Recreating Dil Chahta Hai! Bombay to Goa – A Quintessential Road Trip Straight From The Bucket List

For all you millennials who grew up watching, exploring and redefining the friendships of Akash, Siddharth and Sameer in the wonderful film Dil Chahta Hai, here’s a guide to recreate the thrill of a Goa trip in real life. Now drag all your friends to the Goa Road Trip from the quintessential Mumbai to every friend-groups bucket list.Read also – Top 5 Festivals of Goa on Your Next Trip – Watch Video

Waterfalls, forts, beaches, and lakes: all on this one tour. # Goa is one of the most affordable and prosperous road trips from Mumbai to Mumbai. Read also – Karnataka’s best secrets: 7 undiscovered gems to add to your travel list

The road trip can be divided into two major parts, each covering approximately half A total distance of 604 km via NH 48The first section covers 376 km in 6 hours from Mumbai to Kolhapur, Panvel, Lonavala, Kamshet, Khandala, Satara, and 216 km in 4 hours from Kolhapur to Sangeshwara, Belgaum, Khanapur, Molem to Goa. Also Read – 100 Day Plan: Railways Reduce Delhi-Howrah, Delhi-Mumbai Travel Time by 5 Hours

The last part of this exciting journey of approximately 11-hours includes a plethora of scenic landscapes. The highlight of this part is the long stretch of lush greenery and the smooth roads that make for wonderful weather that will surely make the journey a metaphor.

Here is a list of these 7 Important sites Don’t miss out on Goa from Mumbai Road travel:

Panvel: Karnala Fort and Karnala Bird Sanctuary
Known as the “Gateway to the Konkan Coast”, about 52 minutes away from Mumbai, this densely populated city is home to the ancient Karnala Fort and the Karnala Bird Sanctuary. The magnificent hill fort, Karnala Fort is home to the Karnala Bird Sanctuary, home to over 200 species of birds.

Karnala Bird Sanctuary: Road Trip from Mumbai to Goa

Enchanting View of Karnala Bird Sanctuary PC: Unsplash

Kolad: Tamhini Ghat Waterfalls, Kansai Waterfalls and Ghoshala Fort
Kolad is located on the banks of the River Kundalika. This is a beautiful hamlet that attracts all nature lovers and river rafting fans. Tamhini Ghat, Tamhini Ghat Waterfalls, Kansai Waterfalls and beautiful hot springs, about 1.5 hours from Kolhapur.

Tamghini Ghat: Road Trip from Mumbai to Goa

A picturesque view of the Tamghini Ghat surrounded by paddy fields and flood waters. PC: Unsplash

Dapoli: Panhalakazi Caves, Harnai Port and Kadyavarcha Ganpati Temple
Dapoli, a small town in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, is approximately two and a half hours from Kolad. Tourists can explore Panhalakazi Caves, Unhavere Hot Springs, Harnai Port, Karde Beach, Murud Beach and Kadyavarcha Ganpati Temple. Murud is an ideal place for dolphin-spotting.

Goa Road Trip from Murud Beach, Dapoli, Mumbai

Enjoy watching dolphins at Murud Beach at Dapoli PC: Vivek Vaughn / Unsplash

Chiplun: Gowalcot Fort, Sawatsada Waterfalls, Guhagar Beach and Lord Parshuram Temple
The word Chiplun refers to the ‘abode of Parasurama’. This town in the Konkan region of Maharashtra is famous for places like Golwalkot Fort, Sawatsada Waterfalls, Vashishti River, Guhagar Beach, Koyna Dam, Pandava Caves and the Bhagwan Parshuram Temple.

Chiplun, Mumbai to Goa Roadtrip

Vashishti river and paddy fields in Chiplun. PC: Unsplash

Lonavala: Cuneo Falls, Bhooshi Dam, Lonavala Lake, Karla Caves and Bhaja Caves
Located in the Sahyadri Range of Western Ghats, Lonavala is one of the most popular hill stations of Maharashtra. A place to go for Mumbaikars on their journey. Some of the places to visit in Lonavala are the Kune Falls, Bhooshi Dam, Lonavala Lake, Karla Caves and Bhaja Caves.

Road to Goa from Lonavala Hill Station, Mumbai

You will never be enough Lonavala. PC: Ajit Sandhu / Unsplash

Kolhapur: Mahalakshmi Temple, Bhawani Mandap, Rancala Lake and Jyotiba Complex
Kolhapur is famous all over the country for its unique handloom and footwear. This place is located on the Mumbai-Goa highway and some of the famous places to visit are Mahalakshmi Temple, Bhawani Mandap, Rankala Lake and Jyotiba Complex. The place is famous for its delicious misal-pav.

Travel by road from Kolhapur, Mumbai to Goa

Kolhapur: The land of many waterfalls. PC: Saurabh Panari / Unsplash

Belgaum: Belgaum Fort, Mahadev Temple and Kapileshwar Temple
Old Belgaum Fort, St. Mary’s Church, Mahadeva Temple and Kapileshwara Temple are a must visit. Other attractions include Kamal Basti and Vajrapoha Falls. Happy to the heart of every photographer.

Road to Goa from Belgaum Fort, Mumbai

Explore the historic Belgaum Fort at Belgaum. PC: Savarni_karnataka

Here is a list of food-joints along the Mumbai-Goa road trip:

  1. Hotel Orange Ravette: The carnivores are fed on the lips.
  2. Mapro Garden: Stay here for amazing grilled sandwiches.
  3. Ranga Punjab: Enjoy North Indian authentic cuisine here.
  4. Simply Delicious: Stop here to try a small cake shop, freshly baked tea cakes on the way.
  5. Thorots Barbeque Misal: Their missal paws have good reviews on Google.
  6. DeHate: A famous restaurant in Kohlapur, stop at Dehti for authentic Maharashtra food.
  7. Feather Cafe: Grab a freshly brewed coffee here. Their hot chocolate is very good.

The long journey is fulfilling and something to enjoy among friends. It is committed to filling your portfolio with photographs, experiences and most importantly stories – a romantic heart yearns!

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