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Old 4th December 2019, 15:12   #2881
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This and Sankeshwar has always been an alternate route for people who wanted to avoid the Nippani route.

Though would suggest, to continue with Amboli, as per latest reports the Amboli route is in great shape. If you do wish to explore a newer route then of course the Dodamarg one is there... Would think that to be slightly longer and I believe your exit is on the Bicholim - Sanquelim road (I totally hate this stretch - damn monotonous), which would add another 20kms to Mapusa as well.

I would not mind a little bit extra time if I get a better road. Does Dodamarg road offers a decisively smoother tarmac? Ghats with bad roads are a recipe for disaster for my kid (read nausea).

Otherwise, I will stick my gun to Nipani-Ajra-Amboli or should I try Sankeshwar-Ajra-Amboli?
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I would not mind a little bit extra time if I get a better road. Does Dodamarg road offers a decisively smoother tarmac? Ghats with bad roads are a recipe for disaster for my kid (read nausea).

Otherwise, I will stick my gun to Nipani-Ajra-Amboli or should I try Sankeshwar-Ajra-Amboli?
Nope, just checked with a friend who is a native, not good was his reply. Stick to the Amboli route, a lot of friends just returned from the Nippani route and they mentioned that there is a bit of kachha rasta (dirt road) till Ajra but post that its smooth tarmac all the way.

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Detailed Information on Tilari - Dodamarg route

My friend was riding his Himalayan and returning post RM and he has shared his experience,
"I came by Tillari Ghat, completely empty as it was officialy closed for vehicles. At 3 places the road has washed off during the monsoon and is being rebuilt, bikes can pass easily and is worth going. Cars cannot pass."

Cheers,

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Planning a Goa Trip near the New Year and was wondering if anyone can give a definitive heads up on the route from Mumbai.

We have ways used the Belgaum-Chorla Ghat Road till now but seems that is now not an option reading the posts here.

Gmaps prefers refers Nipani - Ajara - Amboli - Banda - North Goa as the preferred route and any latest update on the same?

Also, we plan to stay in North Goa for a few days and move down to the south for the remainder of the holiday, so what would be the best way to get back to the highway from South Goa?

Thanks!
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Gmaps prefers refers Nipani - Ajara - Amboli - Banda - North Goa as the preferred route and any latest update on the same?
That is by far the best route now except for the last bit; I would go through Sawantwadi after descending from Amboli, and use the road from there to Redi to reach the highway, leaving it soon after entering Goa to avoid their highway construction mess. I am not sure that the bypass to Banda is fully restored.
I haven't been to South Goa in many years, but I suspect the highway construction issues extend down to there as well. Someone more familiar with that side will hopefully chip in.
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Any idea if Gagan Bawda is being repaired? Last month O had a really bad time going pass it. But there has been news that they have started to relay Gagan Bawda. Anyone who has recently gone through it to Vaibhavwadi?
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Has Anmod ghat been reopened now ?
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Any updates on this route ? Will be travelling from Kolhapur to Malvan. What should be the best route?
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Any updates on this route ? Will be travelling from Kolhapur to Malvan. What should be the best route?
When I queried last week with local friends, I was advised to take Radhanagari -Phondaghat route. Gaganbawda route is definitely bad.

I am planning to go in last week of Dec. hence, no first hand information.

Please share your experience.
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I am leaving on Wednesday. There is still many confusing news about road conditions.

I am till now sticking to Nipani - Amboli - Sawantwadi - Ponda route. But, would love to try Chorla, if roads are ok and open. Keeping my finger crossed.
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Guys, any update on the Chorla route road conditions? I had taken both the routes about 18 months back and had thoroughly enjoyed the Chorla route.
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I am leaving on Wednesday. There is still many confusing news about road conditions.

I am till now sticking to Nipani - Amboli - Sawantwadi - Ponda route. But, would love to try Chorla, if roads are ok and open. Keeping my finger crossed.


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Guys, any update on the Chorla route road conditions? I had taken both the routes about 18 months back and had thoroughly enjoyed the Chorla route.
DO NOT take Belgaum--Chorla route Belgaum city is in deep mess with road construction activity going on everywhere. I was in Belgaum four days back and the situation has worsened than what it was just 15 days back. Stick to Amboli route.

If you still want to take Chorla, do plan a halt at Belgaum and leave next day early morning by 6:00 a.m.

As for Chorla road per se, the ghat section in Goa is in shambles. Karnataka part is mostly good but do watch out for those ocassional huge potholes. Check this post of mine - https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route...ml#post4685840 (Mumbai - Pune - Kolhapur - Goa : Route Queries)
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My view is that for any destination north of Panjim, the Nipani Ajra Amboli route is now a no brainer, as is exiting the highway as soon as one can on crossing into Goa.
I last used it end of November; by now I expect further improvements would have happened near Uttur and on the Ajra Amboli sector. There is little reason now to even use the Sankeshwar exit.
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My view is that for any destination north of Panjim, the Nipani Ajra Amboli route is now a no brainer
For destinations south of Panjim for travellers from the north of Goa, it may make sense to stay on NH4, bypassing Belgaum completely, and then look for a road on the right that crosses the hills and enters Goa somewhere below the Zuari river, with access directly to south Goa beaches/resorts. I haven't ever done this, but others here perhaps have and can suggest routes.
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Amboli ghat section towards Sawantwadi side is getting a new surface layer. Was held up for around 20 mins on 15th December while on the way to Goa groom Mumbai.

Also hopefully the authorities also look at the road conditions in the Uttur Nipani section for some urgent repairs.

Guys also watch out for interceptor vehicles for speed monitoring especially around the ghat sections of the Pune expressway. Also crossed one in the Satara Kolhapur section.
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Planning a Goa Trip near the New Year and was wondering if anyone can give a definitive heads up on the route from Mumbai.

We have ways used the Belgaum-Chorla Ghat Road till now but seems that is now not an option reading the posts here.

Gmaps prefers refers Nipani - Ajara - Amboli - Banda - North Goa as the preferred route and any latest update on the same?

Also, we plan to stay in North Goa for a few days and move down to the south for the remainder of the holiday, so what would be the best way to get back to the highway from South Goa?

Thanks!
Wow I have exactly the same plain. Start the vacation in North and then finally cool it off in South especially the chaos in North around 31st is unbearable. Please update the thread whenever you make this. I might be just following you may be literally on the road as well.
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