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6 Ultimate road trips from Bangalore you can't miss

6 Ultimate road trips from Bangalore you can't miss

By Akansha Borthakur

12 Jul, 2023

Located at the heart of South India , Bangalore serves as a convenient epicenter for various weekend getaways that let you escape the city's hustle and bustle. But what if you don't have the time for a long holiday? That's the beauty of Bangalore—short road trips from this urban hub are not only feasible but lead to some immensely scenic destinations. Whether you're looking to explore ancient ruins, relax on serene beaches, or trek through lush forests, these destinations offer a refreshing contrast to Bangalore's tech heavy landscape. Our curated list brings you weekend getaways from Bangalore that promise a blend of adventure, culture, and much-needed relaxation. The best part? They're all just a drive away.

So, fuel up your car, roll down the windows, and let the road take you to some of the most captivating spots in southern India. Scroll down to discover the six road trips you absolutely must take from Bangalore.

1. Bangalore to Coorg: Scotland of India

Distance from Bangalore to Coorg: Approximately 270 km

Coorg is a paradise for nature lovers known as the 'Scotland of India'. As you embark on your Bangalore to Coorg road trip, the changing landscapes promise a visual treat. Coorg offers vast coffee plantations, aromatic spice gardens, and cascading waterfalls. Coorg is also a haven for trekkers, so the adventurous can explore the trails, making this a perfect Bangalore trek destination. 

Bangalore to Coorg road

Experience a Visual Treat on This Roadtrip (Picture Source- Park+)

Must see: 

Abbey Falls - Housed within secluded coffee and spice plantations, Abbey Falls cascades from an impressive elevation of 70 feet. This waterfall was earlier called Jessi Falls.

Must try: 

Tadiandamol Trek - Make your way to Kodagu's tallest peak, elevated at 5,735 feet. This pinnacle provides some of Southern India's most awe-inspiring views of evergreen forests. The trek begins in the town of Kakkabe, situated 30 kilometers from Coorg.

Must eat: 

Kodava Kummu Curry - ‘Kummu’ curry or mushroom curry is a traditional spicy dish originating from the Kodava district. Enjoy it with some ‘Noolputtu’ or rice string hoppers.

Must buy: 

Coffee - How can you plan a weekend getaway from Bangalore to Coorg and not return with some aromatic coffee? There are many shops that sell whole and ground coffee but a good idea would be to purchase directly from a plantation.

2. Bangalore to Chikmagalur: Coffee land of Karnataka 

Distance from Bangalore to Chikmagalur: Approximately 240 km

On your Bangalore to Chikmagalur road trip, you'll be enchanted by serene landscapes dominated by coffee plantations and mist-covered peaks. Beyond its world-famous coffee, Chikmagalur boasts attractions like the Mullayanagiri Peak, Bababudangiri, and Hebbe Falls. It's an ideal destination for trekking, bird watching, and rejuvenating amid nature. 

Bangalore to Chikmagalur road

Serene Landscapes to Serenify Your Soul (Picture Source- ChaloGhumane.com)

Must see: 

Kudremukh Peak - Perched at an elevation of 6,207 feet, this peak ranks as Karnataka's third-highest. The trek offers a breathtaking journey through undulating green hills, fog-shrouded valleys, verdant grasslands, dense forests, and numerous quaint streams.

Must try: 

Coffee Plantation Tour - Take an entertaining and informative tour of some of the biggest coffee plantations in the country. Tours include a guided foray into the cultivation lands, a walkthrough of the production and brewing process and a tasting at the end.

Must eat: 

Pathrode - Locally referred to as Patravadi, this culinary delight primarily features colocasia or ‘pathrode’ leaves. The recipe also incorporates a blend of rice, coconut paste, tamarind, and a medley of spices, creating a unique and flavorful experience.

Must buy: 

Spices - Visit one of the many gigantic spice showrooms to grab some fresh and aromatic black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom for your own kitchen.

3. Bangalore to Gokarna: A serene beach getaway 

Distance from Bangalore to Gokarna: About 490 km

Gokarna is a dream destination for those seeking a mix of spirituality and beachy vibes. The Bangalore to Gokarna road trip takes you through picturesque landscapes, eventually revealing pristine beaches. Apart from its renowned Mahabaleshwar Temple, Gokarna boasts beaches like Om Beach, Kudle Beach, and Paradise Beach. Less commercialized than its Goan counterparts, Gokarna beaches are perfect for a tranquil retreat. 

The serene landscape of Gokarna roads

Uncover Lush Green Landscapes (Picture Source- Curly tales)

Must see: 

Bioluminescent Beaches - Experience the magical phenomenon of bioluminescence at Om, Paradise or Honey beach; best observed during the months of October to March. This natural light show transforms the waves into a glowing spectacle, offering a truly unforgettable coastal experience.

Must try: 

Gokarna Beach Trek - Explore Gokarna's stunning beaches on a 10km trek, starting from either Kudle Beach or Paradise Beach. Traverse lush hills that serve as natural dividers between these coastal gems, all set against the backdrop of the Arabian Sea. The adventure includes both a one-way ferry ride and hike.

Must eat: 

Konkani Clam Curry - Konkani Clam Curry is a coastal delicacy featuring tender clams simmered in a rich, tangy sauce. Infused with the flavors of coconut milk, tamarind, and spices, this dish encapsulates the essence of Konkani cuisine.

Must buy: 

Brass Lamps - Since Gokarna is famously a ‘temple town’, the shops and handicrafts stores around the city sell a lot of pooja related items. Brass lamps are very artistically made here and will make for a perfect souvenir.

4. Bangalore to Mysore: India’s sandalwood city 

Distance from Bangalore to Mysore: About 145 km

The Bangalore to Mysore drive offers a quick escape into the heart of Karnataka's cultural capital. Mysore is famous for its royal palaces, traditional silk sarees, and the delectable Mysore Pak. The grand Mysore Palace is lit splendidly on Sundays, and the serene Karanji Lake and the Chamundi Hill temple are some highlights. Remember to drop by the Mysore Zoo, which is one of the best in India. 

The drive from Bangalore to Mysore

The picturesque road that leads to Mysore (Picture Source- Whats Hot)

Must see: 

Mysore Palace - Located in the heart of Mysore, Karnataka, the Mysore Palace, also known as Amba Vilas, was the royal residence of the Wadiyar dynasty and the Kingdom of Mysore's seat. This grand palace faces the Chamundi Hills to the east.

Must try: 

Sandalwood Factory Tour - Visit the century old Government Sandalwood Oil Factory in Mysore. Established by King Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar and Diwan Sir M. Visvesvaraya, this historic factory produces the iconic Mysore sandalwood soaps.

Must eat: 

Mysore Pak - Originating in Mysore, Karnataka, Mysore Pak is a rich Indian sweet made from ghee, sugar, gram flour, and often infused with cardamom. Its texture is akin to a dense, buttery cookie, making it a melt-in-the-mouth delicacy.

Must buy: 

Silk Sarees - Renowned for its lustrous zari work, Mysore Silk sarees make the perfect gift for the saree wearers in your life. For authentic purchases, visit the Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation, formerly the Government Silk Factory.

5. Bangalore to Hampi: Kishkindha kshetra 

Distance from Bangalore to Hampi: Roughly 350 km

A Bangalore to Hampi road trip is like travelling back in time. Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers spectacular ruins that echo the grandeur of the Vijayanagara Empire. Marvel at the Vittala Temple and its iconic stone chariot, explore the Elephant Stables and climb the Matanga Hill for a panoramic view of the ruins. The historic and architectural significance of this place makes it a must visit. 

The architecture of Hampi inKarnataka

Marvel at Hampi's Ancient Architecture (Picture source- Treebo Hotels)

Must see: 

Virupaksha Temple - Built in the 7th century and home to a form of Lord Shiva known as Lord Virupaksha, this temple is a marvel of architecture and history. Its significance has earned it a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Must try: 

Coracle Ride - Don't miss the unique experience of a coracle ride when in Hampi. A coracle is a small, round boat traditionally used in the region. It's one of the few places in India offering this fun and unique way to explore waterways.

Must eat: 

Badanekayi - This delicious treat is very popular in the region. It is basically small brinjals that are slit and stuffed and then simmered in a spicy coconut curry. It is usually served with jowar bhakris.

Must buy: 

Lambani Handicrafts - Lambani embroidery combines pattern darning, mirror work, cross-stitch, "Kangura" patchwork appliqué and quilting, creating a rich, intricate tapestry. Items include bags, belts, jewellery, wall hangings etc.

6. Bangalore to Dandeli: Karnataka’s green city

Distance from Bangalore to Dandeli: About 460 km

Nestled amidst the lush Western Ghats, Dandeli promises an adrenaline filled getaway. A Bangalore to Dandeli road trip offers adventure enthusiasts a chance to indulge in various activities. Some attractions include white water rafting in the Kali River, wildlife spotting in the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, and trekking in the dense forests. It's a place where nature and adventure blend perfectly. 

The beautiful landscape of Dandeli in Karnataka

 Behold the picturesque landscapes of Dandeli (Picture Source- ciencia del cafe)

Must see: 

Kavala Caves - Descend over a thousand steps to reach the enigmatic Kavala Caves in Dandeli, featuring a subterranean temple with prehistoric and mythological significance. The caves offer captivating views of the surrounding area.

Must try: 

River Rafting - Experience the thrill of river rafting in Dandeli's Kali River, a 12 km stretch perfect for both beginners and seasoned rafters. The river's rugged terrain and strong currents offer an adrenaline-pumping, unforgettable white-water adventure.

Must eat: 

Bisi Bele Bath - Made with lentils, rice, mixed vegetables, tamarind juice and an array of spices - this flavourful textury stew is a must try when in Karnataka.

Must buy: 

Bamboo Handicrafts - Although Dandeli does not have any particular famous shopping centers, bamboo handicrafts are pretty famous in the region. Some options are bamboo mats, home decor, cutlery, lamp shades, bags and furniture.

Bonus mentions: Bangalore to Coonoor & Mangalore

The road from Bangalore to Coonoor

Unfold the the beauty of Karnataka! (Picture Source- Yatra Blog)

Bangalore to Coonoor:

About 290 km. Known for its sprawling tea estates, cool climate, and the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. A great place for a hill station escape.

Bangalore to Mangalore: 

Roughly 350 km. Famous for its beaches, seafood, and the iconic Kudroli Gokarnath Temple.

To sum it up, Bangalore is about more than just IT and cafes. The city's strategic location offers ample opportunities for road trips to some of South India's most beautiful destinations. So, whether you are looking for serene landscapes, cultural experiences, or a taste of adventure, these weekend getaways from Bangalore have you covered.

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