Bachelor trips, birthday celebrations, a family getaway or just another long weekend, Goa holds a significant place in every Mumbaikar's life. Irrespective of what the occasion is, Goa is more often than not the go-to destination for every Mumbai-wallah looking to escape the madness. However, let's face the facts straight up—while Goa can be quite the party destination, it can also be an overcrowded, expensive and overrated affair!
In search of a more peaceful alternative to Goa, I recently planned out a kick ass road trip, driving down Maharashtra's beautiful coastline. Now that I have driven about 500km across four days and explored Maharashtra's best virgin beaches, I can just think of one thing to say when someone mentions Goa—beach please!
The road trip kicks off from India's commercial capital, Mumbai. On the first day, drive down to Kashid—an offbeat weekend destination every beach bum swears by in Mumbai. After unwinding at Kashid's pristine beaches, drive to a small village in Ratnagiri district, Anjarle. The next morning, head farther south to reach Malgund, a quaint beach village which is far away from the horrors of commercialisation. Finally, for the last leg, drive down do Tarkali next morning, a small town known for its white sands and clear waters.
Here is a suggested route you can take to explore the ultimate hidden gems on Maharashtra's coastline:
Mumbai – Kashid – Anjarle – Malgund – Tarkarli
The itinerary for the road trip is spread across four days: