With the onset of the travelling season, that is October till March, you must be ready with your pen and notebook, planning for the next trip. Amidst the busy and hectic lifestyle in cities like Bangalore, where tech- savvy and career-oriented people are working hard to meet the targets, it is essential to take a break sometimes by planning for a weekend getaway, if not a long vacation. Planning a Coorg Trip from Bangalore is a great idea in this regard. Here you can experience the magical charm of nature through the aroma of spices and coffee plantations, the spontaneous and frolicking waterfalls, and the bountiful lush green slopes. If you are seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life and dreaming about a rejuvenating vacation in the lap of nature, then don’t hesitate, take the call and pack your bags to Coorg.
Take a Long Drive
The drive from Bangalore to Coorg is a spectacular journey, where you can experience the feeling of leaving the jungle of concrete and entering a nature zone. The driving enthusiasts can have a leisurely drive to Coorg or Virajpet. Don’t forget to book a nice accommodation like Club Mahindra Virajpet Coorg or Club Mahindra Madikeri Coorg. While Coorg can be reached from Bangalore via several routes, the two most popular and preferred routes are via Mysore and Mangalore.
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Driving to Coorg
Though the approximate driving time is about five to six hours, yet it can vary accordingly as per the traffic, weather, route, and road conditions. Also, it would be best to have a list of hotels in Coorg handy while you consider a Coorg Trip from Bangalore. The two popular routes, which you can take are given below:
Starting from Bangalore, you can take the Bangalore-Mysore Road National Highway NH48 route, and drive along the - Bidadi - Ramanagara - Channapatna - Hunsur - Periyapatna – Karadigodu to reach Coorg. The total distance via NH48 would be 250 km approximately.
Reaching Bangalore to Coorg via the Bangalore-Mysore Road SH17 and Mangalore Highway SH 88 is a little longer comparatively, and you will pass through Yeshwanthpur - Nelamangala - Holenarasipura - Bylakuppe - Kushalnagar - Suntikoppa – Madikeri. Here, the total distance covered is about 273 km.
Cost of the Trip
If you have a personal car, the only expense you need to bear is the fuel cost. However, there are car hiring services available as well, which can cost you around Rs.2000 to Rs.3000 for a one-way drive, and up to Rs.10, 000 for a three-day hotel and tour package.
The most frequented route is from Bangalore to the main town of Madikeri, alhough you can get direct buses to smaller towns of Coorg like Virajpet, Gonikoppal, Pollibetta, Somvarpet, etc.
Plying via Bus Services
As Bangalore to Coorg is a popular route, state-run KSRTC buses ply on the route regularly. Apart from this, popular travel bus operators like Airavata Volvo services, Poornima Tours, Ashwini, Sea Bird, etc., also conduct routine bus services. It is a 5 to 6-hour long drive and most of the buses ply overnight, starting from 10 pm to 12 am and reaching by 4 am to 7 am. Reaching early morning and searching for accommodation is not advisable and hence it is better to book a hotel like Prakruth Resort Coorg for a budget stay.
However, there are also regular Volvo buses available throughout the day both deluxe AC and non-AC buses. The best part about these buses is that they offer boarding facility at various stops across the city like Dharmapuri, Madiwala, Electronic City, Kalasipalyam, Bommanahalli, Silk Board, Bommasandra or Dairy Circle. Like the way you book your stay in advance at three-star hotels like Misty Woods Resort Coorg, it is indeed essential to book your bus. While Volvo buses have higher rates than normal deluxe buses, they are worth it.
Journey by Air
Coorg does not have an airport of its own and the nearest airport is at Mangalore which is 140 km away from Coorg. Though you can also reach Coorg via Mysore, if you are planning a Coorg Trip From Bangalore, travelling to Mangalore first by flight is the best option. Jet Airways and SpiceJet are the popular operators in this route and you can book your travel tickets and hotels in Coorg in advance to save more.
Travelling by Train
Coorg does not have a direct connection via railway route. The last stop that can be reached via rail is Mysore Junction, which is 117 km away from Coorg. Though the Mangalore Central Railway Station can also be availed to reach Coorg, it is about 131 km away. Here you can book accommodations like Serene Woods Coorg. The journey from Bangalore to Mysore via rail takes around three to four hours and the connecting trains include Mysore Express, Kannur Express, Hampi Express and several others, etc. Therefore, once you reach Mysore, it would be ideal to travel to Coorg via buses, or rental cars.
To sum it up, if you plan your journey and stay in Coorg in advance, you can enjoy the trip as you indulge in the various things to do in Coorg.