There’s a reason why they call Goa, a tropical paradise. With pristine beaches, rugged coastline, swaying palm trees, rocking cliffs, and green tropical forests, Goa is definitely one of the finest exotic destinations in India. So, if you want a respite from the hustle-bustle of the city and enjoy a quiet yet adventurous time, go on a motorbiking trip to Goa. It’s a lot better than car rentals or bus trips as you get to see the best spots of Goa while feeling the roaring breeze in your hair as you drive by. This serene part of southern India is meant to be experienced on the back of a motorcycle.
If you ever dreamed of jumping on your bike and explore distant places on your term then Goa is the perfect place to do it. Here are a few things you need to know before you set off for the ride.
Don’t Buy Just Rent
For an adventurous trip in and around Goa, no need to bring along your ride or buy a new one just rent a motorbike from one of the Goa bike rentals. From Yamaha FZ (₹ 400 to ₹ 500), Bajaj Avenger (₹ 400 to ₹ 600) to Bullet Classic (₹ 400 to ₹ 800), you’ll have a variety of bikes to choose from. Just make a considerable deposit (generally you have to deposit an amount of ₹ 25,000), and get the bike that suits you the best. Depending on the bike, supply and demand, and the number of days you’re renting it for, the rental price differs. In any case, don’t forget to bargain.
Prepare Yourself For A Dusty Ride
Although the traffic is very rare in Goa, your ride is going to be a dusty one. So, be prepared. Don’t wear any light-colored clothes as they will get dirty easily. Also, don’t forget to bring along your sunglasses. They will protect your eyes against wind and dust.
If you’re going to be motorbiking in Goa, it’s crucial to have a plan. Start with choosing a theme because when it comes to Goa, there are many. For instance, you can explore the forests around or roam around the paradisaical beaches. Or you can try out the motorbiking tours in Goa for sightseeing. Or you can always ride along the coastal roads following the iconic Bombay-Goa route. This quintessential route is filled with fun and adventure for bikers. Plan a 5-day trip to Goa, and stopover the Konkan coast for lunch and dinner. Ride past Kashid and enjoy the changing landscape. You’ll ride through Anjarle Beach, Harihareshwar, and Dapuli. En route, you’ll pass through Vengurla and Malvan regions. When you’ll reach Goa, you’ll have enough time to explore the famous landmarks.
Also, it’s important to have a clear idea of your route and the obstacles that come along with it as it is always better to carry a tool bag and spare tire than getting stuck on a deserted highway with a flat tire.
Gear Up Properly
In contrast to the stunning beauty of this coastal state, Goan road can be really treacherous. With several hairpin bends, stray animals, and a good sprinkling of potholes on the roads, Goa may not be the safest place for motorbiking trip. But don’t let these factors put you off, just gear up properly and you’ll be safe. Aside from basic motorcycle accessories such as riding pants, gloves, and riding suits, you need to wear a crash helmet approved by Goa Traffic Police while motorbiking on Goan highways. Also, don’t forget to bring along your camera, sunscreen, and sunglasses as they will come handy in Goa.
Best Time To Visit Goa For A Motorbiking Trip
Goa has been blessed with some exquisitely well-defined seasons. But if you’re planning to go motorbiking in Goa, the best time to do that will be between November and March (winter season). In the winter, the roads are dry and tires or engines of your bike doesn’t get overheated. Also, the weather is divinely balmy and clear. The roar of the cool breeze as you drive through during this season makes it the best season for motorbiking in Goa.
Few Things in Goa That Needs to be on Top of Your Itinerary
You can’t complete a motorbiking trip to Goa without driving through the warm oceans and sunny beaches like Ashwem and Mandrem in the north, and Agonda and Palolem down south. Also, explore the hinterland, spice plantations, and local villages if you’ve time. There’s something magical about these natural terrains which will leave you absolutely smitten and transfixed by the unadulterated beauty of Goa. While on the road, give yourself a treat at one of the seafood restaurants in Goa, and explore the Goan cuisine at the fullest.
- If you don’t want to pay up the ‘fines’ to the local police then bring along an international driving permit as it is mandatory in Goa.
- Roads in Goa are poorly lit, so you better avoid driving at night.
- Keep a lookout for speed humps or speed breakers as they come in triplets. Also, they are hard to spot especially during nighttime.
- Watch out for the stray cows, dogs or ox carts while riding on your motorbike in Goa.
- Ensure that your bike’s tank is full before you set out on the road as there are very few petrol pumps in the places that are far from the main towns.
The romantic solitude and freedom that Goa offers on a motorbiking trip are one of a kind. Better give this a try and make the best of it while you can as it is one of the best wild experience you could ask for.