Civved : Goa, Yaana, Jog, Murdeshwar, Maravanthe, Mangalore...
Just completed a 2825km drive through top south west India exploring a little bit of west Karnataka and Goa. Mostly you can call it a sight seeing (survey as my wife called it) as to see where I must holiday later.
For some reasons our base was at Goa. Dont ask me why. It so happened.
Goa - the complete coastline.
Total 8 days, 28/09/08 to 06/10/08.
Car driven - Honda Civic 1.8S MT.
Total Kilometers done - 2825Km
Total Fuel Used - 244.22Litres
Fuel Efficiency - 11.57Km/Ltr (I know I have burdened the environment :Frustrati)
I'll update the trip details day by day soon.
Before that a word of thanks to ravibhat for the route details and akroy for his goa travelogue.
Awesome!! Iv done this entire stretch though not at one single go and was mostly by bus! Yaana has changed over the years Iv heard.
BHPian KartikKumar has also hit the coast Karwar, Goks and then onwards to Hampi I think.
Waiting for the pics, Envy you guys!
Thats a looong drive. :)
Seems you had fun. WHere are the pics, waiting for those.
Seems ravibhat is the guide for "exploring" coastal karnataka. Lol.
Yaana is now very easily accessible. Park the car walk a few minutes you are there. Now its easy for families since they have done the roads all the way. If you really want to trek you still can.
ravibhat is the masterclap:for these roads.
I am typing the details in a word document now day by day. Once its through I'll post it immediately with the pictures.
The road is complete eh? I went to Yaana around 7 years ago, it was wild! Gokarna and surrounding area's we visit atleast once a year. Yet to do it as a road trip
Lalu Ji :thumbs up
Three thousand kms, 8 days, Karnataka and Goa coastal line - looking forward to a great travelogue.
This idea to drive to Goa was in my mind for a long long time. Since I love pets I have a black labrador "Dashy" at home. The idea of keeping her at a kennel and moving around always disturbs us and most of our trips normally gets cancelled because of this sentiment. Further I could not always find a place that accommodates pets to take her along with us. This time it was perfect as we had a maid who was living with us and likes pets. I was definitely not in a mood to let go of this wonderful opportunity and decided to make the idea a reality.
Convinced my wife to take a couple of leaves from her office, and as for kids their puja holidays was chosen. The deal was to look around Goa for a few days and to see a little bit of Karnataka on the way to Goa. Karnataka got added after I saw the thread http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...-pictures.html. It was going to be an inspiring drive and my family was very much enthusiastic seeing my energy levels, though somewhere in their minds they knew it would become hectic. After all the initial discussions are done, we started to note down where all we must visit and find out what the place offers.
So from the beginning of September, just immediately after our Yercaud trip, me and my wife started finding out the best deals on the net for a stay at Goa. Finally Makemytrip offered a good deal at Santana Beach Resort at Candolim. Costed Rs5300 with extra bed and breakfast for a family of four for 5 nights and 6 days. Actual costs are high, since I had some coupon code due to my air travel through them I could use it for some discounts. The accommodation consisted of a living room, bedroom, kitchen cum dining room and a balcony. AC included too. Perfect isn’t it. Most important kitchen had a mini bar. Food at their restaurant is just average – but who wants that from them in Goa? Just behind them is the coastal line of Candolim.
But once when Karnataka coastal line got added in our trip, additionally two more nights have to be planned and we were in no mood to settle down any where else than Goa, so decided on another place – LaBen at Colva. This is more to the south of Goa so as to ease our south trips. Costed Rs1300 for 2 Nights with extra beds and AC. Again booked through makemytrip and used some more coupon codes. Decent place for a family to stay. No frills, just clean rooms. Very near to Colva Beach, and hence shacks and other restaurants were just nearby. The additional travel involved due to this was taken as an opportunity to drive for me and my wife. We are one crazy family :)
We were reading frantically through all the travelogues here at team-bhp and sometimes referring to the 52 weekend getaways from Bangalore by Outlook. Outlook traveler turned out to be shocking in reality – more of it later.
Most of the road details were discussed at team-bhp and with the help of ravibhat decided on the routes to travel. As a backup for the travel I took my satguide GPS and Lonely Planets India and Bengal road atlas which is a very comprehensive map of all the National and State highways.
All set by 25/09/2008. Three weeks of reading, dreaming, discussions, working out the economics, we started to become comfortable with the data collected and just wanted to get going. The plan - start by 28th September and return by 5th October. Places to visit – Yana, Jog, Maravanthe, Murdeshwar, Gokarna, Karwar, Goa.
Oh my God, I just cant say how much frustrated you get since the day was not approaching to just hit out. Waiting for 28th September was the longest wait I ever had. Every passing hour seemed to be too long.
Seems its time to change the thinking.
Outlook travellor, I cannot blindly believe it. For example in Gokarna we wanted to go for lunch. Looking at the book it says go to Gokarna International's Down Town Restaurant for local coastal cuisines or go to any of the shacks. We checked out the shacks - nothing was available than biscuits and tender coconut. Enthusiastically my wife finds out the hotel, and all of us walk in. Oh my god it is horribly unclean, it is a bar with locals drinking like hell, and to see us in that state of affairs - I blamed myself for not asking any BHPians about Gokarna's good hotels. Since there were no hotels in sight we had to eat there. Horrible food as well. We threw the book then to the dickey, why waste space for that in the cabin.
Yes, I did drive my Civic. Civic unlike it is portrayed did the roads with grace. You have to be careful, and slow for her to do the bad stretches. Not even once her underbelly got scraped in this 3000Km.
Ghat roads was no problem for her. She did it all in third gear with ac on in tremendous grace.
Nice start Laluks, keep the travelogue and pics flowing !!
On a lighter note - you should have thrown the book out of the car, to reduce the weight over all lol:
But everything has excpetions right?
I guess it will be huge travelogue with lot of pictures :)
Good to hear that Yaana road is complete, did you travel from Sirsi side or Kumta side to Yaana and from Yaana where you have travelled and which route. The reason I wanted to know if you took Yaana - gokarna cross nh17.
6 months back when I visited Yaana they said before mansoon they would put Tarr road there, did they do it because I told them going by past works I told them I will be surprised if they complete it in 1 year. How many minutes(meters) you walked to see Yaana Rocks/Temple? Please pour in more details on that so it would potential visitors like me.
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