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9-Day Coastal Karnataka Itinerary – Best Coastal Karnataka Places

Coastal Karnataka Itinerary

Here is a coastal Karnataka itinerary that covers places along the coast from Mangalore to Karwar covering about 320 kilometres.

Coastal Karnataka Itinerary - Best Coastal Karnataka Places

Karnataka’s coastline that hugs the Arabian Sea for a little more than 300 kilometres, has many amazing places. We present here a coastal Karnataka itinerary that extends from Mangalore to Karwar and includes some of the important beaches and places near the coast. So if you are planning for a coastal Karnataka road trip , then these coastal Karnataka places that we have covered should be useful.

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Coastal Karnataka Itinerary – Coastal Karnataka Trip Plan

Coastal Karnataka Itinerary

This coastal Karnataka trip plan covers some of the best places to visit in coastal Karnataka. It will help you discover some of the best beach places in Karnataka. It will also provide you with an immersive experience of the culture and cuisine of the coast of Karnataka, which is also known as Karavalli. The coastal Karnataka tour starts from Mangalore and culminates in Karwar, located near the Karnataka- Goa state border. The itinerary that we present is a 9-day itinerary of Coastal Karnataka , however, you can customize it to your requirements based on our recommendations of places you may want to add to the itinerary.

Coastal Karnataka Tourist Places Map

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Coastal Karnataka Itinerary – Day 1

Coastal Karnataka Itinerary

The trip along the coast of Karnataka will start from the port city of Mangalore or Mangaluru. Mangalore can be easily reached by air, road, or train. The trip would ideally start from the morning of Day 1 in Mangalore. The places and experiences recommended in Mangalore are detailed below.

Mangalore – Coastal Karnataka Itinerary

  • Proceed for local sightseeing after breakfast
  • Start the day by visiting the famous Kadri Manjunath temple which is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and has a history dating back to the 10th and 11th centuries
  • Next, visit another famous temple of Mangalore, the Kudroli Gokarnatheswara temple, known for its famous Dussehra celebrations
  • Proceed for lunch at one of the restaurants in Mangalore, if you like seafood, you can experience the flavours and aromas of Shetty Lunch Home, or if you are vegetarian, you can have lunch at any of the many vegetarian restaurants that serve authentic local food
  • Late afternoon proceed towards Udupi
  • On the way to Udupi spend some time at the Padubidri Beach, one of the Blue Flag certified beaches of Karnataka

coastal karnataka itinerary- Kaup beach

  • After this visit Kaup Beach and Kaup Lighthouse which is about 14 kilometres from Padubidri
  • Night halt at Udupi

Other Places In Mangalore That You Can Add To Your Itinerary

  • Panambur Beach
  • Aloysius Chapel
  • Sultan Battery
  • Tannirbhavi Beach
  • Milagres Church
  • Rosario Cathedral

For your stay in Udupi, you can check out some of the Udupi Resorts here

Tip For The Day: When in Mangalore do taste its famous Ideal ice cream.

Udupi – Coastal Karnataka Tour – Day 2

udupi krishna matha

On Day 2 of your coastal Karnataka trip, you will explore the temple city of Udupi and its vicinity. Udupi figures prominently in the coastal Karnataka tourist places map.

  • Early morning proceed to the famous Udupi Sri Krishna Matha for darshan along with other two main temples, Shree Ananteshwara Temple, and Shri Chandramouleeshwara Temple
  • After the temple visit, have breakfast and proceed to St Lawrence Church in Attur , which is about 50 kilometres from Udupi

Attur Church

  • After spending about 1 hour at the beautiful Attur Church it is time to head to the next destination ( 25 kilometres away ) which is the Varanga Jain temple 

coastal karnataka itinerary

  • After spending about 1 hour at the Varanga Jain Temple, you head back to Udupi for lunch

Hastashilpa Heritage Village

  • After lunch visit the  Hastashilpa Heritage Village Museum where you can spend a couple of hours

Beach Places In Karnataka-Malpe Beach

  • In the evening head towards Malpe Beach for water sports including parasailing, banana boat, Jet Skiing etc., and have a nice view of the sunset on the Arabian Sea

Coastal Karnataka Itinerary

  • Have a nice dinner either at Malpe Beach at the Fisherman’s Cove or at any other restaurant based on your preferences
  • Night halt in Udupi

Other Places In Udupi That You Can Add To Your Itinerary

  • Delta Beach

Tip For The Day: Shop for the famous Udupi condiments

Do you want to add more places to visit in Udupi to your itinerary, then check out these places here .

Udupi and Baindur/ Byndoor – Coastal Karnataka Places To Visit – Day 3

Coastal Karnataka Places-St Mary's Island

Today you will explore some of the beautiful beach places in Karnataka including the exotic St. Mary’s Island. The island is a picturesque island known for its columnar basalt rocks.

  • In the morning you head back to Malpe Beach to take the ferry to the beautiful St. Mary’s Island
  • Breakfast is at St. Mary’s Island, and you can spend about an hour on the island
  • Head back to your hotel and after lunch check out and leave for Baindur which is about 70 kilometres from Udupi

Baindur Beach

  • In Baindur check in to your hotel, we recommend Sai Vishram Resort which is right near the beach
  • Spend the evening on the beach enjoying a sunset and water sports or just walking on the sands
  • Night halt at Baindur

Tip For The Day: Do watch a Yakshagana performance in Udupi if possible.

Baindur and Kasarkod – Coastal Karnataka Road Trip – Day 4

  • Early morning you can take a walk to view a spectacular sunrise from the top of a hillock in Baindur followed by watching the early morning activity on the Baindur beach, also known as Ottinene Beach or Byndoor beach
  • You can opt for an exciting ride on an airboat in the backwaters

Coastal Karnataka Itinerary

  • After lunch checkout and leave for the next destination which is Murdeshwar at a distance of about 32 kilometres
  • Visit the famous Murudeshwar temple and spend time on the beach, indulge in water sports
  • Night halt at Murdeshwar

Kasarkod Blue Flag Beach – Day 5

Kasarkod Beach

  • After breakfast checkout and leave for the next destination which is the Kasarkod Blue Flag Beach at a distance of about 24 kilometres
  • Spend a couple of hours at the Kasarkod beach and leave for Gokarna which is about 55 kilometres away
  • Check in to the hotel in Gokarna and proceed for lunch, relax in the hotel

Gokarna Sunset Cruise

  • In the evening proceed for an evening dinner cruise aboard the White Pearl
  • Night halt in Gokarna, the Om Beach Resort is a good place to stay in Gokarna. you can stay here or any other hotel or resort of your choice

Gokarna – Karnataka Coastal Tourism – Day 6

Gokarna

  • In the morning visit the famous Shre Mahabaleshwara Temple of Shiva and the Ganesha Temple
  • After breakfast proceed to the Mirjan Fort which is about 22 kilometres from Gokarna and is a historic 16th-century fort
  • After lunch visit Om Beach/Gokarna Beach/Kudle Beach and return to the hotel after sunset
  • Overnight stay in Gokarna

Other Places In Gokarna That You Can Add To Your Itinerary

  • Paradise Beach
  • Half-Moon Beach

Gokarna – Karwar – Day 7 – Coastal Karnataka Itinerary 

Kudle Beach Gokarna

  • If you like trekking, you can do a beach trek starting early in the morning and return to the hotel
  • Checkout after breakfast and proceed to Karwar which is about 61 kilometres away

Karwar

  • Check in to the hotel in Karwar and proceed for lunch, we recommend the Devbagh Beach Resort
  • After lunch proceed by boat to visit Kali Island and mangroves
  • Relax at the beach and watch the sunset in the evening at the beach resort
  • Night Halt in Karwar

Other Places In Karwar That You Can Add To Your Itinerary

  • Sadashivgadh Fort
  • Kurumgad Island
  • Oyster Rock Lighthouse
  • Durga Temple
  • Venkatramana Temple
  • Nagnath Temple

Karwar – Day 8 – Coastal Karnataka Itinerary 

Coastal Karnataka itinerary

  • Go for an early morning nature walk and watch the sunrise over the river Kali
  • Spend the day in the midst of nature and indulge in water sports or go dolphin spotting
  • Lunch and dinner at the resort
  • Night halt at Karwar

Karwar – Day 9 – Coastal Karnataka Itinerary 

  • Checkout from the resort after breakfast and proceed to your onward destination
  • The nearest airport to Karwar is Dabolim Airport of Goa at a distance of about 90 kilometres
  • The Coastal Karnataka Itinerary culminates at Karwar

Best Time To Visit Coastal Karnataka | Beach Places In Karnataka

The best time to visit coastal Karnataka is during winter. The ideal time would be between the months of October to February. The weather in coastal Karnataka is pleasant during this time and the humidity is also less.

Our List of Recommended Hotels for Coastal Karnataka Itinerary | Karnataka Beach Tourism 

There are plenty of options to suit every budget and preference for your stay on your coastal Karnataka itinerary. These include some of the best coastal Karnataka resorts, hotels, and homestays. You can book your stay right here!

Booking Your Hotels For Your Coastal Karnataka Itinerary | Coastal Karnataka Road Trip

Here are the recommended restaurants and hotels at the places along the coast of Karnataka. Please click on the links to book the hotels right here.

Click here to choose and book the best hotels/resorts in Mangalore .

Click here to choose and book the best hotels/resorts in Udupi .

Baindur / Byndoor

Click here to choose and book the best hotels/resorts in Byndoor .

Click here to choose and book the best hotels/resorts in Murdeshwar .

Click here to choose and book the best hotels/resorts in Gokarna .

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You can book hotels for any destination right here through any of the below options: TripAdvisor  or  Cleartrip or  Makemytrip  or  Priceline  and save a lot by getting the best deals on booking your stay.

Flights| Self-Drive Car Bookings For Your Coastal Karnataka Road Trip

If you are planning a trip to coastal Karnataka places to visit you can book a cheap flight right here through TripAdvisor or  CheapAir  or  Cleartrip  or  Makemytrip  or  Priceline and come to Mangalore. If you are thinking of a complete road trip across the coast of Karnataka, or anywhere in India check out the rental car and bus options.

Useful Travel Tips | What to Pack and Carry

  • Carry sunscreen, beachwear, refillable water bottles, hat/cap, flip flops
  • It is better to wear comfortable clothes – preferable cotton clothes
  • Carry your sunglasses
  • Carry your Smartphones and DSLRs to click images of Coastal Karnataka
  • Carry an umbrella/raincoat during monsoon
  • Dress modestly while visiting places of worship like temples/churches etc.
  • Try out local food
  • Buy souvenirs from locals to promote sustainable tourism
  • Keep the environment clean. Avoid usage of plastic and be a responsible traveller by not littering

Coastal Karnataka Road Trip – FAQ

Which are the coastal areas in Karnataka? The coastal Karnataka districts are Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada, and Udupi. During a coastal Karnataka road trip, you can cover the best places to visit in Mangalore and Udupi. You can also cover the major Dakshina Kannada tourist Places and Uttara Kannada tourist places.

How long is Karnataka’s coastline? Karnataka’s coastline is about 300 kilometres long.

How is the weather in coastal Karnataka?

The weather is generally humid. It tends to be quite hot during summer and pleasant during winters. The coastal Karnataka region receives fairly heavy rainfall during the monsoon season.

What is the common food of coastal Karnataka? Rice and fish form the staple of coastal Karnataka food, there are differences based on the region. For example, Udupi is known for its vegetarian temple cuisine and also seafood. Check out our post about Coastal Karnataka cuisine for details .

What is the best time to visit coastal Karnataka? The best time to visit coastal Karnataka is during the winter season. The best months to plan a coastal Karnataka road trip is between the months of November to February. During this time the weather is pleasant and the skies are clear.

Which are the main languages spoken in Coastal Karnataka? Kannada and its different dialects and Tulu are the main languages that are spoken in coastal Karnataka.

Which are the best road trips from Bangalore to coastal Karnataka? Here are some of the best road trips to coastal Karnataka from Bangalore. Coastal Karnataka Tour From Bangalore. Bangalore To Mangalore Road Trip By Car Bangalore To Udupi Road Trip By Car Bangalore To Murudeshwar Road Trip By Car Bangalore To Gokarna Road Trip By Car Bangalore To Karwar Road Trip By Car

How many beaches are there in Karnataka? There are about 30 beaches in Karnataka.

Which coastal Karnataka beaches can be covered in the coastal Karnataka itinerary? The list of beaches in Karnataka includes many famous beaches In Karnataka. As the coastal Karnataka itinerary covers all the beaches places of Karnataka, you can visit the famous beaches like the Blue flag beaches of Padubidri and Kasarkod, beaches of Gokarna, Malpe Beach, beaches of Karwar, etc.

What to wear while visiting places in Coastal Karnataka? It is recommended that you dress lightly as you shall be visiting many beaches. Wear appropriate footwear and be ready with your beachwear too. Even if you are travelling in winter, it can get hot and humid in the afternoons. So do not forget to take your shades and caps as well as sunscreen.

What to wear while visiting temples/churches/mosques in Coastal Karnataka?

Coastal Karnataka places list, includes many temples, churches, and other places of worship. When visiting these places make sure that you are dressed modestly and avoid revealing dresses like shorts, mini-skirts, etc. In short, dress as befits a place of worship.

We hope you find our coastal Karnataka road trip itinerary useful and informative. The itinerary covers many of the Karnataka beach places and other Coastal Places In Karnataka. It is in many ways also an unexplored coastal Karnataka itinerary. If you have any queries, do connect with us.

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19 thoughts on “9-day coastal karnataka itinerary – best coastal karnataka places”.

I am saving your post. Visiting the southern part of Indian has been in my bucket list for a very long time. It is full of natural beauty, heritage and spectacular places.

I had never been to south India and did not get a chance to explore this beautiful state. the places you have mentioned in the post are looking so amazing. would love to visit them someday with family in future. thanks a lot for sharing all details.

Karnataka is a really beautiful state and I am still not visited these places. Every picture looks so beautiful, will surely visit soon!!

Quite a detailed post on Karnataka. I am a beach person and whenever I get a chance I don’t miss it. Karnataka beaches are mesmerizing and besides the detailed post is going to help me a lot.

Loved the photography. The beaches & the church look so serene & tranquil. Would love to visit coastal Karnataka. So much to see & cherish.

I have visited few coastal places in Karnataka, but mostly not. I would definitely love to visit these places that you have listed here.

I have been meaning to travel post pandemic and your coastal Karnataka itinerary is just perfect for me. I love your detailed insights into places of interest in Karnataka. I would start from the beaches I think.

My family is so found of beaches that We have visited most of the places except Karwan. Thanks for sharing such an detailed post.

My family is so found of beaches that We have visited most of the places except Karwan. These places are worth a visit. Thanks for sharing such a detailed post.

The Souther part of India is full of natural beauty. I’ve been to a few coastal places in Karnataka, but not all you’ve listed here. I’d like to visit them with my family someday in the future.

Wow! This is like a Bible for coastal cities of Karnataka. I am drooling at the photos as well as the information. You have got me all excited!

Wow lovely 9 days itinerary. I have done something similar many years ago with my two girl friends. I also added Surathkal to this list. Also, I don’t mind visiting these places over and over again. They are so pretty.

Temples, beaches, churches and islands, your itinerary has just about everything I look for while planning a trip. Hope that I can visit these beautiful places soon!

Coastal Karnataka is a beautiful place, my roommate in Bangalore belonged to Mangalore, and with her I have visited Udupi, Mangalore. From train journey to visiting beaches, food and scenic beauty everything is spectacular.

I am going to save this post as I have never been to Karnataka. But after reading your post I would surely plan to visit. And you have shared all the details very nicely. Thanks dear

You have charted out such a wonderful 9 days coastal visit near Karnataka. Since I am in Bangalore and now that most places are open for travel post covid I would love to explore these places in 9 days using the iternary you have shared here. Like always this is a well thought and well-written post by you guys.

Exploring the beaches of coastal Karnataka has been on my bucket list for quite some time. Your post definitely took me there virtually. I’m saving your post that’s definitely gonna help me when I plan a trip

Yeeyee, right post at the right time . We are going to explore Karnataka in January. Now I am gonna save this Post for my reference.

A picturesque treat for the eyes, your article is tempting me to plan a visit to coastal Karnataka. The minute details that you’ve shared are going to be helpful to the travellers:)

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  • How to Plan a Two Week Road Trip in Karnataka

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Karnataka is one of the five South Indian states. Located in the south west, Karnataka has enough and more for every kind of traveler. Nature lovers can explore the hill stations, national parks and nature reserves. History buffs can visit world famous archeological sites, including those that come under the UNESCO World Heritage list. The religious can visit the numerous temples, churches and mosques dedicated to possibly every major religion. The long coastline is open to travelers who just want to relax and do nothing.

The best way to experience Karnataka is by making a road trip. Well developed highways run through the State, covering almost 1,22,489 km of area. Of  this, 2357 km is maintained by the National Highways Authority of India and 28,311 km is maintained by the Government of Karnataka.

Karnataka Road Trip Map

It is most logical to start your trip from the capital city of Bangalore. The Kempe Gowda International Airport is well connected with the rest of the country, so this is likely to be your port of entry. For a complete list of flights that land in Bangalore, you could look at one of the online air ticket booking websites like Cleartrip. It is easy to hire taxis or rent self-drive vehicles in Bangalore. Pick a car of your choice and prepare to hit the road!

Once you arrive, you probably want to pick a place close to the Central Business District (CBD) to stay. Mahamta Gandhi Road (M.G Road) on CBD also has plenty of good hotels for stay. My pick would be Vivanta By Taj  because of its proximity to the best restaurants and pubs located on M.G road, Koramangala and Indiranagar.

Bangalore at Twilight

Nandi Hills , 60 km from the city , is a great half a day trip towards the north of Bangalore. Popular among youngsters, Nandi hills offers quick relief from the congestion of the city because of its clean air and great views.

Nandi Hills

Recommendation : You could spend around 3 days exploring Bangalore and one of the other places of interest outside the city.

Mysore , the erstwhile capital of Karnataka, is culturally more interesting than Bangalore and just 120 km away by road. You can easily reach Mysore in about three hours.

The famous Mysore Palace is a must-see because it combines several architectural styles. Take it slow, and spend half a day exploring the grand lifestyle of the Wodeyar dynasty. Close to the Mysore Palace, the Mysore Zoo has an impressive collection of wild animals.  Karanji Lake in the heart of the city sees a lot of migratory winged visitors. A short distance away from Mysore is the abode of the fierce form of ‘Shakti’ known as ‘Chamundi’. She resides at a hillock known as Chamundi hills .

Black and White Mysore Palace

You could again make several short one-day trips from Mysore.

If spending time in the wild is on your bucket list, you could visit,  Bandipur , Nagarhole or Ranganathitu . The former two destinations have great options for overnight stay and safari. The latter can be seen in a few hours. The bird sanctuary at Ranganathitu is just off the Bangalore-Mysore highway so you could even take a detour on your drive from the city. The best season to see migratory birds is between January and June.

Migratory Painted Stork at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Gopalaswamy Betta ,  Srirangapatna and Melkote are lesser known temple towns close to Mysore. Visit to experience the cultural side of India.

Melkote

While Srirangapatna, Melkote and Ranganathitu are nearby, Gopalswamy Betta is in the Chamrajanagar district and closer to Bandipur.

Mangalore – Gokarna

Mangalore is a prominent port city on the western coastline of Karnataka. It makes sense to travel by road from Mangalore to Gokarna to visit popular tourist destinations peppered on the way. While Mangalore is famous for its temples, churches and educational institutions, Gokarna is fast replacing Goa as the party destination of South India.

Lighthouse at Surathkal Beach

Mangalore’s best kept secret is its wallet-friendly ice cream parlours. Known to mostly only the locals, the popular joints are Pabbas and Ideal. Be sure to try out the local favourite called Gadbad !

Gadbad at Pubbas

Gokarna comprises of three popular beaches and several other smaller ones. Om beach and Kudle beach are the most happening of the lot. If you are the adventurous kinds, you can trek up a hillock and reach Paradise beach from Om beach . Bumming around on the sand is the best thing to do in these beaches! If you are spiritually inclined, you must visit the Mahaganapathi temple and Mahabaleshwar temple .

Sunset at Gokarnaa

Gokarna is 5.5 hours from Mangalore. For a large part of this journey, you will have the Arabian sea to keep you company. You would need around 5 days to cover this circuit of your road trip, including an overnight stay at Coorg.

Hampi – Badami

A visit to Karnataka would be incomplete without seeing the remains of the erstwhile empires of Vijayanagar and Chalukya at Hampi and Badami respectively. Both locations are listed as UNESCO world heritage sites.

View of the Tungabahdra River and Rocky Terrain of Hampi from Ma

You can easily spend 2 days exploring the numerous temples and ruins dotted across the rocky landscape along the Tungabadhra river. Daroji, a village near Hampi, has a vast area which is marked as a bear sanctuary.  If you visit the sanctuary after 3 pm, you can be assured of seeing the bears that come out from their dens to feed. This place is not on the tourist map, so it sees very few visitors. For a complete guide on Hampi, read this  blog .

About 140km from Hampi, in the village of Badami is where you will find the ruins of the erstwhile Chalukyan empire. Completely different from Hampi, Badami is famous for its rock cut cave temple and fort. Pattadakal is another important tourist centre close to Badami and is located on the left bank of the Malaprabha River in Bagalakote. You would require about 2 days to tour Badami. More information is available in this post .

view of Badami ASI area in Karnataka

I hope you found this road trip guide useful. Do let me know your favourite destinations in Karnataka in the comments below!

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Our Coastal Karnataka Road Trip

Since time immemorable we wanted to do a coastal Karnataka road trip. Driving through the beautiful, pristine, unexplored and lesser known beaches of Coastal Karnataka. Since the beginning of this year, we planned twice for this trip. And both the times we had to cancel. The first time was in January when we rather ended up in Goa once again, exploring Arambol beach Goa , experiencing the Artjuna Cafe at the Anjuna Beach Goa and our first time stay in an airbnb in India . Later, in June end, we again planned to do a coastal Karnataka road trip. We even booked our hotels. But then, due to heavy downpours, we had to cancel the plan last moment and instead had a trip to Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole .

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Finally, in the middle of August, during the independence day weekend, we made a vert impromptu plan to take up the coastal Karnataka road trip. As the weather conditions were showing good for the next four to five days. So, in this article, I am going to provide all the details of the coastal Karnataka road trip and how to plan it. When is the best time to visit the places on the Karnataka coast. What to pack, what to do and what to see on a trip to Coastal Karnataka. Without delay, lets get started.

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Places to visit on the coast of Karnataka

Karnataka has one of the longest coastlines among the states of India. It is full of hidden unexplored beaches and beautiful islands. Here are some of the prime places to explore on a coastal Karnataka road trip at a glance. I will further elaborate about some of these in my future posts.

  • Mangalore – the buzzing industrial hub & prime port town of Karnataka
  • Udupi – Best known for it’s Sri Krishna Math & several other temples, along with some of the best beaches
  • St. Mary’s Islands – A set of 4 islands off the coast of Udupi that are best known for their basaltic rock formation
  • Murudeshwara – Known for the third largest statue of Shiva in the world, and a beautiful temple besides it, surrounded by sea on all 3 sides along with a beautiful turquoise blue water beach
  • Netrani Island – A beautiful island near Murudeshwara, better known across India for scuba diving courses and certifications offered here.
  • Marvante – One of the most senere beach drives in India, with the sea on one side and a river on the other.
  • Gokarna – A quaint historical town famous for it’s Mahabaleshwar Temple (Dakshin Kashi) and several other temples , along with some of the most pristine beaches including the Om Beach and Paradise Beach.
  • Karwar – Yet another port town at the north coast of Karnataka, with some beautiful islands nearby and.

A perfect coastal Karnataka Trip Itinerary

Also, during our coastal Karnataka road trip, we extended our trip a little bit into Kerala and covered Bekal as well. Bekal is a small town on the north coast of Kerala with some very clean beaches, beautiful backwaters, a couple of historical forts including the majestic Bekal Fort and some beautiful temples. We had a one night staycation in Bekal at the Lalit Bekal Resort and Spa before starting off on our coastal Karnataka road trip. Here’s our complete guide to explore Bekal . You can combine a visit to Bekal along with coastal Karnataka road trip like we did. Or you can just plan a weekend getaway from Bangalore to Bekal as well.

Day 1 & 2 : A Bangalore to Mangalore road trip & Exploring Mangalore

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The first day of coastal Karnataka road trip starts with a Bangalore to Mangalore road trip. Although , you can do this whole trip in the reverse order as well. There are several routes to take from Bangalore to Mangalore and back. All of the routes from Bangalore to Mangalore require you to go through a section of ghat road on the western ghats. Some of these include –

Bangalore -> Hassan -> Sakleshpur -> Shiradi Ghat -> Mangalore

We took this route on our way back from Mangalore to Bangalore but were not impressed. Since there is a major highway widening work going on a major stretch from Mangalore to Sakleshpur. And the diversions were bone breaking 🙂 . There is a longer route from Bangalore to Mangalore. Till the expressway work continues it is better to take this route –

Bangalore -> Mysore -> Madikeri -> Mangalore

The above route on Bangalore to Mangalore road trip takes nearly an hour longer. But the road condition is excellent on this route.

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There is one more road trip to take from Bangalore to Mangalore via Charmadi Ghat. This is also a very scenic route. But, is very twisty and gets dangerous during heavy rains.

Bangalore -> Belur -> Charmadi Ghat -> Mangalore

Where to stay in Mangalore

We stayed at Hotel Ocean Pearl in the center of Mangalore city. The location was excellent. With all the basic needs nearby. And the highway just 5 minutes drive from the hotel.

There are a lot of comfortable hotels with good reviews in Mangalore. You can browse the complete list of hotels in Mangalore here .

However, there are not many known beach resorts in Mangalore itself. As it is a bigger city, a port and a big industrial hub of Karnataka as well.

Things to do in Mangalore

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  • Explore the beautiful beaches of Mangalore, spend evening time here
  • Capture beautiful pictures of the sunset over the sea
  • Offer your prayers in one of the many old temples of Mangalore
  • Visit some of the beautiful churches of Mangalore
  • Try some local cuisines of Mangalore like the Mangalore Bun, the Goli Bajji, Mandaki, Fish and sea food specialities like fish masala fry and some special chicken preparations like Gassi
  • Visit one of the ports of Mangalore to see the buzz in action
  • Take an evening sea cruise
  • Do day trips to nearby places like Bekal and Kannur, Suratkal.

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Top places to see in Mangalore

  • Some of the most pristine beaches of Mangalore – Panambur Beach, Tannirbhavi Beach, Ullal Beach, Someshwara Beach
  • Ancient temples and religious places – Kudroli Temple, Kadri Manjunath Temple
  • Churches of Mangalore – St Aloysius Chapel, Roserio Cathedral, Milagres Church
  • Sultan Bathery – A watch tower constructed by Tipu Sultan from where you can get excellent views of the city
  • New Mangalore Port

Day 3 & 4:  Mangalore to Udupi & Exploring Udupi

Udupi is one of the most revered religious places in South India. It is most famous for it’s Sri Krishna Math & temple. There are so many fascinating stories and tales associated with this Math & Temple. That I will dedicate a separate post to it altogether. Apart from this temple, there are several other temples to visit in Udupi, many pristine beaches to cover buzzing with activities and beautiful modern town of Manipal to explore. That a visit to Udupi requires a minimum of 2-3 days.

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A road trip from Mangalore to Udupi takes around 1-1.5 hours depending on the traffic. Since the towns of Mangalore and Udupi are located less than 60km apart. On the way from Mangalore to Udupi on NH 66, one can also visit the Surathkal Beach – one of the most beautiful beaches with blue waters on the coast of Karnataka. The road trip from Mangalore to Udupi is very scenic. On the way you will pass over several bridges over the backwaters. And see several places where rivers meet the sea. Not every place is a designated view point or has a dedicated name. Keep your eyes for the beautiful scenes on the way and take pit stops as you go.

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Upon arriving in Udupi, better to check-in into your hotel. And then explore some of the beaches in the evening. Reserve the next morning to visit the Sri Krishna Math and Temple. Visit as early in the morning as possible to avoid crowd here. Then spend more time through the day exploring some of the other places in and around Udupi. Refer to the list of places to see in Udupi and things to do in Udupi below to include in your list.

Things to do in Udupi

  • Udupi is synonym to the best of dosas and idlis that you will find in Karnataka. Try the local rasam, dosa, Bisi belle bath, paysam, murukku, rava dosa and rava upma while here.
  • Some of the best traditional restaurants to try in Udupi include the woodlands , Mitra Samaj , MTR and Gokula Krishna Veg .
  • Try the food at the langar organised in the Sri Krishna Math & Visit the Sri Krishna Temple and Math – the most revered religious place and a must visit in Udupi
  • Indulge in some water sports like zorbing, surfing, boat ride, scuba diving etc. on the beaches of Udupi
  • Enjoy the sea walk and park and explore lot more to do at Malpe Beach
  • Visit one of the ports of Udupi
  • Take a kayaking ride on the Sita River in Udupi
  • Try a boat ride on one of the backwaters of Udupi
  • Visit the historical temples
  • Try climbing up a lighthouse on one of the beaches of Udupi
  • Take a sea cruise or boat ride to St. Mary’s Island
  • Enjoy cycling on the beaches
  • Visit the offbeat Kapu beach in Udupi

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Top Places to see in Udupi

  • Beaches – Malpe beach, Kaup Beach, Delta Beach & Delta point, Padukere Beach
  • St. Mary’s Island to see the Basalmic Rock Structures and Enjoy a peaceful day out
  • Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary & Jomlu Teertha Waterfall
  • The modern town of Manipal that also offers excellent views of the western ghats from it’s view points
  • Kudlu Falls – one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the region
  • Sri Krishna Temple & Math
  • Other temples – Chandramauleshwara Temple, Anantheshwara Temple, Mookambika Temple
  • Kemmannu Hanging Bridge over backwaters
  • St. Lawrence church

Where to stay in Udupi

Udupi has a lot of options to stay. Amongst all the places on this coastal Karnataka road trip, Udupi is one of the most popular. It has some beachside resorts and humble homestays, some properties along the backwaters and river banks and even some top end hotels in Manipal region. Some of these that we personally explored and shortlisted were –

Paradise Isle Beach Resort

Bluebay Luxury Cottage Malpe

Reunion Ocean Elite

Fortune Manipal

Tents in between ocean and river

Click here to browse through the complete list of places to stay in Udupi.

Day 5: Udupi to Gokarna via Murudeshwar

After exploring Udupi, head to Gokarna via Murudeshwar. Start as early as possible as it is going to be an action packed day. From Udupi to Murudeshwara is a beautiful drive of a little over 2 hours. That will take you through some winding hills and some beautiful beaches. The views of Western Ghats on this stretch of road trip from Udupi to Murudeshwara is breathtaking.

On the way, stop at the famous Marvante beach with the beach on one side and a river on the other side. One of the most perfect places for a drone shot.

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Murudeshwar Temple & Murudeshwara Beach

Once you arrive in Murudeshwara, visit the Murudeshwara Temple. It is a temple particularly famous for it’s Shiva statue on the bank of the sea, which is the third largest Shiva statue in the world. Also, the temple itself is vast and beautiful, constructed on the slope of a hill. The temple is located besides beautiful Murudeshwara beach. So, you can visit the beach as well after visiting the temple. The water color of this part of the sea appeared most beautiful to me among all the beaches that I visited on my coastal Karnataka road trip. It was a beautiful shade of turquoise blue, indigo blue and aqua – something I have only seen in Dhanushkodi or during my trip to the Andaman Islands, particularly at Vijayanagara Beach and in Port Blair.

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Near Murudeshwar lies Netrani Island where you can do a course on scuba diving. If you intend for the same, then you should add a day to this trip. And take an overnight halt in Murudeshwar. However, if you don’t then drive further to Gokarna. The drive from Murudeshwara to Gokarna is also very beautiful. Continuing uphill and downhill, with pit stops from where you can get excellent views of the sea from the hill top.

Places to stay in Murudeshwara

RNS Residency – A sea facing hotel near Murudeshwar beach

Day 6 & 7 : Gokarna

There’s a plethora of things to do in Gokarna. Since, Gokarna has something for everyone. Religious places, pristine beaches, hills that you can trek to, camping on the beach & water sports! So, 2 days are actually very short to explore Gokarna. Include few more days in your itinerary for Gokarna if you can. Here’s a list of places to see in Gokarna & things to do in Gokarna.

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Things to do in Gokarna

  • Camp overnight at the beach
  • Enjoy hearty meals at the Om Cafe with pristine views of the Om Beach
  • Shop for beachwear and souvenirs from the beach shacks as well as the streets of Gokarna
  • Trek through one of the many trekking trails to get awesome views of the Arabian sea from the hill tops. And also explore some of the unreachable patches of pristine beaches that can be reached only via hiking.
  • Visit some of the ancient temples.
  • Enjoy a staycation in Gokarna in one of the many luxury resorts that this small town hosts.
  • Try some water sports in Gokarna

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Places to see in Gokarna

  • Om Beach – for it’s perfect shape in the form of an “om”
  • Half moon beach and Paradise beach – crowd devoid beaches that can be reached only via a boat ride or via a trekking and hiking through the hills
  • Kudle beach – another beautiful beach which has some beautiful beach side resorts
  • Mahabaleshwar Temple also known as Dakshin Kashi as it is deemed as important as the Kashi Temple in Varanasi
  • Maha Ganpati Temple – another beautiful ancient temple to visit in Gokarna
  • Bhadrakali Temple dedicated to Goddess Uma
  • Koti Teertha – a sacred manmade water tank

Check out : Our one day exploring Gokarna 

Where to stay in Gokarna

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Gokarna has several options to stay, I feel the most amongst all the tourist places along the coast of Karnataka.

We had stayed at Stonewood Nature Resort in Gokara and it was very beautiful

Swa Swara By CGH Earth is a luxury stay option in Gokarna

Some others with great reviews are :

The Om Beach Resort

Pineapple Hostels (economical)

Here’s the complete list of accommodations to stay in Gokarn a.

Day 8: Gokarna to Karwar

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On your final day in Gokarna you drive from Gokarna to Karwar. The drive from Gokarna to Karwar is very beautiful and scenic. You will drive close to the sea at several places and get glimpses of the sea from across the hilly western ghat terrains. A drive from Gokarna to Karwar takes only a little over 2 hours. Karwar is a perfect combination of historical places, beaches and Islands. Once you reach Karwar, some of the best things to do and places to see in Karwar would be :

Things to do in Karwar

  • Shop for muslin cloths, sarees and dress materials which are a speciality of Karwar
  • Hop through many of the beautiful beaches of Karwar
  • Sail to one of the nearby Islands
  • Capture beautiful sunset views
  • Checkout the lighthouse on Oyster rock

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Places to see in Karwar

  • Kurumgad Island : Visit during sunset. It is a beautiful tortoise shaped Island that also has the famous Narasmiha temple. And sunset views that you get from here are mesmerising.
  • Sadashivgadh Fort : Amongst the many forts on the west coast of India, this is the one you can visit in Karwar. It is located near the Kali River and is built on a hill top.
  • Devbagh Beach : one of the cleanest fine sand beaches in Karwar
  • Nagnath Temple and Narashimha Temple : for religious and tranquil experience
  • Beautiful Binaga Beach and Our Lady of St. Anne’s Church located on the beach

If you want to do all of the above, then it will make sense to stay for one more night at Karwar.

Where to stay in Karwar

  • Sterling Karwar
  • Cintacor Island Resort

Here’s the complete list of hotels in Karwar to browse for you.

Day 9: Karwar to Bangalore road trip

Finally we arrive at the end of our trip. Today, post breakfast, you can proceed from Karwar back to Bangalore. It will be good to start early today as the distance from Karwar to Goa will take around 10 hours to complete.

Bonus Places to add to your coastal Karnataka Road Trip

There are a few other places to add to your coastal Karnataka Road Trip if you have more time at hand. Some of these include –

Bekal and Kannur

Two sleepy coastal towns of Kerala – Bekal and Kannur are very near to Mangalore. Bekal is located just ~60km south of Mangalore. And Kannur is further ~50km south of Bekal. Both of these places have old churches, forts, beautiful sea beaches and some wonderful resorts for a perfect staycation away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Kannur even has India’s one and only drive in beach. Where you can actually drive your vehicle on the beach, through the waves.

On our own trip to Coastal Karnataka, we included Bekal in the plan. Here are our resources from our trip to Bekal that can help you plan your trip –

Our Bangalore to Bekal Road Trip

Bekal – things to do and places to see

A virtual tour of the Bekal Fort

Shimoga and Jog Falls

Jog Falls are one of most majestic waterfalls of India. They are located just 2 hrs drive from Udupi and hardly 1 hour drive from Murudeshwara. You can include them in your road trip to Coastal Karnataka.

Shimoga is one of the most green and beautiful fairy tale towns in Karnataka. It has a lot to offer to it’s visitors in terms of unexplored trekking routes, wildlife safari, Jog falls, beautiful green meadows and mystic weather almost all through the year. If you can, I will highly recommend adding Shimoga to your coastal Karnataka road trip.

What is the best time to do a coastal Karnataka road trip

Winter season from November to February is considered the peak season to visit coastal Karnataka. Although the temperature here is warm and humidity is high all through the year. It is more bearable and pleasant in the winter months. However, the winter months also see a lot of crowd. We visited coastal Karnataka during the monsoon season. As a result, we encountered much less crowd. And got our accommodation at much lower rates. Having said that, you must keep a tab on the weather if you also want to visit off-season during the monsoons. Since, sometimes it rains heavily in this region. And the downpours make it almost impossible to visit places. Also, places like St. Mary’s Island are off limit until september due to the rains.

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So, I will say, winter season is the best to do a coastal Karnataka road trip. And the dry spells during the monsoons are the second best. Temperature usually hovers around 30-32 degrees for the most part. Only in peak summer season of April and May it goes beyond 35 degrees and this time is really very uncomfortable to visit here.

What to pack for a coastal Karnataka road trip

Generally, anything that you would pack for a coastal trip to a tropical place. But, since the coastal Karnataka road trip also involves visiting a lot of religious places, you should include some traditional wear as well in your list of things to pack. Here’s a crisp list of things I packed for my coastal Karnataka road trip. You can improvise on it. Do check our travel packing tips and tricks to get more insights on packing like a pro for your trips.

  • Sunscreen lotions
  • Hats & Umbrellas to protect from both sun and rain
  • Light cotton cloths, preferably full sleeves otherwise you will get a very dark tanning
  • Traditional wear – saree or salwar kameez for women for visiting temples, shirt & full pants or dhoti / pyjamas for men
  • Lots of water to drink and keep you hydrates
  • Comfortable footwear, including hiking shoes if you will plan to go hiking in Gokarna.

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Karnataka Itinerary – 10 Days in Karnataka Tour Plan

Umang Trivedi

  • February 29, 2024

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One of the most under-rated tourist destinations of India, Karnataka boasts of long, pristine beaches, cloud-enveloped hills, dense and deep forests, breathtaking palaces, history-steeped heritage sites, sacred temples and churches, as well as urban metropolitan humdrum. It is indeed a difficult, almost impossible task, to come up with a Karnataka itinerary to tour the myriad sites of the state in seven days and not go away feeling like you still have so much left to explore.

Each site is remarkably different from the other and at the end of it all, you are left wondering if it was seriously just one single state that you had covered. Such, of course, is the charm and allure of a Karnataka trip!

Keeping in mind the hustle-bustle of our regular routines, we have curated just for you an ideal 7-Day Karnataka tour that will take you to the key sites of the state.

Karnataka Itinerary Snapshot :

Day 0 – Arrival in Bengaluru

Day 1 – Local Sightseeing in Bengaluru

Day 2 – Drive to Coorg via Mysore & Kushalnagar

Day 3 – Relax in Coorg + Local Sightseeing

Day 4 – Local Sightseeing in Coorg

Day 5 – Drive to Udupi via Mangalore

Day 6 – Relax in Udupi + Local Sightseeing

Day 7 – Drive to Gokarna

Day 8 – Relax in Gokarna + Local Sightseeing

Day 9 – Drive back to Bangalore, break journey at Shivamogga

Day 10 – Visit Jog Falls + Reach Bangalore

Planning your Karnataka tour

How to reach bangalore.

Kempegowda International Airport or the city railway station would be your arrival points in the city depending on your mode of travel. If you are travelling from any of the surrounding states, ample number of daily buses are available to reach Bangalore.

What are the most popular tourist destinations in Karnataka?

The geographical diversity of Karnataka is perhaps unparalleled. Some most-visited places are:

Bangalore- Not just the silicon valley of India, it has a rich history to boast of.

Mysuru- One of the cleanest cities in India, Mysore has much more than its famous Palace.

Hampi- The history buff’s paradise, the ruins of Hampi are a marvel to behold. Here, my post on 5-day Hampi itinerary might help you if you can spend 5 days here.

Gokarna- Swimming in the sea, seafood in the shack, strolling on the shores. Need we say more?

Coorg- Kushalnagar- Drench yourself in the heady aroma of the coffee plantations and cascading waterfalls of the Western Ghats.

Chikmagalur- Another hill station to soothe your tired soul.

Mangalore- For pristine beaches and mouth-watering cuisine.

Udupi- Vasco da Gama set his foot here to enter India.

Bandipur and Nagarhole National Park- For the thrill of a jungle safari.

Badami Caves – Fascinating rock-cut cave temples

Hassan and Shravanabelagola – Temples, ruins and a massive monolithic statue of Baahubali.

Also Read : 7-Day Meghalaya Itinerary

Is Karnataka safe for solo travelling?

Karnataka is undoubtedly safe for solo travel with all tourist destinations being well-connected by roads and having multiple options of public transport.

What is the best season to go on a Karnataka trip?

Bangalore is blessed with moderate climate throughout the year and the hill stations are definitely a joy in the summer months. The other towns, beaches and forests, however, can get rather hot and humid in summer and hence, October- March would be the ideal time to travel across the state. There are plenty of hotels and homestays available in all the tourist spots and cater to travellers of all budgets.

Is the trip to Karnataka affordable for budget and backpacking travels?

Karnataka offers a wide range of facilities to suit every pocket. From luxury suites to humble homestays, you can opt for what fits your need.

Is Karnataka a suitable choice for young travellers and senior citizens?

Absolutely! You will be travelling to and from sites in cars or buses and you can skip the treks. Carrying enough water on your visits to heritage sites should be enough to comfort your family.

Details of your 10-day Karnataka Itinerary

Day 1 & 2 – arrival and sightseeing in bangalore.

Bangalore city

Bangalore is the largest and capital city of Karnataka. Well-connected by flights and trains from most cities of India, Bangalore boasts of an amalgamation of palaces, national parks, museums and pubs to kick start your Karnataka Vacation.

Bangalore Palace

Try reaching Bangalore the night before or early in the morning so that you can make the most of your day. Head straight to the Bangalore Palace and let your eyes soak in the multiple hues of this European-style architecture. With intricate carvings and splendid decor, the palace will give you a glimpse into the past of this busy, urban technological hub.

Iskcon temple

Visit the Iskcon temple in Rajajinagar next and the Tipu Sultan Summer Palace thereafter. Both of these architectural marvels adorn the skyline of the city and draw many tourists to their doorsteps.

Lalbagh Botanical Garden

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Your next stop should be Lalbagh Botanical Garden to see its lush and luxurious gardens.

Banerghatta National Park

The highlight of your day will be the Banerghatta National Park, but don’t forget to take a small detour to the Bull Temple on your way. The animal safari at Banerghatta will be a memorable experience as you wander in a caged vehicle through the carefully constructed sanctuary and see tiger, lions, elephants, bears and other species in their almost-natural habitat. Take some time to go to the butterfly museum next door.

Pyramid Valley

Drive down from Banerghatta to the Pyramid Valley in Kanakapura on the outskirts of the city. Catch the sunset here- the view is breathtaking! It is a meditation centre built amidst a sprawling landscape and will end your trip to Bangalore on a calming note. The centre closes at 6 p.m., so check if you have enough time on your hand.

Spend the last part of your evening shopping in the M.G. Road- Commercial Street area or chilling in one of the pubs in Koramangala or Indiranagar before resting for the night. Also, try to visit the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath and the Big Banyan Tree in Uttarahalli, Hobli.

In case you miss out on any of these on Day 1, you could always visit them on the day you depart from Bangalore.

Day 3 ,4 & 5 – Mysore, Kushalnagar, Coorg

Mysore Palace

Mysuru is a 3-hour drive away from Bangalore. Outstation cabs, buses as well as trains are available. It’s advised to leave early to make the most of your second day of Karnataka tour. Your first stop must be the Mysore Palace, which is the former abode of the Royal family of the Wadiyars and is an exquisite blend of Indian, Islamic and European architectural traditions. The beauty of the palace gardens and the elegance and splendour of the palace itself will leave you quite dumbfounded.

Tipu Sultan Summer Palace

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The Tipu Sultan fort and Ranganathaswamy Temple in the town of Srirangapatna are outside the city borders but the drive is worth it. The Somanathapura Temple, St. Philomena’s Church, Lalitha Mahal Palace, and Karanji Lake are a few of the suggested spots to visit.

Balmuri Falls

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Also, the Folklore Museum, Railway Museum, Bonsai Garden, and Balmuri Falls are some of the most-visited places in the city of Mysore.

 Vrindavan Gardens

You can also visit the Chamundi Hills for an elevated view of the surroundings. Enter the Vrindavan gardens in the evening and see the light and sound show which happens around 7 p.m. It will be a relaxing end to an otherwise fulfilling day in the marvelous city of Mysore.

My post on 5-day Mysore itinerary might help you.

Also Read : 4-Day Goa Itinerary

Coorg

A 3-hour ride from Hassan will transport you from the magical ruins of history to the majestic hills of the Kodagu district, also known as Coorg.

Abbey Falls

The must-visit places list is quite dense here: the coffee estates, the Abbey Falls, Talacauvery (a sacred site believed to be the source of river Cauvery), Nagarhole National Park (chances of actual animal sightings are rare though), Honnamana Kere Lake and the Raja’s seat (a garden with splendid sunset views).

Barapole River

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The adventurous can get into White River Rafting in Barapole River. Give yourself a mesmerising treat by visiting the Buddhist Namdroling Monastery in the nearby town of Kushalnagar. Since it’s a Tibetan settlement, missing out on the momos would surely be a mistake!

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Visit the Dubare Elephant Camp here for an offbeat experience of bathing the gentle tuskers.

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If you seek some outdoors activity, trek to Tadiandamol Peak, the third highest mountain in Karnataka and be enamoured by the stupendous views around; but you will need at least 5 hours to complete this journey.

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Coorg is sprinkled with many quaint homestays and you should try one of them instead of the regular hotels. Don’t forget to sip into the various flavoured teas outside the plantations. Carry home the freshly plucked spices. The homemade wines and chocolates available at the many shops are a must-have too!

Day 6,7 – Mangalore – Udupi

Tannirbhavi beach

From the soaring hills of the Western Ghats, plummet straight down to the Arabian Sea to the port town of Mangalore. The Panambur, Someshwara and Tannirbhavi beaches are the most popular.

Kudroli Gokarnath temple

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Temples to see: Kudroli Gokarnath temple, Kadri Manjunatha Temple, Kateel Durgaparameshwari Temple, Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple, Polali Rajarajeshwari Temple, Saavira Kambada Basadi (a Jain Temple). Of course, you can plan to visit as many of them based on your convenience.

Churches to see: St. Aloysius, Rosario Cathedral, Milagres Church.

St. Mary’s island

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Udupi is about 1 hour 30 minutes drive away from Mangalore and is the origin of the famed Udupi cuisine. Visit the St. Mary’s island where Vasco Da Gama is believed to have entered India.

Kudlu Falls

Also on your list should be the Kaup Beach, Malpe Beach, Kudlu falls, the Anejhari Butterfly camp and Pajaka Kshetra, the birthplace of Sri Madhavacharya. There are several temples to see in this town as well, specially the Sri Krishna Matha.

While in Mangalore, try the special dishes of Mangalorean cuisine- Neer dosa and ghee roast mutton (or chicken).

Day 8,9 – Gokarna

Om Beach

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Continuing on the trail of the Arabian Sea, reach the calm and tranquil waters of Gokarna.

Beach shacks

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The beaches are clean, mostly populated by foreigners and the beachside shacks have some to-die-for seafood. Pomfret Prawn Masala, Kingfish along with some other delicacies are a must-try. Also, read my post on 25 things to do in Gokarna .

beach trek

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Namaste Cafe on Om beach is the most famous one. Trek to Kudle beach from Om beach and enjoy some water sports as well. You could also trek to Yaana, known for its unique rock formations.

Day 10 – Drive to Bangalore, break journey at Shivmogga

If you are driving, you need to head back to Bangalore for sure. But, if you are open to flying back after the trip concludes, you can consider exiting from Dabolim Airport, Goa after Gokarna. It’s just 140 KMs away from Gokarna.

If you are driving, consider taking a break at Shivmogga for night halt. It is exactly in between. You can visit the Jog falls while you are at it.

Now, you know how to spend 10 days in Karnataka. But, for some people 10 days are long. They cannot get off from their work for 10 days. Rather, they can spend 3 days. Are you one such person wondering how to spend 3 days in Karnataka? If so, you should know about tourist places in Karnataka for 3 days.

Tourist Places in Karnataka for 3 days

Day 1: mysore’s regal embrace.

Start your journey in Mysore, the “City of Palaces.” Step into the opulent Amba Vilas Palace, a dazzling blend of Indo-Saracenic architecture, where sunlight dances on stained glass and gold leaf whispers the tales of maharajas. Next, stroll through the fragrant Lalbagh Botanical Garden, a paradise of flowering trees and cascading fountains. As dusk paints the sky, witness the mesmerizing illumination of Mysore Palace, a fairytale come alive in a million twinkling lights.

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Not only for spending three days in Karnataka but also if you are looking for one day tourist places in Karnataka, you can choose Mysore. The traditional city has a lot of things to explore. As discussed in this post above, you can explore places like:

  • Chamundi Hills
  • Mysore Palace
  • Balmuri Falls
  • Railway Museum
  • Folklore Museum
  • Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

You can explore whatever possible during your one-day Karnataka trip. Coming back to your interest for tourist places in Karnataka for 3 days, you can head to Coorg. You can reach Coorg from Mysuru within around three hours drive. The distance between Mysuru and Coorg is around 118 km.

Day 2: The Enchanting Western Ghats

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Rise to the misty embrace of Coorg, the “Scotland of India.” Breathe in the crisp mountain air as you drive through rolling hills draped in coffee plantations. Hike to Abbey Falls, where cascading water whispers secrets to the ancient ruins, or visit Talakaveri, the birthplace of the mighty Cauvery River. In Madikeri, explore the Raja’s Seat, a scenic viewpoint offering breathtaking panoramas, before savoring Coorgi cuisine, a burst of flavors with a hint of coffee.

After completing your exploration in Coorg on day 2, you can continue your Karnataka tour by driving towards Mangalore. You can reach Mangalore from Coorg within around three-and-half hours:

Day 3: Coastal Karnataka’s Allure

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Head to Mangalore, where the Arabian Sea washes away all your worries. Stroll along the golden sands of Panambur Beach, feel the rhythmic thrum of the waves under your feet. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Kadri Mandir, a Hindu temple adorned with intricate carvings. At Kudroli Temple, marvel at the “Jain Disneyland,” a vibrant complex of temples and gardens showcasing architectural finesse. End your trip with a sunset cruise on the Netravathi River, watching the sky dance in hues of orange and gold as you bid farewell to the magic of Karnataka.

Karnataka’s treasures are endless, and even 3 days offer a glimpse of its captivating spirit. So, pack your bags, open your heart, and let Karnataka unfold its magic as you embark on an unforgettable adventure!

When talking about Karnataka Trip, many people wish to explore the capital city of Bangalore. If you can spend a day or two in Bangalore during your Karnataka Trip, you should visit Bangalore. Indeed, Bangalore is part of our 10-day Karnataka itinerary. However, if you would love to learn about one day tourist places in Karnataka, Bangalore is the best city to choose.

Places to Explore in Bangalore in One Day

As you are looking for Bangalore tour itinerary in one day, you can plan your visits to the following places:

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Start early in the morning in this Karnataka itinerary and start your exploration at Cubbon Park. After visiting this park, finish your breakfast in one of the nearby restaurants. Thereafter, you can head to Vidhana Soudha. You can complete your morning breakfast at Mavalli Tiffin Room. Here, you can enjoy traditional south Indian breakfast. The idlis, dosas and filter coffee will help you get the best start.

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After breakfast, you can head to Lalbagh Botanical Garden. If time permits, you can climb the Lalbagh Rock. Thereafter, you can head to Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace. After exploring these places, you can indulge in local cuisine. You can taste the local flavors at Karavalli or Vidyarthi Bhavan.

After your lunch, you can head to Commercial Street to finish your shopping. You will find a wide range of items to explore in the Commercial Street. Then, with your shopping bags full, head to Bangalore Palace.

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In the evening, you can head to MG Road for an exciting stroll. You can find a wide range of entertainment options, cafes and vibrant shops in the popular MG Road.

You can end your day by visiting the UB City Mall. It is an upscale shopping and dining destination. Enjoy a relaxed evening with dinner at one of the many restaurants.

Concluding your Karnataka Trip

A complete understanding of the culture and heritage of the state is perhaps impossible in a week of Karnataka tour, but you will definitely go back a more enlightened person. We want to reiterate that to enjoy the full splendour that the place has to offer, you may have to stay beyond the prescribed time and stretch it to 10 or even a 12-Day Karnataka itinerary.

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Bangalore to nandi hills (61 kms).

Bangalore to Nandi Hills (61 Kms)

To enjoy one of the most happening road trips from Bangalore within 100 km, head out to the highway and drive straight to Nandi Hills. It is a small hill station in close proximity to the city, housing several resorts and hotels with world-class amenities. Due to its perfect location and elevated position, it serves as a perfect getaway for Bangaloreans seeking an escape from the city’s uproar. While you are here, you can witness a panoramic view of thick layer of clouds engulfing the green landscape around the hill. In terms of attractions for sightseers, Nandi Hills encompasses Tipu Sultan Fort where you can see brilliant artistry in the form of murals and stone carvings. Another one is a Hindu temple called Nandeeshwara Temple, famous for the statue of a holy bull, Nandi. Distance from Bangalore: 61 km Route Map:  Bangalore - Yelahanka - Chikkajalaa - Kodalgurki- Kempathimmanahalli - Nandi Hills Attractions:   Places to Vi sit in Nandi Hills Activities:   Things to do in Nandi Hills Where to Stay:  Best Resorts to stay in Nandi Hills Check Out:  8 Best Restaurants near Nandi hills

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Bangalore to Coorg (267 Kms)

Bangalore to Coorg (267 Kms)

If a night drive in Bangalore does not quench your thirst for thrill and adventure, you should drive for 5 hours to reach the most celebrated hill station of Karnataka, Coorg. Blessed with plush covers of greenery and splendid waterfalls hiding in the deep, Coorg is located at an altitude of 900 metres. The pleasantly cool climate throughout the year and a rich collection of natural attractions make it a must-visit place. Besides, there are Madikeri Fort, Raja’s Tomb, and Omkareshwara Temple which you can cover on your road trip. Picnic by the waterfalls, capture the fascinating hills, and drive on the beautiful roads while listening to your favourite songs – this trip will become one of your favourite memories. Distance from Bangalore: 267 km Route Map:  Bangalore - Bidadi - Ramanagara - Channaptana - Madduru - Mandya -Srirangapatna - Bilikere - Chilkunda - Siddapura - Coorg Attractions:  Places to see in Coorg Activities:  Things to do in Coorg Where to Stay:  1.  Places to stay in Coorg                            2.  Best homestays in Coorg  

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Bangalore to Ooty (271 Kms)

Bangalore to Ooty (271 Kms)

Undoubtedly one of the finest hill destinations for family road trips near Bangalore, Ooty is a town located at an elevation of 2,240 meters in Tamil Nadu. A six-hour long journey by your private vehicle on the smooth road will bring you to this magnificent place brimming with natural charm and it is one of the best destinations for bike trip from Bangalore. Guaranteeing a peaceful retreat, far from the madding crowd of Bangalore, numerous luxury, as well as budget accommodation choices, dot the town. So you can expect to comfortably retire after the drive and enjoy the pleasant climate. The city has a long list of tourist attractions for sightseers to cover on their visit. The major ones of which are Ooty Lake, Rose Garden, and Botanical Garden in addition to pine forests and tea estates. Distance from Bangalore: 271 km Route Map:  Bangalore - Ramanagara - Mandya - Srirangapatna - Mysuru - Bandipur - Masinagudi - Ooty Attractions:   Places to Visit in Ooty:  Activities:   Things to do i n Ooty :  Where to Stay:  Best Resorts to Stay in Ooty Also Read:   Best Trekking Tours in Ooty

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Bangalore to Pondicherry (311 Kms)

Bangalore to Pondicherry (311 Kms)

If you are looking for some fun filled bike trips from Bangalore then Pondicherry is the perfect option for you. Puducherry, a previous French settlement is extraordinary compared to other spots to get a glimpse of the colonial heritage with its paths having little yellow walled houses alongside French bistros serving delectable steaks. Pondicherry, now referred to as Puducherry and generally alluded as just Pondy, is one of the seven Union Territories of India. The more seasoned piece of Pondicherry is a glaring difference to the encompassing South Indian urban communities with little houses, inns, bistros, road side shops pitching a substitute universe of French to the Indians. Blessed with scenic beaches and amazing surrounding this destination attracts a lot of tourist around the world. The town's Auroville with the popular Shri Aurobindo Ashram is another unmistakable motivation behind why individuals come here. Pondicherry is an inside to take in the speciality of yoga, contemplation and most profound sense of being. The sustenance, the brew, the shorelines, the ashrams, the serene noticeable all around, the blustery shores, Pondicherry has a shading for everybody. Distance from Bangalore:  311 km Route Map: Bangalore - Krishnagiri - Kanchipuram - Mahaballipuram - Pondicherry. Attractions:  Places to Visit in Pondicherry Activities:  Things to do in Pondicherry Where to Stay:  Best Resorts to Stay while Visiting Pondicherry Check Out:  Best Beaches in Pondicherry

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Bangalore to Goa (558 Kms)

Bangalore to Goa (558 Kms)

Unmistakably not quite the same as others Goa has trademark brilliant houses, lavish green fields and a soothing environment. The enchanting towns of Goa are perfect for a laid-back morning walk or a purposeless night walk. The North and South districts of the place are strikingly extraordinary the former cultural hub with traditional eateries and markets, while the last makes for a charming getaway with its 5-star inns, private shorelines, and a blend of white sand and clear blue water. Under the star-loaded skies, you will never have enough of this place. Distance from Bangalore : 648 km Route Map: Bangalore-Tumkur-Shimoga-Sagar-Talguppa-Honnavar-Karwar-Panjim Attractions: Places to visit in Goa Activities: Things to do in Goa Where to Stay:  Best Resorts in Goa to Stay Check Out:   Best Adventure Activities in Goa

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Bangalore to Gokarna (480 Kms)

Bangalore to Gokarna (480 Kms)

Best known for its prominent temples and serene beaches, Gokarna is a coastal town in Karnataka. It does not matter if you are planning to travel with family or friends, road trips from Bangalore to Gokarna are bound to be full of pleasant surprises. Loads of fun await you at Gokarna, so leave the hubbub of Bangalore behind and get away for an eventful holiday experience. Once you reach the town and witness its picturesqueness, you will realise that the 9-hour long drive was worth it. Though it is a famous Hindu pilgrimage in the region, hippies from India and even other countries love to be here.  Om Beach, Half Moon Beach, Paradise Beach, and Gokarna Beach are the major highlights in addition to several significant temples. Distance from Bangalore: 480 km Route Map:  Bangalore - Tumkur highway - Davanagere - Harihar - Haveri - Hubli - Gokarna. Attractions:   P laces to visit in Gokarna Activities:    Activities in Gokarna Where to Stay:  Best Places & Resorts to Stay in Gokarna Popular Read:  30 Best Resorts in Bangalore for a Relaxing Day Outing

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Bangalore to Chikmagalur (243 Kms)

Bangalore to Chikmagalur (243 Kms)

While you are in Bangalore you are definitely looking for that amazing road trip. Another road trip from Bangalore which you should take is to Chikamagalur. Arranged at the foothills of the Mullyanagiri ranges, it is an extraordinary fascination for trekkers and those wishing to encounter the tranquil mood of the city. Alternate attractions that the town brings to you are Mullain Giri, the most elevated top in Karnataka, Jamia Mosque, Kondadarama Temple, St Joseph's Cathedrals well as the Siddheshwara temple, which is recently close-by. The waterfalls of this locale likewise have pulled in a lot of explorers from far and wide. There are numerous waterfalls situated in this area like the acclaimed Hebbe falls, Shanti waterfalls and a few others. This will be an exciting summer road trips from Bangalore those who are planning to beat the summer heat. Chikmagalur is the birthplace to numerous freedom fighters, intellectuals and also poets and politicians.  Truth be told, even Indira Gandhi once spoke to Chikmagalur in the Indian Parliament.  Get ready to feel the thrill as you hit the road with scenic views and soulful surroundings. Distance from Bangalore:  243 km Route Map: Bangalore – Yadiyu - Channarayapattana – Hassan – Belur - Chimkmagalur. Attractions:   Places to visit in Chikmagalur Activities:  Things to do in Chikmagalur Where to Stay:   1.  Resorts in Chikmagalur                             2.  Best homestays in Chikmagalur  

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Bangalore to Dandeli (462 Kms)

Bangalore to Dandeli (462 Kms)

If you are adventure seekers and looking for some thrilling activity than Dandeli is a must visit destination for you. This is another of the best road trips from Bangalore which you should take. Dandeli is a perfect get-away goal in north Karnataka for the ones who cherish nature. It offers travelers an exceptional blend of beautiful excellence. The cutting edge town on the stream is encompassed by deciduous forest and a renowned wildlife habitat where rare animals and winged creatures wander in profound valleys and uneven landscape. Dandeli offers a white water rafting, night camps, nature walks, boating, bird watching, tiger and crocodile spotting and angling. One can also alongside arrange picnics, eco-tourism, and trek to the nearby caves and temples of this region. The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is another component of fervour that the place brings to the table where one can spot Bisons and Black Panthers. Get ready to discover some of the unknown parts of this region. Feel the thrill as you move to and fro while enjoying the white water rafting. Distance from Bangalore:  462 km Route Map: Bangalore - Tumakuru - Devangere - Dandeli. Attractions:    Tourist places in Dandeli Activities:  Things to do in Dandeli Where to Stay:  Resorts near Dandeli

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Bangalore to Munnar (467 Kms)

Bangalore to Munnar (467 Kms)

A journey to Munnar with your family and friends is one of the best choices for road trips from Bangalore. With the spectacular landscape of the Western Ghats featuring undulating hills replete with lush foliage and tea plantations, Munnar is a popular hill town in Kerala. As scenic as the destination itself is the road which you will take to reach here from Bangalore. The winding roads with verdant scenery on both sides will compel you to take a halt every now and then to capture the charm in your camera. When you reach here, you can make the most of your time by climbing high peaks, strolling in tea gardens, and sighting Nilgiri tahr at Eravikulam National Park. Distance from Bangalore: 467 km Route Map:   Bangalore - Hosur - Krishnagiri - Salem - Avinashi - Udumalpet - Marayoor - Munnar. Attractions:   Places to Visit in Munnar   Activities:  Things to do in Munnar  Where to Stay:   Best Places to Stay on your Visit to Munnar Popular Reads:   10 Best Waterfalls in Munnar

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Bangalore to Mysore (140 Kms)

Bangalore to Mysore (140 Kms)

Words fall short to describe the historically rich neighbouring city of Bangalore . A bike trip from Bangalore to Mysore unravels many appeals. Irrespective of the time one heads out from Bangalore, here’s one state highway which is energetic and crowded from the word go. While this can be tiring, it’s also enticing. Several sights unveil along with the drive like toy city Channapatna, silk city Ramanagaram, amusement park Wonderla, and Innovative Film City. Great eating joints seal the palate’s zeal for delicious food.  Mysore can be enjoyed over a day or couple. The city charms needless of the age. Choose from a host of sightseeing options in Mysore ranging from Mysore Palace, one of the largest and most magnificent palaces in India (its true beauty comes out during Dasara), sprawling greenery of Brindavan Gardens, India’s most beautiful show garden, the towering Chamundi Hills giving a true bird’s eye view of the grandeur city below, Mysore Zoo – one of the country’s oldest zoos, the enchanting and ornately crafted St. Philomena’s Church with its Neo Gothic style of architecture, and other innumerable churches and temples.  Not to mention the city’s list of museums are also fascinating. Go in search of less significant sights too like Colonel Bailey’s dungeon. Distance from Bangalore:  140 km Route Map:  Bangalore - Kumbalgodu -Bidadi - Ramanagara - Channapatna - Madduru - Mandya - Srirangapatna - Kesare - Mysuru Attractions: Places to visit in Mysore Activities: Things to do in Mysore Where to Stay:  Best Resorts to Stay in Mysore Popular Reads:   15 Best Places to visit near Mysore

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Road Trips from Bangalore Within 200 km

Bangalore to ramanagara (47 kms).

Bangalore to Ramanagara (47 Kms)

The list of the most rewarding road trips from Bangalore within 100 km is incomplete if you skip Ramanagara. If you are running out of plans for the upcoming weekend, turn your ignition on and set out to Bangalore-Mysore Highway to make your day off a pleasant one at Ramanagara. A city in Karnataka with a plethora of exciting experiences, Ramanagara encompassing several hills, making this place is a paradise for trekkers and rock climbers. It is also fondly referred to as the ‘City of Sholay’ because the Bollywood blockbuster, Sholay was shot here. Furthermore, with several significant Hindu temples, this is also a good choice if you want to calm your senses with some soulful experiences. Thus, a road trip to Ramaganara is a better choice than a night drive in Bangalore. Distance from Bangalore: 47 km Route Map:  Bangalore - Hemmigepura - Kumbalgodu - Kanmanike - Bidadi - Ramanagara Where to Stay:   Resorts in Ramanagara with best amenities Must Read:  4 Best Resorts in Whitefield Bangalore for a luxurious stay

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Bangalore to Anthargange (67 Kms)

Bangalore to Anthargange (67 Kms)

Since the mountain boasts a maximum height of 1,712 meters, you can only imagine the kind of scenery one gets to relish from up here. Sweeping views of the valleys and hillocks will mesmerize your soul while the cool breeze revives your senses. Distance from Bangalore: 67 km

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Bangalore to Bheemeshwari (100 Kms)

Bangalore to Bheemeshwari (100 Kms)

Take off on that much-needed weekend break from Bangalore and head to Bheemeshwari! The jungles and the serenity of nature are sure to enthral you into a lush sense of calm and quietude. Stay amidst the benevolent natural beauty at the Jungle Lodges and experience the forests come alive around you, with the Cauvery River lilting calmly beside you and it is one of the best road trips from Bangalore. You can experience a vast range of adventure activities such as Zip-Line, Burma Loops, Parallel Walk, Cat Walk, Elephant Walk, Rappelling, Kayaking, and Coracle Ride to give your daily schedule that burst of adventure and adrenaline. Distance from Bangalore:  100 km Route Map:  Bangalore - Somapura - Kaggalipura - Bolare - Gabbadi - Jakkasandra - Kanakpura - Halaguru - Bheemeshwari Where to Stay:  Best places to stay in Bheemeshwari

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Bangalore to Savandurga (50 Kms)

Bangalore to Savandurga (50 Kms)

A short drive from Bangalore to Savandurga is all you need to escape the monotony of life and the hullabaloo of the city. Claimed to be one of the largest single rock formations on the entire continent of Asia, Savandurga Hill is surrounded by green plains and it is one of the best road trips from Bangalore. The best part of driving to this scenic site is that you can devote all your time to exploring and experiencing rather than spending hours on the road. If you want to thrill yourself with a memorable adventure, trek to the top at night, watch a magical sunrise from a height of 1226 metres and click some Instagram-worthy pictures with your entire gang. Distance from Bangalore: 50 km Route Map:  Bangalore - Somapura - Anchepalya - Kanmanike - Hejjara - Dodderi - Manchanabele - Nayankanapalya - Savandurga Hill Must Read:   7 Best Resorts on Mysore Road for an amazing stay

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Bangalore to Sangam (90 Kms)

Bangalore to Sangam (90 Kms)

Drive on the Kanakpura road to reach this natural footprint where the River Arkavathy merges with River Cauvery. A piece of wonderment awaits at Mekedatu, the end of a probable destination for a bike trip from Bangalore. Follow the Cauvery from this point as she gushes through narrow and deep ravine of granite rocks. With a strong mythology story tucked behind its name ( Mekedatu means goat’s leap in Kannada), this makes for a great outing backed with highly intense trekking. Upstream on the Cauvery is the famous Shivasamudra Falls. The area is also well nourished with other attractions such as Chunchi Falls (5km before Sangam), untouched picnic spots and Arkavathy Dam.  Distance from Bangalore:  90km Route Map:  Bangalore - Kaggalipura - Jakkasandra - Kanakpura - Dodda Alahalli - Sangama

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Bangalore to Kunti Betta (130 Kms)

Bangalore to Kunti Betta (130 Kms)

Embellished with picturesque trails and panoramic views all around, a trek to Kunti Betta not only gives you the joy of exploring the joys of climbing but also the pleasure of water sports like swimming and kayaking! If you are thinking of taking an impulsive road trip around Bangalore, then Kunti Betta is the place to be at! Distance from Bangalore:  130 Kms Route Map: Bangalore - Kumbalgodu - Bidadi - Ramanagara - Channapatna - Madduru - Mandya - Kunti Betta Trek (Starting Point) Must Read:   15 Best Places for Night Trekking in Bangalore for a thrilling experience

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Bangalore to Ranganathittu (140 Kms)

Bangalore to Ranganathittu (140 Kms)

A flourishing breeding and nesting ground for several migratory birds, Ranganathittu is Asia’s most preferred stop over. An accidentally created set of six islets, the bird sanctuary is a haven for nature and bird lovers alike. A deviation from Srirangapatna along the Coorg state way, this is an ideal getaway and among the enjoyable road trips from Bangalore. All the way, find sugar cane fields and paddy pastures chase you. Sudden appearances of canals make you realise how fertile the land around is. Plan a road trip around December when the sanctuary is filled with its guest residents for the season. Frequent boat rides drifting through the islets are the primary means to catch a glimpse of species such as White Ibis, Lesser Whistling Duck, and Wolly-necked stork, Asian Open Bill Stork, Common Spoonbill and the Painted Stork. Being 19km from Mysore city and stone’s throw from Srirangapatna, the drive out can be combined with history too. Distance from Bangalore:  140 km Route Map:  Bangalore - Kumbalgodu - Bidadi - Ramanagara - Channapatna - Madduru - Mandya - Srirangapatna - Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

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Bangalore to Lepakshi (150 Kms)

Bangalore to Lepakshi (150 Kms)

A historic and archeological destination, Lepakshi fulfils a desire to go back in time. Best known for its hanging pillar, this village in Andhra Pradesh is quite similar to styling of Vijayanagar architecture at Hampi. Also it bears mythology significance, as the town area is believed to be where Jatayu, the brave bird from Ramayana is said to have fallen after being slayed by Ravana. The town has a huge Nandi bull etched from a single monolith rock. The ruins are known to be engineering marvels from the yesteryears. The Lepakshi Temple is famed for its mural paintings, the fresco of the main sanctum is largest in India. What grabs attention at Lepakshi is the minute details involved in the carvings and superbly sculpted pillars found all around the area. Should time be on your side, visit nearby Dharmavaram (silk weaving units), Hindupur (elegant cotton weaves), and Puttaparthi (famed pilgrim town). Distance from Bangalore:  150 km Route Map:  Bangalore - Yelahanka - Chikkajala - Kothanoor - Manchanabale - Paragodu - Kodikonda - Demakethepalli - Lepakshi Book Now:  Trip To Gandikota, Belum Caves And Lepakshi for 2 days.

Bangalore to Hogenakkal (126 Kms)

Bangalore to Hogenakkal (126 Kms)

En route in direction of Tamil Nadu from Bangalore lie some interesting getaways that make great weekend travel bytes. Hogenakkal Falls 40km from Dharmapuri is popular for its glittered as a great backdrop for several regional and Bollywood films. A brilliant option for a Bangalore road trip, because it cannot be reached via direct access of public transport and it is one of the best road trips from Bangalore. The landscape along the drive is somewhat typical of Tamil Nadu, plentiful banana and coconut plantations adorn the view. The falls throw themselves out of a rocky terrain emitting white smoke giving its name (Hoge = smoke, kal = stone). The surrounding hills are dotted by green vegetation and are peppered with shrines. The Cauvery around here also is conducive to coracle rides along the canyon. Pack a picnic basket along and you’ve a stunner of a weekend on hand and one can surely go here for a bike trip from Bangalore. Distance from Bangalore:  126 Kms Route Map:  Bangalore - Doddanagamangala - Attibele - Hosur - Krishnagiri - Denkanikottai - Andevanapalli - Anchetty - Billgundala - Hogenakkal

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Bangalore to BR Hills (170 Kms)

Bangalore to BR Hills (170 Kms)

Whenever you are in the mood for a short drive from Bangalore, BR Hills is one of the best choices you have. A quaint hill station in Karnataka cradled between the Eastern and the Western Ghats, BR Hills claims rich biodiversity which can be explored by visiting BRT Wildlife Sanctuary. The scenic route leading to this heavenly abode will help you leave your worries behind and move towards moments filled with joy and contentment. If yours is a gang of adventure freaks, this place is definitely ideal because you can spend your time here indulging in a variety of adventure activities like trekking, river rafting, and wildlife safari. Distance from Bangalore: 170 km Route Map: Bangalore - Ramanagara - Channapatna - Madurru - Kollegal - BR Hills. Where to Stay:   Resorts to Stay in BR Hills Suggested Reads:   25 Best Places to Visit Near Bangalore Within 500 Kms

Bangalore to Shivanasamudra Falls (132 Kms)

Bangalore to Shivanasamudra Falls (132 Kms)

Promising an endless availability of tranquillity, Shivanasamudra Falls is a perfect destination for road trips near Bangalore. While this spot is majorly preferred by city dwellers for family picnics, local youngsters also enjoy visiting it for fun outings and long drives. These perennial waterfalls are located on Kaveri River and feature a verdant setting, scenic enough to sweep you off your feet. The twin waterfalls are known as Gaganachukki Waterfall and Barachukki Waterfall, both of which plummet with a roaring noise. The force with which the water falls upon the rocks turns the stream milky white – a sight anybody would love to photograph. If you are travelling by a private vehicle, you should also check out the ancient temples located nearby. Distance from Bangalore: 132 km Route Map:  Bangalore - Kanakapura - Malavalli - Shivanasamudra Falls Must Read:   35 Best 3 Days Trip From Bangalore

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Road Trips from Bangalore Within 300 km

Bangalore to sakleshpur (221 kms).

Bangalore to Sakleshpur (221 Kms)

A quiet hill station in Karnataka lying in the embrace of the Western Ghats, Sakleshpur is merely a 4-hour drive away from the city of Bangalore. Your checklist of road trips from Bangalore must feature this town as it has countless delights for you and your entire family in the form of natural and historical landmarks. However, even if you are planning a road trip with your friends, this place is equally ideal because it is also quite famous for its adrenaline-charged trekking trails. Moreover, the route is simply mind-blowing with pristine nature all the way. Learn about the regional history and traditional architecture at Manjarabad Fort, get God’s blessings at Sakaleswara Temple, and set out on a nerve-wracking adventure to conquer Jenukal Gudda Peak. Distance from Bangalore: 221 km Route Map:  Bangalore - Nelamangala - Kunigal - Yadiyur - Bellur- Channarayapattana - Hassan - Sakleshpur Attractions:  Places to see in S akleshpur Activities:    Things to do in Sakleshpur Where to Stay:   1.  Resorts in Sakleshpur                             2.  Best homestays in Sakleshpur

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Bangalore to Wayanad (277 Kms)

Bangalore to Wayanad (277 Kms)

Counted among one of the most rewarding road trips around Bangalore, Wayanad exploration is sure to be full of pleasant surprises. An abode of clouds, perched above all the chaos and hubbub of the cities at an elevation of 2,100 metres, Wayanad is a hill station in Kerala. Though this place is rapidly gaining popularity among vacationers, you can still expect to experience pure serenity in its atmosphere. The reason why a road trip to Wayanad is recommended is that there are numerous places worth exploring in and around the town, which you can conveniently visit by your private vehicle. Besides, the picturesqueness of the route to Wayanad is heavenly. Distance from Bangalore: 277 km Route Map:  Bangalore - Ramanagara - Srirangapatna - Begur - Bandipur - Wayanad Attractions:    Places to see in Wayanad Activities:   Activities to do in Wayanad Where to Stay:   Places to stay in Wayanad

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Bangalore to Masinagudi (249 Kms)

Bangalore to Masinagudi (249 Kms)

On the green foothills of Nilgiri Mountains lays a charming hill station called Masinagudi. Characteristic of the Nilgiri Landscapes, the destination harbors a medley of flora and fauna unique to the region as well as a commendable population Tiger and Elephant population. You can experience the beauties of this land via a Jeep Safari which will take you on 4x4 vehicle through the lush green landscapes, just a few hours in this open jeep and you will end up feeling refreshed and insightful! You can also experience a nature stay at Nilgiri Mountains in Masinagudi at a beautiful homestay near the gushing Avarhalla River, where you can experience exactly why nature is so peaceful!  Wildlife excursion at this beautiful destination is highly recommended! Distance from Bangalore:  249 Kms Route Map:  Bangalore - Ramanagara - Srirangapatna - Nanjanagudu - Bandipur - Masinagudi Attractions:  Places to Visit in Masinagudi   Activities:   Things to do in  Masinagudi Where to Stay:   Places to Stay in Masinagudi Book Now :  Trekking in Masinagudi with an unforgettable experience

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Bangalore to Bandipur (220 Kms)

Bangalore to Bandipur (220 Kms)

If you like the idea of taking road trips around Bangalore for wildlife experiences, Bandipur is, without a doubt, the best choice. A national park established in 1974, Bandipur spans over an area of 874 sq km in the Western Ghats and is known to house a rich variety of flora and fauna. While travelling to Bandipur from Bangalore, you can also take a halt in Mysore. While on a jungle safari, you may get lucky to spot animals like elephants, tigers, gaurs, and sloth bears. And the most recommended way to double your jungle thrill is to book one of the forest lodges and stay in the realm of raw nature. Distance from Bangalore: 220 km Route Map: Bangalore - Madurru - Mandya - Mysuru - Nanjanaguru - Bandipur Distance from Bangalore: Bandipur is located at a distance of 220.8 km from Bangalore. Attractions:  Places to Visit in Bandipur Activities:  Things to do in Bandipur Where to Stay:  Best Resorts to Stay in Bandipur

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Bangalore to Kabini (220 Kms)

Bangalore to Kabini (220 Kms)

Escape from the city’s crowd and deadline chaos into the wilderness to Kabini – no destination at a journey’s end comes close to this. Straight off a prescription for rejuvenation, travel to Kabini is one of the finest road trips from Bangalore. An erstwhile hunting sojourn of the Mysore Maharaja is now one of the best wildlife spotting areas in Karnataka. Some of the things to do around the national park are coracle rides, jungle safari, bird watching, nature walks and simple bike rides.  Easily accessible from Bangalore, it’s risen on the popularity charts because of its lush green landscape, a picturesque locale, and almost predictable sightings of large herds of pachyderm. Pegged as India’s next great jungle safari destination, a few lucky visitors have spotted leopards, langurs, spotted deer, and tigers too!  Distance from Bangalore:   220 km Route Map:  Bangalore - Ramanagara - Mandya - Srirangapatna - Mysuru - Kadakola - Kabini Activities :  Things to Do in Kabini Where to Stay:  Best Places and Resorts to Stay in Kabini

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Bangalore to Horsley Hills (250 Kms)

Bangalore to Horsley Hills (250 Kms)

A beautiful hill station in Andhra Pradesh, Horsley Hills seem to almost kiss the clouds above. Located at an altitude of 4,000feet above sea level, the road leading to Horsley Hills bestows panoramic vision of the surrounding hills. The path is extremely scenic with Mahogany, Gulmohar, Sandalwood, and Eucalyptus trees lining the road and culminating into dense verdant forests. As a Bangalore road trip, this is a perfect destination to lose oneself in nature, experience thrills of adventure sports like trekking, rock climbing and rappelling. Distance from Bangalore:  250 km Route Map:  Bangalore - Hoskote -  Chikballapur - Madikere - Gownipalli - Marasanapalli - Gattu - Horsley Hills Attractions:   Places to Visit in Horsley Hills: 

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Bangalore to Agumbe (280 kms)

Bangalore to Agumbe (280 kms)

Agumbe is widely known for its rain forests and perpetual wet weather. Nestled in the most beautiful part of Karnataka, Malnad the region lies in Shimoga district. Approach the highway from Bangalore towards Tumkur. This road trip from Bangalore is for the true lover of nature. Driving through some of the most pristine locales of the state to reach Agumbe is sheer pleasure. Known as a great prospect to trek, Agumbe is replete with high hills, waterfalls, green thickets of the Western Ghats, and some refined flora and fauna. This hidden paradise is also known as green gold in the local dialect. So evocative is the landscape that it formed the backdrop for Malgudi Days, the popular RK Narayan epic. Agumbe attracts outdoor activities and is surrounded by spots such as sunset point from where one can sight the Arabian Sea on a clear day, Shringeri (20km), 14th century temples, and several waterfalls - Onake Abbi, Jogigundi, Koodlu Theertha, Kunchikal and Barkana Falls. Distance from Bangalore:  280 km Route Map:  Bangalore - Kunigal - Hassan - Belur-  Chikmagalur - Agumbe

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Bangalore to kudremukh (331 kms).

Bangalore to Kudremukh (331 Kms)

Enhance the adventure of road trips around Bangalore by adding the thrill of trekking to a mountain peak boasting an altitude of 1,894 metres. Kudremukh, with vast grassy meadows and tropical wet evergreen forest, is claimed to be one of the most picturesque hill destinations in the entire state of Karnataka. And a road trip from Bangalore to this mountain range is a memorable encounter with nature and adventure, as you take several halts en route to capture the surreal landscapes. Adventure junkies can, without a second thought, indulge in the trekking expedition to climb the mountain top. As for holidayers, the most prominent attractions in the region are Kudremukh National Park, Hanumana Gundi Waterfalls, and Lakya Dam.   Distance from Bangalore: 331 km Route Map:  Bangalore - Kunigal - Hassan - Belur - Mudigere - Kudremukh Attractions:   Places to Visit in Kudremukh Activities:  Things to do in Kudremukh Where to Stay:  Best Places & Resorts to Stay in Kudremukh Check Out:  10 Best Resorts near Bangalore airport road 

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Bangalore to Hampi (350 Kms)

Bangalore to Hampi (350 Kms)

Hampi is now a sought-after destination for a bike trip from Bangalore. You will be using the NH4 from Bangalore to Chitradurga. From here take the bypass to Hospet leading to Hampi. The road taken is dry, arid and not something to rave about. But at the journey’s end lies the fabled city of Hampi; one with a golden era, of richness and pride, of culture and thriving trade. A world heritage site, Hampi is set against a striking landscape made of large rocky boulders and dotted with banana plantations. Surreal and enthralling, the city’s past paradise and glory can only be imagined from the splendid remains of palaces and gateways of the broken city. Very difficult to single out a few monuments to add to the checkout list, but the enamouring Stone Chariot, towering Virupaksha Temple, innumerable royal units, and mindboggling stone statues make it a superb gem in what South India has to offer to the world. Distance from Bangalore:  350 km Route Map:  Bangalore - Tumakuru - Chitradurga - Kudligi - Hampi Attractions:  Places to see in Hampi Activities:  Things to do in Hampi Where to Stay:  Homestays in Hampi

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Bangalore to Calicut (357 Kms)

Bangalore to Calicut (357 Kms)

There are several options for long drives around Bangalore that will take you to a sea-coast, and one such destination is Calicut. Locally known as Kozhikode, this city in Kerala is set on the southwest coast of the Arabian Sea. An overnight journey – where you pass through several scenic parts of Karnataka, then drive through Tamil Nadu, and finally enter Kerala – is what it takes to get to this pleasant city. If you are a fan of beaches, Beypore, Kappad, and Kozhikode are the major beaches here, which are extremely picturesque and calm. Furthermore, the city also proudly cradles several architectural gems from the past such as Mother of God Cathedral and Kuttichira Mosque. Distance from Bangalore: 357 km Route Map: Bangalore - Mandya - Gonikoppal - Wayanad- Kalpetta - Vythiri - Thamarassery -Calicut Attractions: Places to visit in Calicut Activities: Things to do in Calicut Where to Stay: Places to stay in Calicut

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Bangalore to Badami (400 Kms)

Bangalore to Badami (400 Kms)

This one is a long-drive and requires grit and determination with absolute focus on the destination. Driving through North Karnataka is not as picturesque as its greener siblings such as Shimoga, Hassan, Chikmagalur, which are more popular. If you are one to revisit an era gone by, take on history, understand the engineering skills of empires gone by and then head to Badami. It’s not disappointing. Capital of the famous Chalukya Dynasty that ruled Karnataka from 6th – 12th century, Badami is situated at the mouth of a beautiful ravine, flanked on either side by beautiful sandstone hills. These hills are studded with a set of four cave temples carved out of soft sandstone. Of the four caves, three are dedicated to Hindus and the fourth is a Jain Temple. Distance from Bangalore:  400 km Route Map:  Bangalore - Tumakuru - Devanagere - Hubbali - Badami

Bangalore to Shimoga (301 Kms)

Bangalore to Shimoga (301 Kms)

If you are one of those city-dwellers who keep their weekends reserved for long drives around Bangalore, you are recommended to add Shimoga to your bucket list now. It is a town in the state of Karnataka which has witnessed the rule of multiple dynasties. Hence, one can expect to find some unthinkable historical attractions on their visit to Shimoga. However, what most visitors love about the town is its scenic beauty, as it houses some majestic waterfalls, dense forests, and undulating hills enveloped in mist. The nearly 6-hour long drive to this place from Bangalore will take you through pretty hilly regions and forested plains, filling your heart with joy.  Distance from Bangalore: 301 km Route Map: Bangalore - Tumakuru - Tiptur - Kadur - Bhadravati - Shimoga Attractions:   Places to Visit in Shimoga Activities:   Things to do in Shimoga Where to Stay:   Best Homestays to Stay in Shimoga Popular Reads:  12 Best Waterfalls in Shimoga for an amazing family picnic.

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Bangalore to Kodaikanal (465 Kms)

Bangalore to Kodaikanal (465 Kms)

Road trips near Bangalore cannot get better than a trip to Kodaikanal – an exquisite hill station in Tamil Nadu. Take your buddies along, and embark on a journey to find peace and solace in the magical domain which is rich with sights of lush green valleys hiding beneath a cloak of clouds. Driving on a long stretch of twisting roads before you reach this destination at a whopping height of 2,133 metres, will fill your heart with a sense of adventure. Kodaikanal is dotted with lakes and scores of waterfalls plummeting from granite cliffs, ideal for some easy moments with people you hold dear. Furthermore, there are too many choices of hotels and resorts to host you and pamper you with luxuries. Distance from Bangalore: 465 km Route Map:  Bangalore - Hosur - Krishnagiri - Namakkal - Dindigul - Batlagundu - Kodaikanal Attractions:  Places to Visit in Kodaikanal Activities:  Things to do in Kodaikanal Where to Stay:   1.  Resorts in Kodaikanal                            2.  C ottages in Kodaikanal Suggested Read:  20 Super Resorts Near Bangalore for Weekend  

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Bangalore to Kochi (500 Kms)

Bangalore to Kochi (500 Kms)

The very fact that Kochi means several things to most Bangaloreans, is why the serene city makes its mark felt. This road trip from Bangalore gives a stiff dose of regular stretches to wonderful patches to greenery distinct to God’s Own Country. The highway has its own trademarked pit stops encouraging the long journey. The drive would take over 10 hours. Kochi is chequered with a contemporary metropolis appeal with a deep historic rooting. Alongside the commercial trendy outlook, Kochi is a fine destination to explore. The tropical coast boasts of Portuguese, Jewish, and British culture evident in key places like Fort Kochi. A Jewish settlement with a typical setting is famous for its Pardesi Synagoge (1568), Mattancherry Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets and more exuding an aura unlike the usual. Distance from Bangalore:  500 km Route Map:  Bangalore - Hosur - Krishnagiri - Dharmapuri - Salem - Coimbatore - Palakkad - Thrissur -  Ernakulam - Kochi Attractions:   Places to Visit in Kochi Activities:  Things to do in Kochi Where to Stay:  Best Resorts to Stay in Kochi

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Bangalore to Karwar (525 Kms)

Bangalore to Karwar (525 Kms)

One of the most fascinating long drives around Bangalore, a journey to Karwar is an experience every explorer residing in the city must undergo. It usually takes around 9 to 10 hours to reach this coastal city in Karnataka from Bangalore, and the route is scenic throughout. Unspoilt beaches with golden sands, featuring clusters of coconut trees, are the major highlight of the city. Whether you want to sail on the sea, sunbathe on the beach, or indulge in water sports like snorkelling, surfing, swimming, and diving, this place is apt for all kinds of vacationers. Thanks to its interesting history and rich cultural diversity, a number of beautifully designed mosques, churches, and Hindu temples dot the city, adding to its charm. Distance from Bangalore: 525 km Route Map:  Bangalore - Tumakuru - Chitradurga -Devanagere - Yelapur - Ankola - Karwar Attractions: Places to visit in Karwar Activities: Things to do in Karwar Check Out:  20 Best Resorts around Bangalore for a fun-filled family day outing

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Lalbagh is one of the oldest botanical gardens in India and is also a major tourist attraction in South India. Located in South Bengaluru, the Lalbagh Botanical Garden is not only one of the largest botanical gardens in India, but also the first of its kind, with planned routes, glasshouses and ornamental flowers growing throughout the property.The garden itself is spread over an area of 240 acres and its construction was commissioned by the famous ruler Hyder Ali. It was finally completed by his son- Tipu Sultan- who designed the gardens keeping in mind the beautiful gardens of Sira in Tumkur District in Karnataka.Lalbagh is home to exotic flowers that were imported by the Sultan from countries like France, Persia, Arabia, Afghanistan, etc. Therefore, flowers that were previously never seen in India were first witnessed in this historical garden. Trees that were imported by Tipu Sultan from all over the world can still be found growing here.Apart from the exotic trees, visitors can also catch sight of some rare birds such as the Myna, pond heron, purple moorhen, parakeets, Brahminy kites, the common egret and much more. Apart from the stunning flora and fauna of the Lalbagh Botanical Garden, it has another striking attraction, which is the Lalbagh rock. This rock, which is said to be over 3000 years old, is one of the oldest rocks in the world and can be found in the center of the garden.

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At the intersection of MG road and Residency road lies Brigade road which is considered a shopping paradise for the city dwellers. There is a long stretch of standalone shops, individual retailers, and outlet selling almost everything you need making it one the best Bangalore sightseeing. This commercial hubs houses myriads of global brand outlets as well and it has been a hub for celebrating New Year in the almost every year.

Bangalore Palace

In the technology-driven, futuristic Silicon Valley of India, monuments of historical significance boasting of a glorious past are also abundant. The historical heritage of the city is so magnificent and eminent that it rises to prominence on its own. One such landmark is the Tudor style Bangalore Palace.The Palace is a perfect representation of the lavishness and splendour with which India's most resilient dynasties ruled. Famous for its opulent architecture and amusement activities, the Palace is visited by several visitors every day. The colossal Palace boasts of massive courtyards, bright interiors, kingly grounds, splendid spiral staircases, stately towers and a luscious garden in a proud display of posh regality.Anyone who admires classic architecture and artistry would be delighted to experience it first hand at this Palace. It also houses an amusement park in its enclave to the delight of many younger visitors. Having been a private residence to the Wodeyar family, Bangalore palace offers a linear perspective into the royal life of the forepassed era. It is plush with a vibrant and varied collection of ancient royal artefacts, paraphernalia, hunting trophies and family photos.The Palace houses some of the most famous paintings of the 19th Century, including the works of one of India's most celebrated artists Raja Ravi Verma. The Palace grounds very often become venues for concerts and festivals. World-renowned artists like Enrique and Guns N' Roses have graced the palace grounds with their talent and presence. The Palace hence combines the richness and luxury of royal history with the vivacious and exuberant demeanour of the youth. Bangalore Palace HistoryOriginally a property of Reverend J Garrett, the principal of a school in the cantonment town at that time, the area where the Palace is now located was purchased from him by the British Guardians of Maharaja Chamarajendra Wadiyar for 40,000 rupees. The construction of the palace began in the year 1874. Mr John Cameron of Lalbagh was assigned the task of landscaping Palace along with its surroundings. The complete construction of the palace was completed in the year, 1878.The Palace saw many additions and modifications in its architecture in subsequent years. Maharaja Jayachamaraja Wadiyar added a few portions like the twin external staircase, the platform for musicians etc. outside the Durbar Hall. In 1970, HH Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar transferred ownership of the property to two companies, Chamundi Hotels and Shree Venkateshwara Real Estate Enterprises. However, this transaction was later shown to be fraudulent. A legal battle followed between this deal and Jayachamarajendra's son, Srikanta Datta. The five sisters of Srikanta Datta are now in possession of sections of the 28 acres of the Palace. In the year 1990 Srikant Datta finally compromised with the Chamaraju group and got back his part of the property including the main Palace except for 45 acres that the Chamaraju group still retains. Architecture:The Palace showcases exquisite wooden interiors surrounded by pristine walls. The Palace is enclosed within beautiful gardens. The architecture is a medley of Tudor style and Scottish style and has gothic undertones. A lot of physical artefacts inside are of British origin. It is said that the architecture of this building is inspired by that of the Windsor Castle and other architectural marvels of England and Normandy. The most prominent features of the Palace like the two-level granite structure of the fortified towers and turreted parapets take direct inspiration from the Tudor building styles. The entrance is decorated with grand Roman arches. The exterior of the building is covered in eccentric shapes and angles. The exterior walls are of a blushing cinnabar shade that gives the building a quaint Victorian vibe. The floor of the open courtyard of the Palace is adorned with granite seats covered with azure ceramic tiles. The ground floor also contains a beautifully decorated ballroom.The first floor of the Palace has a distinct chamber known as the Durbar Hall attached to an ornate staircase.This hall is famous for the enormous elephant head that is mounted in it and its gothic style tinted glass windows.  

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Created in 1956 from the princely state of Mysore , Karnataka – a derivation of the word karu nadu meaning “black soil” in the local language, Kannada – marks a transition zone between central India and the Dravidian deep south.

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Along its borders with Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, a string of mediaeval walled towns studded with domed mausoleums and minarets recall the era when this part of the Deccan was a Muslim stronghold. The coastal and hill districts that dovetail with Kerala are, in contrast, quintessential Hindu south India, lush with tropical vegetation and soaring temple gopuram.

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The flat, sunburnt plains of the Ganges River are India's breadbasket: a densely populated area, it is home to many of the country's greatest sights. See Delhi and all its treasures, then fly to Varanasi, the most sacred stretch of the Ganges and one of India's most intense and atmospheric places.

Karnataka’s principal attractions lie at opposite ends of the state, with a handful of less-visited places dotted along the coast between Goa and Kerala .

Road and rail routes dictate that most itineraries take in the state capital, Bengaluru (Bangalore), a go-ahead, modern city that epitomises the aspirations of the country’s new middle class, with glittering malls, fast-food outlets and nightlife unrivalled outside Mumbai .

The state’s second city, Mysuru (Mysore), appeals more for its Raj-era ambience, nineteenth-century palaces and vibrant produce and incense markets. It also lies within easy reach of several important historical monuments, notably the ruined Vijayanagar city at Hampi, whose lost temples and derelict palaces stand amid an arid, rocky landscape of surreal beauty.

Fed by the southwest monsoon and draped in dense deciduous forests, the Western Ghats, run in an unbroken line along the state’s palm-fringed coast, impeding the path of the rain clouds east.

As a result, the landscape of the interior – comprising the southern apex of the triangular Deccan trap, known as the Mysore Plateau, is considerably drier. Three of south India’s most sacred rivers, the Kaveri (also spelt Cauvery), Tungabhadra and Krishna, flow across this sun-baked terrain, draining east to the Bay of Bengal.

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#1 Explore Bengaluru (Bangalore)

This booming silicon city offers the best shopping, nightlife and dining this side of Mumbai, not to mention a few great parks, plus the odd palace and temple.

Don’t miss Cubbon Park, a welcome green space in the heart of the city, shaded by massive clumps of bamboo, and presided over by a statue of Queen Victoria.

Several prominent historic landmarks are located within its sprawling expanse, including the State Central Library, one of the oldest and largest in the country, housed in the impressive red Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Hall, and the colonnaded, red-brick High Court of Karnataka (Attara Kacheri).

Inspired by the splendid gardens of the Mughals and the French botanical gardens at Puducherry in Tamil Nadu, the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens designed by Sultan Haider Ali set in 1760 laying are also worth visiting.

#2 Seek out Mysuru (Mysore) the state’s second city

The sandalwood city oozes old-world charm and has lots to see, including the opulent Mysore Palace. A centre of sandalwood-carving, silk and incense production, and dotted with palaces and gardens, Mysore, officially renamed Mysuru in 2014, is one of south India’s more appealing cities and its cultural capital. It remains an old-fashioned place, changed by neither an IT boom nor its well-established status as a top international yoga destination.

That said, the erstwhile capital of the Wadiyar rajas can be underwhelming at first blush: upon stumbling off a bus or train you are smacked by a cacophony of tooting, careening buses, bullock carts, bikes and tongas. Still, give it a few days and Mysuru will cast a spell on you.

Stroll past the evocative, if dilapidated, pre-Independence buildings lining market areas such as Ashoka Road and Sayaji Rao Road lend an air of faded grandeur to the vibrant city centre.

#3 Seek out two of Halebidu’s Hoysala Temples

Halebidu (formerly Halebid), 32 km northwest of Hassan, was the second capital of the powerful Hoysala dynasty, which held sway over south Karnataka from the eleventh until the early fourteenth centuries and its peak stretched from coast to coast. Once known as Dora Samudra (Gateway to the Sea), the capital city became Hale-bidu, or “Old City”, after successive raids by the Delhi sultanate between 1311 and 1326 reduced it to rubble.

Despite the sacking, several large Hoysala temples survive, two of which, the Hoysaleshvara and Kedareshvara, are superb, covered in exquisite carvings and are worth exploring.

#4 Walk under the gigantic gopura at Chennakeshava temple

Located northwest of Hassan, on the banks of the Yagachi River, Belur was the Hoysala capital during the eleventh and twelfth centuries, its importance marked by the gateway tower at Chennakeshava temple.

Still in active worship, the Chennakeshava temple is a fine and early example of the singular Hoysala style, built by King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 to celebrate his conversion from Jainism, victory over Chola forces at Talakad and his independence from the Chalukyas.

Today, its grey-stone gopura, or gateway tower, soars above a small, bustling market town – a popular pilgrimage site from October to December, when busloads of Ayappan devotees stream through en route to Sabarimala. The Car Festival held around March or April takes place over twelve days and has a pastoral feel, attracting farmers from the surrounding countryside who conduct a bullock cart procession through the streets to the temple.

Inside the Chennakeshava Complex, the Andal Temple pillars entrance. Belur, Karnataka, India © Shutterstock

Inside the Chennakeshava Complex, the Andal Temple pillars entrance. Belur, Karnataka, India © Shutterstock

#5 Ditch Goa for Gokarna

This vibrant Hindu holy town is blessed with atmospheric temples and exquisite crescent beaches and is ideal for serious unwinding. Among India’s most scenically situated sacred sites, Gokarna lies between a broad white-sand beach and the verdant foothills of the Western Ghats.

Yet this compact little coastal town – a Shaivite centre for more than two millennia – remained largely “undiscovered” by Western tourists until the early 1990s, when it began to attract neo-hippies fleeing the commercialization of Goa, just over 60 km north.

Now firmly on the tourist map, the town retains a charming local character, as the Hindu pilgrims pouring through still far outnumber the foreigners who flock here in winter. A hotchpotch of wood-fronted houses and red terracotta roofs, Gokarna is clustered around a long L-shaped bazaar. Its broad main road – known as Car Street – runs west to the beach, which is a sacred site in its own right.

#6 Find serenity in ruins at Hampi

Among a surreal landscape of golden-brown boulders and leafy banana fields are the crumbling remains of the Vijayanagar kingdom. The “City of Victory,” Vijayanagar, better known as Hampi (the name of the main local village), spills from the south bank of the River Tungabhadra.

This once dazzling Hindu capital was devastated by a six-month Muslim siege in the sixteenth century. Only stone, brick and stucco structures survived the ensuing sack – monolithic deities, crumbling houses and abandoned temples dominated by towering gopuras – as well as the irrigation system that channelled water to the temples.

The serene riverside setting and air of magic that still lingers over the site, sacred for centuries before a city was founded here, make it one of India’s most extraordinary locations. Many find it difficult to leave and spend weeks chilling out in cafés, wandering to whitewashed hilltop temples and gazing at the spectacular sunsets.

#7 Size up the splendid dome at Vijayapura (Bijapur)

Known as the “Agra of the South” for its splendid Islamic architecture, most famously the vast dome of the Gol Gumbaz. The dry and dusty far northern region of Karnataka is as distinct culturally as it is in landscape. Predominantly Muslim, at least in the larger settlements, it boasts some wonderful Islamic architecture and shrines in the venerable city of Vijayapura (Bijapur), bustling Kalaburagi (Gulbarga) and rather forlorn Bidar.

#8 Escape the tourists, make a beeline for Bidar

This rarely visited Muslim outpost in the remote northeast of the state is famed for its bidri metalwork and magnificent mediaeval monuments. Lost in the far northeast of Karnataka, Bidar is a provincial backwater known for its fighter-pilot training base, but visitors will discover its gently decaying monuments, its robust fifteenth-century fort and the most important Sikh shrine in Karnataka, Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib.

The town, half of whose 210,000-strong population is Muslim, has a gritty charm, with narrow red-dirt streets ending at arched gates and open vistas across the plains. Littered with tile-fronted tombs, rambling fortifications and old mosques, it merits a visit if you’re travelling between Hyderabad (150 km east) and Vijayapura, although you should expect little in the way of Western comforts, and lots of curious approaches from locals.

Mysore Palace in Mysore, Karnataka state in India © Shutterstock

Mysore, India © Shutterstock

From the bustling tech hub of Bengaluru to the tranquil hills of Coorg and the ancient ruins of Hampi, Karnataka provides an enchanting selection of places to stay that cater to every traveller's preferences.

Due to the great number of business visitors it receives, Bengaluru offers a wealth of upmarket lodgings, as well as serviced apartments. Decent budget accommodation is also available, mostly concentrated around the Central Bus Stand and railway station.

Mysuru (Mysore)

Staying near the city centre allows easy access to attractions like the palace, Chamundi Hills, and the vibrant Devaraja Market. Finding a room is only a problem during Dasara and the Christmas/New Year period, when the popular places are booked up weeks in advance and prices predictably soar. Checkout is generally at noon.

Kodagu (Coorg)

Kodagu has a huge range of stay options from rustic cottages to ritzy resorts, though its charm lies in the profusion of traditional homestays, many in plantation bungalows, which offer the legendary hospitality of the Kodavas.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its ancient ruins and historical significance. It's best to stay in the Hampi Bazaar area or nearby Hospet town, which has a range of accommodation options .

Located on the coastal belt of Karnataka, Mangalore offers beautiful beaches and a rich cultural blend. Staying in areas like Panambur, Kadri, or the city centre provides access to beaches, temples, and local cuisine.

Known for its pristine beaches and religious significance, Gokarna is a tranquil coastal town. Om Beach, Kudle Beach, and Gokarna Main Beach are popular areas for accommodation .

This coastal town is famous for its ancient temples and delicious Udupi cuisine. Staying near the city centre or close to Malpe Beach is convenient for exploring the town and nearby attractions.

Browse the places to stay in Karnataka.

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Gokarna, India © Shutterstock

Karnataka has numerous transportation options available, so whether you’re navigating the bustling city streets of Bengaluru or embarking on scenic drives through picturesque landscapes, the state’s well-connected network of roads, railways, and airways help you to get around.

Karnataka has an extensive rail network connecting major cities and towns. It's advisable to book train tickets in advance, especially for long-distance journeys, to secure your preferred class and seat. Hubballi is the state's major railway junction.

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates a vast network of buses connecting various cities, towns, and even remote areas within the state.

KSRTC buses are a reliable and affordable option for intercity travel and reaching popular destinations

If in Bengaluru, there is now a metro system. The east– west Purple Line links the main train and bus stations (via City Railway and Majestic stations) with points east including Cubbon Park, MG Road and Indiranagar.

The north–south Green Line travels south via Yeshwantpur before intersecting with the Purple Line at Majestic and continuing south via Chikpete, KR Market and Lalbagh. Payment is by single-use tokens or Varshik smart cards, which give a slight discount.

By auto-rickshaw

The easiest way of getting around big cities is by metered auto-rickshaw. Most meters do work and drivers are usually willing to use them, although you will occasionally be asked for a flat fare, especially during rush hour.

You can book chauffeur-driven cars and taxis through several state-wide agencies or use Ola or Uber.

 Gol Gumbaz which is the mausoleum of king Mohammed Adil Shah, Sultan of Bijapur. The tomb, located in Bijapur (Vijayapura), Karnataka in India © Shutterstock

Gol Gumbaz tomb in Bijapur (Vijayapura), Karnataka in India © Shutterstock

To truly experience Karnataka, you will need a minimum of 7 to 10 days. This will give you time to visit popular destinations in like Bangalore, where you can spend two days immersed in the city's bustling atmosphere and visit iconic landmarks such as Bangalore Palace, Lalbagh Botanical Garden, and Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace.

Then head to Mysore for two days. Marvel at the grandeur of Mysore Palace, take a trip to the serene Chamundi Hills, and explore After that, make your way to Coorg, a picturesque hill station renowned for its coffee plantations or venture into Nagarhole National Park for a brush with wildlife.

Then visit Hampi for its awe-inspiring ruins and temples. Conclude your trip with two days in Gokarna, a coastal paradise. Unwind on the pristine beaches, pay a visit to the revered Mahabaleshwar Temple, and enjoy water activities like swimming or beachside yoga.

Looking for inspiration for your trip? Check our India itineraries .

Coastal Karnataka is one of the wettest regions in India, its climate is dominated by the seasonal monsoon, which sweeps in from the southwest in June, dumping an average of 4m of rain on the coast before it peters out in late September.

October to April is therefore the best time to visit. Bengaluru and Mysuru, to the south of the Deccan Plateau, have a temperate climate with mild weather most of the year. The northern tracts and the coast get really hot in summer (April–June), with monsoon bringing some respite between July and October.

Karnataka also has several large festivals including:

  • Hampi Utsav (early Nov). Celebrated since Vijayanagar times and revived by the Government of Karnataka, this three-day festival is a cultural showcase of music, dance, costume dramas, puppet shows, fireworks, processions and kushti (wrestling) that once received royal patronage.
  • Makar Sankranti (mid-Jan). The transition of the sun into the zodiac sign of Makara (Capricorn) is when the harvest festival (suggi habba) is celebrated. Temple festivities, cultural programmes and kite-flying, especially in northern Karnataka, mark the occasion.
  • Bangalore Karaga (April). Bengaluru’s oldest festival is celebrated over eleven days around the Dharmaraya Swamy Temple in the old city. The festival honours Draupadi, considered a form of Shakti, and is named after the karaga or large floral pyramid borne by the appointed carrier during a night-time procession to the accompaniment of music and acrobatics.
  • Mysore Dasara (Sept/Oct). The biggest of them all, Karnataka’s naada habba (state festival) culminates in a grand procession on its tenth and final day.
  • Kadalekai Parishe (Dec/Jan). Bengaluru’s unique groundnut fair, held near the Bull Temple in Basavanagudi with rural produce on sale.

Find out more about the best time to visit India .

Vittala temple in Hampi © Shutterstock

Vitthala temple, Hampi © Shutterstock

From international flights to domestic transportation options, here’s how to get to Karnataka.

The quickest and most convenient way to reach Karnataka from distant locations is by air. The state has several airports, including the Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore, which is the busiest airport in Karnataka.

Other helpful airports for travellers include Bellary, 60km from Hampi, and Mangaluru, which has international connections.

Karnataka has an extensive railway network, making train travel a popular and affordable option for arriving here. Hubballi is the state's major railway junction with trains from Northern India and Maharashtra .

Karnataka has an extensive network of national and state highways, many of which have been recently upgraded.

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Journey to Divinity | A Detailed Road Trip Itinerary from Bangalore to Dharmasthala, Kukke Subramanya, Kateelu, Udupi, Kollur, Sringeri & Horanadu

Karnataka Temple Tour

Last updated on May 1st, 2024 at 03:10 pm

Are you planning a road trip from Bangalore to Dharmasthala, Kukke Subramanya and other temples? We are here to make it easy for you to explore major temples in Malnad and Coastal Karnataka.

Karnataka is home to many famous and ancient temples. These temples in Karnataka are highly revered and visited by devotees. Fortunately, these major temples in Karnataka can be easily covered in a lovely Karnataka Temple Tour!

Here is a list of temples that will be covered in this itinerary

  • Sri Subramanya Temple at Kukke
  • Sri Manjunathaswamy temple at Dharmasthala
  • Sri Durgaparameshwari temple at Kateel
  • Sri Krishna temple at Udupi
  • Sri Mookambika Temple, Kollur
  • Sri Ganapathy temple at Hattiangadi and Anegudde
  • Sri Sharadamba temple at Sringeri
  • Sri Annapurneshwari temple at Horanadu

Weather Alert – This is summer and day times are hot and humid, especially on the coast. Avoid outdoors between 11AM and 4PM and drink lot of water and be well hydrated.

Roadtrip Details

Route Map – https://maps.app.goo.gl/VdYkskLcTjbJaWvG7

Total Distance – 967 KMs

Number of Days – 5 days

Road Conditions – Generally good with very few bad patches.

The Detailed Itinerary for Karnataka Temple Tour

Day 1 – Bangalore – Dharmasthala – Kukke

Bangalore – Dharmasthala Distance – 310 KMs

Route Map – https://maps.app.goo.gl/31C44U8mzi9ceDHKA

Dharmasthala – Kukke Distance – 54 Kms

Route Map – https://maps.app.goo.gl/cr2pyieX1HBBPCwu8

6 AM – Depart from Bangalore.

8 AM – Have Breakfast at Swathi Delicacy or Paakashala Or Iconic MTR or Dhruvataare

2 PM – Reach Dharmasthala. This is the first stop in this road trip covering Bangalore to Dharmasthala and other temples. Have lunch in the temple which will be open till 2.30 PM

Bangalore to Dharmasthala

3 PM – After lunch, visit the Gommateshwara statue, Manjusha Museum and the Vintage car museum. See details of places and timings here https://www.shridharmasthala.org/places-to-visit/

Karnataka Temple Tour

5 PM – Visit Sri Manjunathaswamy temple. Spend an hour here depending on the crowd.

6 PM – Depart for Kukke Subramanya. Stay for the night. Please note that departure to Kukke will depend on the crowd and waiting time for darshan in the temple.

7 PM – Arrive at Kukke Subramanya. Check into your place of stay. If you have energy, walk around the temple street.

Day 2 – Kukke – Kateel – Udupi

Distance – 157 KMs

Route Map – https://maps.app.goo.gl/QxCeiFoLMwqYKbvM6

6.30 AM – Get up early and go for early morning Darshan when crowds are less. The temple opens for darshan at 6.30 AM.

Karnataka Temple Tour

See all details regarding Kukke temple here https://itms.kar.nic.in/hrcehome/index_temple.php?tid=21&action=pooja_info

8 AM – After Darshan – depending on the crowd – come back to your place of stay, Pack and have breakfast in any restaurant on Temple Street or in your place of stay.

9 AM – Depart for Kateel

11.30 AM – Arrive at Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple, Kateel. Spend an hour here. Check all details on the temple here http://www.kateeldevi.in/

Karnataka Temple Tour

12.30 PM – Depart for Udupi.

1.30 PM – Arrive at Udupi. Check into your place of stay and have lunch.

4 PM – Visit Sri Krishna temple and spend an hour and a half exploring around the temple

Karnataka Temple Tour

5.30 PM – Go to Malpe Beach and enjoy the sunset and sea walk.

7 PM – Return to Udupi, Dinner. Night stay.

Day 3 – Udupi – Kollur – Hattiangadi – Anegudde – Udupi

Distance – 153 KMs

Route Map – https://maps.app.goo.gl/rZVEKLTGuNCDAMWf9

Today you can explore Udupi and the temples around it.

6.30 AM – Depart for Kollur

7.30 AM – Arrive at Kollur. Take a special darshan ticket.

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9 AM – After darshan, have breakfast at any restaurant on Temple Street and head to Hattiangadi Vinayaka temple

Bangalore to Dharmasthala

10.30 AM – Arrive at Hattiangadi temple. Spend 45 minutes and head to Anegudde Ganapati temple.

11.45 AM – Arrive at Anegudde Ganapati temple. Spend 45 mins here.

Bangalore to Dharmasthala

12.30 AM – Depart for Udupi. Back to your place of stay and Lunch.

3 PM – Optional – Visit the lovely Hastashilpa Heritage Museum. Check details here https://www.heritagevillagemanipal.org/

After visiting the museum, head to Kapu beach which is 12 KMs from Udupi.

4 PM – If not going to Hastashilpa, go to lovely Kapu beach and spend time there till sunset.

7 PM – Back to Udupi, Dinner. Night stay.

Day 4 – Udupi – Sringeri – Theerthakere Falls – Horanadu

Distance – 138 KMs

Route map – https://maps.app.goo.gl/6LaXLueUrj5Vz13J6

6.30 AM – Depart for Sringeri via Agumbe ghat. Enjoy the lovely drive. Stop at Agumbe viewpoint and get fascinated by the magnificent valley view.

Karnataka Temple Tour

9 AM – Reach Sringeri. Have breakfast at any restaurant near the temple. Visit the temple and riverfront. More details about temple – https://sringeri.net/

11 AM – Depart Sringeri to Horanadu.

( Route map – https://maps.app.goo.gl/1vyT8eyeZ61KgHWK7 )

Enjoy the lovely drive through the hills. You will also be seeing beautiful Theerthakere Falls on the way.

Bangalore to Dharmasthala

Stop over for a cup of coffee at Horanadu Heights which is six Kms short of Horanadu and enjoy the beautiful valley view from this place.

Bangalore to Dharmasthala

1 PM – Arrive at Horanadu. Check into a guest house near the temple or stay in any homestay nearby. Have lunch in the temple.

2.30 PM – After lunch, visit the temple. Check out all the details about the temple and how to book a room in the guesthouse here https://shrikshetrahoranadu.com/#/

Bangalore to Dharmasthala

3.30 PM – Depending on the rush, after darshan, you may visit Ambatheertha on the Bhadra river and Drive around nearby Samshe which has lovely tea gardens and up to Kudremukh and return back

6.30 PM – Visit Kalaseshwaraswamy temple in Kalasa town and Back to your place of stay. Night stay.

Day 5 – Horanadu – Bangalore

Distance – 358 KMs

Route Map – https://maps.app.goo.gl/gs3t21NHKPofVyQA8

9 AM – After breakfast, Return to Bangalore via the Kottigehara – Mudigere – Belur – Hassan route. Have lunch or snacks at any restaurant between Bellur Cross and Kunigal ( See day 1 hotels above). Our favourite is Swathi Delicacy.

Reach safely and cherish the memories of the Karnataka temple tour covering Dharmasthala, Kukke, Udupi, Kateel, Kollur, Sringeri and Horanadu!

Travel tips for karnataka temple tour.

1 This itinerary covers major temples in Malnad, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts. These are prominent temples and people go on pilgrimage tours regularly. We can also say this itinerary also covers Coastal Karnataka Temple tours.

2) If you want to explore beyond Udupi and want to cover Murudeshwar and Gokarna, please see days 4 and beyond in this detailed itinerary for exploring Coastal Karnataka.

Coastal Karnataka Tour in 7 days with detailed Itinerary!

3) The focus of this itinerary for the Karnataka Temple Tour is a religious tour. As such, we have not covered other sightseeing places in Udupi. Add an additional day in Udupi which will help you to cover places like St Mary’s Island, Padubidri beach, Varanga Jain temple etc. Similarly, one can spend one full day in Dharmasthala including a visit to Karkala and Moodabidri. Add an additional day if you wish to cover these places.

4) Be aware of darshan timings in the temples. Please check the official website links of which are given in this post.

5) The best season to do this Karnataka Temple Tour is from Oct – Feb. Summers will be hot and humid. The rainy season is from June to September.

6) Even during winter, the sun will be harsh during the day, Make sure that you are wearing a hat and drink a lot of water.

7) All temples in this region provide lunch. If you plan to wait for lunch, then adjust the time accordingly.

8) All timings are indicative and for cars/two-wheelers. Timings may change if there is a heavy rush in temples.

9) Men have to wear Panche/Dhoti in the Kollur Mookambika temple. Make sure you have packed one. Women are allowed in Saree and Churidar.

10) The itinerary given here is only for darshan at temples. If you are performing any special seva in any temples, taking bath in rivers etc adjust timings accordingly.

11) All places have guest houses by temple management and also hotels for stay.

12) Avoid auspicious days like Ugadi, Navaratri, Deepavali, Sankranti etc as all these places will be crowded. If you still want to do the trip during this time, please add more days accordingly. Weekends will also see heavy crowds in all these places. Apart from this, days which are auspicious for particular deities like Monday for Shiva, Tuesday for Subramanya and Friday for Devi also see crowds.

13) There are agencies who conduct Karnataka Temple Tour packages. One can google for it.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1 How to plan a temple tour of Karnataka from Bangalore to Dharmasthala, Kukke, Udupi, Sringeri and Horanadu? – The temple tour to these places can be easily done in 5 days from Bangalore. Please see the detailed itinerary above.

2) How many days are required to visit Bangalore to Dharmasthala, Kukke, Udupi, Sringeri and Horanadu? – We would recommend 5 days for an easy road trip from Bangalore. We don’t recommend night driving as driving in the region during the day is a spectacular experience.

3) Which are the top temples in Karnataka? – The Top temples in Karnataka are

  • Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, Mysore
  • Sri Nanjundeshwara temple, Nanjanagudu
  • Sri Yellamma temple, Savadatti
  • Sri Banashankari temple, Badami
  • Sri Mahabaleshwara temple, Gokarna
  • Sri Murudeshwara temple, Murudeshwara
  • Sri Ganapati temple, Idagunji

4) How to plan a tour of famous temples in Karnataka from Bangalore to Dhramasthala and others? – The famous temples in Karnataka which are in Malnad and Coastal region can be planned as per the detailed itinerary given above.

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Wonderful Road Trips to Take in Karnataka

One of the most beautiful states in the south of India, Karnataka is blessed with numerous tourist spots both natural and manmade. One needs a lot of time to cover all of them but taking a road trip in Karnataka is an excellent way to explore them in a short span. Here we have tried to come up with a comprehensive list of selected tourist attractions in Karnataka which are perfect for short trips:

15 Best Places to Visit in And Around Karnataka

1. lepakshi.

Lepakshi

Lepakshi is famous for the temple that is dedicated to Papanasheshvara. The architecture of the temple is unique. The temples in Lepakshi have historical importance. It is one of the best Karnataka weekend getaways by car .

2. Skandagiri

SKANDAGIRI

If you are all set for a road trip from Bangalore , you can add Skandagiri to your list. It is basically a hill where you can feel as if you are touching the clouds. The place is famous for trekking, especially in the night hours. Most of the trekkers start their trekking at 2 am and make it to the peak before the sunrise.

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Sangam is the point where River Arkavathi and River Kaveri meet. Tourists mostly enjoy Coracle boat ride here.

4. Avalabetta

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If you love exploring hills, Avalabetta will give you enough reasons to be happy. Nestled in greenery, Avalabetta is one of the best road trips that you can take in the state, especially if you are starting from Bangalore. The place is serene and the roads are smooth, which make it a much sought after destination for a long drive from the city.

5. Sakleshpur

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While you are taking a road trip from Mangalore , you can count in Sakleshpur. It is a hill station which has many scenic views to offer. The verdant coffee plantations, beautiful mountains, splendid streams and pleasant weather, make Sakleshpur a favourite destination of many tourists.

karnataka road trip plan

While you drive all the way to Wayanad, you may spot animals. The other things that you will definitely come across include the pristine waterfalls and forests. The roads look no less than a dream and the condition is also good. However, if you are driving at night, you might need to be a little careful.

7. Kudremukh

karnataka road trip plan

The grassy hill station of Kudremukh is known for the scenic beauty. The mountains are grassy here and you can find various flora and fauna in the region. There is an eponymous peak, which resembles the face of a horse.

Hampi

For your north Karnataka road trip , what can be a better place than Hampi. It is a famous destination among the history buffs because of the ruined temples from the Vijayanagara Empire. If you go to Vittala Temple here, you will find a stone-carved chariot standing in front. You can also visit Hampi Daroji Bear Sanctuary to spot Indian sloth bear.

Agumbe, Karnataka

One of the best places to visit in Karnataka is Agumbe. If you have a thing for sunrise, you will certainly fall for Agumbe. The tranquil place is apt for trekkers as there are several trails that they can opt for. The place is wrapped with natural beauty.

10. Kodaikanal

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Your Western Ghats road trip from Bangalore cannot be completed sans visiting Kodaikanal. From the green hills to dense forests, from the waterfalls cascading from the splashing waterfalls to riding on horses, you can see and do so many things in this beautiful place. Though the place is located in Tamil Nadu, you can certainly take a road trip from Karnataka to Kodaikanal.

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Badami has deep links with the history of the country. You can still find Chalukyan ruins here. The old houses and carved wooden doorways will take you to the ancient period. The major tourist attractions here are the rock-cut caves temples as well as the red sandstone cliffs.

Mangalore to Karwar trip  

There is no specific best time to travel in Karnataka ; however, if you are heading to Karwar, you can just skip the rainy months. The seaside town looks absolutely beautiful with sea on its one side and the Western Ghats on the other side.

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While you enter Coorg, you will see vast areas covered with coffee plantations. Coorg is also a producer of cardamom. Apart from the scenic beauty of Coorg, the weather plays an important role to attract so many tourists all through the year. Whether you want to take a break from the city life or seeking some mental peace, Coorg is the best place to be at. Also, the road to Coorg is smooth and you will surely have a great time driving all the way to this destination.

14. Bylakuppe

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While you are on your South India road trip from Karnataka , don’t forget adding Munnar to your bucket-list. You will be able to see tea plantations here covering a huge part of the hill station. The other attractions include Muniyara Dolmens, Atukkad Waterfalls, Echo Point, etc.

The road trips in Karnataka are the best way for us to capture the essence of the state and also visit some fabulous places. Along the way you can enjoy sumptuous delicacies and amazing weather that can be enjoyed all year around. For most of these destinations, you can rent a car for road trips from Bangalore by Revv and enjoy the freedom to explore the places at your own pace and comfort.

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Karnatak coastal roadtrip

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Started of early from Mumbai by 4am. With unexpected traffic at lonavala and few  halts we reached gokarna just before sunset.

Funny thing was that we were on the beach road, but beach wasn't visible as it had dense coconut n farms. Dinner at french restaurant chez Christophe . High expectations but food was avg. Interiors and vibe was gud. Surprisingly crowded too

Photo of Gokarna by Sameer Gala

Started with walk from our homestay to zostel gokarna which has restaurant mantra cafe. Zostel gokarna has amazing location on cliff overlooking the main gokarna beach.

Brunch was delicious. Return route we saw temple on the way back from outside. Decided to rest for while as day 1 journey was tiring.

Late afternoon started our beach hopping from kudle beach . Beaches here are clean , less crowded than goa. U get bikes on rent like goa.

After having a swim in the beach we headed to om beach. 10 mins drive. 5.30 is last boat ride which takes you to Paradise beach and halfmoon beach. Dolphin sighting was bonus. Note : u can only trek to these beaches or visit by boat.

Our boat which charged 300 per head doesn't take u on beach but u can have view from distant.

Had good time for sunset. And headed back to Village . Dinner at Mantra cafe . We stayed at hope villas . Neat n clean budget homestay.

Photo of Gokarna by Sameer Gala

Checkout gokarna- enter Udupi Maravanthe beach on the nh66 route... Journey on this highway touch beach has to be experienced. Stayed at kediyoor hotels. Nice place with gud restaurant. Had goli baje and neer dosa . Both yum. Took rest and left for kemmanu hanging bridge. Beautiful countryside ... Coconut trees everywhere . Had cheapest kayak 50 rs pp for 15-20 mins Location is very scenic. Had goti soda( gujjus love it).

Next headed to malpe beach for our visit to st Mary's island. This is must visit place in Udupi. ( History and geography) 400 pp u reach within 20 mins boatride. Place has HEXAGONAL rock structures, only found here. Beach side doesn't has sand only Seashells. Place was highlight of Udupi.

It was almost sunset and I drove fast to delta point. Had heard a lot about drive at this place... Truly so... River n sea on either side it was beautiful drive.

Delta point whr both sea and river meets is breathtaking.

Photo of Udupi by Sameer Gala

Reached mulki early morning. Surfing, this is what we did this trip for. Indica surfing school .

Had a best time of my life at the day1 of surfing school. Son was overjoyed and demanded surf board for his birthday (hahaha). Very satisfying morning.

Had some gud south indian food took rest. Late afternoon left for Padubidri beach. One of blue flag beach in india. Awsme work by the villagers to keep this beach clean , well maintained. Hats off. Highly impressed Must visit. Amazing sunset

Next dinner halt at Pabbas mangalore. Surprised by size of ice cream parlour. It was crowded on weekday. Gadbad ice cream most recommended dessert in mangalore/ Udupi belt was lipsmacking. Even machine gun snack was tasty, do try.

Photo of Mulki by Sameer Gala

Surfing day 2 was fun too. Surely doing this sport again. After the session took rest. Evening went for stand up paddle. Did for 1st time was fun. Sunsets as usual ;) were beautiful. Went back to Udupi for Krishna math darshan. Beautiful temple complex. Lightings were gud. Darshan at evening time was worth the drive. Gud reasonable food at Mitra samaj

Surprise element of the trip- bioluminescence phenomenon. This night will never be forgotten. What a experience. Magical... Life of pi moment... Kayaking in dark in backwaters of mulki. You paddle and water is shining flourescent Blue U take water in your hands and u can see ur palm glow. Purre trip ka Paisa vasool moment. No pics possible as it was dark. Not even capturable by iPhone.

Photo of Mulki by Sameer Gala

Murudeshwar Temple

Left early for murudeshwar. Divine moment to see such 123 feet high statue of lord shiva.

Photo of Murudeshwar Temple by Sameer Gala

Netrani Island

Early morning super excited for scuba. Reef adventures was the agency. Started late but had some super memorable experience. Water was so clear at netrani island. Scuba n snorkelling were highlight of the trip. Corals and fishes were so clear n beautiful Were late to return. But decided to reach south goa. Had AWSME vegan dinner at bibitaki at palolem beach .

Photo of Netrani Island by Sameer Gala

Decided to leave for Mumbai . Took small detour to Panjim Had lipsmacking European food at Padaria prazeres Every item was tasty. Most satisfying meal. Headed back home with some lifetime beautiful memories. Some trips are improptu... This was one... But most exciting... Each day better than the other. Total distance in road trip around 2270 kms.

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Coastal Karnataka : Saga of an exciting road trip

This story is as much about Coastal Karnataka, as about the exciting road trip that we had this winter. Coastal Karnataka is serene, tranquil and gorgeous, and largely unexplored by travelers outside of Karnataka. We had planned for a road trip by taxi from Goa to Mangalore. But we ended up doing it by local transport- an experiment we wanted to do for a long time. And buoy! Was it exciting!

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Coastal Karnataka : Hidden gems along the Arabian sea

Dotted with white sand beaches, lush green forests, and culture-rich small towns and quaint villages, Coastal Karnataka just stretches out of your imagination to the realm of a great travel experience. From Karwar in north to Mangalore in south, it’s a magical stretch of more than 270 kilometers. It runs between the gorgeous blue Arabian sea on one side, and the verdant green Western Ghats on the other. 

However, ironically, Coastal Karnataka is much underrated as a travel destination. One might have heard about the individual places like Udupi, Gokarna and Mangalore; but seen as a whole, this region is a treasure trove for travellers. And especially, if you are a lover of off-beat locations, Coastal Karnataka is heaven for you. 

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Coastal Karnataka : The Plan

Honestly, it was difficult to plan a road-trip about which you have little information. So, we had thought of taking it as it would come, and be flexible. After our  Goa sojourn , we had only three days on hand for Coastal Karnataka road trip. This time as an experiment, we decided to explore Coastal Karnataka only by local transport. But the problem was that the buses didn’t run on long routes. So, we had to change buses at more places than planned. It meant that the initial plans went haywire! 

Ultimately, the plan vs. actual scenario turned out to be like this:

  • Actual: Palolem to Karwar (via Canacona and Ankola); spent the night in Karwar
  • Actual: Karwar to Gokarna | Gokarna to Murudeshwar | Murudeshwar to Udupi (reached very late night) 
  • Actual: Same as planned

So, as you can see, there were quite a few places to cover in Coastal Karnataka in less than 3 days! But the idea was not to explore the places, rather to have a glimpse, and enjoy a road-trip.

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For more such road trip plans, please check out: “ Odisha (Golden Triangle) ” | “ Khajuraho- Orchha- Jhansi circuit ” |  “South Kerala Road Trip ” |

Day-1 : Palolem to Karwar

After winding up a beautiful day in Palolem, we took an autorickshaw to drop us at Canacona bus stop. Contrary to our expectation, there was no direct bus to Gokarna. So, we decided to take a bus to Karwar (27 kms away from Canacona), and spend a night there. We reached Karwar in the evening, and found a guesthouse for ourselves near the bus station. After checking in, we went for an evening walk around the town.

We were really hungry by then; so, first, we had dinner at a popular eatery. And then, while roaming the streets of Karwar, we came across an old temple where a festival was underway. It was interesting to watch the devotees engage in traditional rituals and bhajans. We tasted some local sweet-snack, and soaked in the general excitement near the temple. Though we still wanted to roam around for longer, we were tired and early next morning we had to leave for Gokarna!

The town is located so close to the Arabian sea that we could hear sound of roaring sea late in the night. Karwar played a very important role in the evolution of Konkani culture and language. Apart from its popular beaches, there are mountains for trekking lovers, islands, a historic fort, ancient temples, and a popular mosque. 

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Day-2 : Karwar - Gokarna - Udupi

Reaching the bus station next morning, we realized that there was no direct bus to Gokarna from Karwar! So, we took a bus to Ankola (37 kms away), and from there, changed for Gokarna (26 kms). I just loved the bus ride with amazing views of boats and ships floating over the Arabian sea. We reached Gokarna by 11 AM. Quickly, we rented an autorickshaw to visit two beaches- the Om beach, and the Kudle beach.

Gokarna is a small, adorable, but largely unexplored town located by the sea. In recent times, overcrowding of south Goa beaches is pushing a lot of peace-seeking and adventure-seeking tourists to Gokarna. Though tourism is increasing steadily in Gokarna, it still gives the ambience of old days. Earlier it was popular for pilgrimage, but now it is getting popular among backpackers and trekkers. They stay long days, and trek across all the beaches, starting either from Om beach or Kudle beach and covering the Half-moon beach and Paradise beach through the mountain slopes.

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I would describe the beach in three words- white-sandy, rocky-terrain and tranquil. Secluded by hills with vegetative cover, the beach augurs serenity that makes one want to spend long hours with oneself doing nothing.  A clear sky over the sea and undulating rocky terrain made the beach look serene and attractive.  Interestingly, the beach is in the shape of ‘Om’ (Hindu symbol), on which it is named. 

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I felt like sitting there for long hours reading a book with coffee in hand, and take a stroll on the beach talking to like-minded people! Talking of coffee, the best place on the beach is the “Namaste Cafe”, a very popular cafe for obvious reasons. It gives an amazing panoramic view of the beach, and an ambiance to hang out. 

namaste-cafe-om-beach

Kudle beach:

From the Om beach, we moved to our next destination- the Kudle beach. It’s again another secluded beach. In fact, all the beaches in Gokarna are secluded with gorgeous green cover. From the last drivable point, it took us a 20 minute trekking to reach the Kudle beach.

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The C-shaped beach looked really attractive even from a long distance. During our short stay there, we met three young chaps/adventurers from Hyderabad who had just completed their trekking in the adjacent hills covering all the beaches in Gokarna. I could clearly see the excitement and  the happiness writ large on their faces.  I instantly felt the urge to come back to Gokarna at the earliest! But then it was time to say good-bye to Kudle beach, and Gokarna.

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Moving to Murudeshwar:

The auto-rickshaw driver dropped us at the bus station. As we were preparing to board a bus to Murudeshwar (80 kms), we realized that Suvendu forgot his jacket in the rickshaw! A long time bad habit of his! The rickshaw driver was kind enough to give it back on a phone call. However, we had to wait for the next bus! Lost some more precious day-light there!

Murudeshwar

To our good fortune, the bus dropped us near Murudeshwar just in time for the sunset. The bus dropped off on the highway, some 2 kms away from the Murudeshwar temple. We took an auto-rickshaw to reach the temple by 5.00 PM. As we were super excited about watching the sunset from above the Raja Gopuram (entrance tower) of the temple, Suvendu rushed to get the tickets (for only Rs.10).

Murudeshwar in the mythology:

According to Hindu mythology, Murudeshwar (Mrideshwara in ancient times) is the place where one of the pieces of Atma-Linga (soul) of Shiva (Hindu God) was dropped by Ravana (the demon King). In fact, Lord Ganesha, and Lord Vishnu had tricked him in order to prevent him from becoming immortal. To read the complete story,  click here .

Though Murudeshwar has an ancient origin, the main temple was built in the 14th century by the Vijayanagar rulers. The impressive Gopuram and the Shiva statue were built in 2008 only. 

gopuram-murudeshwar

Murudeswar temple complex has three main sections- the Raja Gopuram (entrance), the main temple and the huge Shiva statue (popular in Instagram). Standing at 237 feet (=72 mt) high, the Raja Gopuram is the second tallest Gopuram in India. Standing below the Gopuram, I was speechless! The massive tower, designed in south Indian architectural style with intricately carved statues, was so impressive!

Watching sunset from the Raja Gopuram:

When we reached the elevator to go to the 18th floor of the Gopuram (of the  20 floors) , there was a small que. They managed the crowd very well, I must say. We felt so lucky that we reached there at the perfect time, just when the sun was going down the horizon by turning the sky bright orange!  The panoramic view of the Shiva statue (123 ft=37 mt) by the sea facing the temple, and the sea beach was absolutely spectacular. The Arabian sea surrounds the temple complex on three sides; so, you can imagine the amazing view from the top, especially of the beach. 

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Onward to Udupi:

After the sunset, we spent about half an hour at the temple complex, and then came to the highway to take our next bus to Udupi, 103 kms away.  

After a long waiting, we got the bus, but there was no seat! You can imagine how difficult it would be to stand in a moving bus after a long day in the sun! But luckily, we got two seats midway.

Besides, we were so hungry that we could eat grass! And as if the driver could sense it, he stopped the bus and Suvendu brought some food from a roadside eatery to much respite from hunger.

We reached Udupi around 11 PM, and didn’t have a hotel to check-in! Actually, we were expecting a number of hotels near the bus station. But there was hardly any! Taking the help of google ratings, and google maps, we identified a hotel nearby, and walked up to the hotel. Fortunately, they had a room for us. We checked-in immediately, and took a good sleep to revitalize our bodies for the next day.

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Day-3 : Udupi - Mangalore - Delhi

Udupi has been a center of pilgrimage since ancient times with two very important temples attracting scores of devotees. These temples- Chandramauleshwara temple and Anantheshwara temple are still there; but the town is now famous for another temple- Srikrishna Math. Along with its religious importance, Udupi’s diverse natural beauty attracts thousands of visitors. Lovely beaches, rivers, backwaters, and forests make fore a relaxed few days. The amalgamation of cultural importance and natural beauty makes Udupi such an amazing place to explore! 

Udupi has so many amazing places to explore that 1 day would never be enough. However, we had chosen our places of interest by prior research.

udupi

Srikrishna Math:

We started our last day around 9.00 AM by visiting Srikrishna Math. The Math was located at a walkable distance from the hotel. Though we couldn’t enter the temple (prayer time was over), the outside environment was quite devotional. People were paying obeisance from outside only. We loved taking pictures of the Gopuram (entrance tower) and the beautifully decorated chariot standing outside the temple. 

According to legends, in the 13th century AD, a ship coming from Dwarka carrying the statue of Balakrishna faced a storm at Udupi coast. The saint Madhavacharya helped the ship to safety, and thus, got the statue of Balakrishna as a gift.

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Madhavacharya established the Srikrishna Math and instituted the statue there. Since then this temple became popular among the devotees. Madhavacharya established 7 more Maths in Karnataka to popularize the  Dvaita Vedanta philosophy . 

From near the temple, we hired an auto-rickshaw to show us around Udupi. To make things convenient, and to our good fortune, we got an amazing human being as the auto-rickshaw driver- Satish.

Our auto-rickshaw driver friend:

Sometimes, while travelling, you meet absolutely adorable people. This time, it was our autorickshaw driver friend- Satish. A middle-aged man with a warm and golden heart. 

Neither he understood much Hindi, nor we understood any Kannada. But luckily, he managed some broken Hindi, and we got some communication going! 

While talking to us during the drive,  he actually broke down explaining the plight of his sister’s broken marriage! Such an emotional and kind hearted person!

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He went out of the way to help us in everything we needed. On the way to the Kemmannu bridge, he actually took us to his home, and introduce to his lovely wife, and loving mother-in-law. They even offered us some food and beverages! Their love and affection filled our heart with joy.  This indeed is the essence of travel, and  travel indeed is the essence of life !

Malpe beach:

Our first stop was the Malpe beach. This is the most popular beach in Udupi with water sports, food stalls, etc. I especially loved the art work on the coconut trees by the beach. Besides, the fishing boats, fishermen, and visitors engaged in myriad beach activities made the beach vibes come alive. 

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Malpe Sea-walkway:

About 2 kms away from the Malpe beach is the Malpe sea-walkway (came up recently in 2018). The walkway is situated at the tourist jetty where boats leave for the St. Mary’s island. It goes 450 meters into the sea, and provides for a pleasant stroll with fresh air brushing your hair. As we were there early in the afternoon, it was too hot for a walk. But we did take a few lovely pictures there.

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Kemmannu hanging bridge:

It’s a hidden gem nestled in the lap of nature, located in Thonse village towards the Delta point. Kemmannu bridge, a 280 ft long suspension bridge  over the Swarna river , gives the most photogenic view of the place. Set in a serene village environment, it has a typical rustic charm. We loved walking over the bridge to the other side and watch the river flow below our feet. 

Some visitors were engaged in kayaking in the river. I definitely wanted to do the same, in case I had some more time! Of all the places in Udupi,  Kemmannu bridge was the place where I wanted to spend a lot more time.

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Hoode beach:

Though this was not in our plan, Satish suggested and took us there on the way to the Delta point. It’s a long narrow strip of beach, very narrow, maybe only 10 feet wide! But lined by coconut trees and big boulders, it looked beautiful. 

After having a look around, we moved to our last destination for the day: the Delta point. 

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Delta point:

The road towards the Delta point was awesomely handsome! It runs between the Sita river on one side, and the Arabian sea on the other! Delta point is the point where the river meets the sea.  As we reached the Delta point, I felt as if it was the end of landmass on earth!  The view of river meeting the sea was really enchanting.

Further, this meeting point forms a beach too- the Delta beach. Observing the small crabs come out of their holes on the beach was delightful. And watching the fishing boats coming from, and going into the sea was fascinating!

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Places we missed out in Udupi:

St. Mary’s island | Kaup beach | Padubidri beach | Manipal | Karkala | Anantheshwara temple | Chandramauleshwar temple

From the Delta point, Satish took us to the bus station where we got on to a bus to Mangalore. We had been to Mangalore exactly one year before this trip, and had explored a bit then. So, we decided to directly move to the airport.

We had an indirect flight to Delhi via Mumbai; reached home well after midnight.  Though we were extremely exhausted by then, the thrill of the exciting trip kept us in good spirits.

Coastal Karnataka : Road trip tips

Start and finish:.

  • If you are from Karnataka, well, of course, you would start at a point closer to you.
  • But, if you are from outside, I would suggest starting from north, i.e. Karwar and ending in south, i.e. Mangalore. Because at the end of the road trip, you would be tired, and would like to take a flight rather than a train. And Mangalore has an airport. There is no airport near Karwar; but has a railway station. So, it’s good to reach Karwar by a train, and take flight from Mangalore.

Minimum number of days:

Karwar: 1 day |  Gokarna: 2 days (plus, a day for Jog falls, if travelling during monsoon) |  Kumta: 1 day | Murudeshwar: 1 day | Udupi: 3 days | Mangalore: 1 day | Total: 9+1 days. And of course, a few more days if you are interested in some lesser known places like Manipal and Hannovar.

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Local buses:

  •  Buses don’t run for long distances on the coastal route. So, you would have to change frequently. If you have time on hand, that’s great. Otherwise, plan your itinerary keeping enough time for transits.

Budget trip tips:

For some great tips on budget trips, please check out our post: “ How to make your budget trip enjoyable “

Things not to miss:

  • A morning stroll on the Kudle beach in Gokarna
  • Enjoy the sunset at the Om beach in Gokarna
  • Watching sunset from the Raja Gopuram at Murudeshwar
  • Kayaking at the Kemmannu bridge in Udupi
  • An evening walk at the Malpe Sea-Walkway
  • Eat a great Dosa in a popular restaurant in Udupi
  • Visit the Srikrishna Math in Udupi
  • Spend an evening at the Delta point in Udupi

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What a road trip that was!

Long road trips with frequent changes are never easy. And we didn’t have the luxury of time as well. We could have easily taken a cab somewhere to ease things out. But no. We decided to keep it difficult, in order to experience the difficulties associated with budget trips. We stayed in modest accommodations, and ate at small eateries. In spite of all the difficulties, we could make it, and we really enjoyed the trip.

With age catching up, we are not sure if we can do this more often. But one thing is sure that we will keep it simple and cost-effective all the time.

Reflecting on some learning:

  • Road trips are tiring, but extremely rewarding. You get to see the people of the region up close, and interact with them while travelling in a local bus.
  • The best beaches in India are not in Goa! Gokarna has some of the most beautiful beaches in India.
  • Overcoming the fear of the unknown. When we started the road trip, we hardly had any information of the region. But we just kept going! 
  • Language can not be a barrier in establishing relationships. My mother tongue is Gujarati, Suvendu’s is Odiya, and Satish’s language was Kannada. But we did communicate well.

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Concluding note

We will come back.

In this trip, we could explore only 3 places to some extent (didn’t quite explore Karwar and Mangalore). However, there are quite a few smaller and even lesser known places, which are worth spending time. Places like Manipal, Varanga, Baindur, Hannovar beach, Jog falls and Kumta are quite lovely places in their own right. Besides, due to paucity of time, we couldn’t even explore the places that we visited, very well. So, we will definitely come back for a slow-travel in this region, especially to explore the myriad flavors of the not-so-touristy places.

Sharing is a great idea, isn’t it? 

  • If you liked our road trip experience in coastal Karnataka, do write a feedback below.
  • And if you want to share your experience of the region, we would love to hear from you.
  • What do you love the most about your road trips? Do share with us.

If you would like to read more about Karnataka, here is a read on “ Hampi- a true world heritage “. 

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Prince Prasannan

Very nice places. Costal Karnataka is my favourite place also. I went to Udupi migambika temple, Karwar, murudeswar etc. Very nice.

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stampedmoments

Yes, Udupi and Murudeshwar are quite amazing places! Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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Soumen Chatterjee

Just awesome experience while reading it, a three day trip seems to be a great learning and discovery. What you plan and what actually happens has a great learning, so sometimes what we plan actually does not happens all the times. Day 1 started from Palolem to Karwar. What I came to know about Karwar is Karwar played a very important role in the evolution of Konkani culture and language. Apart from its popular beaches, there are mountains for trekking lovers, islands, a historic fort, ancient temples, and a popular mosque. Day 2 is the most interesting and my favourite trip Karwar – Gokarna – Udupi. Coming to Udupi , I have heard lot about Gokarna , Gokarna Gokarna is a small, adorable, but largely unexplored town located by the sea and it has lot of beaches may that be Om beach or Kudle beach and covering the Half-moon beach and Paradise beach through the mountain slopes. Next was Murudeshwar which has lot of history and architectural temples.watching sunset from Raja Gopuram is stunning and not to forget The panoramic view of the Shiva statue (123 ft=37 mt) by the sea facing the temple, and the sea beach was absolutely spectacular. Day 3 Udupi – Mangalore – Delhi. Udupi has always been a center of pilgrimage since ancient times with two very important temples attracting scores of devotees. These temples- Chandramauleshwara temple and Anantheshwara temple are still there; but the town is now famous for another temple- Srikrishna Math. Along with its religious importance, Udupi’s diverse natural beauty attracts thousands of visitors. Lovely beaches, rivers, backwaters, and forests make fore a relaxed few days. The amalgamation of cultural importance and natural beauty makes Udupi such an amazing place to explore!. Visiting the famous beaches like malpa beach, delta point or may that be Malpe Sea-walkway,Kemmannu hanging bridge, Hoode beach, all has its own story. And finally Mangalore though not much explored. Overall a great journey.

Hey Soumen! Thanks a lot for reading it, sharing a feedback as always. Yes, road trips are always difficult. But very rewarding. Keep connected, mate.

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Sanjay Deshmukh

Narrated the travel story beautifully. Got totally immersed in it while reading.

Waiting for more.

So glad to hear this! Thanks a lot for reading, and sharing your feedback. Keep connected, please.

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Sarita Rout

So many great places in coastal Karnataka! Wow! I’m marking some of these to visit one day.

Absolutely! Coastal Karnataka is really amazing, but underrated. Do visit some of the places.

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It was lovely reading the Blog, Very honest and real experience sharing. This gives a real picture of the places and let people choose their comfort places.

Thank you Nisheeth for your warm feedback. We try to be as close to reality as possible. Glad that you found the article/s useful. Keep reading, and keep sharing your thoughts.

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Nice blog about How to reach karnataka and places to visit and things to do, very useful information.

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The Dream Western Ghats Road Trip in 2024 (With Map)

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My love for the Western Ghats of India is no secret. The temperate weather all year round, the winding roads along the lush green hills, the magical monsoon, and the wildlife – the Western Ghats are what dreams are made of.

Have you ever thought of embarking on a Western Ghats Road trip spanning the whole stretch of the world’s hottest ecological hotspot?

Thanks to my stay in Bangalore, I have visited the different parts of this UNESCO natural heritage site more times than I can count.

Every time, I fell in love with it a little bit more. So this post is my tribute to the mesmerizing landscape that inspired the travel writer in me.

I have a disclaimer to make if it’s not clear already. I have never been on this week-long road trip or any such long road trip before.

But I have been to many (a lot) of these road trips on an extended weekend, enough to select the best for what I would call the Western Ghats Dream Route.

Related: The list of my personal favorites for the best places to visit in monsoon

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Western Ghats of India – an introduction

The Western Ghats is the name given to the Sahyadri Mountain range, which happens to be the oldest mountain range in India. This 1600 km long mountain range runs parallel to the western coast of the Indian peninsula.

With over 300 endangered species of flora and fauna speckled over an area of 14000 square kilometers, the Western Ghats is one of the world’s eight “hottest biodiversity hot spots”. Another name given to the Sahyadri Mountains is “the Great Escarpment of India ”.

Geographically, the Western Ghats start from the Dang region in Maharashtra and end at Kanyakumari, the southern tip of India.

Unfortunately, this amazing region was exploited first by mass deforestation under the British government and later by illegal mining. It was declared an ecological hotspot in 1988 through the efforts of ecologist Norman Myers.

In 2012, 39 sites of Western Ghats across Maharashtra, were awarded the status of UNESCO world heritage site. Following this, there was increased awareness and measures taken by environmentalists to protect the mountains and wildlife.

The ecosystem of the Western Ghats regulates the monsoon pattern of the country and the climate of the Indian peninsula. So next time you plan a trip to the country, do not restrict yourself to the Taj Mahal and palaces, come down south and take a road trip across the Western Ghats of India.

Check out this book by a retired Forest Officer to learn more about it.

Ever considered going on a 7-day long Western Ghats road trip? Scenic roads, lush green mountains, castles, temples and much more on this amazing journey. You can also pick one of the 7 road trips combined to form the best itinerary of Western Ghats ever. #travel #western Ghats

Western Ghats Road Trip – 7-day itinerary

So let's chalk out our Western Ghats itinerary covering my favorite spots in 7 days. The problem is, I just have too many favorites and just 7 days.

So this is truly more about the journey than each destination. You can shorten it or extend your stay at one or more places.

  • Day 1 – Mollem and Dudhsagar Falls of Goa
  • Day 2 – Drive through the Konkan Coast
  • Day 3- Explore the Sharavati Valley
  • Day 4 – Coorg
  • Day 5 – Bandipur/ Mudumalai Tiger Safari
  • Day 6– Kodaikanal
  • Day 7– Munnar

Though I imagine this as a long drive it could also be a route for the Western Ghats bike trip.

Total distance -1295 km. Route .

The Western Ghats start from Maharashtra and there are some pretty spectacular spots there. However, this itinerary is designed especially for the best 7-day road trip, so I had to exclude them.

I would give a special mention of the Kaas plateau of Satara, Maharashtra which is just one of its kind and still on my bucket list. The plateau is filled with blossoms during monsoon, from June to early September.

Its floral biodiversity makes it one of the 39 heritage sites in the Western Ghats. If you plan to start from Mumbai, you may do a trip to the Kaas Plateau and then take a train to Goa before embarking on this road trip.

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This itinerary will take you through two of the tallest waterfalls in India, multiple wildlife reserves, the amazing Konkan coast, grasslands, tea gardens, and spice plantations among the many natural wonders. You will also come across several hill-forts, ancient temples, monasteries, and churches. Are you excited about the drive now?

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Day1 – The other side of Goa

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Discover a different face of India's most famous hippie destination, the beach paradise called Goa. Mollem is a small town in Goa near two beautiful forests – the Mollem wildlife sanctuary and the Bhagwan Mahavir National Park.

Together they are home to some 722 species of wild plants and a variety of animals and birds. The biggest attraction of the Mahavir National Park is the Dudhsagar Falls, the water of which is considered holy by the locals.

You can see it from the Mumbai-Goa express train that runs on the bridge across the waterfall or take a jeep safari into the forests. If you have time you can go for a private spice plantation tour here or simply save that for the rest of your trip.

Related: 3-day itinerary for Goa

Our Recommended Stay(s):

The Crown Goa for the fantastic location and an amazing breakfast spread 

Check out the best places to stay in Goa .

Day2- Drive through the Konkan Coast

Karwar long weekend trip

Next morning, have a great Goan breakfast and set off for a drive from Sonalium, Goa to Karwar in coastal Karnataka.

You will come across some beautiful white churches of South Goa on your way to Karnataka. You can drive about 260 km straight to the Sharavati Valley of Karnataka or give in to the temptation to stay at Karwar or Gokarna for one night.

The long drive will take you along the mesmerizing Konkan coast with the Green Mountains on your left and the Arabian Sea on your right.

I would suggest you stay near the Devbagh beach resort to experience the tranquil beauty that inspired the poetic genius Rabindranath Tagore in his youth.

You can visit the Indian Naval Museum and a Shivaji fort during the day and relax at the Tagore beach in the evening.

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Sterling Karwa r for location, service and COVID safety measures.

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Day 3: Drive to Jog Falls and Honnemaradu

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It will take you about 4 hours to drive from Karwar to Jog Falls. You will need a little lesser time if you chose to stay at Gokarna instead. If you start at say 10 am after a heavy brunch, you will reach the Jog Falls at 2 pm.

Watch one of the tallest cascades in India from this viewpoint. Take a boat ride in the golden waters of Honnemaradu Lake. Otherwise, you can skip the Honnemaradu Lake and head straight to the Agumbe rainforest which is 147 km away from Jog Falls.

At 825 meters above sea level, Agumbe is an ecological spot famous for sunset. I missed Agumbe on my trip to Shimoga last year, but I can’t stop talking about how beautiful the lakes of Shimoga were.

So if you want to drive a little less and relax at the Honnemaradu Lake, you wouldn’t regret it. This can be your starting point for a 5-day Western Ghats road trip from Bangalore. Just follow the same route from Day 3 to Day 8.

Related: Trip to Shimoga and Jog Falls

Our Recommendation: Royal Orchid, Shimoga f or location and affordable luxury

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Day 4 – Drive to Madikeri, Coorg

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Coorg is often called the Scotland of South India because of the vast grasslands, misty mountains, and temperate climate. Coorg is a huge district of Karnataka which earlier used to be a separate state. There are two major towns where you can stay in Coorg – Madikeri or Virajpet .

If you have only half a day at Coorg, I will recommend you to stay in Madikeri, as you can see check out some of the best attractions within a small radius. Start with Abbey Falls, then visit the coffee estate and then walk into the Madikeri Fort.

Watch the sunset from Raja’s seat to make up for the sunset point at Agumbe. If you have time, you can drive 35 km to the famous Namdroling Monastery at Bylapkuppe before you retire at the Madikeri Fort. Bylakuppe is a mini-Tibet in South India.

You can also choose Chikmagalur as a stop for the day instead of Coorg.

Our Recommendation: Taj Madikeri f or a luxurious stay in the cradle of nature

Day 5: Drive to Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Karnataka

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Waterfalls, hills, and sea are being done, it's time to experience the real wildlife of Western Ghats. Bandipur, Nagarhole (also in Karnataka), Wayanad (Kerala), and Mudumalai (Tamil Nadu) are four interconnected national parks that the largest Tiger Zone of India both by area and by number (an estimated 570 tigers in the zone, most of which is in Karnataka).

In order to protect wildlife, connecting roads are narrow and transport is highly regulated. You can visit any of these national parks and go on a jeep safari to see leopards, black panthers, tigers, spotted deer, sambar, elephants, peafowls, and many more exotic wild creatures.

Related: Bandipur tiger safari

Day 6: Drive to Kodaikanal

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From Bandipur, you can visit one of the best hill stations of Tamil Nadu -Ooty, Coonoor or Kodaikanal. I am fortunate to have visited all of them but my favorite is Kodaikanal. Nestled in the Palani hills, Kodaikanal stands at a height of almost 2200 meters above sea level. Due to this elevation, you can enjoy the cool climate and pure air throughout the year at Kodaikanal. It is 314 km away from Bandipur.

Start early so that you can reach Kodaikanal by 5 pm. What you can enjoy now is an evening walk at the famous Coakers Walk and other parks in Kodaikanal. Read more about places to visit in Kodaikanal .

Our Recommendation: The Tamara Kodai for a great location and fantastic ambience.

Day 7: Drive to Munnar, Kerala

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Save the best for the last they say. So there is no better way to end the road trip than with a scenic drive along the rolling hills of Munnar. Can I just say once and for all that Munnar is the most beautiful hill station in South India? Wherever you look you can see lush greenery – either forests or tea gardens. stay in Munnar for at least one full day to experience the beauty of nature. Walk into any of the tea gardens, visit the Matupetty dam and go kayaking to watch the elephants at Anairankal Park.

Munnar is beautiful all year round but due to its temperate weather, it is a great summer destination in India .

Our Recommendation: Fort Munnar for budget-friendly stay and Sterling Munnar for affordable luxury. Both these hotels are located away from the main town of Munnar in the Chinnakanal region.

Day 8 (optional): Kolukkumalai

If you have another day in Munnar you can do a half-day trip to the highest tea estate and tea factory in the world, the Kolukkumalai tea estate . Taste the orange pekoe tea at the highest tea estate of the world while watching the clouds at the nose level.

Some Quick Driving Tips for the Western  Ghats

One of the reasons why I recommend the  Western Ghats road trip so much is because the roads are pretty awesome. And remember that you can't say that for the roads of India in general.

In fact, the road to all the places I mentioned here is better than most of the city roads I've seen.  

Having said all that, you will still be driving in the hills, sometimes through really narrow bends, lots of hairpin turns, and high altitudes.

To add to that, you may encounter some of the worst drivers on the way. So here are a few tips you should keep in mind.

  • Avoid driving in the hills in the dark.
  • It's very important to adjust your seat so that you don't have too much of a blind spot on the right-hand side. In India, you drive on the left.
  • Have ample legroom so that you can fully engage the clutch whenever required.
  • Maintain your lane in the hills, but always keep about 4ft-5ft space on the left when you are taking a turn.
  • Respect the trucks – they are the king of roads. Respect all large commercial vehicles in general. They are usually the most disciplined drivers on the road.
  • Most importantly, never drink and drive.
  • Save the Road Trip Checklist for hassle-free travel.
  • Download your favorite songs on Amazon Music, so that you don't have to depend on internet connectivity for grooving to music on your road trips

Read more about the Bountiful Western Ghats of India

Interested to know more about the world's hottest ecological hotspot? Here are some incredible books that you can read. You can get the Kindle version of these books for Rs. 200 (that's less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks).

  • The Western Ghats and the Bounteous Services Showered on the Planet
  • The Road to Puthukkad – The Birth of Tea Estate in South written by Gordon Alexander, A British officer who spent 13 years in the Western Ghats of India
  • Whispers from the Wild – An invaluable collection of unpublished work and photographs of renowned naturalist ERC Davidar who made remarkable contributions to the studies of the Western Ghats of India.

Western Ghats Road Trip – Some closing thoughts

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I loved reliving the moments while I wrote. If you liked it, don't forget to share it with your friends. You can pin the image below to save it for later and subscribe for weekly post alerts.

The Western Ghats of India are truly special. Just like the Himalayas of the north, the Sundarbans of the East, and the Thar Desert in the West.

Personally, I don’t understand this extravagance in creating new landmarks for tourism like the Statue of Unity. There is so much already to preserve.

India is a country loaded with natural and architectural wonders that deserve preservation.

The illegal mining in the forests of Goa has caused great hazards for the rare species that thrived there. Recently there are demands of widening the roads in Bandipur which will lead to further destruction of wildlife.

Irresponsible tourists often cause forest fires in humid forests that are not prone to natural fires. It pains me to see plastic bottles littered in the most beautiful places of the Western Ghats , wherever there are more tourists.

The same reason why I included slightly offbeat places in this itinerary, most of which are highly regulated.

Can we not invest in preserving this glorious gift of God instead? Through this blog, I will continue my endeavor of raising awareness for responsible tourism. Have you been on a road trip in the Western Ghats? What is your favorite place? Tell me in the comment section. 

Ever considered going on a 7-day long Western Ghats road trip? Scenic roads, lush green mountains, castles, temples and much more on this amazing journey. You can also pick one of the 7 road trips combined to form the best itinerary of Western Ghats ever. #travel #western Ghats

Additional reading:

Don't forget to check out our epic road trip saga – driving from Bangalore to Kolkata during pandemic . For less adventurous trip ideas you can check out the following articles and more on our website.

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Hey Sinjana, this is awesome! I had never thought of a week long road trip on the western ghats. To me it always meant the drive between Pune and Mumbai. I’d love to do this trip sometime and your post perfect for it.

Thanks Jyoti. Yes during my stay in Mumbai, Lonavla, khandala ,malshej ghats etc were the only places that we knew. However, the chain of hill stations in the south are great.

Wow that was quite a drive..I have visited these places individually but never at one go..I love long drives and would love to hit the roads

Thanks Madhu. Glad you liked it.

The Kaas Plateau will its abundance of wildflowers looks magical! Thanks for the itinerary…we’d love to try this route.

Thanks Mohana. I borrowed the picture of Kas plateau from my friend. It’s on my 2019 plans.

I love road trips! Never really considered doing one in India, but it’s definitely on my list now. Such an awesome post!

Your guide has made my road trip through Western Ghats easy. Thanks for the effort and helping fellow travellers. Cheers

I have done this stretch in bits and pieces and yes, loved it too. I want to now do the Konkan side above Goa towards Ratnagiri and further down till Diu. I have heard that it is incredibly beautiful. In the stretch you did, as you hit Honnavar near Jog Falls, there is a place called Apsarakonda that is absolutely gorgeous. The next time if you get here, you should try that. Loved reading through your journey and seeing the lovely pics.

Thanks Ami. I have done all these but on separate shorter road trips and have stayed in those places. Will watch out for Apsarakonda next time we go.

Western Ghats looks amazing. Never heard of it before your post. Love to go, especially to tiger reserve.

Thanks Sue. The Western Ghats are amazing

I am from Maharashtra and am always been in love with the western ghats. Especially in the rains when the greenery comes alive. Jog falls, Coorg, Kodaikanal are magical.. The best trip I ever had was to Coorg.

Your road trip sure sounds like a fruitful one! The scenery is amazing, especially those at Jog falls. The tiger reserve also seems like a wonderful (albeit heart-stopping) experience.

I love the idea that you’ve turned your travels into a road trip, that’s such a great idea. I absolutely love waterfalls, and feel like I could sit and listen to one all day long. Your waterfall recommendations would be on my list for sure. Are these areas family-friendly?

South India in general is very family friendly. Yes, all these areas are perfect for family trips.

I’ve never heard of the western ghats of India until now. There are some incredible places to visit on the way; Jog Falls is particularly beautiful as is Munnar and all that green! I’m also intrigued by Coorg, the Scotland of India, it sounds amazing.

That’s like India in a nutshell! It seems to cover most of the things tourist should see. I think I would love to get an overview of India like that, because I have never been there

Thanks Alexander. This is just a narrow strip of India but yes,it’s very beautiful and has everything for a traveler.

hi, this looks like so much fun. We LOVE a road trip and whenever we can, this is the way we travel. Ho safe is it with kids. Sorry but never have been to India but this looks so beautiful and quite family friendly. Would love to see the tigers for sure.

Thanks Corina. All the regions discussed here are family friendly. Jeep safaris might be problematic if the kids cry or want to move about. Otherwise everything is safe.

In 2017 we made it to Munnar but we should have travelled further. The Western Ghats look beautiful. I enjoy waterfalls and visiting Jog Falls is now high on my list when I next travel to India. Thanks for highlighting this area.

What a great trip! I’d love to see the sunset at the “Scotland of India” and that Tiger reserve seems like an awesome experience too! Although I’m curious if there have been any fatalities there. hehe

Wow, what an incredible adventure! I’m coming to India next month and will definitely consider taking this route

This looks amazing post. I’ve been till Mumbai so far in Southern India but I’m planning to visit Coorg first.

Super cool article. Western ghats are always open for the love of roads and the view that it gives out cannot be surpassed. I have ridden to jog falls, munnar, bandipur and coorg as listed and to be honest it just remembered me my days riding through those ghat sections while reading. Thanks for sharing.

This looks an amazing Indian itinerary. I love it when people do all the hard work for me lol. And if I came as close to a tiger as in that photo, my life would be complete:)

This is a beautiful part of India. I have seen the Dudhsagar Falls from the train and would have loved to have had the time to explore further, they were stunning

I love the Western Ghats and it is good that you shared an amazing itinerary. I did this trip from Gujarat when I was in High school but till Mangalore and till there all was very beautiful. But now I am again thinking to take my kids with all reference points listed in your post. My favorite location is driving through Konkan coast.

I always got through pictures first. Some may call it a bad habit and say that it is unfair to judge a post by the photos. Sorry, I can’t help it. The tiger purposefully moving along the road certainly caught enough of my attention to raise curiosity about what’s going on there. More I read more I realized that sooner or later I have to visit India in general and Goa in particular. Waterfalls are my weakness. Whenever I go, I try to look for them. Hence, the Jog Falls found their way on my virtual bucket list. The only thing that’s left is to actually schedule a trip.

Thanks Elena. The tiger is in her own home. It’s we who visited the place through the dusty road.

This looks and sounds like an epic road trip. We love road trips and this would be right up our streets. The waterfalls look spectacular and ending the trip by the tea plantations would suit me down to the ground.

I have always dreamt of doing this long trip visiting all that the Western Ghats has to offer. Have visited Coorg, Goa and Udupi separately but would love to do this stretch all-together again. Thanks for attaching the road map. This will help a lot in planning out the route

This is definitely one of the most elaborate posts that I have read on Western Ghats. I felt nostalgic too to see some of the places in Goa and Kerala and in Maharashtra. Western Ghats are rightly the hotbed for variety of flora, fauna, adventure activities and more. And road trips are the best way to explore them. I did no know hat Sahyadri Mountains are also called “the Great Escarpment of India”. Thanks for sharing that.

I have had a chance to visit some parts of the Western Ghat when I was based in India and must say a lot on offer here. There is so much to see and do from mountains to beaches and wildlife. I was not aware that the Sahyadri Mountain range is the oldest mountain range in India so some great learning here thanks. I particularly like the Konkan coast and the food around the area as well. Overall it seems to be a great ideas to drive down this route and have a great few days.

A wonderful post…. Ideal for the monsoons to hit the road and visit around.. Maybe you must try out BR Hills, Kolli Hills as well, heard a great deal about them from friends…

Hi Srikanth, sure. I have been to BR hills already. I have just selected te top 15 out of all the places I visited.

India is definatly on my bucketlist, I would love to go there for a month and explore 🙂

That’s a great idea!

I enjoyed reading your article. I have been planning a road trip in Western Ghats for years. I did Indore to Ratnagiri in Nov 2018 by my car and am looking for road status and optimized route now. I have done Indore- Pune -Bangalore-Pondicheri few years ago by car. I have visited Munnar, Kodai etc much before, but not by car. Now I am eager to do Western Ghats. I would appreciate, if you can give more info. Ravi

Thanks Ravi. You can check out the map in this post and plan out an itinerary based on the number of days you have. Mail me at [email protected] with your exact requirements.

Hi! This was a beautiful article. Thanks a lot for the tips. I’m going on a road trip along the Western Ghats this December. But we will be starting from Varkala in Kerala and going towards Goa. Any other suggestions along that route?

Thanks Abhilash for your kind comment. You must certainly stop at Alapuzha and Bekal Fort (Kasargod) in Kerala, Udupi , Gokarna and Karwar in Karnataka on your way to Goa. That’s on the shortest route through the coastline. If you want to enjoy the Western Ghats take a slighlty longer route through Chinnakanal, Munnar , Madikeri and Shimoga or Agumbe.

I m planning to explore western Ghats in the month of Dec will it be good to visit in the month

Hi Bidyarani, it will be great in December. The weather will be nice but most waterfalls will be dry

Have visited some parts of the Western Ghats. Will revert back to your post for the rest, whenver that happens.

Thanks a lot!

In the new pandemic situation, road trips are surely the in thing, and best option for holiday makers. Love the extensive list you have shared in this post.

Wow, this post for a while took me to the virtual tour along the western ghats. this trip is highly recommended to explore Western coastal. Well researched and planned trip. Look forward to a week of the drive, and saving it till I plan this route.

In India we drive on the left. Other than that very informative.

Oops.. that was a silly mistake. Thanks for pointing it out.

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  1. Coastal Karnataka Tour in 7 Days

    This road trip guide for Coastal Karnataka can also be used for Mangalore to Karwar road trip or Mangalore to Gokarna road trip or Mangalore to Goa road trip. This road trip covers itinerary for trip to Mangalore, Gokarna from Bangalore as well. This road trip can be extended to cover Dandeli and Sirsi and one can explore remaining parts of ...

  2. Karnataka trip planner: make a Karnataka itinerary & map

    With Wanderlog's mobile travel planner on Android and iOS, access and edit your trips wherever you go — even while offline. 4.9 on App Store, 4.7 on Google Play. Keep your places to visit, flight/hotel reservations, and day-by-day itineraries for your trip to Karnataka in our web and mobile app vacation planner.

  3. 9-Day Coastal Karnataka Itinerary

    Karnataka's coastline that hugs the Arabian Sea for a little more than 300 kilometres, has many amazing places. We present here a coastal Karnataka itinerary that extends from Mangalore to Karwar and includes some of the important beaches and places near the coast. So if you are planning for a coastal Karnataka road trip, then these coastal Karnataka places that we have covered should be useful.

  4. How to Plan a Karnataka Itinerary for First Timers

    Karnataka Itinerary. With seven days in Karnataka, we spent 3 days in Bangalore, 1 day in Mysore, 1 day in Bandipur, and 2 days in Coorg. There are a number of cities in Karnataka each different in its own way. Broadly speaking, I'd categorize them into famous cities, cities for wildlife and nature, and for culture and history.

  5. A Perfect Road Trip in Karnataka

    Day 12- Explore Hampi. Hampi, the city of ruins, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this road trip in Karnataka, there are a lot of things to see. And, Hampi is a prime place of importance. This place is a historical delight for travellers. Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagar empire around 1500 AD, and by some accounts, the second-largest ...

  6. Entire Karnataka By Road In 10 Days

    10 Days. DURATION. ₹ 20k. TRIP COST. Like. So, I woke up to the news that my friend bought a Mercedes Benz. Like always, a gang of friends bank on that one car for all road trips. Unfortunately, it was a sedan and we mocked him for buying a car which can't do road trips on different kinds of terrain.

  7. Wonderful Karnataka Road Trip

    Customisation - This event is customised trip. - You can also add or remove some places as per your convenience. - You can choose any dates throughout the year. - Please contact [email protected] or contact 9823466337 for customisation and quotation. Experience the Wonderful Karnataka Road Trip in a budget, with the team of Plan The ...

  8. Coastal Karnataka Road Trip Itinerary: Route, Distance, Cost

    Time on the road: 2 hours 30 minutes. Distance: 107 kilometres via NH75 and NH66. Pit stop: Gorge on the chicken ghee roast at Shetty's Lunch Home in Kundapur. Top experiences: In Dakshin Kannada, trek through the Western Ghats' numerous forest trails that lead up to the hills of Amedikallu, Ettinabhuja, Gadaikallu and Kumara Parvata; go ...

  9. How to Plan a Two Week Road Trip in Karnataka

    The best way to experience Karnataka is by making a road trip. Well developed highways run through the State, covering almost 1,22,489 km of area. Of this, 2357 km is maintained by the National Highways Authority of India and 28,311 km is maintained by the Government of Karnataka. Here is a guide on how you can plan a 1400 km road trip in ...

  10. Our Coastal Karnataka Road Trip

    Places to visit on the coast of Karnataka. A perfect coastal Karnataka Trip Itinerary. Day 1 & 2 : A Bangalore to Mangalore road trip & Exploring Mangalore. Day 3 & 4: Mangalore to Udupi & Exploring Udupi. Day 5: Udupi to Gokarna via Murudeshwar. Day 6 & 7 : Gokarna. Day 8: Gokarna to Karwar.

  11. 17 Best Road Trips in Karnataka for a Short Getaway

    Road trips in Karnataka offer an unparalleled opportunity to explore the state's rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty. Each destination on this Karnataka road trip plan brings its own unique experiences and adventures, making Karnataka a treasure trove for road trippers.

  12. Karnataka Itinerary

    Karnataka Itinerary Snapshot: Day 0 - Arrival in Bengaluru. Day 1 - Local Sightseeing in Bengaluru. Day 2 - Drive to Coorg via Mysore & Kushalnagar. Day 3 - Relax in Coorg + Local Sightseeing. Day 4 - Local Sightseeing in Coorg. Day 5 - Drive to Udupi via Mangalore. Day 6 - Relax in Udupi + Local Sightseeing. Day 7 - Drive to ...

  13. 35 Road Trips From Bangalore: Updated With Fastest Route Map

    Bangalore - Dandeli - Karwar - Goa - 1053 Kms. #8. Bangalore - Coimbatore - Munnar - 512 Kms. #9. Bangalore - Shimoga - Jog Falls - Gokarna - 514 Kms. Whatever the occasion be, road trips from Bangalore are a perfect opportunity to cherish life and create memories with your friends and family.

  14. Namma Karnataka Road Trip

    Wonderful Karnataka Road Trip in 2022 as you know Karnataka is a land filled in abundance with different flora and fauna, historical monuments taking us back in time, the wonderful architecture of temples and buildings, waterfalls, rivers, beaches and so much more. We here at Plan The Unplanned are striving to give you a full and raw experience of this beautiful State. We start from ...

  15. Karnataka

    The best travel tips for visiting Karnataka. Karnataka's principal attractions lie at opposite ends of the state, with a handful of less-visited places dotted along the coast between Goa and Kerala.. Road and rail routes dictate that most itineraries take in the state capital, Bengaluru (Bangalore), a go-ahead, modern city that epitomises the aspirations of the country's new middle class ...

  16. Karnataka Temple Tour in 5 Days

    Check out this easy 5 day road trip itinerary for Karnataka Temple Tour of Dharmasthala, Kukke, Udupi, Sringeri, Kollur and more. Go for it! Facebook; Twitter; Instagram; ... 1 How to plan a temple tour of Karnataka from Bangalore to Dharmasthala, Kukke, Udupi, Sringeri and Horanadu? - The temple tour to these places can be easily done in 5 ...

  17. Wonderful Road Trips to Take in Karnataka

    One of the most beautiful states in the south of India, Karnataka is blessed with numerous tourist spots both natural and manmade. One needs a lot of time to cover all of them but taking a road trip in Karnataka is an excellent way to explore them in a short span.Here we have tried to come up with a comprehensive list of selected tourist attractions in Karnataka which are perfect for short trips:

  18. Karnatak coastal roadtrip

    Every item was tasty. Most satisfying meal. Headed back home with some lifetime beautiful memories. Some trips are improptu... This was one... But most exciting... Each day better than the other. Total distance in road trip around 2270 kms. Karnatak coastal roadtrip - Tripoto.

  19. Coastal Karnataka : Saga of an exciting road trip

    Honestly, it was difficult to plan a road-trip about which you have little information. So, we had thought of taking it as it would come, and be flexible. After our Goa sojourn, we had only three days on hand for Coastal Karnataka road trip. This time as an experiment, we decided to explore Coastal Karnataka only by local transport. But the ...

  20. Karnataka Trips

    Plan your trip to Karnataka. Start by getting to the destination from your hometown. Then figure out where to stay, find things to see and do, and research places to eat. ... Karnataka elevation. Karnataka road conditions Questions · Destinations · Drive · Fly · Airports · Stay · Search Login ...

  21. The Dream Western Ghats Road Trip In 2024 (With Map)

    Day 4 - Coorg. Day 5 - Bandipur/ Mudumalai Tiger Safari. Day 6- Kodaikanal. Day 7- Munnar. Though I imagine this as a long drive it could also be a route for the Western Ghats bike trip. Total distance -1295 km. Route. The Western Ghats start from Maharashtra and there are some pretty spectacular spots there.

  22. Chennai to Karnataka drive

    Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Chennai to Karnataka. If you're planning a road trip to Karnataka, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

  23. Mumbai to Karnataka drive

    Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Mumbai to Karnataka. If you're planning a road trip to Karnataka, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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    Travel Advisory: President Biden visiting Seattle later this week - plan ahead and expect travel delays. by Ethan Bancroft on May 9, 2024. An aerial view of the city of Seattle, looking southeast. Photo credit: Ethan Bancroft/WSDOT. ... travelers can still plan ahead by anticipating delays and temporary road closures.