Mumbai to Goa – The Konkan Cost
The Northern part of the coast up to Goa is called The Konkan Cost. Witness the unexplored beauty of coastal Maharashtra on this 600km long road trip. Follow the Coastal Highway, the road which runs parallel to the coast, having unexplored and untouched beaches, temples & forts adjoining the sea, ghats wherein one gets the amazing view of the sea, bad roads, excellent roads, ferry crossings, bridges, etc. Roads covered with coconut trees and offer an ever-changing landscape at every 50km, shift from high cliffs to beach-side drives to isolated hilltops barren with red laterite soil.
Mumbai to Goa – The Konkan Cost
Day 1: Arrive in Mumbai
On arrival at Mumbai airport assistance & transfer to hotel (check-in/out time 12 pm). Mumbai is disciplined by no time frame neither day nor night. Dazzling shopping arcades, exciting sports activities, nightclubs & discotheques, theatre, music & gourmet restaurants offer visitors a heady mix of all this and more. Rest time free for personal activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Mumbai (B)
City tour of Mumbai. Drive via Marine Drive one of the most beautifully laid boulevards in the city to reach the Gateway of India. Board a ferry from here to reach Elephanta Caves (Monday closed). A flight of 100 steps takes you to the top of the hill where caves are located. Afterward, cruise back to Gateway of India and then a city tour. Drive pass CST & Parliament House. Visit Dhobhi Ghat to see the city’s famous open-air laundry in action. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay, a Grade I Heritage Building of the city counted amongst one of the most prominent museums of India. The complex exhibits a myriad collection of ancient artifacts, artwork, and sculptors of the country which give a unique insight into our past. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Mumbai – Alibaug (100kms) (B)
Drive to Alibaug check-in at the hotel. Rest time free to relax. Overnight at a beach resort.
Day 4: Alibaug (B)
Morning optional excursion to visit Kankeshwar Temple located on a 1200 feet high hilltop in the village of Mapgaon around 12km from Alibaug. One has to climb 750 steps to reach the temple. The unique architecture temple was built in 1674 and is one of the finest examples of the Hoysala style of architecture. The main sanctum of the temple houses 4 feet long Shiv lingam. Another feature of Kanakeshwar Temple is Pushkarni a tank that remains filled with water all the time. Kanakeshwar is a place to feel the jungle and silence of the jungle and hills. Rest time free to relax on the beaches. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Alibaug – Ratnagiri (300kms) (B)
Drive to Ratnagiri via visiting Murud-Janjira Fort, the majestic fort palace located on a cliff overlooking the sea. It remained unconquered by the Marathas, the Dutch, and the English. Janjira is considered one of the strongest marine forts in India and can be approached by sailboats from Rajapuri jetty. The main gate of the fort faces Rajapuri on the shore and can be seen only when one is about 40 feet (12 m) away from it. It has a small postern gate towards the open sea for escape. The fort has 26 rounded bastions, still intact. There are many cannons of native and European make rusting on the bastions. The palace of the Nawabs of Janjira at Murud is still in good shape. The special attraction of this fort is 3 gigantic cannons named Kalalbangdi, Chavri and Landa Kasam. These cannons were said to be feared for their shooting range. Continue drive to Ratnagiri check-in & overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Ratnagiri – Goa (295kms) (B)
Visit Thibaw Palace a three-storeyed brick and teakwood palace situated at the hem of the hill, where King Thibaw, the last king of Myanmar, was under house arrest by the British. It provides a picturesque view of the sunset at the Arabian sea.
Later drive to Goa en-route visit Sindhudurg Fort, an ancient fortress occupying an islet in the Arabian Sea off the coast. This imposing construction is spread over an area of 48 acres, with its massive walls standing tall against the crashing waves of the sea. The main entrance of the fort is hidden away in such a manner that no one can identify it from the outside. The Sindhudurg Fort is a tangible example of Maratha’s foresight and resourcefulness. Built by Chhatrapati Shivaji, Fort has 42 bastions, which still stand tall and are surrounded by several smaller forts such as the Padmagad, Rajkot, and Sarjekot Fort. A small temple dedicated to the Chhatrapati also finds a place within the bounds of the fort. Continue to drive to Goa, check-in at the hotel. Rest time free to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Goa (B)
City tour of Goa. Visit the Old Goa monument the Basilica of Bom Jesus a 16th-century church dedicated to infant Jesus housing the tomb of St. Francis Xavier. The other Churches in the same area are St. Cathedral, Church of Our Lady of Miracles, Church of our Lady of Rosary, and Nunnery of St. Monica. The Aguada Fort built by the Portuguese on the mouth of the Mondovi River and a 4-story Portuguese lighthouse oldest of its kind in Asia. In South Goa visit Mangueshi Temple, Shanta Durga Temple & Margao the headquarters of South Goa. Drive Pass the charming beaches such as Calangute, Dona Paula, Miramar, and Baga Beach. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Goa (B)
Day free and easy to relax. and explore the site of your interest on your own. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Goa – Departure (B)
As per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination. The itinerary can be operated in reverse order too (Goa to Mumbai)
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