As most of us were from Pune, it was easy for us to book in advance. We all decided to prebook our bus tickets along with pre confirmation to carry our bikes along with us. This is very important that you tell them about carrying a bike in advance, as in most of the tourist buses, the luggage section is used as cargo.
We started from Wakad, Pune for the bus which started from Mumbai. And to our surprise when the bus arrived, we found no place left for our bikes to load. We had some heated arguments with the travel agent and he managed to get our bikes on the roof top of other bus heading to Mangalore. But finally, both us and our bikes reached Mangalore safely.