Road trips are always wonderful, and when it is a solo ride it becomes more memorable. Your find places, meet people, explore the local, the most when you travel alone. And I started this journey from Pune to Kerala in my Yamaha Alfa , yes you read it correct, it was a 110cc scooter that accompanied me.
I started my journey from IISER Pune, where I try to find few answers to some straightforward questions in an extremely twisted way. It was June 2nd, 2017, 4 PM. I had already made my scooter ready for such a long trip with a complete service with oil change, new tyres and most importantly mobile charger and holder with a mobile pouch as it is exactly the time when monsoon starts. My first day started with a pretty nice rain as soon as my wheels hit the national highway.
My first rest stop was in Satara, which is 120 KM from where I started. I had already booked a room in Hotel Radhika Palace, via Booking.com. I reached the hotel by around 8 PM. First thing after check in was a quick shower and dinner. The hotel is quite good for bachelors as well as family. They also provide free WiFi.
June 3rd, I woke up at 6 AM and got ready to hit the road after breakfast by 7 AM. I have to cross the Western ghat today and reach North Goa by evening. This was a 360 KM stretch with Chorla Ghat in between. Amboli ghat is what most people uses for crossing western ghat to reach Goa, but Chorla ghat is more serene and beautiful. Also, the condition of roads are quiet nice. There were few scatters of rain till chorla ghat but once I entered the Chorla ghat the sky was turning black and heavy rain started. But this made the ghat section more beautiful. There are n number of view points that are not marked on the map neither on the road. You can always pull over and have a breathtaking view. By the end of the day I crossed the ghat and reached Arambol beach where I had booked room in Rudra holidays guest house. I could reach the place by 5 PM itself and got enough time to wander around Goa.