Bangalore to Coorg is one of the most famous road trip routes in Southern India. The sleepy little hamlet, snuggled between the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats, Coorg is a pure thing of beauty and also a treat for the soul.
The misty valleys, crisp mountain weather, and rich natural treasures make the ‘Coffee Land of Karnataka’ a sensory delight. If you truly want to enjoy your holiday in this beautiful locale, plan a road trip from Bangalore, and let your vacation begin even before you reach there.
When you book a cab with Savaari and take a drive down the highway to the hills of Coorg, you can enhance your experience by customizing your journey. Not only will you stop at interesting tourist and nature locales en route, but you will also have the flexibility to take as many detours as you want to truly capture the beauty of Karnataka’s hilly landscape.
Traveling from Bangalore to Coorg by car
A road trip from Bangalore to Coorg is certainly one of the best ways to travel from the metro to the greener locales. This is because the route between these two places passes through some of the best tourist hotspots in the state. So sit back and enjoy the shifting landscape and the transition of culture as you ride through the concrete skyline to the quieter, cleaner hills.
With our completely customizable Bangalore to Coorg trip packages, you can stop at as many places as you want and also do quick sightseeing at all of these places. Let us help you discover the best routes so you can plan an exciting trip to Coorg from Bangalore by road.
Thus, experience the joy of being on the road by booking a cab from Savaari.
Best time to take a road trip by car
The town of Coorg is the highlight of Madikeri district and enjoys its highest point at 1750 meters from the sea, making it pleasant all year round. The winters are cooler than the rest of the year, but summers and spring are equally conducive to explore the outdoors of Coorg.
However, if you want to enjoy the warm and breezy weather, visit in spring and early summers, or if you like the chilly and misty weather, then late monsoon through winter months are best.
Route 1: Bangalore to Coorg via NH 75
This is the shortest, fastest, and most convenient route to cover the Bangalore to Coorg distance. Most tourists and weekend travelers use this route since the traffic is also not heavy on this highway.
Via this route however, the Bangalore to Coorg distance is approximately 270 KM and takes only about 6 hours to travel. Before you travel, it is always advisable to check for traffic updates and use live maps to get the real-time information of the road condition.
Here’s a basic Bangalore to Coorg road map for this route:
Bangalore -> Nelamangala -> Kunigal -> Bellur Cross -> Sravanabelagola -> Holenarasipur -> Kushalnagar -> Coorg
Vital Statistics – Distance, Time & Highway Quality
Popular places along the way:
- Nelamangala – The natural locales of this small town, right outside Bangalore is a locally popular trekking and camping site. You can also simply take a drive around and enjoy the views.
- Jain Temple and statue of Bahubali, Shravanabelagola – One of the oldest, sacred, and most popular pilgrimage site of Digambara Jains, known for the 500-year old statue and the temple of Bahubali. The surrounding hills of Chandragiri and Vindhyagiri are also popular for trekking and sightseeing.
- Dubare Elephant Camp, Kushalnagar- Although it is usually counted as a part of the Coorg trip, you can visit the elephant camp before you reach Coorg and watch the animals in their natural habitat, in the middle of a dense sandalwood forest.
Places to eat on this route:
- Swathi Delicacy, Tumkur, Koppa – A highway eatery serving only pure vegetarian food, and is also good for kids and families.
- Murli Military Hotel, Nagathihalli – Popular local diner serving traditional non-vegetarian fare. Because of its good ambiance, this place is quite a hit among families and groups who usually like to stop here for a quick meal.
- Shanti Food Court, Kushalnagara – This highway side food plaza offers multiple food joints and cuisine options, which makes it good for breakfast and quick meals.
Route 2: Bangalore to Coorg via Mysore Road and NH 275
This is not only a shorter, slower but also an adventurous route. Although most people prefer the previous route, you can opt for this one if you want to explore popular tourist and nature locales.
From the iconic city of Mysore to the spiritual Buddhist center of Bylakuppe, this route is certainly perfect to have diverse adventures on your road trip. The distance between Bangalore and Coorg via this route is only 248 Km but can take six hours, due to some highway traffic.
Here’s a basic Delhi to Haridwar road map for this route:
|Bangalore — Ramanagara — Channapatna — Mandya — Mysore — Bilikere — Bylakuppe — Coorg|
Vital Statistics – Distance, Time & Highway Quality
Popular places along the way:
- Mysore – You will have to take a slight detour from the highway to reach the City of Palaces. Mysore has some of the most iconic structures of the country such as the Mysore Palace, Lalitha Palace, Jaganmohan Palace, Railway Museum, and more. Also, don’t forget to sample the local specialty food while you are here.
- Ramdevara Betta Vulture Sanctuary, Ramanagara – Tucked within the mountainous areas off the highway, this natural reserve houses a huge population of vultures and is one of its kind in the country.
- Kanva Reservoir, Ramanagara – Take a detour towards Kunigal Main Road to reach this expansive lake surrounded by hills and grassy meadows for a breath of fresh air.
- Janapada Loka open-air museum, Ramanagara – Stop by this unique kind of conservatory for local arts and crafts, depicting regional culture and traditions. With ample greenery of the neighboring Doddamannagudde Forest and Wildlife, this is the perfect blend of nature and history.
- Channapatna – As you cross the town, you will find local artisans selling handcrafted wooden toys, exclusive to this locale.
- Daria Daulat Bagh, Srirangapatna – Stop by the summer palace of Tipu Sultan, the once ruling emperor of the Kingdom of Mysore. At a walking distance, you can also visit the burial of the legendary king, at Tipu Sultan Gumbaz.
- Bylakuppe – Coorg’s only Tibetan settlement, the town of Bylakuppe is known for housing Namdroling Monastery, which is known to be the largest Buddhist monastery in all of South India. Take a walk through the Tibetan market, or sample the lip-smacking Tibetan delicacies.
Places to eat on this route:
- Kamat Lokaruchi: This is a popular highway-side restaurant for travelers, serving only vegetarian meals from breakfast through dinner.
- Maddur Tiffany’s, Mandya: Stop here for their house specialty- Maddur Vada.
- Thotada Mane, Srirangapatna – This is a local restaurant serving traditional meals, and is also quite popular among travelers.
Other means of traveling from Bangalore to Coorg
You can also travel from Bangalore to Coorg via train. However, there are no direct trains to Coorg. The nearest railhead is in Mysore, which is a three hour drive from Coorg.
Even though there are about 35 trains that run between these two cities weekly and 23 daily, one would reach faster by driving down from Bangalore to Coorg. The fastest train is the MGR COORG CENTRAL – MYSURU SHATABDI EXPRESS, which takes only 2 hours to reach Mysore.
For Bangalore to Coorg train booking, you can visit the Indian Railways website or check any online travel portal to get the best deals. It takes anywhere between two to six hours, depending on the train you choose. For the most updated Bangalore to Coorg train timings, always check the latest timetables of IRCTC, before booking.
There are no direct flights to Coorg. If you wish to take a flight to reach Coorg, you need to reach Mysore which is the closest city to Madikeri. The nearest airport is Mandakalli International Airport (MYQ), which is about 132 KM from the city center.
The average Bangalore to Coorg via Mysore flight duration can range from one hour to three hours, depending on the airline or the flight route you take.
For your Bangalore to Mysore flight booking, you can also visit any online travel portal for the best deal or check the airline’s website for more details. The Bangalore to Coorg via Mysore flight cost can cost you INR 1000 to 5000, depending on the travel season, booking window, and available deals.
Explore Coorg Like a Local: A Handy Guide
The home to the best coffee in the state, Coorg is also known for its rich landscape, exotic wildlife, and lush greenery, dotted with hills, valleys, and coffee plantations that date back hundreds of years ago.
No doubt, the unrestricted expanse of its natural beauty excites its visitors every time. Whether it’s a romantic getaway, a rejuvenating vacation, or a soul-searching trip, a Coorg tour can fulfill all your travel goals.
Attractions in Bangalore for Sightseeing
Start your tour with the 17th century Madikeri Fort that defines the history of the town and then head to the terraced gardens and viewing deck of the Raja’s Seat for breathtaking views of the landscape.
Coorg is also famous for its sparkling waterfalls and you cannot miss the Iruppu Falls, Abbey Falls, Chelavara Falls, to name a few.
However, if you are seeking some thrilling adventure, plan a trek to the Tadiandamol Peak, the highest point of the town, and one of the most difficult treks of the region.
You can also spend a day at the Dubare Elephant Camp, and most importantly, take ample tours of coffee plantations and see how the aromatic fruit is transformed into the world’s favorite beverage.
Furthermore, for a more enhanced plantation experience, you can choose to stay at any of the retreats within the plantations.
Therefore, with our tips and suggestions, you can take a tour of Coorg in a unique way and make the most of your travel.
Savaari recommends – Popular places to eat in Coorg
Since the time of the colonial settlement, Coorg has always remained a holiday destination. While its culture is largely influenced by the colonial settlers, and later by travelers and explorers, thus making Coorg a melting pot of varied cuisines, Coorg’s palate is defined by Kodavu food.
Pandi Curry, Kadumbuttu, Bamboo Shoot curry, Paputtu, Akki roti, Koli curry, and so on and so forth are some of the local specialities you must try.
To sample the best of classic and contemporary, Indian and international cuisines, explore these places in Coorg.
- Tiger Tiger, Raja Seat Road
- Coffee Blossom Restaurant, Madikeri Town
- The Fort Mercara
- FernTree, Madikeri Town
- Nellaki, Monnageri
Hotels and resorts – Accommodation in Coorg
|Silver Brook Estate||Kadagadal Village, Madikeri, Coorg, KA, 571248 PH: 099458 15485|
|Coorg Giri Nivas||Girinivas C/o Mr. Srinivas, Dairy Farm Road (Fire Office Road Opposite SAI Hockey Ground, Madikeri, Karnataka 571201 PH: 094807 88503|
|Nature Vista||Horoor Sunticoppa Madikeri 571237; Karnataka, Madikeri PH: 094499 15551|
|Leisure Vacations Woodstock Villas||Near Sampigekatte Junction, Madikeri – Mysore Highway, Madieri, Karnataka 571201 PH: 082722 98100|
|Depot Estate Homestay||Mysore-Mercara Road, State Highway 88, Mercara Kodagu (Coorg), Karnataka 571201 PH: 094499 19036|