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Old 11th June 2013, 12:23   #16
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If you want to take NH4 then i would suggest Mumbai-Pune-Karad-Kokrud-Malkapur-Amba Ghat-Sakharpa-Pali-Ratnagiri route. I traveled on this route just a couple of days back, The road is in top shape, absolutely scenic and the amba ghat and other small ghats are a drivers paradise. Pune to Ratnagiri Budget for 6 hours.
Based on the time-taken you are mentioning, this seems like a very tempting option. Just looked up the Google maps for this route. Google mentions 306km from Pune to Ratnagiri and mentions 5.5 hours!

For Mumbai folks, this route would be around 450kms. The NH17 route is 330KMs. Time taken would be similar because of the higher average speed on NH4 and expressway.

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Based on the time-taken you are mentioning, this seems like a very tempting option. Just looked up the Google maps for thsi route. Google mentions 306km from Pune to Ratnagiri and mentions 5.5 hours!

For Mumbai folks, this route would be around 450kms. The NH17 route is 330KMs. Time taken would be similar because of the higher average speed on NH4 and expressway.
My Native place is just about 20km after crossing Amba Ghat. Hence i travel on this route once every 3 months. Take this route once and i am sure you will not bother with any other route while going to Ratnagiri-rajapur belt.
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My Native place is just about 20km after crossing Amba Ghat. Hence i travel on this route once every 3 months. Take this route once and i am sure you will not bother with any other route while going to Ratnagiri-rajapur belt.
Noted! Added to my monsoon drives list! Thanks for the recommendation.
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Noted! Added to my monsoon drives list! Thanks for the recommendation.
If you are going via Amba ghat, and if you can spare the time, it will be worth it to make a detour and visit Marleshwar. It is a sight to behold once the rains have started.
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If you are going via Amba ghat, and if you can spare the time, it will be worth it to make a detour and visit Marleshwar. It is a sight to behold once the rains have started.
Brilliant! Marleshwar - That is exactly what I was thinking. I have been there once in monsoon and its unreal ..almost heavenly in that season.

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Hi guys,

Konkan is one most favourite driving destinations for me and it's sheer joy in driving in konkan region. My hometown is Gaonkhadi which is near to Pawas I drove there many times in last five years.
For Mumbai - Ratnagiri route if one don't like single road then he should take Mumbai - karad (nh4) - malkapur - Amba ghat - Sakharpa - pali - Ratnagiri route. It's 450kms but it will take same average 10 hrs with lunch break. Malkapur to Ratnagiri via Amba ghat is very scenic and fun to drive especially if you are driving in monsoons. I have taken this twice in last monsoon as that time nh17 was in very bad shape.
Personally I love nh17 route to drive. It's average 8.5 - 9 hrs driving including breakfast and lunch halts. Last January I did Thane to Ratnagiri (hatkhamba naka) in my record time of 7.5 hrs in my Dzire VXI. The car was fully loaded. We also took 30 minutes for breakfast @ Kamat's, Mahad and 10 minutes break after Kasheli ghat for my 2 yr old son's breakfast. During this drive I actually bypassed turbhe, belapur, panvel, palspe, and Karnala by selecting vashi - palm beach - ulve - chirner route. If you take chirner route then you will directly reach at kharpada bridge few kms before Pen.

The real pain driving on nh17 is only upto Mahad due to small towns on the way and local traffic. Mahad onwards you will start enjoying drive. Kasheli ghat and Parshuram ghats are really in good conditions till Chiplun. Chiplun - Sangmeshwar - Ratnagiri road is straight in most of the areas but you to be bit careful while speeding up as there are patches in between. These patches are very much manageable but at average speed.

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Hi guys,

Konkan is one most favourite driving destinations for me and it's sheer joy in driving in konkan region. My hometown is Gaonkhadi which is near to Pawas I drove there many times in last five years.
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Ah! I know Gavkhadi! I have relatives in that village. My own place is another 8-9 kms from there.
Small world!

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You need a few more posts before PM facility is activated for you. But let's catch up over a team-bhp meet. You seem based out of Thane. There are quite a few team-bhpians in Thane-Mulund area.
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Sure SDP,

Being you are from same area in Konkan we should workout even to drive together to native place.
Also with few more t-bhpians who are interested in driving to Konkan. I am sure most of t-bhpians will love to drive in konkan. IMO Few driving sections in unexplored Konkan is definitely comparable to north Indian tough driving sections.
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Ah! I know Gavkhadi! I have relatives in that village. My own place is another 8-9 kms from there.
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My 'KulaDevi' is at Adivare around 15km from pawas. One beautiful part of Kokan this belt is.
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My 'KulaDevi' is at Adivare around 15km from pawas. One beautiful part of Kokan this belt is.
This is interesting! My parents are now settled in Kasheli, which is just before Adivare on the state-highway.

Yes, this part of Konkan is still not 'developed' fully and has a old-world charm to it.
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Has anyone travelled on the Pune-Karad-Kokrud-Malkapur-Amba Ghat-Sakharpa-Pali-Ratnagiri route recently? I may drive to Ratnagiri this Saturday, and wanted to know how the road conditions are, once we leave NH4.

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Update -

I traveled Pune - Ratnagiri - Pune via Kokrud route last weekend. Roads are good between Karad and Amba. Ghat roads get better. Sakharpa to Pali road is newly laid. Pali to Ratnagiri is a good highway.

The ride was enjoyable with overall travel time of 5.30 hrs. with one break.
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