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Ride De Maharashtra

Monsoons unlock a whole new aura of green and serenity in Maharashtra – like the “green saturation” has been turned to a 100%.

In spite of the recent intense rains which has crippled life in some regions of this beautiful state – we were welcomed with stunning vistas, impeccable roads and the sweetest people who truly personify ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’, a Sanskrit verse that translates to ‘consider the guest as god’.

View from Sajjangad Fort - Motorcycle Touring in Maharashtra
View from Sajjangad Fort of the road leading to Thoseghar Falls!!

Motorcycles:

KTM Duke 390 Touring in Maharashtra - MSH4
KTM Duke 390 on MSH 4
Triumph Daytona 675R Touring in Maharashtra - MSH4
Triumph Daytona 675 R on MSH 4

Day 1: Bangalore > Belgaum > Amboli Ghat  > Sawantwadi

  • Distance: 605 kms
  • Stay: Hotel Renuka Palace, Sawantwadi @ 1260 INR/night/room (Non-AC)
  • Parking for motorcycles: Sheltered parking within hotel premises

Must-do Things:

  • Soak-in the beautiful landscape of Western Ghats laced with mist, waterfalls and the twisty-roads of the Amboli Ghat
  • Belt delicious chaats in Sawantwadi coupled with a lazy stroll around the lake within the town
Riding on Amboli Ghat - Triumph Daytona 675R and KTM Duke 390
Amboli Ghat

Day 2: Sawantwadi > Malvan > Kudal > Ratnagiri (via MSH 4 aka Maharashtra State Highway 4)

  • Distance: 201 kms
  • Stay: Mango Villa, Ratnagiri @ 1600 INR/night/room (Non-AC)
  • Parking for motorcycles: Sheltered parking within homestay

Must-do Things:

  • Ride the MSH 4 – Ditch the NH 66 and take this state highway that offers pristine views of the landscape and beaches along the route
  • Savor delicious food at Hotel Amantran, Ratnagiri (My personal favorite being the meal-thali)
  • Visit the Ratnagiri Fort (south-side to go inside the Lighthouse) – Ratnagiri Lighthouse allows visitors to enter the Lighthouse for public between 4 pm to 6 pm
Maharastra Ride - KTM Duke 390 and Triumph Daytona 675R on MSH 4 Malvan
MSH 4 – Ride along the coast from Malvan to Ratnagiri
Aamras Thali at Hotel Amantran Ratnagiri
Aamras Thali at Hotel Amantran Ratnagiri

Day 3: Ratnagiri > Devrukh > Marleshwar > Amba Ghat > Panhala > Kolhapur

  • Distance: 180 kms
  • Stay: Digvijay Residency, Kolhapur (AirBnB) @ 900 INR/night/room (Non-AC)
  • Parking for motorcycles: Sheltered parking within the house

Must-do Things:

  • En-route to Marleshwar Falls – Imagine looking at about 30+ waterfalls in a single frame!!
  • Ride through Amba Ghat – beautiful twisty road best relished only on a motorcycle!!
  • Visit Panhala Fort, one of the largest forts in the Deccan region
Serene village near Devrukh - En-route Marleshwar Falls with Daytona 675R
Serene Village near Devrukh – En-route Marleshwar Falls
Touring Maharastra on motorcyles - En-route Marleshwar Waterfalls
Marleshwar Falls
Amba Ghat - Touring Maharashtra on a Triumph Daytona 675R
Amba Ghat

Day 4: Kolhapur > Sajjangad Fort > Thoseghar Falls > Satara > Wai > Panchgani > Mahabaleshwar

  • Distance: 235 kms
  • Stay: Hirkani Garden Resort, Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani road @ 1000 INR/night/room (Non-AC)
  • Parking for motorcycles: Sheltered parking within the resort

Must-do Things:

  • Visit Sajjangad Fort and Thoseghar Falls
  • Bun-maska and chai at Lucky Bakery, Panchgani
Enroute Sajjangad Fort Satara
En-route Sajjangad Fort
Mota Dabdabba - Thoseghar Falls Satara
Mota Dabdabba – Thoseghar Falls
Chota Dabdabba - Thoseghar Falls Satara
Chota Dabdabba – Thoseghar Falls
Bun Maska and Chai at Lucky Bakery Panchgani
Bun Maska Chai at Lucky Bakery Panchgani

Day 5: Mahabaleshwar > Poladpur > Varandh Ghat > Bhor > Lonavala

  • Distance: 235 kms
  • Stay: Ferreira Resort, Lonavala @ 1000 INR/night/room (Non-AC)
  • Parking for motorcycles: Sheltered parking within the resort

Must-do Things:

  • Varandh Ghat – the most scenic ghat I have ever visited, but laced with the most-horrible roads (worth the scenery)
  • Relish Dryfruit, soft Chikkis at Maganlal and Chocolate Fudge at Cooper’s at Lonavala
Varandh Ghat Maharashtra - Touring on the Daytona 675R
Varandh Ghat – the most scenic ghat I have ever seen in South India!!
View from Varandh Ghat Maharashtra - KTM Duke 390 and Triumph Daytona 675R
Viewpoint at Varandh Ghat

Day 6: Lonavala > Karjat > Mhasa > Malshej Ghat > Alephata > Pune

  • Distance: 270 kms
  • Stay: We were hosted by our dear friend Alok in Pune

Must-do Things:

  • En-route to Malshej – brilliant roads and vistas
  • Stopover at MTDC Malshej for tea and snacks with stunning views of Malshej Ghat (if the mist obliges: D)
Mhasa - en-route Malshej Ghat - Touring on a Triumph Daytona 675R
En-route Malshej Ghat near Mhasa
Malshej Ghat in Maharashtra
Malshej Ghat – Maharashtra
Bhimashankar Wildlife Reserve Forest Canopy - Enroute Malshej Ghat
Forest Canopy – Bhimashankar Wildlife Reserve Forest

Day 7 & 8: Pune – to rejuvenate the motorcycles and ourselves

We revelled with delicious foods @ Puneri Misal at Bedekar Tea Stall and Bun Mask Chai, Kheema Pav at Café GoodLuck, Kalyan Bhel, Marz-o-rin and Kayani Bakery.

Puneri Misal at Bedekar Tea Stall Pune
Puneri Misal at Bedekar Tea Stall Pune
Bun Omlette Cheese at Cafe Goodluck Pune
Bun Omlette Cheese at Cafe Goodluck Pune

Day 9: Pune > Bangalore

The most boring part of the ride, since our Maharashtra Ride was over and the arrow-straight National Highway (NH48/AH47) added to our woes.

Total distance covered during the Maharashtra Ride: 3000 kms

MSH4 - Malvan to Ratnagiri on a Triumph Daytona 675R and KTM Duke 390
MSH 4 – Malvan to Ratnagiri

I truly believe that the monsoons are the best time to visit Maharashtra, everything is so enchanting, full of life and devoid of the tourist-rush.

Thank you for the wonderful hospitality and hosting us and our motorcycles!!

6 responses to “Ride De Maharashtra”

  1. Brijesh Avatar
    Brijesh

    Hey Ajay – whatta trip you had…reading through this I actually relived my days in Maharashtra….have gone through most of these belts by road during my college days…way back in 90s and the scenic beauty then was much more than what you have experienced. But all said and done what you have experienced by itself is a sight for us in India 🙂

    – Varandh Ghat – the most scenic ghat I have ever seen in South India!!???

    Why South India???

    1. Ajay Ananth Avatar

      Brijesh – thank you for the overwhelming comment – I think pictures convey just 10% of the beauty – one has to visit them in person – the views these places behold in monsoon is beyond words and pictures 🙂
      Personally I love the views of Spiti valley more ( read biased towards Himalayas:p) – hence varandh is the best so far in South India 🙂

  2. Riding Nomad Avatar

    Wow..Lovely pictures mate 🙂

    1. Ajay Ananth Avatar

      Thank you 🙂

  3. ssaajanm Avatar

    That’s a lot of useful info, thank you! 🙂
    I was planning to do this ride this year, could you let me know what month you went in? I’d want to go when the monsoon’s on its last legs, probably last week of August.

    1. Ajay Ananth Avatar

      Hello there – I rode in the 1st week of August, best wishes for your ride, looking forward to travelogue 🙂

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