A highway journey via the coastal route had at all times been on the bucket checklist, moreover, since we’d driving Thars i.e. 4X4s, it might be extra enjoyable to discover the sights like by no means earlier than.
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The Land2Coast Drive
LIFE BEGINS WHERE THE ROAD ENDS
Because the title suggests, we the TharStory crew did a 2800 Kms drive from Ahmedabad to Goa via the Coastal route through Konkan.
Fast Details about Tharstory:
We’re a bunch of Street Journey Lovers who’re Company breadwinners by career however Journey Lovers by Ardour. Our Ardour has broadened limitless after we acquired ourselves 4X4 autos, which has helped us to journey again and blue to the locations past the horizon.It began off with weekend strolling to offbeat unexplored locations adopted with just a few highway journeys and off-road excursions which incorporates households in addition to toddlers. What appears to be an occasional sustenance for a lot of, is an everyday routine for us now and thus TharStory got here into existence.
TharStory is all about having fun with your way of life with a 4X4 car and the way it enhances highway tripping & weekend outings
experiences. The purpose is to affect, and encourage increasingly folks to interrupt free from the monotonous life fashion and
expertise the fantastic thing about the pure environment.
These experiences are shared via a YouTube Channel and an Instagram profile, it consists of info associated to
utilizing of 4X4 autos in off highway situations, highway tripping experiences, locations to journey, suggestions with a private
contact to affect folks’s habits and selection.
Our final highway journey was in August-2021, the place we had launched into a 3 days journey to Nashik and Western ghats in the course of the monsoon. Since, then we had been itching to do a 7+ days journey driving alongside the highway. The most important query about planning a highway journey is to finalize the vacation spot, ought to we drive north, Far East, into the jungles or down south. It’s at all times a time taking affair to finalize the vacation spot, after discussions for weeks, we zeroed in on exploring the Mumbai-Goa coastal route.
A highway journey via the coastal route had at all times been on the bucket checklist and this was the perfect time to take action, moreover, since we’d driving in Thars i.e. 4X4s it might be extra enjoyable to discover the sights like by no means earlier than. Individuals benefit from the sight from the roads, we drive straight into the center of the sight.
Iternary and Route Planning:
As soon as the vacation spot is finalized, the largest mind storming exercise is to finalize the route and the locations to go to. Particularly when you find yourself touring in a giant group, we would have liked to finalize the route and day clever plan in such a means that each member stays equally excited, is much less drained and stays contemporary in the course of the journey.
The primary precedence was clear that we are going to take the coastal route from Alibag to succeed in Goa, whereas returning again we will come again utilizing the common Goa-Belgaum-Pune-Mumbai route. Under is the ultimate plan which was executed:
- Day-1: Ahmedabad to Manor – 459 Kms- 8 hours
- Day-2: Manor to Alibag- 170 Kms- 6 hours
- Day-3: Alibag to Murud- 140 Kms- 8 hours
Agardanda to Dighi
Bagmandla to Vesavi
- Day-4: Murud to Malvan- 278 Kms- 14 hours
Dabhol to Dhopave
Tawsal to Jaigad
- Day-5: Malvan to Goa- 130 Kms- 4 hours
- Day-6: Goa- Cabo de rama, Agonda, Butterfly seaside
- Day-7: Goa- Galgibaga seaside, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Palolem backwaters
- Day-8: Goa to Satara- 375 Kms- 8 hours
- Day-9: Satara to Silvasa- 405 Kms- 8 hours
- Day-10: Silvasa to Ahmedabad- 390 Kms- 7 hours
Issues we carried:
- Tyre Inflator
- Puncture equipment
- Engine oil
- Coolant pipe
- First help equipment
- Mosquito repellent
- Primary meds
- Raincoat/ umbrella
- Rubbish luggage
- Bathroom tent
- Bounce Starter
- Headlight bulbs
- Automobile RC and insurance coverage, in case proprietor is just not current authorization letter in identify of the driving force
Since we have been touring in a giant group comprising of small youngsters, we had pre-booked all our stays in order to keep away from any final minute trouble. Under are the small print:
- Manor: Janani Villa- Airbnb
- Alibag: Varsoli cottage- Airbnb
- Murud: Neelkrupa Resort- MakeMyTrip
- Malvan: Resort Delight- MakeMyTrip
- Goa: Membership Palolem- Direct reserving on the resort
- Satara: Resort Manasi Royal- MakeMyTrip
- Silvassa: Resort tha Windtree- MakeMyTrip
Whereas the keep choices upto Goa have been booked as quickly because the dates have been finalized, the final two nights at Satara and Silvassa weren’t booked since we weren’t positive concerning the return journey, therefore, these have been booked whereas we have been in Goa solely.
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- abhikb – Abhik Banerjee
- AnishD – Anish Das
- Ritesh_7770 – Ritesh Udasi
- Resurrectedvss- Vishwajeet Shekawat
- goni23us- Abhinav Sharma
- dr.dhara- Dr. Dhara Sharma
The primary day of any journey will maintain you on the toes and make you are feeling stressed, not as a result of the pre-trip stress however due to the thrill of the journey that’s about to start out. Earlier than beginning of the journey, all of us met just a few instances to finalize on the stuff to hold, superb tuning the ultimate plan, and so on. We had deliberate to start out on Friday, twenty seventh Might, the keep was booked accordingly, we knew that crossing Mumbai will simply devour 2-3 hours therefore it was finest that we don’t rush it in a single day from Ahmedabad.
Nevertheless, as luck would have a final minute work exigency got here up which meant I needed to attend workplace on the day we have been about to start out, related state of affairs arised with bhpian Resurrectedvss, all of us met couple of days earlier than the journey to debate on the right way to take issues ahead. Lastly, it was determined that 3 Vehicles will transfer to Manor as deliberate, whereas me and Vishwajeet (Staff bhp deal with Resurrectedvss) will begin within the night and attain Manor late within the night time.
Right here got here one other twist, a thought popped into my thoughts as I used to be calculating the driving time and the way we will begin within the night to make it to manor in such a means that we even get time to relaxation. Usually, it’s a 7-8 hours drive relying upon the visitors situations, nonetheless, 6-8pm are the busiest hour and never an excellent time to start out your journey from Ahmedabad, with the delays as a result of visitors we might determine it out that we gained’t be capable to make it to Manor earlier than 4 within the morning which suggests beginning after a drained day at work after which driving full night time, with toddlers it might have been bit an excessive amount of. Me and Vishwajeet spoke just a few instances on this and eventually we determined that we are going to begin the following day i.e. Day-2 and drive straight to Alibag.
Day-1, Ahmedabad to Manor- 459 kms, 8 hours:
The primary crew of three Thars began within the morning at 8am for Manor, the driving time was estimated to be round 8-9 hours together with breaks. There have been frequent updates coming down within the WhatsApp group which additionally helped everybody preserving a faucet on the journey.
The journey began round 8am with 3 Thars assembling at Ahmedabad-Vadodara expressway, the morning hours are typically not that a lot busy so the crew didn’t had any challenge catching up on the expressway junction. Upto Manor it’s the standard straightforward laid again cruising on the NH48, the breakfast cease was at Resort legend close to Vadodara adopted with a lunch break at Sugar & Spice- Surat.
Upto lunch time, the journey was fairly laid again and gradual since there have been a number of stops being taken additionally being the primary day with much less distance to be lined for the day. There wasn’t nothing a lot ado on the primary day publish lunch it was only a plain drive upto the place of keep for the night time.
The crew made it to Janani Villa by 5-5:30 PM, there was visitors enroute however not one thing which was not manageable.
Day-2, Staff-1: Manor to Alibag- 170 kms, 6 hours:
It was a lazy morning for Staff-1 for the reason that distance to be lined was much less, solely bottleneck was crossing Ghodbunder after which Thane-Navi Mumbai therefore, the plan was to start out the day relaxed. Earlier it was concluded that the crew shall round 12pm or publish lunch however for the reason that property was already booked the following day, we needed to transfer out as per the checkout time.
Accordingly, the crew had their breakfast and loaded the bags to maneuver out by 11am, each the groups have been in fixed contact updating concerning the distance to do and attainable meet up level. As soon as, on the primary freeway, the journey upto Ghodbunder method is a breeze it barely takes a hour or so to cowl that distance. Ghodbunder is a junction level for which one must cross the Vasai creek after which both go straight for Outdated mumbai or flip left for Thane- Navi Mumbai.
The most important problem is crossing the visitors which assembles earlier than the Vasai creek and stays upto Ghodbunder cross highway. So as soon as the crew was close to the Vasai Creek unwillingly they needed to get entangled within the visitors jam, it took an excellent 1 hour to cross the visitors jam at snail’s tempo. By the point then3 Thars entered Thane, It was already previous 3pm and the crew was due for lunch. One of many well-known eating places in Thane, Fountain Eating places was picked because the spot to have lunch. By 4:30 PM, all the members hoped again once more to start out their last leg of the journey in the direction of Alibag. Another problem that poised forward of everybody was not one of the members had been on this stretch earlier, following GPS on the Thane-Belapur highway is sort of complicated. Our crew additionally had a tricky time negotiating the Navi Mumbai roads, anyhow earlier than sundown the crew had crossed Panvel and was cruising on its solution to Alibag, it might be round 7:30 PM when the primary thar touched the Airbnb we had booked there adopted by the remainder of the 2 Thars inside half-hour span.
Staff-2: Ahmedabad to Alibag- 621 kms, 14 hours:
Whereas Staff-1 comprising of three Thars was already on its solution to Alibag, the remaining two, mine and Vishwajeet’s had began our journey until Alibag. We took the Ahmedabad-Vadodara expressway as a substitute of the NH48 (our common one) hoping for some respite, nonetheless, it turned out to be a nasty determination for the reason that expressway was overcrowded with vehicles and busses. It took us an excellent 1+ hour to cross the expressway itself, publish that we pulled via the NH48 with none breaks until Palsana, Surat. We met BHPian Abbas at Palsana who had come right down to handover the walkie talkies To us which proved to be a boon (you’ll know why later). Abbas bhai runs a Motorsport firm known as TT Motorsports and drives a white Pajero SFX (what a magnificence it’s). Anyhow after exchanging greetings and chitchatting for 10-Quarter-hour we continued our journey.
Close to about Valsad, I noticed a Purple Pajero SFx which belonged to Mandeep Khalsy (BHPian epicenter rulz), once more needed to cease by for five minutes to alternate greetings. In any case we cruised on our journey for Alibag, It took us about 7.5 hours to the touch Manor, however by then Staff-1 had already progressed into the Mumbai-Alibag freeway. It was night time after we entered the Vasai creek-Ghodbunder stretch and as common it was closely jammed, after crawling a bit, we determined to utilize the kaccha highway beside wherever attainable, we’d merely drive down from the tarmac after which catch on each time attainable on the tarmac, this helped us save a while as we have been out on the Thane-Belapur highway inside 40 minutes.
I’ve been on this stretch a number of instances therefore was privy to the absolute best path to take, we drove via the Thane-Belapur highway in the direction of Airoli, Rabale and eventually reached Panvel, from Panvel took the proper flip in the direction of Alibag and stopped for a fast refreshment.
Put up this the additional stretch until Alibag was fairly boring to drive particularly the final 30 odd Kms, any how following the coordinates on GPS we reached our Airbnb keep and have been greeted by different crew mates. We rapidly freshened up and assembled for dinner, what adopted was a typical late night time adda session until everybody retired to their respective rooms. Somebody requested what’s the time, the clock ticked 3am, however who cares when you find yourself there to get pleasure from and some hours right here and there doesn’t matter.
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