579.1km, King Circle (Mumbai) to Mandovi Bridge (Panaji).
Approximate driving time (excluding stops): 11.5 hours
Getting out of Mumbai
Kings Circle (Maheshwari Udyan) to Goa right turn after Panvel. Driving
time (approx): 40min
Goa right turn to Vadkhal Naka (NH17)
1.7 Flyover across Sion circle. Continue
straight until you pass under a railway bridge.
4.4 Road junction signal. Take angular
right towards Chembur. Continue straight past six signals, the fifth being
a pedestrian crossing signal.
5.3 24-hour HP petrol pump on your right
at the first signal. Continue straight.
9.1 Road junction. Turn left. Road ahead
goes to Trombay.
13.3 Thane Creek Bridge. Caution! There
are broken-down trucks parked awkwardly here sometimes.
1 6.6 Caution! Huge, unmarked speedbreaker.
17.3 Toll Naka (Rs 15).
34.6 Road junction under flyover. Continue right to go via Panvel city. Road
on extreme right bypasses Panvel city but is 1.8km longer. Road on left
goes to Thane.
38.3 Panvel city. (Petrol Pump
PP) Continue straight.
42.2 Road junction. Turn right for Panaji
(Goa). Road ahead goes to Pune.
Driving time (approx): 45min
42.5 Crossroads. Turn left for Panaji
(Goa). Road ahead comes from Panvel bypass. Road on right goes to Panvel
city. Caution! The road is now a two- laner with plenty of sharp corners
so practise caution while overtaking.
57.8 Toll Naka (Rs 10). Carry on along
NH17 to Pen
70.1 Road junction (Pen). Turn right
for Panaji (Goa). Road on left goes to Pen town and Khapoli (40km). Caution!
Road is fraught with cyclists, school children and mad Tempo Trax drivers.
74.9 Vadkhal Naka (PP). Turn left
for Panaji (Goa).
74.9 to 183.3
Vadkhal Naka to Mahableshwar turn-off
Driving time (approx): 2hrs 15min
90.3 Deceptive speedbreaker on corner
after bridge over Nidi River.
94.9 Nagothane (PP). At the road junction
take the gradual
left and continue on NH17 for Panaji (Goa).
124.5 Indapur. Caution! Heavy pedestrian
and vehicular traffic. Speed breakers at entrance and exit of town.
134.9 Mangaon (PP). Caution! Crowded
road through the town.
183.3 Road junction with statue in
the centre (PP). Continue straight on NH17. Road on left goes to Mahableshwar
Mahableshwar turn-off to Chiplun Driving time (approx): 1hr 20min
192.3 Caution! Kashedi Ghat (7.2km).
Steep gradients and blind corners.
220.5 Caution! Speedbreaker on corner
before bridge over Jagbudi River.
221.1 Caution! Baste Ghat begins (4km).
242.3 Caution! Parshram Ghat begins
Note: The entire stretch between Baste Ghat and Parshram Ghat is winding
with sharp and blind corners.
254.1 Chiplun. Crossroad. Continue
straight. Road on right
goes to Chiplun town. Road on left goes to Karad.
Chiplun to Panaji. Driving time (approx): 6hr 15min
262.5 Caution! Ghat section (5.2km).
274.5 Caution! Ghat section (7.6km).
300.9 Sangameshwar (PP).
322.3 Caution! Nivli Ghat (2.4km).
334.9 Hathkhambe. Continue straight
on NH17. Road on right goes to Ratnagiri (13km).
344.9 Pali. Continue on the right
fork. Road ahead goes to Kolhapur (83km).
371.1 Caution! Vanked Ghat (2.2km).
377.5 Caution! Vatul Ghat (6.4km)
429.3 Talera. Road on right goes to
Vaghotan (30.2km). Road on left goes to Kasarda.
501.1 Akeri Road junction. Bear left.
Road bearing left goes to Panaji via Savantvadi. Distance 78km. Road on
right goes to Panaji via Vengurla and Pernem. Distance 91km.
505.9 Take the right fork for Panaji
via Savantvadi. Left fork goes to Belgaum (88km).
509.1 Savantvadi (PP).
512.2 Caution! Insuli Ghat begins
520.6 Banda. Note: Drive with caution
here as the roads are very narrow and twisty with children and livestock
547.4 Maharashtra-Goa state border.
Police check post.
555.8 Road junction. Take the road
on right for Mapusa and Panaji
Road on left goes to Bicholim (6.4km) and Ponda.
566.1 Road junction. Take road on
left for Panaji. Road on right goes to Covali and Pernem.
569.0 Mapusa city (PP). Continue on
NH17 for Panjim.
577.8 Bridge across Mandovi river
579.1 Panaji Circle. Road on right
goes to Panaji city. Road ahead goes to Margao (34km).
Some 24-hour petrol pumps along the route
- Chhagan Mitha, 90/91, Sion Circle. Ph: 022 4072980
- Vijay Automobiles, Kalamboli, Mumbai-Pune Rd, Panvel.
Ph: 022 7452525/2925, HP. Facilities: Lubes, snacks, coffee vending machine,
music cassettes and clean toilets.
72.4 - Dharamkar Motor Store, Vadkhal
Naka. Ph: 02143 9008, BP. Facilities: Puncture repair shop
- Doshi Automobiles, Mumbai-Goa Highway, Mahad. Ph: 02145 22387 BP. Facilities:
First-aid, lubes, adjoining restaurant and clean toilets.
- HP Highway Services, Bharna Naka, Khed Taluka, Ratnagiri district. HP.
Facilities: General store, STD booth, reasonably clean toilets.
- G B Mehta and Sons, Chiplun. Ph: 02355 56060. Facilities: Lubes and
puncture repair shop.
- M/s Yashodhara Services, Mumbai-Goa Road, Sangameshwar, Ratnagiri Dist.
Indian Oil. Facilities: Lubes, adjoining restaurant.
- Mangal Agencies, Bombay Goa Road, Rajapur. Ph: 02353 22074. Indian
Oil. Facilities: First-aid, toilets, ambulance available, adjoining hotel
- M/s WY Pokhale, Kasarde. Ph: 02367 32634. Facilities: Clean locked toilets
with key on demand for customers only.
- S B & V B Samant, Kankauli. Ph: 02367 32028. Facilities: Puncture
repair shop and clean toilets.
- Janardhan Zarapkar, Panjim Road. Facilities: Lubes, puncture repair
- Misal Corner, Goa turn-off after Panvel. Awesome misal pav and strong
tea, just what you need to prepare you for your drive ahead.
- Hotel Open Umbrella Mangaon, Ph: 01240 63879Indian, South Indian and
Konkani food. Konkani thali costs Rs 30.
- Hotel Ruchi Garden, Outskirts of Mahad, Splendid views of the Savitri
- Motel Visawa, Mahad, popular stopping point with a general store and
all kind of snacks.
- Taj Gateway Chiplun, excellent food but at a price.
- Hotel Swad Sangameshwar, excellent Maharashtrian food and non-veg thali.
- Neelams Countryside, 24-hour coffee shop with continental snacks and
rooms for an overnight halt
rickshaws and bullock carts are aplenty near villages and towns. Watch
out for them.
Keep loose change for toll handy.
are numerous Accident Spot signs on the road. Take them seriously.
over rivers have speedbreakers before and after them watch out
for oncoming traffic braking hard for the speedbreakers.
you will cross are:
Kashedi Ghat between Poladpur and Kashedi,
Baste Ghat after Khed,
Parshram Ghat between Khed and Chiplun,
Nivli Ghat between Sangameshwar and Nivli,
Vanked Ghat between Lanja and Rajapur,
and Insuli Ghat between Savantvadi and Banda.
Creek Bridge Rs 15
Mahad Rs 5
Kharpada Rs 10
Total Toll Rs 30