Mumbai to Goa: The Driver’s Delight!

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As someone who loves to drive, to have fun with wheels, we auto-enthusiasts always long for delightful and adventurous road trips that will feed our thrills. You can’t simply deny the truth, at any day, we would love to feel that adrenaline rushing through our veins! Mumbai to Goa by road is then, a feast to your senses!

It’s one of the best road trips available in the country and the breadth of amenities that can be found along the way makes this one an easier-to-plan voyage as well.


Being less than 600 km, you can do Mumbai-Goa by the fastest route without making any stops in about 10 – 12 hours. But, apart from the great highways and luscious landscapes, there are certain iconic places that you are going to pass. It is ideal to plan your trip accordingly to stop at places that you would never want to miss.

Best Time to Visit

Goa is at its best from December to January, and that is when it is most crowded too. If you want to avoid the crowd, you can think of going just before the season.

Two Routes

l Mumbai to Goa via NH48 (Mumbai-Pune-Satara-Kolhapur-Belgaum-Goa)

This highway will take you through Panvel, Lonavala, Kamshet, Khandala, Satara, Kolhapur, Sankeshwar, Belgaum, Khanapur, and Mollem. Lohagad Fort, Drive Through Khandala, Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Kaas Pathar Plateau, and Safari at Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary are some of the great attractions along the way.

Most of the roads via NH48 are straight four-lane with great stopovers along the way. This route promises you a smooth ride that is filled with wide roads which can act as a bed to your speed thrills. This route allows enough room to open up the throttle. If you plan to go with your family or to have a night drive, this is the route you should choose. Scenic beauty is the highlight of this route, especially during monsoons. Hills, waterfalls, rivulets, tunnels, and much more will make your journey worth remembering.

l The Bombay Goa Highway via NH66 (Panvel-Khed-Chiplun-Sawantwadi-Goa)

NH66 route is particularly scenic, and also prone to accidents owing to thin roads, sharp turns, and often village cattle blocking the road. There are many places to explore along the way including heritage structures, religious destinations, and historic sites. But, this route is not for everyone, especially if you are prone to motion sickness. Yes, this route is for those who long for more fun and adventure! Ganpatipule, Pen, Tamhini Ghat Waterfalls, Dapoli, Murud, Sindhudurg, etc are some of the best places that will give you memories to cherish for a lifetime.

To sum up, the first route gives you a pretty comfortable journey and smooth roads. The second route is gonna delight your senses with scenic beauty and adventures. One more thing, always remember to follow traffic rules to have a safe and responsible drive.

Now, what more to think? come, make a plan and get moving! Happy journey!

– Vaishnav Satheesh

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