Bombay to Goa Westcoast Bike Tour

  • A classic coastal ride through the Western Ghats, a mountain range that runs parallel to the western coast of the Indian peninsula. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the eight “hottest hot-spots” of biological diversity in the world
  • The Konkani cuisine, heavy with fish and coconut takes you on a gastronomic adventure
  • You touch some of the most historic forts on the edge of the Arabian Sea
  • Pristine beaches, undiscovered by tourists, become regular stops for you
  • Ride along one of the most scenic coastal route of India; you get to see local life at close quarters, stopping at fishing villages and untreaded destinations

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, your journey will far from the easy Boho life that they came here for, but the feeling is sure to be equally cathartic! In this cycling tour, we will start at Bombay, which represents mosaic of quintessential India experiences, past sun-washed beaches of coastal India, 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 and a distinct array of food. Besides seeing India at close quarters, you will also encounter a multitude of cycling challenges, making this is a memorable trip from all ends.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    11 days / 10 nights

  • Start / End

    Bombay / Goa

  • Price

    From $1,695 pp dbl. occ.

    + $450 for sgl. occ.

  • Hotels

    Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Active Rider

Group Departures

PRIVATE TRAVEL

Make it a private tour if you already have a group or the dates shown above do not coincide with your travel plans.

ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

DAYPLACEHOTELDURATION~ CYCLING DISTANCE
1BombayThe Gordon House1
2MurudGolden Swan Beach Resort180km / 48mi
3HarnaiLotus Beach Resort1110km / 66mi
4 – 5MalgundMadachya Banaat2100km / 60mi
6AmbolgadSamindar Beach House185km / 50mi
7DevgadGalaxy Resort152km / 31mi
8MalvanSaagar Sangam160km / 36mi
9 – 10Goa70km / 42mi
11Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Bombay
Arrive in Mumbai and meet your trip leader and check into the hotel. We have picked a chic, warm hotel in the heart of South Mumbai, so you are walking distance from buzz of Bombay! The Gordon House has bright, clean but slightly snug rooms – perfect to spend a night in the most pulsating area in town. Today, you can explore the weathered historic streets of Colaba and close by areas. Start at the Gateway of India, a mammoth memorial at the edge of the sea, making your way into the Colaba shopping street jammed with small shops selling trinkets, antiques, shoes and more. Café Mondegar and Leopold are the food stalwarts of this road and a stop here is a must. Infact, this area has considerable reference in the famous book ‘Shantaram’ by Gregory David Roberts. Other places to swing by are Flora fountain, National Gallery of Modern Art, the Oval Cricket Maidan, Jehangir Hall and plenty of classy yet cosy boutiques, bookshops, galleries and cafes. We meet for dinner tonight to get acquainted with the entire team and a quick orientation to the route for the trip, safety tips and more.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Murud
The beach town of Murud is one of the most unassuming and relaxing destinations off Mumbai. We take a short ferry to Murud (don’t confuse this with destination) and then hop onto to the bikes. Enjoy the paddy fields, green countryside mild hillocks on the distance.You know you’ve hit Murud when you can see thickets of tall trees and a brilliant open view of the sea. If time permits, we head out to see the local highlights like the Janjira Fort, Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary, an old Jewish synagogue, the wonderfully clean and untouched beaches and a few temples in the vicinity. This is also a great place to try the local Konkani food. Brilliant seafood awaits you in Murud.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 80 km/48 miles

Day 3: Harnai Beach
This morning we start early and reach the Harnai beach through a classic coastal route. Gentle waves and the warm waters of this beach are largely untouched by the tourist rush. After settling down at the resort, head out for some local sight seeing, if you prefer. The Harnai beach, Burundi Beach, Suvarnadurg Fort and the Durga Devi Temple are few of the places that we can visit in the evening. Harnai is a fishing village and the most spectacular scene here is when hundreds of bright colorful boats come in with the catch in the evening – give them a hand pulling in the heavy nets or use this as a great photo-op to capture the flurry of activity.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 110 km/66 miles

Day 4: Malgund
Another scenic ride along the sandy stretches. Enroute we come across fishing villages speckled with large drying nets, crammed colourful houses under casuarina stands and pristine clean beaches. If you want, we can stop for a short dip into the sea. Malgund is a beautiful seaside village with intermittent green patches on a large rockscape that surrounds the beach. This is particularly beautiful in the monsoons. Once we settle into out hotel/guest house, use this day to relax. You can choose to walk along the beach or stay in with some fresh juice/ tea and enjoy the view from your stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 100 km/60 miles

Day 5: Malgund
Today you can plan your own day. One of the most popular getaways from Mumbai, Ratnagiri is a short distance where we stay. It used to be a small inconspicuous seaside town. It still retains its simple unhurried vibe. Indulge in the delicious local food, step out to see some of the things that Ratnagiri is famous for: the Karthateshwar Temple, Lakshmi Keshav Temple, beaches and the Jaigad fort. As you trail the paths of Ratnagiri, you will notice how fertile the town is; Mango orchards, rice fields, coconut and cashew stands make the topography lush and therapeutic. Get spoilt at the wonderful Ratnagiri till we head out to out next pit stop.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Ambolgad
Coconut palms, fishing villages and sections along the coast keep us company till we reach Ambolgad. The village is known for its easy going ‘do nothing’ aura. Another day of relaxing by the rocky beachside punctuated by large flat rough sandy patches. This beach is safe for swimming though one should not venture in too deep.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 85 km/50 miles

Day 7: Devgad
Today, we ride along the breezy Konakan coastline to our next destination, Devgad. The route is quite scenic, flanked by the sea on one side and casuarina stands on the other. We reach Devgad and check into one of the beach side resorts. The constant sound of the sea is therapeutic as you settle with a good book in the breezy verandah.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 52 km/31 miles

Day 8: Malvan
We hit the road early on this day to reach the gastronomically famous town of Malvan. Known for its famous coastal cuisine and natural beauty, it sits at the edge of the Arabian Sea. The town has a few sight seeing options like the Sindhudurg Fort, Tarkarli Beach, the Vetal Mandir, rock garden and snorkeling facilities. Food wise, coconut, rice and fish will take over the palate on this day. Adventure enthusiasts can opt for snorkeling with experts here. The water is pretty clear here and one can see corals and colourful marine life near the edge of the Sindhudurg fort.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 60 km/36 miles

Day 9 & 10: Goa
Enjoy the sunny Goa at your own pace.

Distance cycled: ~ 70km

Day 11: Goa
Get ready for your onward travel.

INCLUSIONS & MORE

Beautiful Homestays

On this Casual Inn tour, experience the best of small hotels and homestays at each destination. They are chosen carefully so that you are well rested, get a drift of the local character or an enthralling view from your verandah!

Quality Bikes

When you have a road and the thrill of a journey ahead of you, it’s imperative to have a good bike to enjoy it. Most of our tours in Bombay & Goa run on some of the best mountain/hybrid bikes in the cycling tour industry. Upright position, excellent traction and optimal comfort under gravel roads are some of the characteristics.

Outstanding Food

Local food plays an integral part in experiencing the culture of region and we make sure that you get plenty of this. The inclusion of daily meals is highlighted in detailed itinerary.

Charming Guides

Our most visible and perhaps most important role is played by a Trip Leader, the folks who make a trip exciting, comfortable, knowledgeable and who are able to steer you towards the real experience! In most of the trips, we have two guides riding with you. One is leading the group of riders and other is closing at the back.

Comfortable Support Van

A Van follows the group of riders throughout the trip and carries all belongings. If at any point riding seems a little hard, the van takes you for as long or as little as you wish it to. It also provides you refreshments along the way and sometimes a chilled beer.

Guaranteed to Depart Tours

We run most of our tours with minimum 2 people traveling and sometimes even with 1 person, without any extra fee. Rest assured, your trip is always guaranteed to depart. If for some reasons you don’t wish to join a tour then you can always transfer to another trip or we’ll give you a credit which you can settle against any future trip.

Entrance Fees & Transportation

Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, temples & other exclusive events and transportation from rendezvous to final drop-off is always included in your tour price. Our tour designers give as much focus on non-cycling activity as on cycling.

Deep Local Knowledge & Presence

Presence of operations in India, local associations and ad-hoc field network allows us to leverage local know-how and deliver on what is promised to you without any culture and communications barrier.

Singles Friendly

It is applicable in cases where you want to opt for a room alone or we don’t find a room partner. In other cases, we will try to club you with another person, preferably of same sex.