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Road trip, the mere mention of these words, may sound like the sweetest music to the ears of many. And, say road trip to Goa, it would make people feel all excited in a jiffy! While there are many amazing routes for taking a road trip in India, the Mumbai to Goa road trip has to be one of the best. 

No matter, if you are going on a solo Mumbai to Goa bike trip or if you are travelling with your friends or family in a car, you are sure to have a gala time throughout your trip and a lifetime experience. So, if you are planning a road trip to Goa from Mumbai anytime soon, here is a quick guide that will come handy. 

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What route should you take for your Mumbai to Goa trip?

Via NH (National Highway) 4

Total distance covered – about 590 kms

Travel time – 10 to 12 hours (if you drive non-stop)

The route is the simplest and a popular one to reach Goa. The big four-lane roads make sure that you have a smooth ride throughout until you reach your destination in Goa. However, you may encounter a few toll booths on the way. On this route, you first start on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and drive for about 94 kms and then the road merges into the NH4 till Belgaum and then you can continue the journey ahead to Goa.

Along your road trip, you can take a few stops and explore the local region as you pass through Pune, Kolhapur, and Belgaum. Your first stop could be at the Shaniwarwada Fort in Pune, a renowned fort built by the great Maratha King Bajirao Peshwa. 

Next up, you can stop at the historical site, the Panhala Fort in Kolhapur. It is known for its glorious history and marvellous architecture, a must visit during your epic, Mumbai to Goa trip.

Also Read: How to Reach Mumbai to Goa? Air, Rail, and Road

 Via NH 66

Total distance covered – about 577 kms

Travel time –  12-14 hours (if you drive non-stop)

 Imagine driving through beautiful scenery replete with vast paddy fields, coconut plantations lined up all along the trip, and majestic ghats. Well, that’s exactly what you get on your journey from Mumbai to Goa through this route.

During the journey, you may pass through various incredible structures, heritage sites, and religious places. The journey will surely give you an amazing experience that will keep your spirits up all day until you arrive at your destination. 

On this route, you can stop by at Panvel to explore the Karnala bird sanctuary and fort. Here you can relax in the laps of nature and spot some exotic bird species. Enroute Goa as you pass through the Konkan region, you can stop at a few beaches in Chiplun. It would be a good pit stop where you can unwind, catch a breath while enjoying the magnificent view of the Arabian sea, rejuvenate before proceeding on your long journey ahead.

Also Read: Goa Tourism: A Detailed Guide For Family Trips To Goa

Best time to go on a Mumbai to Goa Road trip

You can take a Mumbai to Goa Road trip any time of the year, but the best time is just after the end of the monsoons from late September to early November. During this time, you can enjoy the most amazing scenery replete with lush greenery. The thousand shades of green and the occasional waterfall will be an awe-inspiring experience. 

You can also visit Goa during the winters between December and February. You can make your Christmas holidays count and take a road trip to Goa and take part in many events there. Also, it is a great time to be in Goa and revel in the various New Year’s eve parties. 

Where to stay in Goa?

Depending on your end destination in Goa, you can stay at any of the Club Mahindra Resorts in Goa. If you are looking to stay in south Goa, a place that is less crowded and has much cleaner beaches than in the North, you can book your stay at the Club Mahindra Emerald Palms or at the Club Mahindra Varca, which would be a perfect base for all your Goan adventures.

If you want to explore north Goa, a place known for its wild parties and amazing events, you can check-in at the Club Mahindra Assonora Resort in Bardez. It is one of the best kid-friendly resorts in Goa and lets you indulge in amazing experiences. The warm hospitality will make you feel at home. 

Also Read: Guide to Plan Solo Trip to Goa for Female Travellers

Handy tips for Mumbai to Goa Road trip 

  •     If you are not an experienced driver, it is advisable to avoid driving at night
  •     Make sure that you book your accommodations well in advance to avoid last-minute hassles.
  •     Although you may be eager to reach your destination at the earliest, make sure to stop at the various popular cities and explore the various attractions enroute.
  •     Always carry enough water and food for your Mumbai to Goa road trip. 
  •     Take timely pit stops to avoid exertion while driving and you feel fresh throughout the journey.
  •     Whether you are travelling by car or bike, make sure to keep a first aid kit handy always for emergencies. 
  •     Always get enough sleep during the journey. 
  •     Prepare a good playlist for your journey and enjoy listening to your favourite tracks. 

A road trip from Mumbai to Goa is an experience of a lifetime. So, get set going NOW!

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