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Hyderabad to Goa

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Distance Hyderabad to Goa :750 kilometers

 

Drive:Toyota Innova

 

Fuel:Diesel

 

Mileage:14 kmpl

 

Road Condition:2-Lane average

 

Drive time:12 hrs (excluding breaks)

 

Hotel:Hotel Valentio, Candolim

 

Hyderabad to Goa Best Route (2017) : Noth Goa

Hyderabad --> Raichur -->Sindhanur-->  Gangavathi --> Hubli --> Dharward --> Belgavai --> Chorla --> Mapusa --> Goa

 

Hyderabad to Goa Best Route (2017) : South Goa

Hyderabad --> Raichur -->Sindhanur  --> Gangavathi --> Hubbali --> Dharward --> Mollem --> South goa

 

Hyderabad to Goa Best Route (2018 and  2019) : Noth Goa

Hyderabad -> Zaheerabad -> Humnabad -> Kalaburgai -> Vijaypura -> Bagalkot -> Belgavi -> Baga  
 
Status : 
Avoid Raichur road it is under construction
 

 

 

local places to visit:

  • Baga Beach
  • Calangute Beach
  • Candolim Beach
  • Aguada Beach
  • Fort Aguada
  • Sinquerim Beach
  • Chapora Fort
  • Anjuna Beach
  • Anjuna Flea Market
  • Casino Cruise
  • Church of St.Francis of Assisi
  • Palolem Beach

 

Islands(Must visit)

  • Butterfly Beach
Pick up point : Palolem Beach
Per head costs : 100/- only boat ride.
  • Grand Island
Pick up point : Candolim Beach.(8:30 AM to 3:30 PM)
 
  1. Per head costs 1100/- Includes unlimited
  2. Beer
  3. Boat
  4. Soft Drinks
  5. Barbecue
  6. Lunch
  7. Transport
  8. Fishing
  9. snorkelling

 

Day-1

  • Hyderabad to Goa Drive
  • Baga Beach visit

 

Day-2

  • Chapora Fort and Beach ( you can find few scenes in the hit movie Dil Chahta Hai.)
  • Anjuna Beach
  • Anjuna Flea Market
  • Baga Beach

 

Day-3

  • Calangute Beach
  • Candolim Beach
  • Sinquerim Beach
  • Fort Aguada

 

Day-4

We started early in the morning as Baga to Palolem is 90 kilometers

  • Palolem Beach ---> Butterfly Beach (Must visit island ) : En route we saw few dolphins
  • Casino Cruise
  • Church of St.Francis of Assisi
  • Old Goa

 

Day-5

  • Goa to Hyderabad Drive
     

 

Tourist Map; Note : Forts are missing

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Drive to Goa is all about:

 

Beach - check Forest - check Island - check Ghat roads - check Sea Food - check Backwaters - check Water games - check Water falls - check Night Life - check Most importantly cheaper petrol and many more things ;) On a casual morning meet, one of my friends threw up an idea of going to Goa and fortunately everyone were so up with the plan without giving a second thought to it.

 

It was during the time when we just got done with our final sem exams and all of us got excited about this Road trip to Goa for a much needed break.

 

We planned to start in the afternoon but, after all the usual delays, we kicked off the pedal late from Kondapur. Drive between Hyderabad to Goa has always been unrelaxed due to the unpredictable road conditions.

 

The best route always changed every year I drove down till then. Being dependent on Google maps, will drive you down to the woods.

 

A quick research before you start to goa is a definite thing to do, considering all the six different routes available. First half of the journey was very much uneventful with slow moving traffic and narrow lanes.

 

Plying through the town and villages was always easy in the midnight and so we maintained good average in the first leg of the journey. During the second leg of the journey, My techie friend picked up a short cut using Google maps from which we could save around 40 kilometers of run.

 

First 30 kilometers drive was blissful and the next 30 kms took us on an adventure for the whole trip which took 3 hours :eek:.

 

The road started to degrade and our Innova took many under-body hits, tough build and high ground clearance saved us for the day. Once we breezed to Goa, all that fatigue we carried during the drive started to vanish. We reached the hotel easily using GPS and having no time to rest, all of us headed to the beach. 

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Early morning sunrise En route to Goa

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We spotted a mob of deers crossing the highway.

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Wind mills en-route

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Single lane roads are always fun to drive when there is smooth tarmac and less traffic.

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Flawless 4-lane road, NH 4A

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Reliable work horse

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En-route to the 'Amboli' Ghat

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Amboli is a hill station in the south of Maharashtra, India at an altitude of 690 meters. It is the last hill station before the coastal highlands of Goa and a relatively an unexplored one. Divert from NH4 to Goa via Amboli Ghat

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Clouds, greenery, villages and cool breeze on the ghat.

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Clouds, hills and forests left an impression

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Sahayadri Hills of the Western India

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Drive through the Cloud's.

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Water falls at the Amboli Ghat section

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Very less water flow during the right season

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Breathtaking view at Amboli en-route Goa

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Google maps directed us to this short-cut which would save us a a drive of 40kms. Definitely a Fiat and Ford territory.

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After 20 kilometers the degrading phase of the road started to take a toll

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The next 30 kilometers took us around 3 hours :eek:

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But the views were damn scenic

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Once we reached Goa, checked into a hotel and headed to the beach.

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Beautiful Sunset

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One last pic by the end of day :cool:

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As we walked by the beach side the next morning

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Fort Aguada and the light house is a well-preserved 17th century Portuguese fort standing in Goa.

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View of the water body from the Fort

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Sinquerim Beach

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Taj stands by the Sinquerim Beach

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This ship probably stays there for ever as we always watched it every time we had come here.

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Historical constructions at the Sinquerim Beach

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We were charged us around 1k INR per person for the water sports. The price varies from season to season and u need to be hard on bargain as you might get cheated.

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Bumper ride for 2

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The 'Banana' ride is one of my favourite rides. I will leave the best part of the ride in suspense until you experience it

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Parasailing was fun too

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Palolem beach in the south of goa is far away from the commercial crowded North. If you are a nature lover who is looking for a less crowded beach, clean water and Islands, Palolem is a must visit place.

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Boat Journey from Palolem beach to the 'Butterfly Island'.

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View of the Palolem Beach from the Boat.

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Small Islands en-route to Butterfly Island.

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First view of the Butterfly Island.

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Butterfly shape of the hill is the reason it was named so

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The boat guy gave us 3 hours of time to spend which totally seemed private and a lonely beach

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The water seemed clear and non-polluted

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The boat that got us down to the Island.

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We started to explore the Island

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Returned to the Palolem beach after 3 hours

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Sunset at the Palolem beach.

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We started to trek up the Chapora fort from the Anjuna beach in the South.

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As we reached the top most point of the so called 'Dil Chahtha Hai' fort (Chapora fort).

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Close view of the fort as we got close to the fort

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The trek path we took to Chapora fort.

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Break during the trek with breath taking view of the Beach.

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Untouched beach very far away from the crowded beaches of Goa

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Anjuna beach

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A random click of our Ride

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A grey evening at the Anjuna beach

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Big old banyan tree

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Goa Jail

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Anjuna Beach

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Valentino Hotel at Calangute costed us 2k INR per night (A/C) which included a sitting lounge, a kitchen and a bedroom.

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Casino at Old Goa in the river Mandovi

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Fancy Boat

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St. Francis Church

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Return drive to Hyderabad, took us around 14hrs

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NH4 A Ghat section

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This is real good with all the information...you made it really easy for future goers...how ever could you please lt me know your number of days you stayed in goa and schedule..I'm looking forward to go next month...Hope that helps me

Regards

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Thanks a lot. Honestly I've been looking into many websites lately to make a perfect plan so that we do not think once we go there, But this one page is really enough for ppl driving to goa.

Appreciate your help here.

Regards,

Santosh Reddy

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Thanks a lot. Honestly I've been looking into many websites lately to make a perfect plan so that we do not think once we go there, But this one page is really enough for ppl driving to goa.

Appreciate your help here.

Regards,

Santosh Reddy

Thanks Santosh.

All the best and a happy journey. Drive safe. Keep us updated about your findings in Goa.

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We have totally 1 week time for goa plan. 1 week is a whole lot of time to spend in goa so we are thinking to cover few places while coming back to hyd from goa. I've been thinking about doodhsagar dandeli etc (honestly i dont have much idea ). Could you please suggest some places to visit while we return from goa as we have enough time. I'd prefer if they are on the way which you have suggested.

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We have totally 1 week time for goa plan. 1 week is a whole lot of time to spend in goa so we are thinking to cover few places while coming back to hyd from goa. I've been thinking about doodhsagar dandeli etc (honestly i dont have much idea ). Could you please suggest some places to visit while we return from goa as we have enough time. I'd prefer if they are on the way which you have suggested.

Hey Santosh, the places that you have opted to visit on your way back from Goa are really worthy and shouldn't be missed out, be it Dudhsagar falls and the Dandeli forests. I have been to both these places twice and the last time was an year ago and i hope the information i share might help you out.

Goa - Dudhsagar falls:

Considering your start point as Candolim in Goa, it would take you 2 hours 30 mins (80 kms approx.) to reach the falls. There are usually 4 ways to reach this place.

1) Reach the Collem Railways Station where u can hire a 4X4 who would drive you down to the foot of the waterfalls, but during the monsoons the forests remain closed and so you be dropped behind which follows a Km hike to reach the falls.

2) Reach the Collem Railways Station to park your car there where you find few bikers who would ride you down through the side of the railway track all the way till Mahavir Sanctuary. They charge you around 500 INR/ head to ride you down to the falls which involves quite a bit of trekking on the tracks and through tunnels.

3) Reach the Castlerock Railway station (Via Mollem). Park your car at the station and take the train to Dudhsagar at 10:15 a.m which is available on saturdays and take a return train back to Castlerock from Dushsagar falls at 5:30 p.m.

4) If you are more of an adventurous person, you can trek down to Dudhsagar from the Castlerock station (Braganza Ghat section) which is around 14 kms (6 to 7 hours of trek) where you experience the best scenic views of ghats, waterfalls and tunnels between the lush green meadows on your way which turns out to be absolutely refreshing.

Dudhsagar - Dandeli Forests:

Considering your start point as the Castlerock Railway station, Dandeli is around 50 kms and takes 1 hr 30 mins to enter the forests. Every time i have been to this place, I stay at a farm house admist of the forest named 'The Stanley's Farm House'. The booking for the stay at this place has to be done well in advance as it runs high on business by the location and the services it offers. The booking can be done online. They offer different packages to take you around which includes the 'White water rafting' and Kayaking (River Khali) .. and also other adventurous activities. For more information regarding the stay, check out http://dandelistanleyfarmhouse.com/

All the information provided above was best according to my experience and knowledge. Hope this would help you out.

Please keep us updated with your posts.

Thank you

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Thanks a lot for the info sagar. I will get back to you incase if i need any help.

My plan is hyd-->baaga-->butterfly beach-->doodhsagar-->dandeli-->belgaum-->bagalokote-->bijapur-->gulbarga-->hyd.

Suggest me if there is a better route than this....

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If I was given a plan to cover up these places places.. I'd check-in at Dandeli forests first, Do the adventure activities.... and then enjoy the beauty of nature at Dudhsagar waterfalls and end up at Goa to chill .:cool:

A plan this way will definitely be good.. :)

And regarding the Routes .... As per your plan.... Baga --> Castlerock (Dudhsagar) --> Dandeli --> Hubli (Dharwad) --> Gadag --> Gangavathi --> Sindhanur --> Raichur --> Mahbubnagar --> Hyderabad would stand better is what i feel :)

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Thanks for the update let me think about it. How ever I've heard route via raichur is too bad. (is it really that bad?)

In case if we want to make it to Dandeli first as you have suggested, I'd go via hyd-->kurnool-->guntakal-->koppal->hubli-->dharwad-->dandeli. Any idea about this road after guntakal (needless to talk about road til guntakal).

What if we dont find a room at dandeli for some reason, What could be done in that case?

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Thanks for the update let me think about it. How ever I've heard route via raichur is too bad. (is it really that bad?)

In case if we want to make it to Dandeli first as you have suggested, I'd go via hyd-->kurnool-->guntakal-->koppal->hubli-->dharwad-->dandeli. Any idea about this road after guntakal (needless to talk about road til guntakal).

What if we dont find a room at dandeli for some reason, What could be done in that case?

Considering your start point as Hyderabad... If you take the route Via Raichur and Sindhanur to join Dharwad, It takes you about 11 hours of drive distancing around 600 kms to reach Dandeli. The route stats as per my recent travel last week through that route is not that bad but decent enough for a drive.. only thing is that, you will be taking a 2 lane road from Mahbubnagar towards Raichur... This route is not as bad as it does not have any huge pot holes in between, but.. has frequent speed breakers between the villages you pass through.. If you are starting off in the early hours around 4 or 5 a.m from Hyderabad.. Undoubtedly this would be a better route as you cross mainstream crowded towns and traffic before the peak time.

If in case, the route Via Kurnool as u said is considered, it distances around 700 kms with a drive time of about 13 hours. The route Via Kurnool until Gooty will be an amazing drive on the beautiful NH7 where you bifurcate towards Guntakal on to the two-lane road.. the road furthuer until Ballari and Hosepet is really bad with a lot of pot holes and ditches which consumes a lot of time. Moving ahead the road is quite decent with untimely ditches and rumblers in between.

Dandeli usually has only homestays and forest resorts which are very minimal in number and it is advised to book your stay well in advance online or on phone.. One such place where i have stayed was the Stanley's farm which i had mentioned earlier about which i can rate positive by its location.. you might find similar stays online which i am unaware of... At the worst case, if you are left with no option in the dandeli forests, Dharwaad or Hubli would be a place where decent accommodation can be found as it is the closest big town next to dandeli and is 2 hours from away.

All the information shared is best according to my knowledge.

Hope this would be helpful.. Keep us posted if any new info found or experienced post your trip.. Wishing you happy miles ahead :)

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