What's really appealing about driving down to Goa apart from the stunning views, is NH17 which is fairly unswervingly between Mangalore and Goa, making the overall journey more enjoyable and less tiring than most road trips.
|Murudeshwara beach town, famous for the world's second-tallest Shiva statue and the Murudeshwara Temple.|
|Karwar Port and Beach (warning : unsafe to swim!)|
If you happen to reach Madgaon (Margao) before 2pm, don't forget to buy some mouthwatering Rosary Sausages to take back (traditional spicy chourico sausages but shaped like rosary beads instead of the regular long rings) at Margao market (you have to pass through margao city on NH17 to get to the market, it's at the end just before the circle...you may have to find a place to park and walk back). If you're staying within driving distance of Margao, you can always make a separate trip to buy them, but if you're likely to be passing Margao only on the way In/Out of Goa, plan when to buy wisely as they are open only from 8am to 2pm.