Pune to Goa Bike Ride

It was the end of summer and after the first rain, we decided to explore Konkan till Goa. We started our ride from Pune. It was our regular road till Tamhini ghat and it was very much familiar for us. Pune city didn’t enjoy the first rain as expected. The land was still dry as we came out of the city. As suggested by a senior biker, monsoon is the best season for a long bike ride like Goa route.

Tamhini ghat

Tamhini Ghat Bike Ride

Tamhini Ghat Bike Ride

As we reached, it was still foggy. Tamhini ghat never let you down with its natural scenic beauty. It was drizzling somewhere down in the Konkan. Because of which, the whole atmosphere was pleasant. After the first rain, the smell of the soil was making me more eager to taste it or have it completely. But, I didn’t, just enjoyed the smell and marched ahead for Goa Bike Ride.

Korlai fort

Alibaug Bridge

Alibaug Bridge

Korlai Fort

Korlai Fort

Korlai Fort & Sea view

Korlai Fort & Sea view

Awesome road to the fort

An awesome road to the fort

 

It’s a very beautiful fort that we explored along with the lighthouse. We stayed at the sea touch lighthouse area i.e. cottages of local workers which were worth than any other hotel stay. More importantly, didn’t cost a single penny. Guard was so friendly, he ordered some fresh fish for the night. He really made our first dinner of Goa Bike ride memorable.

Janjira Fort

Janjira Fort

Janjira Fort

On the way, we took a halt when we saw the breathtaking view of Janjira fort. A coastal road trip just started and we were happy because it was a more beautiful journey than what we imagined while planning out the route for Goa bike ride.

Ferry Ride

Ferry Ride

Ferry Ride

View from Ferry

View from Ferry

Heavily loaded Ferry

Heavily loaded Ferry

First time in my life, I parked my bullet on the ferry and crossed the creek. We were completely unaware of what this bike ride is going to offer in the next few days.

 

Konkan Beaches & Coastal Road Trip

The ferry dropped us to Dighi port and we started exploring coastal route along with the virgin beaches. Empty roads, greenery, and sea view was the best combination for the day.

Coastal Bike Ride

Coastal Bike Ride

Sea View Point

Sea View Point

 

Stay in the Fishing boat

Budget Stay

Budget Stay

We asked fishermen for a stay in his beautiful parked boat cum shack. In favor, he just asked for a packet of cigarette. Another beautiful night stay of a bike ride, that too without any cost, almost zero.

 

Konkan Exploration

Waterfalls - on the wayq

Waterfalls – on the way

Awesome Halts

Awesome Halts

Beauty of Konkan

Beauty of Konkan

Villages of Konkan

Villages of Konkan

 

We explored many roads, Waterfalls, villages, beaches. Everywhere, we wanted to stay for a night and enjoy the beauty, the laid back attitude of Konkan was asking us to just chill in nature. But, we had a very tight bike ride schedule.

 

Heavy Rain

On our 3rd Day of Bike Ride, we enjoyed our morning ride but we hardly covered any KMs as it was raining heavily.

Parked boat

Parked boat

Goa Bike Ride

Goa Bike Ride

Royal Enfield for Royal Bike ride

Royal Enfield for Royal Bike ride

 

We spent some time on a very beautiful Anjarle beach. I tried a few snaps on the beach while raining.

We went to Ketki beach resort. It was beach facing property. We enjoyed the sunset. Undoubtedly, It was costlier to stay as compared to our budget.

Best Home Stay of Bike Ride

True Traveler always looks for the best budget option for stay. As we explored, we came across a homestay. Due to heavy rainfall, they have slanted roofs. Wall is built with the red bricks called “Chire“. It was our dream homestay at just Rs. 100 per person and host was so sweet that they offered unlimited Fish Thali at Rs. 60 only. We enjoyed a lot as fisherman told us that this will be the last fish that they will eat. Mostly, they avoid fish during monsoon.

Konkani Homestay

Konkani Homestay

Finally Goa

Finally, we crossed the border and entered into Goa. We explored few stay options at Baga and Calangute and chose a beautiful Blue Row house to enjoy a 2-night stay in Goa. In the evening we explored the beach, shacks and more important various newly opened Bars. We were tired a bit after a long bike ride but the excitement was high as usual.

Baga Beach, Goa

Baga Beach, Goa

Goa Beach

Goa Beach

Party in Goa after long Bike Ride

Party in Goa after long Bike Ride

View from Fort

View from Fort

Goa Fort

Goa Fort

We spent some time on Aguada Fort, it was our relaxing day. However, we were fresh too after riding so much. We discussed a plan for the return journey as well. My friend got a new “Che Guevara” tee, then I came to know about that guy. Then I also purchased a similar t-shirt as a memory of Goa bike ride.

Aguada fort

Aguada Fort

Sunset & Beaches

After exploring South Goa  & Panaji on a bike, we also planned for Dudhsagar trek but due to short of time, we spent our last evening on the beach. We thought to focus on a bike ride instead of getting involved in another adventure. We clicked and captured memories on the beaches of Goa once again. Nobody was ready to start the return bike ride.

Sunset in Goa

Sunset in Goa

I hate return journey but there was no other option. Just to make return journey more beautiful we decided to explore new route i.e to enter Kolhapur via Phonda ghat. We had heard a lot about it and today came the day to explore Phonda ghat on the bike.

Return Bike Ride to Pune

BBye to Goa

BBye to Goa

We enjoyed hill ride though Phonda ghat. Most of the part was covered with the fog. It was a thick forest on both sides of a road. Riding through any ghat with such amazing weather is the dream of any biker.

Return Journey

Return Journey & Awesome Roads

Awesome weather for Bike Ride

Awesome weather for Bike Ride

Foggy Road

Foggy Road

 

After a long bike ride, we took a halt at a beautiful waterfall. Got freshened up with the natural freshwater and rested for some time in nature.

Halts Be like!

Halts Be like!

Natural Bath

Natural Bathing Point

 

After the bath in the waterfall, we got a much-needed drink of India i.e. Hot Tea with Bhajiya.

Chai Break

Chai Break

Without further ado, we reached Kolhapur where my friend arranged a stay at his best friends place. Overall, Goa bike tour was cost crunched and we managed to return Pune within our budget. Do share your road trips if any. I will be more happy to know your journeys and ways of cost savings.

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Written by Yogendra Patil
Just an Indian Travel Blogger. I left my corporate job & IT business to explore locations and adventure activities. Now, my job is to travel to unique destinations. Sometimes I lead adventure trips of Small Steps Adventures. You can join SSA trips or you can virtually experience those tours through my Blogs. I am always ready to hear from you. Drop me a comment. Share your experiences. You can be in touch with me on Instagram @thewandereryogi.