Palaspe Phata, Mumbai Pune Highway, Panvel, Raigad, Maharashtra
I selected to drive Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark motorbike through National Highway. Kalambali chowk is almost the starting point of 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:
- National Highway 17 (Mumbai – Goa Highway)
- 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: 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: 540.6 km approx.
20 km smooth drive a board indicating Matheran – Hill Station turn 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 few km of driving experience at Expressway but only few km. Traffic police post after 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 straightâ€¦
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 >Â Satara College Of Engineering & Management, Limb(83 km)
10 km drive another board indicating 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 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 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 silent road, less traffic, mini jungle and in-the end clouds. Visibility very less. Rainy season.
Gaganpawda ghat is hilly green valley connecting National Highway 4 with National Highway 17 or one can say one of the road-route connecting Mumbai – Kolhapur – Goa.
It was 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 scenic. At few places due to dense cloud, fog it was impossible to see further 10 meters. I guess after rainy season it is one of the best to drive though I enjoyed during 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.