This blog post covers day 1 of our Bangalore - Goa road trip.
You can also read about the second day of our trip from Bhatkal to Vagator.
In January of 2018, I and wifey finally set out on our Goa Trip. We've been wanting to visit Goa for the past 5 years but the plan never came about. But this time, we finally decided that we'd visit Goa and do so on a road trip. Yay! :)
We finalized the itinerary in November 2017 and made our hotel bookings. Since this was our longest road trip to date, and I am the only driver among the 2 of us, we decided to have a night-halt on the onward journey. So, our final itinerary looked something like this:
26th-Jan: Bangalore to Bhatkal (En-route visit Jog falls)
28th-Jan: Spend the day at Vagator, Baga, and head to Palolem (South Goa) in the evening.
29th-Jan: Spend the day at Palolem just relaxing at the resort or explore the nearby area on foot.
30th-Jan: Start back from Palolem in the morning and reach Bangalore before 6PM.
While planning the trip, we wanted our night halt on the onward journey to be around midway between Bangalore and Goa. That's not how it turned out though as we couldn't decide on such a place and finally settled for Bhatkal. There was no particular reason to choose Bhatkal except that it was on the coast and fit in with the overall theme of our trip which was sea, beaches, and the beautiful Konkan region.
The day before the trip:
I had planned to get everything ready well before the trip, but as usual, there were multiple things pending on my list on the night before the drive. The most important was to get the car ready. So, on the evening of 25th Jan, I popped the hood open and checked all the fluids and belts. And then took her out to get the tank topped up. Filled her up and got the air pressure checked in all four tires and the spare. Turned out, the front left tire had a leak. Got that fixed and headed back home. Once, home, I checked all the documents in the car and packed some essential things like snacks, charger, water bottles etc.
By the way, if you like road-tripping then do invest in a few necessary accessories for your car: A tubeless puncture repair kit and an air pump is a must for long trips. Also, learn to swap the tyre. Knowing the jacking points in your car and learning how to swap the tyre will go a long way in assuring a safe and convenient trip. I always keep the following accessories in my car during long trips:
We had decided to leave early the next day as it was a 3-day weekend and we wanted to avoid the usual rush of Bangaloreans trying to get out of the city. We planned to leave between 04:30 and 5 AM, set the alarms and went to sleep. I follow a very strict policy of driving only during the day, thanks to the moronic drivers that are always on high beam with their fog-lamps on.
Day 1 (Bangalore to Bhatkal via Jog Falls):
I had trouble falling asleep just like I always have before a trip. Needless to say, we were late the next day. Got up at 5AM and got ready hastily, loaded the bags into the car and started our long journey. By now it was 05:45 AM and sunlight had crept up. We knew this meant long queues at the toll booths on our way out of Bangalore.