Weekend Getaways in India

Weekend Getaway from Mumbai to Ganpatipule, Bike Rides

  • Starting Point:

    Mumbai

  • Destination:

    Ganpatipule

  • When to Visit:

    October to March

  • Type of Bike Required:

    Bike that can sustain rough travel like a Mountain bike or an off-road bike

  • Cuisine:

    Mostly vegetarian coastal food. Famous for Sol-Kadi and Sweet Modak.

  1. Mumbai - Vashi - Panvel - Vadkhal - Chiplun - Sangameshwar - Chafe - Ganpatipule Via NH 66

    330kms

    Approx. 8 Hours

  2. Mumbai - Vashi - Wahal - Lonavala - Kamshet - Khed - Chiplun - Sangameshwar - Chafe - Ganpatipule Via NH 48 and NH 66

    413kms

    Approx. 10.5 Hours

Ganpatupule, as the name suggests, has its roots in the name of the Hindu god “Ganpati”. As per folklore, Pule is the place that Ganpati moved to from Gule- his original abode, after a native lady made a remark about him. This led to the place being called “Ganpatipule” ever since. With its 400-year-old Ganpati idol at the base of a hill, pilgrims walk around the hill to pay their respects. Though many devotees travel from far and wide to this religious spot by various modes of transport, the ride by motorcycle definitely adds a more rustic element to the experience. Whether one is riding alone, or in a group, the beauty of nature coupled with the freedom of the breezy bike ride is sure to make you feel more liberated and develop the realization of oneness with everything around you; most importantly, with the divine.


Option 1: Mumbai – Vashi – Panvel – Vadkhal – Chiplun – Sangameshwar – Chafe – Ganpatipule

  • Starting point: Kurla (Mumbai)
  • Ending point: Ganpatipule (Maharashtra)
  • Route: Mumbai – Vashi – Panvel – Vadkhal – Chiplun – Sangameshwar – Chafe – Ganpatipule
  • Via: NH66
  • Distance: 330kms
  • Duration: Approximately 8 hours
  • Type of Roads: Satisfactory, not too rough

You can ride to Ganpatiule from Mumbai in around 8 hours if you ride continuously along the 330kilometer long route Via the NH66. This depends upon the type of bike you are riding, the weather, and the speed at which you choose to ride. With fairly good roads, this should be a mostly enjoyable rie for you!


Option 2: Mumbai – Vashi – Wahal – Lonavala – Kamshet – Khed – Chiplun – Sangameshwar – Chafe – Ganpatipule

  • Starting point: Kurla (Mumbai)
  • Ending point: Ganpatipule (Maharashtra)
  • Route: Mumbai – Vashi – Panvel – Vadkhal – Chiplun – Sangameshwar – Chafe – Ganpatipule
  • Via: NH 48 and NH 66
  • Distance: 413kms
  • Duration: Approximately 10.5 hours
  • Type of Roads: Decent, with a few rough stretches

The second route to get to Ganpatipule from Mumbai by bike is Via the NH48 & the NH66. This route is approximately 413 kilometers long, and with steadily good riding, you should be able to cover it in around 10 and a half hours. However, taking snack breaks along the way will definitely make the trip a little less tiring.


On reaching your destination, the westward facing Ganpati idol visit would definitely be at the top of your list of places to see. However, along with its religious appeal, Ganpatipule is also famous for its serene beaches and beautiful resorts.

Having your bike at your disposal would also make it much easier to travel around and visit nearby tourist attractions like the monument dedicated to the famous modern Marathi poet Keshavasuta at Malgund just 1km away, and the Jaigad, which is at a distance of 20kms from Ganpatipule.

If you leave for Ganpatipule on Friday night, you should reach in the early hours of Saturday morning. After a little rest, you may spend the rest of the day exploring the area. You may spend Saturday night at an A/C or non-A/C accommodation of your choice, and continue your enjoyment on Sunday. You could set out on your return ride on Sunday afternoon to reach Mumbai by nighttime, sleep well, and start the next week well.

Who says that religious trips and pilgrimages are too serious and boring? It’s all in your hands to make it how you want it to be. Your motorcycle will help you enjoy everything a lot more because you won’t be in an enclosed space like a car or train all the time. That kind of firsthand personal connection with everything that is going on around you is bound to bring about a change, not only in your mood, but also in the way you view things, and the way you understand god and religion.

So maybe the next time you feel like you need to take a break and reconnect with god, maybe you should just grab your motorcycle and take off to Ganpatipule for the weekend. It will definitely do you a great deal of good.