Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Mumbai to Goa

Mumbai, the commercial capital of India, is one of the busiest and most crowded cities of India. On the other hand, Goa is widely regarded as the tourist capital of the country.

Away from the hustle and bustle of crowds, the peaceful natural beauty of Goa is very soothing on the nerves and is a great getaway for people from cities such as Mumbai. The beautiful beaches of Goa with its clear water are the major tourist attraction.

The distance from Mumbai to Goa is only 579 kms, and hence many people from Mumbai and suburbs, consider Goa as a preferred choice for a weekend of fun and peace. The options of travelling from Mumbai to Goa are by road, by train, or by air.

Also it has been reported that Blue Ocean cruises, has started its operations in the form of a luxury cruise ship that offers a cruise holiday which includes travelling from Mumbai to Goa and back by cruise liner ships.

Mumbai to Goa By Road

Tourists wanting to go to Goa from Mumbai can opt to travel by road. For travelling by road their are 2 options, the NH4 highway that goes via Pune or the NH17 highway that goes via Ratnagiri, Ganpatipule. The NH4 is considered by many to be the better and safer option.
People going in groups can hire vehicles (Rented Cars) for their tour or the other option is to go by bus (Volvo buses, AC or Non-AC) that ply daily between Mumbai and Goa. The time taken is around 11 to 12 hours.

Mumbai to Goa By Train

There are several daily trains that go from Mumbai to Goa, such as the Janshatabdi express, the Mandavi express, the Kokankanya, and many others. Trains are usually full during weekends, and during peak seasons. Hence the train reservation seats need to be booked well in advance. Travelling time to reach Goa by train is around 10-12 hours.

Mumbai to Goa By Air - Flights

Daily flights operate between Mumbai and Goa that start from the Santacruz airport at Mumbai and end at the Dabolim airport at Goa. The Dabolim airport is located just 29 kms away from Panaji (Panjim) the capital city of Goa. The flight rates (airfare) is comparable to the 1AC category rates of trains, also the flying time is of only about 1 hour or so. Hence many people today prefer to go by flight rather than trains.

Cruise from Mumbai to Goa:

The Star Cruise earlier used to have Mumbai to Goa cruise service. They started operations in 2005, but stopped the services soon.
Now it has been reported that 'Blue Ocean Cruises', a European cruise company has started its operations, and offers a luxury cruise holiday that includes travelling from Mumbai to Goa and back on their cruise liner ship.

About Mumbai:
Mumbai, is considered to be the financial capital of India. A busy and overcrowded city that never stops, be it day or night. Mumbai is also home to the famous 'Bollywood' Hindi film industry, and almost all of the Bollywood filmstard live in Mumbai.

About Goa:
Goa, on the other hand is widely considered as the Tourist capital of India. With its easy pace, and its fabulous white sand beaches, Goa attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year, from not only India but all over the world.