You ever seen the Maharashtra tourism ads? I used to wonder if these are highly photoshopped images. I was wrong. There are such places that exist which are picturesque, scenic and breathtakingly beautiful.
Diveagar, Shrivardhan and Harihareshwar are places you have to visit if you want to enjoy a beautiful ride along the coast. Of course there are stretches of roads which are bad. The construction work on the old highway has been going on for ages and it seems like it's gonna go on for a few more years.
Mango and I took off from Mumbai at 5.30am which we realised was too early especially during the chilly winters. If you are on the bike you need to be covered from head to toe coz it's extremely cold in Jan-Feb. Since it was really early we couldn't eat at Datta snacks, which is a must if you are crossing Panvel, but there are a few small places open near Datta snacks. Not the best start for the day but edible stuff with good tea.
Take the Goa highway from Kalamboli, cross Karnala and Pen and take a turn at Vadhkal towards Kolad. Vadhkal to Kolad is a good 2 hrs and that's where the road is really bad. But the good weather discounts the bad roads.