Panvel to Goa by NH 17 and NH4

Palaspe Phata, Mumbai Pune Highway, Panvel (Raigad, Maharashtra)

I selected to drive Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark motorbike through the National Highway. Kalambali Chowk is almost the starting point of the Mumbai – Pune Expressway. Expressway runs above the chowk.

As I was driving from Mumbai I turn motorbike left hand side below the Mumbai – Pune Expressway towards Kalambali Chowk.

Kalambali chowk > Palaspa Fata, Panvel (7 km)

At Palaspa Fata, Panvel, there are two options:

  1. National Highway 17 (Mumbai – Goa Highway)
  2. National Highway 4 (Mumbai – Bangalore Highway via Pune city)
  • Palaspa Phata, Panvel to Goa via NH 17 Distance by Road and Driving Directions

Palaspa Phata, Panvel to Goa via National Highway 17 is 495.5 km approx.

Palaspa Phata > Karnala bird sanctuary (16.5 km)

Karnala bird sanctuary > Shri Parshuram temple (199 km)

Shri Parshuram temple > Sangameshwar (60 km)

Sangameshwar > Lanja (61 km)

Lanja > Kankavli (88 km)

Kankavli > Banda (66.5 km)

Banda > Maharashtra – Goa border (4.5 km)

  • Palaspa Phata, Panvel to Goa via NH4 Distance by Road and Driving Directions

Palaspa Phata, Panvel to Goa via NH4 is 540.6 km approx.

20 km smooth drive, a board indicating Matheran – Hill Station turns left. Maybe someday. Continue driving straight…

Palaspa Fata, Panvel > Khopoli (34 km)

Khopoli > Shingroba Mandir (6 km)

Shingroba Mandir > Mumbai – Pune Expressway (2 km)

Mumbai – Pune Expressway > Lonavala city turn left (5.5 km)

Bikers had a few km of driving experience at Expressway but only a few km. Traffic police post after a few km direct you to turn motorbike towards Lonavala city. Bikers not allowed at Expressway further.

13.5 km drive (via Lonavala city) left hand side road towards Karla Caves. I remember I visited with mother. Continue driving straight…

Lonavala city left turn > Somati Phata (38.5 km)
A huge Ganpati statue on top of the hill.

Somati Phata > Nabard building, Pune turn right (28.5 km)

Nabarad building is on the right hand side.

Nabard building right turn > Swargate chowk (4 km)

Turn right, cross the bridge, 2nd traffic red light – turn left.

Cross Swargate chowk (roundabout). Drive straight towards Satara.

Swargate chowk > National Highway 4 (13.5 km)
I am driving through Katraj Ghat i.e., Katraj valley. Once again meeting National Highway 4.

National Highway 4 >  Satara College Of Engineering & Management, Limb(83 km)

10 km drive another board indicating a right turn towards Mahabaleshwar – Hill Station. Continue driving straight…

Satara College Of Engineering & Management, Limb > Satara (14 km)

Satara > Siye Phata turn right (112 km)
Siye Phata is below the bridge very close to the Lokmat Newspaper office (right side of Highway). Few more km further if driving will reach Kolhapur for sure.

Siye Phata right turn > Vading chowk turn left (11.5)
11.5 km is beautiful village route. Road condition Ok. It is the shortest route as guided by a villager.

Vading chowk left turn > Vading Phata turn left (3 km)

Vading Phata left turn > Shivaji pul turn right (.5 km)

Cross the bridge. Take the right turn from the chowk.

Shivaji pul right turn > Gangawish chowk turn right (1.3 km)
We are passing through Kolhapur city-area

Gangawish chowk right turn > Rankalavesha chowk turn right (.3 km)

Rankalavesha chowk right turn > Gaganpawda turn left (56 km)
I am driving through a silent road, less traffic, mini jungle and in-the end, clouds. Visibility is very less. Rainy season.

Gaganpawda ghat is a hilly green valley connecting National Highway 4 with National Highway 17 or one can say one of the road-routes connecting Mumbai – Kolhapur – Goa.

It was a rainy season, I was driving solo Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinsprak motorbike passing through clouds downwards towards National Highway 17. The route was almost empty, clouds thunder little scary, but the drive was scenic. At a few places, due to dense cloud, fog it was impossible to see further than 10 meters. I guess after the rainy season it is one of the best to drive, though I enjoyed it during the rainy season.

Gaganpawda left turn > Vaibhav Vadi chowk right turn (19 km)

Vaibhav Vadi Chowk right turn > Talere turn left (14.5)
Talere left turn is National Highway 17 (Mumbai – Goa).

Talere left turn > Kankavli (23 km)

Kankavli > Savantwadi (53 km)

Savantwadi > Goa border (17.5)

Note: Shri Datta Snacks Corner and Shri Dattaguru Snacks at Panvel is famous for mouth-watering snacks.

Goa to Mumbai Driving Directions via NH17

Goa to Mumbai via National Highway 17 distance is 522 km approx.

Madgaon > Panjim(31 km)

Panjim > Goa-Maharashtra border (43 km)

Panjim to Pernem Railway Station (right side of NH 17) – 27 km. Continue driving straight…

Goa-Maharashtra border > Sawantwadi (14 km)

Sawantwadi > Sindhudurg (33 km)

Sindhudurg > Kankavli (22 km)

Kankavli > Lanja (89 km)

Lanja > Hatkhamba (29.5 km)

Hatkhamba > Sangameshwar (31.5 km)

Hatkhamba to left side of NH 17 road towards Ganpatipule (tourist place) – 5.5 km. Continue driving straight…

Sangameshwar > Chiplun (47 km)

(Note: Mapusa, Goa > Chiplun300 km)

( Hotel Abhishek is one of the Chiplun famous hotel/restaurant. I stop for Lunch )

Chiplun > Poladpur (76 km)

Poladpur > Vadkhal (112 km)

Vadkhal > Panvel (33 km)

Panvel > Mumbai (35 km)

Shree Saptakoteshwar Temple, Narve (Bicholim) – One of the Six Temples of Lord Shiva in the Konkan Region

Shri Saptakoteshwar temple, Narve is in Bicholim taluka of North Goa. Since weeks wish was to visit it though it is far by-road and thought within – maybe the shortest route possible. I inquire at a restaurant close to Gandhi Circle, Old Goa, and, finally, on the way towards the Mandovi river (Viceroy’s Arch – landmark) to catch the ferry.

Gandhi Circle, Old Goa > Old Goa Ferry Terminal (.5 km)

Ferry ready- I along with motorbike crossing. Beautiful it is.

(ferry are free within Goa – truck/motorbike/car and to carry people)

– 5/7 minutes journey

The first time in life within an island – WoW – said I. Few seconds/minutes for self-talks and to believe and towards the Narve jetty which is on the other side of Divar island. The motorbike – The start – The wide green fields and I riding in-between.

2 km ride and a shop. Narve jetty?

Right-turn – go straight – follow the road – said the shopkeeper.

Ok – (thumbs-up).

Lions Club of Divar, the Bus-stop – A landmark (500 meters of drive) and straight drive again. Finally after 5.5 km of total driving within almost no man visible land/old Portuguese home I was at Narve jetty. The ferry was on the way – I have to wait. Few head-turns to watch the beauty around…fantastic.

Mandovi river again. 5-7 minutes journey and I at Narve. A small shop was present and The query: Saptakoteshwar temple?

Follow the road – follow the display board.

Thank you – The drive continues…

4 km drive (Archeological display-board displaying direction) and Shri Saptakoteshwar temple- Lord Shiva temple. The motorbike parked and I walked towards the temple. Golden silence exists. For a few minutes had talks with God – immense peace within. After weeks of wish to visit finally fulfilled. They say: God’s wish and We visit. Prayers!!!

On the way back. Crossing Mandovi river from Narve- riding within the Divar island and Divar jetty and Old Goa again. If you are within Goa or have plans to visit you should follow this shortest scenic route. While returning from Divar island I can watch Old Goa churches. Beautiful to watch. Divar island itself is very memorable for a drive.

Note: The shortest route to reach the temple is if a person is having a vehicle.