MUMBAI - GOA CYCLING ..... The coastal route
Dates: Jan 2024
We are Pioneers of this ride since 2012
Total Distance: 550 kms
Route: All along the Konkan Coast
Duration: 7 Nights/8 days
Guide on bicycle
Backup vehicle support
Skilled mechanic/running repairs support
Comfortable Hotel stay for 7 nights
All meals- Excellent Sea food!
Mineral Water / Refreshments
Complete First Aid Support
Every now and then, new trends emerge in travel. They not only tell you what people want, but also what people are missing, in their daily lives. Some take cycling trips with friends, while others opt for organised cycling tours. So why do cycling trips have such great appeal?
The hippies of the 60s and 70s probably traversed the same route before pitching for months in the sandy stretches of India’s favourite beach destination, Goa. Only difference would be the way they travelled and the way we would be grinding the hard way, but the feeling would surely be equally cathartic! We believe that the bicycling as a lifestyle choice represents a significant departure from a more established automobile centred lifestyle.
The bicycle tours are always fun filled adventure and to be exposed to culture at the same time. They are both challenging and interesting and also infuse the spirit of adventure in people.
In this cycling tour, we would start from Gateway Of India, Mumbai; and would go past sun-washed beaches of coastal Maharashtra, unassuming villages, and thickly green hillsides before finally landing in Goa. The trip is designed to take you through the vibrant coastal side trails, rich in enthralling landscapes, local interaction, cultural experiences, monuments and temples. Besides seeing the real Maharashtra or real India at close quarters, we would also encounter a multitude of challenges, making this is a memorable trip for all ages.
We would be starting our adventure from Gateway Of India by boarding the ferry which would take us across the Arabian Sea to Mandawa Jetty. From here on day one we would cycle up to Murud, a laid back beach destination. The next day we would cycle past the formidable Fort Janjira, near Murud. Today our destination would be temple town of Harihareshwar. On the way we would visit the famous Ganesh Temple at Diveagar. The next day we would be entering Ratnagiri district and move along the coast to Karde, near Dapoli. After Karde our next stop would be Velneshwar Beach. After Velneshwar Beach our night halt would be at Pawas via the famous Ganpatipule Temple. On this day we would enter the Sindhudurg district, the most beautiful region on the way. We would halt at Kunkeshwar and Vengurla. Vengurla would be our last halt in Maharashtra, as the next day would take us into Goa and we would reach our destination of Arambol Beach in Northern Goa.
Day 01: Gateway of India to Mandwa Jetty by ferry Boat and further To Murud (67 kMS ON CYCLE) (Around 6 HRS)
From Gateway Of India, Mumbai to Mandawa Jetty by ferry. Then cycle past Alibag, Revdanda and Kashid up to Murud. (67 Kms from Mandawa Jetty) (6 Hours + 1 ½ hours for Ferry from Gateway of India). (B, L, D…)
Day 02: Murud to Harihareshwar (58 kMS ON CYCLE) (Around 7-8 HOURS)
After breakfast cycle from Murud to Rajapuri and then if time permits visit Janjira Fort. Then by ferry go to Dighi. Then cycle to Harihareshwar via Shrivardhan. (58 Kms) (7 to 8 Hours) (Approx. 1 Hour for Ferry crossing) (B, L, D)
Day 03: Harihareshwar To Karde near Dapoli (55 Kms) (6 HOURS)
AIf time permits visit Harihareshwar Temple and then cycle up to Bagmandala. Cross the creek between Bagmandala and Vesavi and then cycle up to Karde Beach, Dapoli via Kelshi & Anjarle. (Approx. 1 Hour for Ferry crossing)
(B, L, D)
Day 04: Karde to Velneshwar (68 Kms) (7 Hours)
From Karde, Dapoli cycle up to Dabhol jetty, then cross the creek between Dhopwe and Veldur and cycle to Guhagar. Then cycle to Velneshwar Beach. (Approx. 1 Hour for Ferry crossing). (B, L, D)
Day 05: Velneshwar TO Pawas (76 Kms) (8 Hours)
After Velneshwar cross creek between Tavsal & Jaigad and cycle to the famous temple town of Ganpatipule. Time permitting visit the temple & then cycle up to Kurli near Pawas via Ratnagiri. (Approx. 1 Hour for Ferry crossing)
. (B, L, D)
Day 06: Pawas to Kunkeshwar (87 Kms) (10 Hours)
After breakfast we would cycle from Kurli to Adivare. Then we would cycle up to temple town of Kunkeshwar via Jamsande and Devgad. (B, L, D)
Day 07: Kunkeshwar to Vengurla (91 Kms) (10 Hours)
After Kunkeshwar cycle up to Achara and then reach Devbag via Malvan for lunch. At Devbag we would cross the creek by ferry to Bhogave. From Bhogave we would cycle to Vengurla. (91 Kms) (10 Hours) (Approx. 1 Hour for Ferry crossing). (B, L, D)
Day 08: Vengurla to Arambol, Goa. (31 Kms) (3 Hours)
After Vengurla we would cycle up to Shiroda and then would cross Reddy to enter into Goa. This would be a short day and we would reach our destination for lunch!
Tour cost for January 2023 ride (Cost for the upcoming ride in Jan 2024 will be announced soon)
COST PER PERSON for Indian Nationals (Ex Gateway Of India): INR 35,000/-
Indian Nationals - For booking the tour please deposit INR 15,000/- per person.
COST PER PERSON for Foreign Nationals (Ex Gateway Of India): USD 749/-
Foreign Nationals - For booking the tour please deposit USD 249/- per person.
Accommodation: Nights in Small but neat and clean guesthouses on AP Plan & TWIN sharing plan. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Travel: Gateway Of India, Mumbai to Mandawa Jetty by motorboat or catamaran.
Boat fees for crossing of creeks and small rivers.
Food: All meals 3 times a day, as per itinerary. (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner) Breakfast on Day-1 to Lunch on Day 8
A trained guide on cycle along the route along with necessary repair kit etc.
A support vehicle all along the route, which would take care of your luggage.
A mechanic along with the group to take care of running repairs.
Reflector vests for all cyclists
Participants are expected to get their own cycles for the tour. However we can provide you the cycles on HIRE at Mandawa Jetty, which you can use to cycle from there till Goa. Once the trip is over we would take the cycle back.
Cost for hiring the cycle would be approx INR 8000/- (USD 150 for foreign nationals)
Particpants should carry 2 spare tubes to suit their own/rented cycle (Check your cycle Tyre Diameter and width)
Travel & Transport costs to Gateway of India and from Goa back home (for individuals and personal cycles). If you want us to bring back your cycles to Mumbai it can be arranged at a cost of INR 1000/- per cycle
Cycle hiring charges, if one needs a cycle.
Costs for the cycle to be brought back from Goa.
GST applicable at prevailing rates. (At present 5%).
Staying charges in Goa.
Any expenses of personal nature such as hiring charges for cycle, mineral water, laundry, liquor, tips to driver or any other service personnel etc.
Any kind of cost needed for major repairs and spares to repair a cycle in case of break down.
Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation etc.
Any additional expense caused due to any reason beyond control of ADD-VENTURE INDIA and its associates; like change in itinerary due to flight delays, road blockage, landslides, bad weather conditions, bridge breakage and any other natural calamity or incidence like strike, curfew etc. on which ADD-VENTURE INDIA and its associates do not have any control.
Items not specified in the above in ‘Cost Includes’.
Your luggage would be carried in the support vehicle.
A professional cycle mechanic would be with us throughout the journey from Mandwa to Goa. If any minor repair work needs to be done (like punctured tyre etc.), we would do it free of cost; but any major repair work and/or involving spare parts, would be charged at actual.
It is mandatory for all participants to wear helmets on the ride. It is also essential that your cycles be fitted with front and rear lights
On this arduous cycle trip delays and detours would be expected on account of landslides, road blocks and weather conditions. Our effort would be to continue with the trip as per the schedule & make sure that you would be comfortable. But in such rare situations we could have to compromise on the campsite / hotels & adjust to these situations then & there. No compensation of any sort would be provided in such an event.
The itinerary described above is the planned one; but very rarely due to reasons beyond our control some spot changes would have to be done. The decision of the tour guide would be final in such a case. No compensation of any sort would be provided in such a case.
The distances mentioned in the above itinerary are to the best of our knowledge & information. Some minor variations would be expected.
The above costing is for a minimum of 8 pax.
All the bookings such as hotel accommodations / ground transportation are pre booked well in advance. We are liable to pay penalties to all our suppliers / vendors if these services are released after booking, within the mentioned time frame. If the passengers want to cancel the tour due to any reason, they have to make an application in writing to that effect, along with the original receipt issued by “ADD-VENTURE INDIA”. Such cancellation will attract the cancellation charges given below.
Tour Cancellation charges are applicable on Actual Full Tour Price
Before 60 days 30% of the tour cost.
Between 59 – 30 days 50% of the tour cost.
Between 29 – 15 days 60% of the tour cost.
Between 14 – 09 days 75% of the tour cost.
Between 08 – 01 days 100% - No refund.
Day of tour departure of the tour 100%
First Installment : Booking amount as mentioned above at the time of booking
Second Installment : 50% of the balance amount in Indian Rs
Third Installment : Total balance amount Indian Rs to be paid at least 20 days before departure date
Difficulty Level of The trip: Severe
This trip involves long cycling efforts on continuously ascending and descending roads. This also would need very good endurance, mentally & physically both, from the participants. It can become very demanding and challenging at various places. This trip is good for adventurous persons who want to test their endurance limits. This is also good for enthusiasts who want to explore the untraded paths!
The accommodation would be in small guesthouses on sharing basis with neat and clean rooms and attached toilet (Sometimes common) bath facilities. Electricity would be available, but may be for a limited period of time.
Food at all places would have a fixed buffet menu. Sometimes during the cycling tour we might have to serve either packed breakfast / lunch.
Best season : Mid December – Mid February.
TOUR LEADER / LOCAL GUIDES
Normally ADD-VENTURE INDIA would provide a tour escort on Cycle tour to Goa from Mumbai. The tour leader who would accompany the group would have lot of experience in leading groups. He or she would mainly act as coordinator for the entire tour. He or she would work in tandem with local guides. The tour leader, though not qualified medically, would be competent to give first – aid if and when required. It would be advisable to speak to your group leader in case of health problems that you may face on the tour.
Local guides if employed would carry a good experience in leading such cycle trips. They would mainly act as route guides. Most of these guides are good at communicating in very Basic English or Hindi. They would be rarely trained in first aid or in any technical skills. In case of critical situations or problems, that the group might face, it would be expected that the group members make the decisions for themselves. The local guide would just give his or her opinion, but the final decision would have to be made by the group members.
MEDICAL & FIRST AID:
This cycle trip is in one of the most remote region, where advanced, professional medical help may not be available. It would be participant’s responsibility to ensure that he or she is in good health, physically and mentally both. It would be advisable to speak to your physician if you are unsure of your fitness levels. In case you have an existing medical condition or disability you must inform us before booking with us. If in our opinion, this cycle trip to Goa from Mumbai is not suitable for your medical condition, we reserve the right to refuse booking. In case of any health problem that you might face on the trip, it would be advisable to speak to your tour leader. The tour leader would be equipped to give only first aid to participants.
Any expense incurred by us for any medical emergency / for evacuation for any reason, the expenses for the same would be borne by the concerned participant.