Bike For Life Tour
India : India, it is often said, is not a country but a continent. From north to south & east to west, the people are different, the languages are different, and customs are different. There are few countries on the earth with such a variety that India has to offer.
India has a total area of 32,87,782 square kilometers. India lies to the north of the equator between 8°4' and 37°6' north latitude and 68°7' and 97°25' east longitude. India covers a total land area of 3,287,263 square kilometers (1,269,219 sq mi). India measures 3,214 km (1,997 mi) from north to south and 2,993 km (1,860 mi) from east to west. It has a land frontier of 15,200 km (9,445 mi) and a coastline of 7,517 km (4,671 mi).
India is bounded to the southwest by the Arabian Sea, to the southeast by the Bay of Bengal, and the Indian Ocean to the south and to the north is the mighty Himalayan range
India is divided into seven physiographic regions. They are,
1. The northern mountains including the Himalayas and the Karakoram ranges and the northeast mountain ranges.
2. Indo-Gangetic plains
3. Thar Desert
4. Central Highlands and Deccan Plateau
5. East Coast
6. West Coast
7. Bordering seas and islands
Western Coast – Konkan
Our area of cycling is western coastline of India in the state of Maharashtra known as the Konkan belt. The Konkan is also called the coast of Konkan or Karavali is rugged and beautiful stretch of the western coastline of India extending to approximately 720 kms. Konkan is also one of six divisions of the state of Maharashtra. The Konkan is presently included in the territories of Gujarat (part), Daman and Diu, Maharashtra (part), Goa and Karnataka (part). The city of Mumbai is the largest city in the Konkan. ‘Konkan’ is the name given to a narrow strip of land between the Sahyadri range and the sea. At its maximum it is 80 km in width and narrowest at 35 km. The areas of the Mumbai Island up to Dahanu in the north are called the ‘north Konkan’, while the areas south of the Mumbai Islands till Sawantwadi are called the South Konkan.
The west coast extends from the Gujarat peninsula down to Goa, and it is lined with some of India's best beaches. The land along the coast is typically lush, with rainforests reaching southward from Bombay all the way to into Goa. A long mountain chain, the Western Ghats, separates the verdant coast from the Vindhya Mountains and the dry Deccan plateau further inland.
Geological Formation & Geography
The edge of the Sahyadri range runs north to south. The main central region is called ‘ghat matha’. The range drops steeply in the west to the ‘Konkan’ and falls gradually in the east to ‘Maval”, which is a forested area with lava rocks at its base preventing much agricultural growth. The rivers from the Ghat matha & Maval flow eastwards to the Bay of Bengal while the water draining the western faces flow into the Konkan and then into the Arabian Sea.
OUR CYCLING ROUTE DESCRIPTION
This enchanting expedition on a bicycle takes you from Mumbai ' The City of Dreams' to Goa 'The pearl of the East' through varied terrain, exquisite views and friendly people. Being able to cycle for approximately 600 kms along the Western coast of India is a matter of sheer skill, strength and spirit that will leave you feeling truly exhilarating!
We begin our spellbound cycling journey from a small coastal place called Alibaug, approx 160 kms from South of Mumbai city and end our trip on the border of Maharashtra and Goa in a place called Terekhol. We cycle along the Konkan's most celebrated as well kept secrets - virgin beaches with breathtaking waters, eloquent ruins and places steeped in history, white pristine sand, tiny hamlets with varied culture and vibrant colours. At few places we will have to use small ferry's to cross the creeks and enroute we visit some interesting sea forts tasting the history of the area.
The average distances covered may vary from 85 kms to 95 kms everyday. On each day we will be cycling on an undulating route with lots of ups and downs with certain exhaustive climbs of 250 mtrs and at times free wheeling down the slopes.
The challenge is a true combination of adventure, history and culture. Experience the poetry of land and sea....
Day 01: Arrive Mumbai and transfer to Alibaug.
Upon arrival in Mumbai International Airport, meet our representative, assist and transfer to Alibaug. At the hotel’s lobby welcome refreshments will be served and room check-in assistance provided. Shortly afterwards there will be a trip briefing at the hotel’s lobby. Rest of the time is for cycle checking and for much deserved rest. Overnight at a hotel in Alibaug.
Day 02: Cycling trip starts! Alibaug to Diveagar (73 kms; 7-8 hrs)
7:30 am Cycling starts! We cycle to Kashid and climb up for 2 kms and further continue cycling to Murud (50 kms) and to Rajpuri (5 kms). We visit Janjira fort and take a ride on a ferry. Lunch enroute. From Janjira fort we cycle to the Dighi jetty (1 hr) and board the ferry. Cycle for another 2 hrs (25 kms) to our night halt at Diveagar. Diveagar – a long isolated beach. It is famous for its unique gold idol of Ganesh called Sone ka Ganapati. Overnight camping at Diveagar.
Day 03: Diveagar to Ladghar (95 kms; 8-9 hrs)
We cycle from Diveagar to Shrivardhan - a beautiful town, famed as the birthplace of the founder of Peshwa dynasty, and further to a place called Bankot. From here, one cycles to the Veshvi jetty which we cross over and cycle towards Kelshi. Lunch enroute. We reach Kelshi jetty and board ferry to cross to the other side and continue with our cycling journey to Harnai. And further to our final night halt Ladghar. Overnight camping at Ladghar.
Day 04: Ladghar to Ganpatiphule (95 kms; 8-9 hrs)
We start our journey with a small climb to Dabhol; famous for the Enron power project. We reach the jetty and cross over by ferry and further cycle to Guhagar – one of the small idyllic village of Konkan. Lunch enroute. We cycle further to Tavsaal jetty and set sail to Jaigad. From Jaigad, our next halt Ganpatipule and overnight camping at Ganpatipule
Day 05: Ganpatipule to Madbhan (95 kms; 8-9 hrs)
We begin our day with cycling towards Ratnagiri - one of the big cities of Konkan. From here, we climb a little to Pavas to Adivare phata via Nate and then to Nate jetty. From the jetty, we cross to Jaitapur and then cycle to our halt at Madbhan. Overnight camping at Madhban.
Day 06: Madhban to Bhogave (95 kms; 8 – 9 hrs)
Today, we begin our journey with a visit to a historic fort – Vijaydurg after cycling o the jetty and cross over by the ferry. Vijaydurg - this is the oldest fort on Sindhudurg coast constructed in the regime of Raja Bhoj of Shilahara dynasty in 1205 AD. The area of fort is about 17 acres and is surrounded by Arabian Sea on its three sides. After exploring the fort, we continue with our challenge and cycle further to Jamsande and to Kunkeshwar. Further cycling through the hamlets we reach Malvan and to Devbaug. From here, we either camp at Devbaug or cross over by ferry and overnight on the other side at Bhogave. Overnight camping at Bhogave.
Day 07: Cycling trip ends! Bhogave to Terekhol – Goa (60 kms, 5 hrs).
Today is our last day at cycling and we reach Redi the last beach of Maharashtra. We visit the fort at Terekhol. This fort is located on the Goa-Maharashtra border in Redi village. It is situated on a hill near the seashore. The King of Sawantwadi built Terekhol Fort situated on the northern bank of the Terekhol River. The tranquillity of the place is accentuated by the confluence of the serene sea and the river. The fort is now converted into heritage hotel. From here, we board our respective waiting coach and get transferred to our hotel in Goa. Upon arrival in hotel, check into hotel and much deserved rest. Overnight in a hotel in Goa.
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