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Pernem - A Natural Pit Stop!


Pernem on the Maharashtra Goa border and just a stone throw off the highway, is a secluded township for a traveller looking for a day off the beaches. The Chapora and Tiracol rivers offer amazing views and one can bond with the locals discovering their way of life and joining in with them fishing!

Pernem offers an accurate picture of what Goa was like many years ago. While Pernem has become a natural pit stop for tourists who drive down from Mumbai and Pune to Goa, it hasn’t really received its due given the quality Goa experience it offers.

One must visit two of their best places, the Shri Bhagwati temple and Deshprabhu House. Why you ask? Westerners will connect to this more, but Deshprabhu House a huge villa is home to the world’s only Hindu Viscount. For those of you who are wondering, Viscount is a rank and an honour in the European nobility.

The grandeur of the Shri Bhagvati temple with an army of elephant monuments is one of the best the region offers.

Getting to Pernem is easy enough if you’re driving into Goa from the north. It’s one of the first places you hit after entering the state. It’s a little over 32 km from the capital Panjim and one can hire a cab. Beware though! You might just end up paying a premium. Alternatively, one could hire a bike and ride down if the weather permits.

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How to Reach Pernem

  • By Road
    Goa can be accessed from Mumbai via the famous Mumbai � Goa highway or National Highway 17 which links Mumbai straight to Goa. Off late though, this route has fallen into disrepute on accord of there just being 2 lanes all along, one up and one down which not only is a little dangerous but also makes for a longer journey. The more convenient route is to head to Pune from Mumbai via the 8 lane expressway and then connect up to the Satara highway right till one gets to Sawantwadi on the far end of Maharashtra. Goa is just another few minutes from there. From Mumbai, Pune and other cities in Maharashtra, numerous bus services are available to Goa and very comfortable ones at that. The recommended kind to take is any service operating a low floor Volvo semi sleeper.
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  • By Train
    Goa is well connected to North, South and Central India by trains. Many travellers opt for the very convenient train plying between Mumbai and Goa with convenient departure and arrival times. What�s better, the journey is an overnight one and one barely feels it.
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  • By Air
    Dabolim Airport in South Goa is well connected to metropolitans like Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. Cabs to and from the airport are readily available. Dabolim isn�t an international or customs airport, so travellers coming in from outside India will have to transit via one of the international airports like Mumbai or Delhi.
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