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8 Day 'Konkan Kaleidoscope’ Guided Motorcycle Tour in South India

Mumbai, India

Mumbai to Goa Motorcycle Tour India - South India

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A shoreline running south from Mumbai to the heartland of laid-back Goa, this ride takes you down a scenic strip of coastal roads that are dotted with underpopulated beaches, small fishing villages, historic fort ruins, and of course a chance to experience the delicacies and spices of Konkan cuisine.

Set out to explore the shoreline running south from Mumbai to the heartland of laid-back Goa. This ride takes you on an experience that is a scenic canvas of underpopulated beaches, small fishing villages, historic fort ruins, and of course a chance to experience the delicacies and spices of Konkan cuisine.

Immerse yourself in a laid back journey that covers over 700 kilometers of India’s western coastline. Ride sections of the Western Ghats, lesser-known coastal roads, take ferry crossings & cruise on low traffic stretches of excellent tarmac. It’s a thrill for the moto-enthusiast but also holds enough attractions for a pillion.

Delve into a relaxing ritual of ferry crossings, boat rides & sipping cocktails, beachside barbecue dinners, yoga and massages as an option, spontaneous ocean dips, and impromptu stopovers to sample the highway cuisine of the region.

Key information

  • Terrain: 80% tarmac, 20% off -road
  • Bike: rental bike (Royal Enfield Classic 500 and Royal Enfield Himalayan)
  • Mileage: 700 kilometers / 435 miles
  • Daily rides: 50 - 219 kilometers / 31 - 136 miles
  • Riding gear: not included: helmet, ankle height sturdy shoes / boots, and preferably riding armor, gloves, and riding pants
  • Meals: all breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Meet the guides

Hashim
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Highlights

  • *Starts in Mumbai and ends in Goa
  • *Ride and explore the famed Konkan Belt of Mahrashtra on the iconic Royal Enfield
  • *Experience the coastal culture of the Konkan belt and sun kissed beaches of Goa
  • *Backup vehicle and support team
  • *Service of multilingual guide/Tour Lead with two decades of travel under his belt
  • *All main aspects of trip included, including motorcycle hire, permits and fuel.

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


7 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Hindi, Tamil
Group size: 6-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:00
Check-out Time:
20:00

You will stay for seven nights in various accommodations including hotels and boutique homestays. The start of the trip sets the tone for the rest of the journey and the end of the trip is an intimate moment to reflect, relish, and basically have one big party.

The properties Karma Yatri uses at various locations, that serve as start and end points of the itinerary, are unique and carefully selected. The properties combine the best in hospitality that the region has to offer, great food, and the ability for you all to behave like a group.

Please note that although Karma Yatri provides blankets and duvets, it is recommended that you carry a sleeping bag for added comfort.

  • Nights 1 and 2: Kashid - Golden Swan Beach Resort or similar
  • Night 3: Harnai - Exotica Suvarna Samudra or similar
  • Night 4: Ganpatipule - Blue Ocean Resort and Spa or similar
  • Night 5: Sawantwadi - Shilpagram Resort or similar
  • Night 6: Sawantwadi - Shilpagram Resort or similar
  • Night 7: Anjuna - Noi Varo Villa or similar

Program

Day 1: Mumbai - Kashid (74 kilometers / 46 miles)

Start our journey with a specially curated brunch/breakfast. Then you will be transferred to the gateway of India and get on the Ferry to Mandwa. A historian accompanies you on this journey, narrating the nuances that went to creating the Metropolis of Mumbai.

%Arrive at Mandwa Jetty where your car / motorcycle awaits you. A short road trip along (what's called the Coast of Ruins) the ccean will take you to your hotel at Kashid. Soak in the sunset while sipping on cocktails and local snacks. Later, you will have a specially crafted dinner incorporating local produce. A yoga instructor and masseuse is also available.

Day 2: Kashid - trip to Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary - Kashid (50 kilometers / 31 miles)

Today you will have a half day road trip around the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary. Explore the Western Ghats and keep your fingers crossed for the possibility of wildlife; birds, deer, and foxes. This is a low traffic circuit with excellent tarmac and is an exciting circuit for moto-enthusiast and holds enough attraction for a pillion / passenger.

It allows for an initial exploration of the Western Ghats and its biodiversity. You will stop somewhere for a picnic lunch. After a well earned afternoon siesta, the evening is reserved for a more relaxed event flow.

A boat will take you to the historic forts of Murud and Janjira. A sunset boat ride with cocktails will allow you to soak in the charm of the west coast and allow for visions of what's still to come. Dinner would be a beach side barbecue. A yoga instructor and masseuse is also available.

Day 3: Kashid - Harnai (116 kilometers / 72 miles)

Take a ferry crossings and enjoy pristine beaches galore. The west coast at its finest, this stretch of the circuit is one of postcard pictures. You will have a picnic lunch at one of the many spots you will cross today.

You will also have spontaneous ocean dips and stopovers to sample the highway cuisine of the region. Then, arrive at one of the most pristine beaches on the coast, were the combination of cliffs meeting the ocean set the perfect stage for a perfect evening. Dinner will be a beach barbecue.

Day 4: Harnai - Ganpatipule (113 - 158 kilometers / 70 - 98 miles)

Today, you will have an early morning boat ride with local fishermen. Then you will have a ride with ferry crossings and ocean forts; a hallmark of this coastal stretch. Visit villages, that are a quilted pattern of fishing boats, paddy fields, and mango orchards.

You will then have a circuit crisscrossing in the coast and the Western Ghats. These roads are a motorist’s delight. The lack of traffic and the superb quality of tarmac ensure that the kilometers fly by. You will stay close to the temple town of Ganpatipule. You will have a temple visit / two-hour explorer road trip. Meal will be coastal cuisine.

Day 5: Ganpatipule - Sawantwadi (219 kilometers / 136 miles)

Today is your longest day on the road. Cross Ratnagiri, the major town on the coast, climbing into the Western Ghats and riding along the fringes of the Deccan Plateau. Lunch will be on the road. Your last ferry crossing will take you close to Swantwadi on the border of Goa.

You will have a free evening to recuperate from the days ride and soak in the (essentially) village atmosphere of Sawantwadi. At night, you will have a traditional dinner. A yoga instructor and masseuse is available.

Day 6: At leisure in Sawantwandi (50 kilometers / 31 miles)

After a traditional breakfast, you can walk around the village, visit the farmers and fish markets, or join a cooking class. At night, you will have dinner. A yoga instructor and masseuse is available.

Day 7: Sawantwadi - Anjuna (53 kilometers / 33 miles)

Post breakfast, you will have a leisurely departure along inner village roads and some minor ghat sections. Enter Goa from the north, reaching the resort around noon. You will have a stopover to freshen up and then head to one of the traditional Goan thali locations for a sumptuous lunch.

You will have an afternoon siesta after lunch. When in Goa be a Goan. Drinks and dinner at a farewell party for you at a club / bar. Overnight accommodation is included. Tour officially ends on this last night.

Day 8: Departure day

Skill level

Beginner:

  • can ride for 2-3 hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Guides

Hashim Qayoom

Location

Located between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, the Konkan Coast takes you through a rich culture of seafood, beaches, coastline roads, and varied overall visual possibilities on two wheels.

Little known beaches that open up through casuarina, areca trees, and coconut plantations contrast the distant views of the Western Ghats that slip in and out (of view) as you continue down these coastal roads; all the while rivers and estuaries cutting through the landscape on their journey to the Arabian sea.

Fishing towns and villages still retain their coastal culture and their spicy seafood cuisine. And if you listen closely you will hear the different dialects of Marathi - the official language of Maharashtra. Your journey finally winds down in the quaint Portuguese influenced culture of Goa and its laid back pace, spread out on sandy beaches in the shade.

Food

Food is a mix of local and continental, allowing you to experience the local cuisine but ensuring that your taste buds are not overpowered by the spicy Indian fare.

Chai or the omnipresent Indian tea is a very important part of your trip. From early morning starts to your numerous stops by the road, this (often) milky and sweet beverage is like a road trip elixir, providing a much-needed break for the bum sore you will inevitably experience on these roads.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Visits to local markets

Beaches/ attractions in the vicinity of accommodation for that day of the itinerary

Short ride or walk to nearby locations of interest.

What's included

  • 7 days of riding
  • Visits to multiple sights and attractions for listed destinations on the itinerary
  • Motorcycle rental (inclusive of fuel)
  • Service of multilingual guide
  • Backup vehicle (minimum of 6 people to be included)
  • Support team
  • 7 nights' accommodations
  • Meals for seven days
  • Beverages
  • Entries and permits
  • Taxes

What's not included

  • International air travel
  • Personal shopping
  • Personal equipment (helmet , ankle height sturdy shoes / boots and preferably riding armor, gloves, and riding pants for added safety)
  • Camera equipment
  • Medical insurance
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Alcohol and cigarettes
  • Tips (recommended amount: 10%)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM). Please contact Karma Yatri an inquiry for more information about airport transfers.

Arrival by train

Trains and long distance bus services for travel from within the country (to arrive at the start point and depart from the end point of the trip) are also available but subject to connectivity. Please contact Karma Yatri an inquiry for more information.

Airport: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Airport transfer included: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 12% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
8 days / 7 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

Saturday January 30, 2021
(8 days / 7 nights)

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