Located on the west coast, Mangalore is one of India’s important port cities. With the towering Western Ghats on one side and the great Arabian Sea on the other, Mangalore is an undoubtedly perfect holiday destination. This vibrant city has everything – from the exotic beaches, majestic seaports, rugged mountains to the ancient buildings and temples. Best known for its Malnad charm and countryside atmosphere, Mangalore is indeed located at a convenient drivable distance from Bangalore and is best explored by hiring a reliable cab rental from Bangalore to Mangalore.
Use this ready-made guide from Savaari when you take a road trip from Bangalore to Mangalore. We will take you through a gorgeous route with breathtaking monuments, hidden gems, and also eateries en route.
Traveling from Bangalore to Mangalore by road
The distance between Bangalore and Mangalore is approximately 350 km and takes about 6 hours to cover this distance by road. One of the most wholesome ways of covering this distance is by renting a reliable cab service from Bangalore. It is fun and interesting, and also flexible, allowing you to take detours and customize your itinerary – a flexibility that is often limited when taking a train or flight. Hence, by taking a road trip from Bangalore to Mangalore you will be able to truly experience the beautiful vistas the state of Karnataka is blessed with. Experience the joy of being on the road by booking a Savaari cab.
Best time to take a road trip from Bangalore to Mangalore
September to April are indeed the best months to visit Mangalore. The winters are also pleasant here. The temperature does not exceed above 30 degrees, and the humidity is also minimal, which makes the weather excellent to explore the various beaches. Summers are too hot and the humidity reaches its highest during this point in time. Mangalore receives the heaviest rainfall between July and August, which therefore makes it an unsuitable time to visit. Hence, the winters and post-monsoon periods are the best time to plan a road trip from Bangalore to Mangalore.
Below are the details of a road trip from Bangalore to Mangalore along with insights on popular places along the way as well as places to eat en route.
Bangalore to Mangalore Route: Via NH75
Vital Statistics – Distance, Time & Highway Quality
Popular places to visit on this route
- Gommateshwara Temple – Before Channarayapatna, a Y intersection takes you to Shravanabelagola famous for its Gomateshwara statue. This is an important pilgrimage center for the Jains. Standing 57 feet tall, it is, in fact, considered the world’s largest monolithic stone statue. The temple is also famous for Mahamastakabisheka, a festival held every 12 years where devotees offer milk, ghee, sugarcane juice, saffron paste; sprinkle powders of sandalwood, turmeric and vermillion; and also offer petals, gold, silver and precious gems to the statue of Bahubali.
- Halebeedu Temple – North of Hassan is a temple which exudes brilliant stone carving craftsmanship. There are soapstone edifices with intricate carvings of animals, birds, dancers, gods and goddesses. One of the main attractions are the pillars inside these temples, some carved out of black stone, however, each in a unique style. The Halebeedu Temple is a also UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Chikmagalur – A small hill station in Karnataka, Chikmagalur is believed to be the birthplace of coffee. The pleasant weather along with the deep valleys covered in plantations make it an ideal place to stop for a quick coffee and snacks break. One can also stop here for the night before heading west. There are, in fact, plenty of homestays here.
- Kudremukh National Park – Known to be the second-largest protected area in the Western Ghats, Kudremukh National Park will delight the adventure junkies. This offbeat corner has five trekking trails to the Kudremukh peak from different directions, each covering a few days. Do visit the Hanuman Gundi waterfall that requires a short trek down the thick forest slopes; needless to say the location is worth all the difficult trekking you undertake.
- Sakleshpur – Coloured in ridiculous shades of green, do stop at the Bisle Reserve Forest and Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. Also pack your trekking shoes for this trip and try and scale the Kumara Parvatha along the Green Route railway line. Before you leave Sakleshpur, visit the Manjarabad Fort located right on top of one of the hairpin bends.
Popular places to eat along the way
- Kamat Upchar, Kunigal – A South Indian restaurant serving freshly brewed tea and coffee, along with piping hot idlis and sambar. They also serve a variety of dosas and other South Indian delicacies. The restaurant has ample parking space, however, only accepts payments in cash.
- Empire Restaurant, Kunigal – If you are in the mood for a wholesome meal, Empire Restaurant is a indeed pretty good choice. From an unmatched variety of non-vegetarian as well as vegetarian dishes to snacks, juices, and desserts; the food here surely will pump you up for the road trip ahead.
- New Roti Mane, Nagathihalli – Known to serve good quality food at reasonable prices, this military kitchen serves delicious idlis and also many non-vegetarian delicacies.
- MFC, Hassan – A casual restaurant to sit back and enjoy a snack break. Do try their Pomfret fish.
- The Captain’s Donne Biryani, Chikmagalur – Try South India’s famous Donne Biryani here. Chicken Kebab is also their star dish.
Other means of traveling to Mangalore
Between Bengaluru and Mangalore, 4 trains operate under the Indian Railways. The trains cover the cities of Puttur, Tumkur, Bantwal, Subrahmanya, Arsikere, Sakleshpur, Hassan, Tiptur and more. Kengeri, Mysore Jn and Mangalore Cntl are major stations on this route and most trains pass through them. Karwar EXP and Kannur EXP (2 trains in all) run directly between Bangalore Cy Jn and Mangalore JN. Kannur EXP takes the longest time to reach Mangalore, covering a distance of 503 kms in 11 hours and 45 mins. Of all the trains between Bengaluru and Mangalore, Gomateshwara EXP is, in fact, the fastest train covering a distance of 413 kms in 09 hours and 45 mins.
You can opt for the earliest train, Gomateshwara EXP that leaves Yesvantpur Jn at 07:10 or catch the last train, Karwar EXP departing Bangalore Cy Jn at 20:30.
On a daily basis, around 123 flights operate between these two cities. Mangalore has an International Airport located 18 km from the city. It takes about an hour and a half to cover this distance by flight and the average airfare for a round trip flight on this route is approx Rs 2400.
Air India (AI) – 804 is the first flight at 06:30 from Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore.
Explore Mangalore like a local – A handy travel guide
With its countryside vibe and the beach town landscape, Mangalore is an interesting weekend getaway from Bangalore. The city’s history can be traced through the Portuguese and Spanish style churches. Offering a beautiful mix of ancient as well as modern, Mangalore is a place where you can indulge in spiritual awakening in the morning, take long relaxing walks on the beach in the afternoon and enjoy a pulsating nightlife in the evening. Of course, not to forget the spicy delicious seafood.
Here’s a Savaari guide to exploring Mangalore like a local.
Attractions in Mangalore for Sightseeing
- Check out the country’s first 3D Planetarium with an 8K digital and optomechanical projector at Swami Vivekananda Planetarium at Pilikula Nisargadhama.
- After that, visit the quiet and peaceful Sasihithlu Beach where the river meets the sea. It’s also an idyllic spot for birdwatching.
- Visit The Aloysius Museum for fossils, shells, skeletons as well as the first car, that are all on display at St Aloysius College. The museum is open between 9.00am-5.00pm on all days.
- Mangalore has some beautiful trekking points. Try the Green Route Trek at Yedakumeri, which looks straight out of a picture postcard with waterfalls, mountains, brooks and bridges.
- If you do visit Mangalore during the festivals, attend the Fishing Festival which is celebrated on the banks of the River Nandini at Dharmarasu Uyyala Temple in Surathkal. Prayers are offered to the deity, holy Prasad is dropped into the water, and as if on cue, hundreds of eager folk jump into the river with their nets. After that, the fishes caught are taken home to be cooked for the day.
- Enjoy the peace and serenity at Panambur Beach.
- Pay a visit to the butterfly park. Visit Samilan Shetty’s Butterfly Park that was set up in 2011, and is home to 114 species of butterflies. Not just an education and conservation center, this place will surely to delight all curious nature lovers.
Places to eat in Mangalore
- Hotel Narayana – Seafood, Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian
- Giri Manja’s – Seafood, Indian, Vegetarian, Asian
- Madhuvans Village – Indian, Seafood
- Janatha Deluxe – Indian vegetarian dishes
- Smoke N Oven – Pizzas, pasta, calzones
- Sagar Ratna – North Indian, South Indian and Chinese fare
- Pallkhi – Traditional Mangalorean cuisine along with North Indian, South Indian as well as Chinese influences.
- Maharaja – Dessert, Indian, Seafood, also Asian
Hotels and Resorts – Accommodation in Mangalore
|Hotel Name||Address||Phone Number|
|The Estate Resort, Bar & Restaurant||Nelligudde Rd, Ashwathapura, Karnataka 574227||063635 49933|
|River Roost Resort||1-262/2-16, Sabarabail, Muddushedde, Mangalore, Karnataka 575028||072598 92233|
|Summer Sands Beach Resort||Chota Mangalore, After Nirmala Hospital, Ullal, Karnataka 575020||0824 246 7690|
|Phalguni River Lodge||Survey No 65, Near Pilikula Nisargadhama, Vamanjoor, Moodushedde, Karnataka 575028||0824 226 3633|
|The Gateway Hotel Old Port Road, Mangalore||Old Port Rd, Bunder, Mangalore, Karnataka 575001||0824 666 0420|