Mumbai to Goa is roughly 600 km. The same distance as travelling from Brighton to Glasgow! You can take the train, bus or taxi. This time we chose to take the train.
We were quoted 12,000 rupees for a taxi from Mumbai to Goa.
From Mumbai airport to Mumbai central train station in a taxi will take roughly one hour and cost 700 rupees.
We chose Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or railway station as this area (Marine Drive) was supposed to be a decent district in Mumbai. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus formerly known as Victoria Terminus is a UNESCO world heritage site, historic railway station and headquarters of central railway stations in India. Designed by Frederick William Stevens in 1887 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
We stayed over one night in Mumbai. It wasn’t easy to find a decent hotel. It was a ditry city and so were alot of the Hotels. In the end we stayed at Outram Hotel for 1,100 rupees and it was decent for that amount.
Mumbai to Goa by train cost us 1050 rupees and took 12 hours. We chose third class which meant there were six people per carriage. First class would mean two per carriage and second class would mean four per carriage.
You can take faster trains that do not make stops along the way.
The train left at seven in the morning and arrived at seven in the evening.
Mumbai to Goa by Train 2015
It was a sleeper train so you will have one bed per person so you can chill and sit or lie and sleep. The first stop from Mumbai to Goa by Train inside Goa was ten hours into the journey but we chose to get off in Margao which was the last stop taking twelve hours.
We also chose air conditioning which was nice in this climate but also meant windows locked shut to keep the cool air in. This was a restriction when wanting to appreciate the scenery. However the doors at the end of each carriage were unlocked, you could open them and sit freely taking photos and looking around.
On the train you will get breakfast and lunch, both a decent meal. The best omelette I ever ate and a chicken/vegetable Buryani curry.
Tea coffee and other snacks will be offered to you constantly through the whole journey.
The coffee was 7 rupees a cup. Be very careful with the coffee on the train. It is served at boiling point and I spilt half onto my stomach. Resulting in second degree burns and took two weeks to heal before I could dip into that beautiful Goan sea.
I can’t say this was an easy journey but it was interesting, scenic and it gets you down south towards the beautiful Goan beaches.
Gokarna to Mumbai airport by taxi took 13 hours and cost us 17,000 rupees.
Taxi from Kudle beach, Gokarna, Karnataka to Mumbai airport
Realizing we were a day ahead of what we thought, we decided to get a taxi to Mumbai airport.
Our option was a coach leaving 14 hours before the taxi would, arriving so early we would of had to stay in a Mumbai hotel for one night. Then still having to get a further taxi from hotel to airport.
So a taxi it was!
The coach would have cost us 1,ooo rupees and would have took roughly 12 hours.
The train was a complicated journey with changeovers and uncertainties, fine if you are travelling but not if you are catching a plane.
So again, a taxi from Gokarna to Mumbai airport it was to be!
Gokarna to Mumbai Airport by Taxi 2015
Our hotel manager, who we had struck up a good relationship with, organised the taxi. His friend Lowcase picked us up on time and took a friend with him so that they could share the long drive together.
We left at 11.00 and arrived at 01.00 the next day.
The drivers drove around Goa entirely to avoid tax charges. Even though they must have hit at least 8 tolls along the way and one police stop, denting their profit for the service.
The drivers were happy to stop off whenever we were hungry and were friendly all the way. I enjoyed the ride. There was some catching scenery and after the bus and train journeys we had taken earlier in the trip it felt like luxury.
I was happy we made this choice and we got to the airport on time.
‘Not until we are lost …do we begin to understand ourselves!’
Palolem to Gokarna by train took 3 hours and cost 30 rupees.
The rickshaw from Palolem Beach to Canacona station took 15 minutes and cost 100 rupees.
Palolem Beach Resort had a stunning beach, plenty to do with banana boats, speed boats, jet skis, shopping and some fantastic restaurants. However its not as hippy as it was. Its more touristy now and the hippies have moved south. I nearly got into a couple of fights with people touching up my girlfriend which is definitely not what I went there for. But overall it is still a great place.
The train from Palolem to Gokarna was due to leave at 13.00 but on this day it was one hour late. It set off at 14.00 and arrived at Gokarna Road at 17.00.
The train from Palolem to Gokarna Road was nice and spacious and was not busy. You could easily have a couple of seats to yourself to chill or lay down and sleep. The scenery was beautiful.
The rickshaw from Gokarna Road station to Kudle Beach took 20 minutes and cost 200 rupees.
Palolem beach resort, Goa to Kudle Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka
Gokarna is the place to be. Stunning beaches, chilled atmosphere, romantic if your with your girlfriend, a great hang out if your with your mates. A real hippy feel to it, bonfires and drums on the beach, volleyball and people chilling out playing their guitars.
You can stay on Kudle Beach, Om Beach or Half Moon Beach. Kudle Beach was my favorite but they were all cool. Further down is Paradise Beach which is an actual hippy commune where westerners are living in tents, hammocks and fishing in the sea for food.
‘Travel brings power and love back into your life!’
Hotel in Anjuna Goa. The La Joia Hotel in Anjuna is the best value for money room I have experienced in the whole of India.
The style of this hotel is delightful. The whole hotel is a piece of artwork for you to feast your eyes on. Every staircase, doorway and wall has been given thought with its shabby chic/ Moroccan look.
Even the corridor continued this shabby chic/ Moroccan design. The hotel is quality throughout.
The used wood, painted wooden floor boards, book shelves and mosaic tiling are a pleasure sit in and relax.
The La Joia Hotel is situated just behind the Anjuna beach front. All the action is still on your doorstep but it is just far enough off the track to chill peacefully.
The backlit bookshelves were a nice touch with low light to help prevent the attack of mosquitoes.
The room was self contained with shower, toilet and sink. They were clean and stylish.
Hotel in Anjuna Goa 2015
The staff were friendly and clearly believed in providing quality.
Downstairs they have a kitchen serving food and drinks. They also have a lounge or social area where they sometimes have entertainment.
Our room was 1,500 rupees for a night. We turned up on the day and got a room but you can also book in advance with email.
The Hotel can be found on facebook under Elephant Art Cafe.
‘I would gladly live out of a suitcase …if it meant I could see the world!’
Indian visa Leicester. To travel to India for a holiday as a British citizen you will need an Indian tourist visa.
You can apply for 3 or 6 months, multiple or single entry. All options are the same price.
You can obtain this from the Peepul Centre just outside the Leicester City Center.
First of all you will have to go online and book an appointment at the Peepul Centre. Then print off the Indian visa application form on their website and fill it in.
You will take this application form with you to your appointment. You will also need to take your passport of which they will keep. You will also need 2x visa photographs, you can get these at a large Asda or Tesco nearby for £7.
Indian Visa Leicester Peepul Centre
You cannot pay with cash at The Peepul Centre!
The price of the tourist visa is £92.20.
You will then be hit with a surprise charge for delivery. I wanted to pick my passport with visa up from the Peepul Centre on completion but this wasn’t possible. You have to have it delivered to your home address and the charge is a steep £11.80! …you can opt for your own delivery service but it was too late for me to organize that at this point.
Total Cost of Indian Visa £111.
The service is good though. You will be given a delivery date roughly seven days ahead. Also you will be sent text messages on receipt and dispatch of your passport.
Good news. When in India you can now make a ‘border run.’ In the past after being in India for six months on a tourist visa you would need to leave the country for two months before returning. Now you can travel to the border to renew your visa on the same day.
‘Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry …and narrow mindedness!’
Anjuna to Gokarna Road by train, rickshaw and taxi.
First of all we took a taxi from Anjuna Beach to Madgoan Train Station, Margao. This took 1 hour and 20 minutes and cost us 1,200 rupees, bartered down from 1,300 rupees.
The train was due to leave at 13.00 and it was on time. The train took 3 hours and cost 30 rupees each.
The train from Anjuna to Gokarna was clean and spacious. The train was not busy so there was plenty of room to lay about and enjoy the Indian scenery.
Refreshments were served as always on the train. Hot Coffee 7 rupees, hot Chai (tea) 5 rupees and Samosa’s 20 rupees for two.
Anjuna to Gokarna
Once at Gokarna Road Station we took a rickshaw down to Kudle Beach for 250 rupees. This journey took about 20 minutes.
We did enquire about a taxi the whole way there from Anjuna to Gokarna but the driver said due to taxes from one district to another (Goa to Karnataka) it would be expensive. He refused to even quote a price.
Kudle Beach, Gokarna is my favourite place in India so far. It has a real hippy tribal atmosphere. On the beach there may be a randon tribal drumming gathering. People having bonfires, playing thier guitar and passing joints. Tourism doesnt have a grip here yet so the beach is clean and the sea is clear. But there is still enough service to get a cold beer and WiFi.
Anjuna Beach, Goa to Kudle Beach, Gokarna
Anjuna Beach, Goa to Madgoan Station, Margao – Taxi, 1,200 rupees
Madgaon Station, Margao to Gokarna Road Station – Train, 30 rupees
Gokarna Road Station to Kudle Beach, Gokarna – Rickshaw, 250 rupees
Gokarna to Anjuna Beach Resort by train, rickshaw and taxi.
The rickshaw from Kudle Beach to Gokarna Road train station took 20 minutes and cost 250 rupees.
The train left Gokarna Road at 10.00 in the morning. It took 3 hours and cost 30 rupees each.
The train from Gokarna to Anjuna was spacious, clean and quiet enough for you to sit or even lay and have a sleep. The view was scenic and beautiful.
Refreshments were served as always on the train. Hot Coffee 7 rupees, hot Chai (tea) 5 rupees and Samosa’s 20 rupees for two.
Once at Madgaon Station we took a rickshaw to the bus station costing us 120 rupees and taking 10 minutes.
The bus/coach from Margao to Anjuna Beach is 20 rupees. However when we arrived at the bus station we were told there were no more buses to Anjuna Beach on that day. We settled for a taxi. I would imagine on the bus it would have taken about 3 hours.
Gokarna to Anjuna Beach
The taxi from Madgaon station, Margao to Anjuna Beach took 1 hour 30 minutes and cost 1,200 rupees. We were quoted 1,700 rupees from the first driver so I said 1,200 rupees, walked off and he didn’t follow. The second driver quoted 1,250. I bartered 1,200 rupees and offered to shake on it, he accepted the offer but refused to shake my hand saying the 50 rupees was his profit. I didn’t believe this, hopefully it wasn’t true, and by the end of the journey he was chatty and friendly.
Kudle Beach, Gokarna to Anjuna Beach, Goa
Kudle Beach, Gokarna to Gokarna Road Station – Rickshaw, 250 rupees
Gokarna Road Station to Madgoan Station, Margao – Train, 30 rupees
Madgoan Station, Margao to Margao Bus Station – Rickshaw, 120 rupees
Madgoan Bus Station, Margao to Anjuna Beach, Goa – Taxi, 1,200 rupees
‘I haven’t been everywhere yet …but its on my list!’
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