhapur-Pune-Mumbai) took far less time. Started again at 5AM. Reached Mumbai at around 3 PM. The strech from savantwadi to nipani was rather bad, (around 100 km) with some very poor roads and lots of curves considerably slowing down progress. However, once i reached NH4 at Nipani, things changed dramatically. Roads were just wonderful here on with 4 lanes / divider throughout. Managed speeds of 100-110 kmph with ease and covered ground quickly. And ofcourse the express way from pune helped matters. Hence the difference of around 2-3 hours travel time.
so , my advice - do what i did the first time. Try both roads for once, and then decide for yourself. For me- it will be NH17 most times.
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