Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > Travelogues > Route / Travel Queries


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 19th April 2011, 19:02   #1
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Dombivli
Posts: 2,626
Thanked: 1,191 Times
Default Mumbai - Rajapur / Ratnagiri Route

I have been planning a trip to our native place sometime in this or the next month. The place is equidistant from Ratnagiri as well as Rajapur. As such there are two major routes I can take: The Mumbai - Goa highway to Ratnagiri and then on to the native place, or the Mumbai - Bangalore highway till Kolhapur and then from Kolhapur to Rajapur and then on to my native place.

Till a few days back Google Maps showed the Mumbai - Goa route to take more time than the Mumbai - Kolhapur route. I have previously taken the Mumbai - Goa route and found that it was a very tiring drive, stretched to about 10~12 hours, and would have preferred the Kolhapur route this time. So one query is has the Goa highway been broadened to reduce the time or is Google Maps wrong?

Secondly the place Jaitapur is in the general vicinity, where political unrest over the proposed nuclear plant has already claimed a victim in police firing. So I wouldn't want to venture anywhere near it till it's cooled off. So if anyone has recently travelled to those parts, how safe is it to travel in the Ratnagiri/Rajapur areas?
honeybee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20th April 2011, 13:07   #2
BHPian
 
roamer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 63
Thanked: 14 Times
Default Re: Mumbai - Rajapur/Ratnagiri Route

Mumbai-Kolhapur route will be a breeze to drive. You can also try Mumbai to karad & then Karad - Chiplun via Kumbharli Ghat. A very scenic drive of approx 90 kms. It will cut down your Travel time short.

If your native place is anywhere near Jaitapur/Ratnagiri city, will suggest to wait till the situation calms a bit. Right now these are the 2 places most affected. Else you can take some internal route, if you are familiar with.
roamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20th April 2011, 13:14   #3
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Dombivli
Posts: 2,626
Thanked: 1,191 Times
Default Re: Mumbai - Rajapur/Ratnagiri Route

Thanks, I don't want to risk anything here, as we are going to visit our family God. The God, hopefully, will still be there when things have quietened down a bit, so no hurry.

I hear that Ratnagiri has become the centrestage for protests. And my place lies between Ratnagiri and Jaitapur (as checked on the Google Map).

Still waiting if anyone can give a rundown on the ground situation.
honeybee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th September 2011, 11:30   #4
BHPian
 
TaurusAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Mumbai - MH 01
Posts: 521
Thanked: 315 Times
Question Mumbai - Ratnagiri

Hi Guys, Me and my wife are planning a trip to Ratnagiri shortly. I have driven Mumbai to Goa couple of times via the Mumbai - Kolhapur highway, but never been through the good old NH17. We will be staying with some locals we know in Ratnagiri. I have the following queries about the up-coming trip.

1) Currently we are planning to leave around 1 PM from Powai. What time should i expect to reach Ratnagiri under normal road conditions ? I cannot reach very late as we dont want to wake up the people we are staying with in the middle of the night.

2) Is it safe to leave at this time or should i consider leaving early morning on the following day ?

3) Any other route suggestions to save on time other than NH17 ?

4) Some advise on what to do in Ratnagiri and nearby places will be appreciated immensely.

5) I would like to take the coastal road on our way back but don't know much about it. Any suggestions ?

Your replies will help me to a great extent in my planning.
TaurusAl is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 16th September 2011, 11:56   #5
Senior - BHPian
 
ASHISHPALLOD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: BRMT
Posts: 1,987
Thanked: 285 Times
Default Re: Mumbai - Ratnagiri

Quote:
Originally Posted by TaurusAl View Post
Hi Guys, Me and my wife are planning a trip to Ratnagiri shortly. I have driven Mumbai to Goa couple of times via the Mumbai - Kolhapur highway, but never been through the good old NH17. We will be staying with some locals we know in Ratnagiri. I have the following queries about the up-coming trip.

1) Currently we are planning to leave around 1 PM from Powai. What time should i expect to reach Ratnagiri under normal road conditions ? I cannot reach very late as we dont want to wake up the people we are staying with in the middle of the night.

If you really want to take NH17, i will suggest to start early. If you start at 1pm, you will reach to ratnagiri at 9pm if there is no blockage of NH17 due to rain.

2) Is it safe to leave at this time or should i consider leaving early morning on the following day ?

3) Any other route suggestions to save on time other than NH17 ?
I suggest, go by e-way and nh4 till umbraj, right turn toward chiplun, and from chiplun by nh17 till ratnagiri.

4) Some advise on what to do in Ratnagiri and nearby places will be appreciated immensely.
ganapatipule, pawas etc.

5) I would like to take the coastal road on our way back but don't know much about it. Any suggestions ?
Don't take any coastal route at this time.
I think the coastal route you are talking about is SH4, state highway no 4 also called sagari mahamarg.

Your replies will help me to a great extent in my planning.
My suggestions in bold in your post.
ASHISHPALLOD is offline   (2) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 16th September 2011, 14:48   #6
BHPian
 
TaurusAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Mumbai - MH 01
Posts: 521
Thanked: 315 Times
Default Re: Mumbai - Ratnagiri

Quote:
Originally Posted by ASHISHPALLOD View Post
My suggestions in bold in your post.

Thanks Ashish, very helpful reply.

The road via Umbraj looks atleast 70-80 kms longer. Wondering if it will really save time.
TaurusAl is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11th November 2012, 20:30   #7
VBN
BHPian
 
VBN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 60
Thanked: 22 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TaurusAl

Thanks Ashish, very helpful reply.

The road via Umbraj looks atleast 70-80 kms longer. Wondering if it will really save time.
Hello TaurusAI,

Which route did you finally take? What is your advise? I am planning a trip to Ratnagiri this week.

Thanks in advance.
VBN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th November 2012, 21:30   #8
SDP
Team-BHP Support
 
SDP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 3,703
Thanked: 7,599 Times
Default Re: Mumbai - Rajapur / Ratnagiri Route

Quote:
Originally Posted by VBN View Post
Hello TaurusAI,

Which route did you finally take? What is your advise? I am planning a trip to Ratnagiri this week.

Thanks in advance.
Expressway and then Chiplun is indeed longer. Any speed advantage would get nullfied by the additional distance. Stick to NH17 and be careful while overtaking. Please maintain sane speed. The road is narrow and full of twists and turns.

Have a safe journey.
SDP is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 11th November 2012, 21:33   #9
VBN
BHPian
 
VBN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 60
Thanked: 22 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SDP

Expressway and then Chiplun is indeed longer. Any speed advantage would get nullfied by the additional distance. Stick to NH17 and be careful while overtaking. Please maintain sane speed. The road is narrow and full of twists and turns.

Have a safe journey.
SDP, do you have an time estimate for Mumbai Ratnagiri on NH17 at sane speed? Need to plan lunch etc for kids accordingly.
VBN is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 11th November 2012, 21:40   #10
SDP
Team-BHP Support
 
SDP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 3,703
Thanked: 7,599 Times
Default Re: Mumbai - Rajapur / Ratnagiri Route

Quote:
Originally Posted by VBN View Post
SDP, do you have an time estimate for Mumbai Ratnagiri on NH17 at sane speed? Need to plan lunch etc for kids accordingly.
From Mumbai exit point (Airoli toll naka) till Ratnagari city would be ~8 hours of driving at safe speed. Depends on starting time from Mumbai. Start at 4-4:30AM and you can possibly knock off 30 minutes from it.

A lunch break would add another hour. Chiplun and Mahad has better food options as compared to other milestones on this route.

Chiplun -> Hotel Abhishek (especially recommended if you enjoy non-veg food)
Chiplun -> There are 2 Shiv-Sagars. Both are good.

Mahad -> You can try Kamath. Best restroom on the entire route . Food not bad.
SDP is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 11th June 2013, 10:55   #11
BHPian
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Navi Mumbai
Posts: 304
Thanked: 198 Times
Default Re: Mumbai - Ratnagiri

Quote:
Originally Posted by ASHISHPALLOD View Post
My suggestions in bold in your post.
Bumping up an old thread. I am planning to travel to Ratnagiri/Ganpatipule and some nearby beaches in the last week of June - during monsoons.
Any ideas on the current road conditions both by NH17 and NH4? Also, which road would you recommend for making this trip.
PGNarain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th June 2013, 11:18   #12
SDP
Team-BHP Support
 
SDP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 3,703
Thanked: 7,599 Times
Default Re: Mumbai - Ratnagiri

Quote:
Originally Posted by PGNarain View Post
Bumping up an old thread. I am planning to travel to Ratnagiri/Ganpatipule and some nearby beaches in the last week of June - during monsoons.
Any ideas on the current road conditions both by NH17 and NH4? Also, which road would you recommend for making this trip.
NH17 is in good shape currently. Three weeks from now what would happen is difficult to forecast. My guess is that it would detoriate a bit and not break down completely.

I have taken the Mumbai-Pune expressway -> NH4 -> Umbraj -> Right turn to Chiplun -> Ratnagiri once in the middle of monsoon. It took me around 14 hours ! This includes a 45 minute jam on expressway and really slow progress due to bad roads in the Kumbharli ghat section between NH4 and NH17. The Kumbharli ghat is extremely beautiful in the rains though. I am planning to take that route once this monsoon just to enjoy the greenary, the rain and the huge number of waterfalls.

If you ask me, I would stick to NH17. Budget at least 1 hour extra for the traffic jams in the Mangaon to Vadkhal naka section.

Last edited by SDP : 11th June 2013 at 11:19.
SDP is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 11th June 2013, 11:27   #13
BHPian
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Navi Mumbai
Posts: 304
Thanked: 198 Times
Default Re: Mumbai - Ratnagiri

Quote:
Originally Posted by SDP View Post

......It took me around 14 hours ! This includes a 45 minute jam on expressway and really slow progress due to bad roads in the Kumbharli ghat section between NH4 and NH17. The Kumbharli ghat is extremely beautiful in the rains though. I am planning to take that route once this monsoon just to enjoy the greenary, the rain and the huge number of waterfalls.
14 hrs!!

I too want to visit the ghats during Monsoons ever since I shifted base to Mumbai - which is why I was considering the NH17 as well. Lets see how things develop further into the monsoons.

BTW, would'nt leaving early from Mumbai, like 0330-0400, help to avoid traffic on the Expressway and possibly on the Ghats?
PGNarain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th June 2013, 11:38   #14
SDP
Team-BHP Support
 
SDP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 3,703
Thanked: 7,599 Times
Default Re: Mumbai - Ratnagiri

Quote:
Originally Posted by PGNarain View Post
14 hrs!!

I too want to visit the ghats during Monsoons ever since I shifted base to Mumbai - which is why I was considering the NH17 as well. Lets see how things develop further into the monsoons.

BTW, would'nt leaving early from Mumbai, like 0330-0400, help to avoid traffic on the Expressway and possibly on the Ghats?
The specific instance I am talking about was 3 years back. Don't want to generalize and say that each monsoon the situation would be similar. I had started at 3am that morning and hit a traffic jam at Panvel towards NH17. After waiting for 1 hour and moving 5 inches, realized that the traffic is not really going anywhere. Asked a Innova guy coming from the other side and he mentioned that the jam extends for 25kms! I turned around and joined the expressway. By 5-5:30AM, I was in the Khandala section where the trucks had caused a jam. The Kumbharli ghat was completely traffic free. Not a single vehicle overtook us during the entire stretch and only 2-3 vehicles passed us in the opposite direction. I think, people knew the condition of that section of the road and avoided it consciously.

Last edited by SDP : 11th June 2013 at 12:06.
SDP is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 11th June 2013, 12:04   #15
BHPian
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Pune
Posts: 157
Thanked: 94 Times
Default Re: Mumbai - Rajapur / Ratnagiri Route

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.
heman_369 is offline   (2) Thanks Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A Monsoon Solo: Kolhapur, Ganpatipule, Ratnagiri & beyond vaibhav_a_a Travelogues 58 10th June 2016 14:59
Monsoon 2013: Freshness reloaded (Ratnagiri, Dabhosa-Jawhar, Shilonda, etc) SDP Travelogues 100 10th September 2013 21:04
Route Help: Panvel-Tuljapur-Akkalkot-Hampi-Saundatti-Kolhapur-Ratnagiri-Panvel nomadabhi Route / Travel Queries 3 20th December 2010 20:49
Travel from Dapoli to Ratnagiri. ambivalent_98 Route / Travel Queries 7 10th February 2010 13:52
Trip To Ganapatipule-Ratnagiri-Guhaghar udaygk77 Travelogues 42 3rd December 2009 00:35


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 22:11.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks