Challenge level: 4 out of 5
|3 February - 13 February 2021||On Sale|
Due to phenomenal popularity and overwhelming demand, we're cycling from Mumbai to Goa for a third year!
Ride through the stunning South of India, from the spicy city of Mumbai, through exotic mango and coconut farms to the paradise beaches of Goa.
Our enchanting ride takes us past colourful temples, rice paddies and lush fruit farms, through seaside towns and along the coast, until we reach our finish line in Goa!
The stunning scenery may make our cycle seem like a dream, but you won't be sleeping in the saddle as you pedal over 360km, for the charity of your choice!
Getting fit and making friends as we Goa, we'll gain enthralling insight into an entirely different culture and achieve a momentous challenge for the cause closest to your heart. You may even master the art of haggling with the local tradesmen!
Worried about fundraising? Don't be.
Cycle Mumbai to Goa is an Open Challenge, which means you choose how you fund your adventure.
You can self fund and pay the challenge costs yourself without the pressure of a minimum sponsorship target; or you can choose sponsorship and commit to raising a minimum amount for a charity of your choice.
It's your chance to do something amazing for the cause closest to your heart; whether you choose to support your local hospice or a local project or a national charity. It's completely up to you.
Places for this extremely popular challenge are likely to go faster than hot samosas, so please register early to avoid disappointment.
Want to see what you’re in for?
Check out our video from our 2019 and 2020 events here.
After an overnight flight from London Heathrow to Mumbai, our wonderful local ground handler meets us at the airport and we transfer to our hotel in the city. You’re then free to spend the rest of the day as you wish.
You may want to kick back at the hotel after our flight or you can jump on the chance to explore the bustling city of Mumbai. Lunch isn’t provided today to give you maximum flexibility with your time, which gives you the perfect opportunity to get a first taste of the delicious Indian cuisine.
Our first day ends with a delicious welcome dinner and a briefing from our local guides.
After breakfast at the hotel, we leave Mumbai on an approx. six-hours road transfer
to Dapoli, where our challenge will start tomorrow.
Our transfer should take around five to six hours, so plenty of time to doze off any remaining jet lag, until we reach our hotel in this gorgeous coastal town. Located at an altitude of 240m and just 5km from the Arabian Sea, Dapoli is also called "Mini Mahabaleshwar" because of its cool climate throughout the year.
After checking in to our hotel, we’ll have our bike fitting and make sure we’re comfortable in our saddles on a short orientation ride around the city.
We end our day with dinner and a good night’s rest before we embark on our bike ride tomorrow.
We take it easy today, as we adapt to the climate. After breakfast, we follow a route through the countryside that gives us a gorgeous intro to India.
We’ll ride through a variety of terrains, from dense, evergreen forests to tranquil farmlands and mango orchards, until we reach the small seaport town of Dabhol.
From here we catch a ferry for a short transfer across the river to Dhopave Jetty, where we once again mount our bikes. We continue along the coast for the rest of the day, all the way to our hotel in the charming seaside town of Guhagar.
Guhagar is known for its virgin beach, coir items, coconuts, betel nuts, Haapus Alphonso Mangoes & Shri Vyadeshwar temple, century’s old Shiva temple. This is where we find our hotel and settle down for the night.
Get ready to enjoy some of the best coastal cycling of our challenge! Hopping on our bikes outside our hotel, we cycle southwards along a route that runs parallel with the coast. This gives us some insight into the local culture, as we ride through some of the unexplored beach towns of Ratnagiri in the Konkan area.
From our saddles, we’ll see lonely beaches, neat coves, fishing villages, temples and local markets, until we get to our hotel in the small, temple town, Ganpatipule. This beautiful coastal town attracts peace-seekers, beach lovers and pilgrims alike, which gives us a stunning end to the day and more insight into the wonderful culture.
In the late afternoon, after checking in, we head back out on our bikes and cycle to the beach and temple and back to our hotel (approx. 6km).
Leaving the temple town behind, we head further south to Ratnagiri, crossing a few rivers along the way. As the biggest port town in the region, Ratnagiri offers quite a contrast to the smaller towns, farms and villages we’ve seen so far on our challenge. This region is home to many Hindu temples, visited by Hindu pilgrims and the spectacular ruins of a Fortress, built by Marathas during the 19th century.
Enjoying yet more gorgeous coastal panoramas, we soon arrive at our accommodation near the Padavane Ambolgad Beach, known for its fine texture sands and clean waters. Here we find our exciting beach hut/ camping accommodation!
Because we’re off the beaten track, the accommodation is limited here, so tonight we’ll be triple sharing in a beach-side hotel and some of us camping in the hotel grounds. The tents will have comfortable bedding already provided and campers will have access to the toilet and bathroom facilities in the hotel. All equipment is provided, so you don’t need to bring a sleeping bag.
Our longest day of cycling today awards us with breathtaking views across the Arabian sea, as we continue our challenge along the coast. Along the way, we’ll ride through the town of Kunkeshwar, home to a golden beach and the amazing Konkan Kashi, a colourful temple dedicated to the Hindu God, Shiva. Pedalling further, we at last reach our hotel for a well-deserved rest at one of the most beautiful beaches in Malvan.
We’ve made it to the last day in the saddle – and it’s beautiful! Following an undulating route along the Arabian coast, we’ll ride past the palm-lined beaches of Vengurla and finally cross the Terekhol River. Lush with vegetation, the river marks the border between Maharashtra and Goa and signifies that we’re close to our finish line!
Upon reaching Goa, we cycle the last stretch to our end point at Arambol Beach in North Goa. From here, we transfer to our resort near the beach in Goa for our well-deserved celebration dinner and a good night’s rest, having conquered an awesome challenge for our chosen
Today is free for you to relax and explore the gorgeous Goa to your heart’s content. You can kick back at the beach or wander around the town and haggle for some souvenirs. Only breakfast is provided to give you more flexibility on your free day and the fab opportunity to try out a couple of the local restaurants for lunch and dinner.
We’re homeward-bound on Day 10. After some free time in Goa, we transfer to the airport for an evening (internal) flight to Mumbai.
From there, we catch our international flight back to the UK. We part ways at the airport in London and you make your own way home, ready to share the fab photos and anecdotes you’ve accumulated on the challenge!
Pay your registration fee and your challenge costs yourself.
Pay the balance
Pay your registration fee and raise the minimum target for your chosen charity.
Minimum sponsorship target
This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for.
A number of the people who will take part in this challenge will have a low level of fitnesswhen they sign up. This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit, help your favourite charity in a big way and have the experience of a lifetime.
The most challenging aspect of this adventure will probably be the humidity. We also recommend that you incorporate hills into your training rides, as the route is almost entirely undulating hills, with some steep but short climbs, followed by winding downhills. You will pleased to know the route is almost all on tarmac, though, so it'll be smooth riding.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up for Cycle Mumbai to Goa on their own.
Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for Cycle Mumbai to Goa 2021.
Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow cyclists on your training and fundraising.
You may also want to reach out to the other participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.
Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. Everyone aged 18 or over is welcome to join the ride!
A cycling helmet is essential. Cycling shorts are also recommended and everyone will need their own water bottles or a Camelbak-type hydration system. Apart from that, no specialist equipment is required.
We'll supply you with a list of everything you will need to take before you go. Cyclists will have the use of 18 or 21-gear mountain bikes and we suggest you bring the saddle or gel cover you're used to riding on.
Because this amazing challenge is off the beaten track, the hotels are unique and only have double beds, so rooming is in double beds with dividers throughout. On the night we spend in Padavane (Day 5), there will be triple share and camping in the hotel grounds.
The tents will have comfortable bedding already provided and campers will have access to the toilet and bathroom facilities in the hotel. All equipment is provided, so you don’t need to bring a sleeping bag.
Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay you will need to come out of our group flights. Please let us know if you decide to do this at least 14 weeks before the challenge, so that we can arrange this and deduct the cost from your balance.
Your registration fee of £299 per person is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
Your challenge costs of £1,850 (ie. 50% of the sponsorship target) cover:
In addition to paying your registration fee and either fundraising or self funding your challenge costs, you will need to budget for:
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy, which we will send you details of.
You can however take out your own insurance providing it covers you for a charity cycle ride in India.
All participants will need a tourist visa for India, which you will need to arrange yourself. Please don't apply for your visa until we advise you to do so. We will send you all the relevant information about how to do this before the challenge.
Please make sure to apply for your visa on the correct website: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/
This is the only website the High Commission of India uses and other sites are likely to be scams and/or charge unnecessary fees.
The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way.
We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself.
Once you have registered, we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the event. The programme builds up gradually as the event gets closer.
During the cycle, we'll have two qualified doctors accompanying the group from the get go and at all times throughout the challenge, along with a team of experienced challenge guides and porters.
We’ll have an event leader, plus two qualified event doctors, who will be with you the whole time.
As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.
We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.
NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home