Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Goa Roads - NH17 - Margao to Panjim

National Highway 17 is THE road for Goa. It connects Goa along the coast line from south to north and on a good day it is possible to go from the southern tip of goa ( karwar border) to the northen tip ( sawantwadi -, banda border)in less then 2.5 hrs.



Prior to building of National Highway 17 (NH 17) in the 1960s and 1970s, the sea route to goa from mumbai was the preferred way for movement of goods and people with ships and steamers running between Mumbai and Mangalore calling at different ports in between.




There are two sub highways to NH17

  • 19 km long NH17A which links Cortalim (at the junction with NH 17) with Mormugao
  • 40 km long NH17B which links Ponda with Vasco, via Verna.

Together , NH17, NH17B,NH17A touch the entire coast line as well as interiors of goa and one can see the entire coastal beauty of Goa if one goes down NH17 road . NH17A provides a vital link and an excellent road to the dabolim airport while NH17B opens up the religious and cultural hub of Ponda taluka to the people of Goa