West Coast Express- Mumbai to Kanyakumari

The lure of the Western coast with its never ending beaches, gastronomic orgies and the overall visual possibilities on two wheels. With the monsoons over, all of India has come alive and nowhere is it more evident than the Western coast of India. With pristine white beach sands on one side and the almost contiguous Western ghats on the other, our journey traverses an almost parallel line right between these two geographical marvels.

From beaches to mountains, spirituality to debauchery, cuisine to fashion there is a little bit for every sense.

The first time we did this journey we completed this ride on 5 consecutive weekends. We would ride only on weekends, returning to Mumbai for a week’s office and then back the following weekend to where we had left our bikes. Saying we found ourselves in rather interesting situations would be bit of a euphemism and the desire to keep astride the motorcycle was pressing, but back then we were trying to be, “responsible” people.

Itinerary:

This Journey begins in Mumbai on a Saturday morning.

Day 1. MUMBAI – MURUD (155 KM)
Today you will be introduced to your travel companion, the legendary Enfield. A short orientation ride to familiarise you with your motorcycle. A fairly easy ride, the bulk of it being done on the NH, will also take you through the picturesque town of Alibaug, finally ending on the shores of the Arabian sea, as we break our first days journey near the island fortress of Janjira.

Day 2. MURUD – GANAPATIPHULE (244 km)
Early morning start in order to catch our ferry crossing. Coast down the winding roads, with endless tracts of Arabian shores keeping you company. We part company from the sea in stretches, which see us pass through picturesque villages that dot the Konkan coast and the bordering Western Ghats. We finish our days ride amidst the enchanting environs of Ganapatiphule.

Day 3. GANAPATIPHULE – ASHVEM (248 km)
More ferry crossings today as well as short detours to some of the more inspiring forts that are scattered along this coast in abundance (Sindhudurg). We rejoin the Mumbai Goa highway on the final leg of today’s journey before coming to a halt at one of North Goa’s jewels, Ashvem.

Day 4. GOA- GOKARNA (191km)
A few pit stops along the way, we end our Goa tryst with lunch at Palolem. A fairly easy post lunch ride will see us in the temple town of Gokarna . We finish the days ride watching the sunset at Om beach and if the Gods are kind, dolphins swimming in the horizon.

Day 5. GOKARNA-UDUPI (318KM)
We part ways with the coast today. We enter the Western Ghats starting with Jog falls, and continue to ride within the heart of some of the oldest mountains in the world. We ride onwards till Agumbe, and Kudlu falls, finally exiting the Ghats and rejoining the western coast at Udupi.

Day 6. UDUPI – CALICUT (290km)
We enter Kerala today and along with it encounter its spectacular highways and legendary bus traffic. Wind down the excellent quality roads, albeit crowded like hell, witness the many cultures of Kerala intermingle seamlessly along its edges.

Day 7. CALICUT – ALLEPEY (253 km)
The backwaters of Allepey (Venice of India) do not need an introduction. Find stunning views as we cruise along it many waterways, and sample it gastronomic excess. Night on a house boat.

Day 8.ALLEPEY-VARKALA (117 km)
Short ride, long stay. Realx on the pristine shores of one the prettiest beaches in the country. Sit in one of the shacks that dot the cliff face, and soak in the hues of a mesmerising sunset.

Day 9.VARKALA- KANYAKUMARI (138KM)
Late start. A short ride to the southernmost tip of the country and a boat ride in the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Contemplate the last nine days at the Vivekananda memorial before we depart for the return flight/train to our point of origin.

Day 10.BUFFER DAY

This journey ends on a Sunday at Kanyakumari, from where we travel onwards to catch our respective flights/trains to your chosen destination. Transfers will be facilitated but will not be included in cost of the tour package.

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