Wanted to drive through the Konkan coastal route but this time we were a big group of 30 and had hired a sleeper Volvo, which cannot enter that route, so we travelled through the highway and the ghats. Left at around 10 pm from Mumbai and morning 8 o'clock we halted at Sawantwadi to freshen up and for tea and light snacks. The ghats got covered at midnight, fortunately there was no health issues. By 11 am we reached our hotel Doubletree Hilton at Arpora which is 10 minutes from Baga Beach. Its a 4 star property, but worth 3 star, the hotel review I am writing separately.
While returning we left Goa at around 4 in the evening so that we reach Mumbai by 5 next morning, always keep a buffer in travelling as our bus had technical problems and we were out of Goa only by 6 pm. Took a halt at the same place, where we had breakfast for dinner at around 9. Till now the journey was smooth both ways but the nightmare was yet to begun. Immediately after we had dinner the journey of ghats for 3 hours started, and the bus doesn't stop on ghats, which we were unaware of. Most of the passengers started vomiting and puking for next 2 hours. Luckily we had enough carry bags, water, tissues, sanitisers and mouth freshers. Caution - carry all these items in good quantity if driving. Finally reached Mumbai at around 6.