Posted on 15 Apr, 2019 11:30 am
A long weekend means a RoadTrip beyond our usual haunts and we at RTCMumbai have our hearts set out on a jungle rumble down South. C’mon then, strap in your seat-belts, pack your bags & let’s embark on this packed-to-the-brim RoadTrip into the lush greenery of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka.
Coracle rides, Archery & Target Shooting sessions, Nature walks, Bird Watching sessions, Pool Loungers, Campfire on both evenings, Throwball matches and more.
Whatever your age, gender and sportiness quotient, we’ll have you covered with a game or two for you. We even have enough to keep our indoor enthusiasts going – from carrom to table-tennis or a game of Uno if you please, you can challenge your fellow RoadTrippers FoSho.
All-in-all, we’ve got 2 Days of RoadTripping and 2 Evenings of Fun, plus a day in between that’s full of jungle explorations, wildlife spotting (animals permitting), bird watching, river kayaking and more… Who knows, if the River God is willing then, we just might get lucky and go rafting or head out for a refreshing natural jacuzzi nearby*
If you’re as stoked as us by all that you’ve found so far, then scroll through & book your slots quick. We’d love to have you on all the fun & games FoSho.
Total Driving Distance (Mumbai Meeting Point to Starling River Resort, Dandeli): 560 Kilometres
*The Plan* (Trip Itinerary)
Day 1: Friday, 19th April - Hit the Road, for Dandeli is Calling…
6 AM Assembly Time
Assembly Point is: Parking Lot outside McDonald’s Kalamboli
6:00 AM – 6:30 AM Arrivals + Briefing
6:30 AM Convoy Departs for Stage 1 - Kalamboli to BPCL Urse – Distance Covered 85 Kilometres
Loo Breaks, Fuel & Food Tank-ups. Hungry stomachs can grab some snacks on the go from the food court.
8:00 AM – 9 AM
Stage 2 – BPCL Urse to Café Coffee Day, Ambegaon, Katraj
Distance Covered: 42 Kilometres
Regroup with RTCPune on-the-go
9:00 AM – 12 PM
Stage 3 - Katraj, Pune to Sangam Hotel, Karad
Distance Covered: 150 Kilometres
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch at Hotel Sangam, Karad
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Stage 4 – Karad to Belgaum
Distance Covered: 176 Kilometres
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Chai & Refreshments Break at A1 Kunda & Sagar Hotel, Belgaum
5:00 PM – 7 PM Stage 5 – Belgaum to Dandeli
Distance Covered: 107 Kilometres
We’ll be staying over at Starling River Resort, Dandeli
Upon reaching the resort, we’ll check-in as per the Room Allocations
8:00 PM An hour later, we meet around the Bonfire to share the camaraderie all around
9:00 PM Dinner buffet shall be laid out
Day 2: Saturday, 20th April
6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Day begins early for those among us who want to explore the jungle around us. There’s a beautiful nature trail conducted by the resort, complete with a local guide to make sure we wander, but do not get lost.
Birding enthusiasts too shall have a gala time listening in on the melodious chirps that abound in the air. The morning activities are a wonderful chance for parents as well, to introduce their children to the many wonders of the jungle and its winged inhabitants around us.
The rest can simply sleep it off – the choice is yours.
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Enjoy scrumptious veg/non-veg breakfast spread
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Grab a book, pick a spot & catch up on your reading, spend time with friends and family, or continue with the activities – it’s all there for the choosing
There are activities galore for those of you interested. Switch to your inner, old-school warrior as you pick a bow & fire off arrow after arrow, with the bullseye firmly in sight. Or line up the targets and pick them off, one trigger pull at a time.
We’ve even got a plenty for our indoor loving folks. Pick up a bat and challenge those around for a bout of Table-Tennis. Later, gather around the carrom-board and duel away to win the Queen.
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM As the clock strikes one and those hunger pangs can no longer be kept at bay, call it a break and sneak away to the buffet. We’ll have a delicious spread laid out in front of you for sure.
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Come spend some time in the pool, either lounging away or pick your team for a round of throw-ball in the water. Swim wear is compulsory though, so do pack it away before you leave home for sure.
Else, let’s experience a Coracle ride, we bet you’ll remember the experience for a long time to come. As the sun starts to set, grab a cup of tea/coffee as we gear up to welcome the night.
7:00 PM onwards, gather around as we get the campfire going and share the camaraderie with all those present.
8:00 PM onwards, there’ll be veg and non-veg cocktail snacks to munch along as the conversations kick off into high gear.
9:00 PM – Dinner is set out for those interested, while the rest of the evening eases off into the darkness of the night.
Day 3: Sunday, 21st April - Time to wrap up and make our way back to Bombay
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast is laid out, so everyone can fuel up to the max.
8:30 AM Convoy departs, taking the same route back, as on the way into Dandeli
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Quick pit-stop for Kunda & Dharwad Pedha Shopping
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch at Hotel Goa Ves, Nippani
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Break for Tea & Refreshments near Katraj & Bid Adieu to RTCPune
6:30 PM Convoy resumes for Mumbai
8:30 PM Trip ends at Kalamboli amidst promises to set out again on a RoadTrip sometime
> Per Adult on Triple Sharing: 6699/- (taxes included)
> Per Adult on Double Sharing: 7299/- (taxes included)
> Under 5 Years: free
> 5-10 Years: 4699/- (taxes included)
> 10 Years and above: 7699/- (taxes included)
> Accommodation: Twin/Triple Sharing AC Room
> Coracle Ride
> Rifle Shooting
> Swimming (Dedicated swimwear compulsory for pool access)
> Nature walk
> Bird watching
> Table Tennis
> Pool Throw ball
> Night campfire with soft music
> Meals at the Destination, as per plan -
Day 1: Welcome drink + Veg/Non-Veg Cocktail Snacks + Veg/Non-Veg Dinner;
Day 2: Breakfast + Veg/Non-Veg Lunch + Tea/Coffee + Veg/Non-Veg Cocktail Snacks + Veg/Non-Veg Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast
> Convoy Driving Experience
> RTC Drive Captain Expertise
> Assistance RTC Style
> All expenses of a personal nature
> Fuel for the trip
> Toll for the trip
> Meals to & fro on the trip between Mumbai and Dandeli
> Anything not explicitly mentioned in ‘Inclusions’
How to join this Trip:
1. Click the 'Book Now' button
2. Fill in your contact details
3. Click on the payment option of your choice
4. Complete the transaction
5. Congratulations! You've booked yourself on a RoadTrip with RTC. Hooray...
Travel Essentials about this Trip:
> The roads are great, but the driving times are long.
> Those joining in on this Expedition are expected to maintain sustained highway speeds along the journey
> Fuel up before you come to the meeting-point on Friday
> Every subsequent fuel-stop will be done together as a Convoy. So, if one car stops for fuel, all the other cars too fuel-up together.
> Stick to the timelines mentioned – anyone violating the instructions of the Drive Captain/ jeopardizing the safety of the convoy shall be asked to discontinue the trip (no refunds shall be given)
> Ensure complete road-worthiness of your vehicle (Tires, Electric/Mechanical fitness and overall maintenance
> Live Location to be kept on, from the meeting-point to Dandeli on Day 1 & on Day 3, from Dandeli to all the way till we disperse in Pune.
> Decision of the Drive Captain/RTC shall be final in all aspects
Cancellation & Refund Policy:
1. Cancellation before 30 days of the trip- 0% cancellation fee
2. Cancellation between 30 to before 15 days of the trip- 50% cancellation fee
3. Cancellation between 15 to before 7 days of the trip- 75% cancellation fee
4. No refund from 7 days of the trip
P.S: The Booking is transferable. Not refundable