Bangalore to Shimoga by Road – Distance, Time and Useful Travel Information

Shimoga is tucked in a strategic location in the state, making it ideal for several outdoor adventure opportunities around the town. The humble town is famous for its historical monuments, religious sites, and abundant scenic natural beauty. The best way to discover such places is through its heritage, local communities, and not to mention, its rich natural resources. With our tips and suggestions, you can take a tour of Shimoga in a unique way and make the most of your travel.

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Why travel from Bangalore to Shimoga?

Shimoga or Shivamogga is a quiet town in the southwest part of Karnataka and makes for a great getaway from Bangalore. If you are looking for a quick break from the city life, take a ride through the wondrous Western Ghats and explore its treasures. The best way to do it is to rent a cab and enjoy this experience. 

With a car rental from Savaari, you can customize your journey and make interesting pit stops, and capture the beauty of Karnataka’s rustic landscape. 

Bangalore to Shimoga by road

Traveling from Bangalore to Shimoga by Car

A road trip from Bangalore to Shimoga is one of the best ways to travel from the metro to the greener locales. The route between these two places passes through some interesting nature hotspots in the states. Enjoy the shifting landscape and the transition of culture as you ride through the concrete skyline to the quieter, cleaner, greener environment. With our completely customizable Bangalore to Shimoga trip packages, you can stop at any of these places and do a quick sightseeing. 

Let us help you discover the best routes so you can plan an exciting trip to Shimoga from Bangalore by road. 

Best time to take a road trip from Bangalore to Shimoga by car

Although Shimoga sits in the middle of abundant natural surroundings, the region experiences warm and humid climate. Hence, the best time to visit Bangalore to Shimoga by car is the winter months. Since most of the town’s attractions are outdoor, the colder months make it more conducive to explore. You can also visit the place around the late monsoon period to experience the lush environment.

Let us help you discover the best routes so you can ensure a great ride on your Bangalore to Shimoga trip by road.

Bangalore Shimoga roadtrip

Route 1: Distance and Time taken from Bangalore to Shimoga via NH 48 and SH 24

Bangalore to Shimoga Road Condition Via NH 48 and SH 24

This is the shortest, fastest, and the most convenient route to cover the Bangalore to Shimoga by road distance. Most tourists and weekend travelers use this route, since the Bangalore to Shimoga traffic is also not heavy on this highway. Via this route, the Bangalore to Shimoga distance is approximately 310 KM and takes about six hours to travel. Before you travel, always check for traffic updates and use live maps to get the real-time information on Bangalore to Shimoga road condition. 

Bangalore to Shimoga Distance Via Tumkur

Here’s a basic Bangalore to Shimoga via Tiptur road map for this route:

Bangalore -> Nelamangala -> Tumakuru -> Sira -> Hiriyur -> Hosadurga -> Bhadravathi -> Shimoga
Bangalore to Shimoga via Tumkur

Popular sights/monuments that you will encounter along this route:

  • Nelamangala – A rural suburb of Bangalore metro, known for trekking trails and camping grounds.
  • Nijagal Betta, Nijagal – A nature hotspot with views of rolling hills and meadows. 
  • Kaggaladu Bird Sanctuary, Kaggaladu – Locally popular natural sanctuary housing several species of avifauna, good for a quick detour and exploring. 
  • Vani Vilasa Sagara Dam, off Kattihole – Huge dam site on Vani Vilasa Sagara, with viewing points. Good for a refreshing break and panoramic views. 
  • Upper Bhadra Project, Ajjampura – Canal distribution system of the Bhadra River, great for hill views and short treks. 
Nijagal Betta
Nijagal Betta

Places to eat along this route:

  • Pravasi Restaurant, Nelamangala – Small local eatery popular for seafood dishes. 
  • Kamat Upachara, Sira – Standard highway side South Indian restaurant serving home-style food, good for quick stops, family-friendly. 
  • Gurjeet Punjabi Dhaba, Maranagere – Locally popular family restaurant, serving Punjabi, dhaba-style food.
  • Hotel Grand Shweta, Tarikere – Local diner serving standard, north and south Indian dishes, family friendly, good for groups.

Route 2: Distance and Time taken from Bangalore to Shimoga via Bangalore-Shivamogga Road 

Bangalore to Shimoga Road Condition Via Kunigal

This is an alternative but slower route to cover Bangalore to Shimoga via Tiptur by road distance. Although more than most people take the previous route, you can opt for this one, if you want to explore some popular tourist and nature locales. The distance between Bangalore and Shimoga via this route is also 307 Km but can take around 6.5 hours, due to some highway traffic. However, before traveling, always use a real-time map and check for traffic updates to get the best idea of the Shimoga to Bangalore road condition. 

Bangalore to Shimoga Distance Via Kunigal

Bangalore -> Nelamangala -> Kunigal -> Channarayapattana -> Arsiekere -> Kadur -> Bhadravathi -> Shimoga
Bangalore to Shimoga via Kunigal

Popular sights/monuments that you will encounter along this route:

  • Sunrise View Point, Kunigal – A nature hotspot by the river, famous for watching sunrise, good for early morning stops.
  • Nelligere Dam, Nelligere – A local dam site built on a river, with catchment area, surrounded by ample greenery.
  • Chandramouleswara Temple, Arsikere – An ancient temple site with landscaped gardens, known for its classic stone architecture. 
  • Jambadahall Check Dam, Chikkamagalur – A local dam with boardwalk and catchment area, good for panoramic views and a refreshing break. 
  • Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Tarikere – The lushest patch of the region with reserve forests housing various wild flora and fauna, good for short treks or jungle safaris. 
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary,
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Places to eat along this route:

  • Empire Restaurant, Kunigal – Local chain restaurant, serving multi-cuisine food, specializing in Malabari dishes, family-friendly. 
  • Swathi Delicacy, Tumkur, Koppa – Standard highway side eatery serving vegetarian South Indian meals, family and kid-friendly.
  • Prithi Canteen, Birur rural – Local diner serving South Indian dishes, good for quick stops and snacks.
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Bangalore to Shimoga Best Route

Both routes takes almost the same time to reach. However, we recommend you take Bangalore to Shimoga via Tumkur route. The road conditions are excellent and will make your journey even more pleasant. Do check the live updates of the traffic before leaving.

Other means of traveling from Bangalore to Shimoga

How to Reach Shimoga by Train

You can also cover Bangalore to Shimoga distance by train. There are about 16 trains that run between these two cities weekly, of which 5 are daily trains. The fastest train is the JANASHATABDI EXPRESS Bangalore to Shimoga, which takes only three hours to reach Shimoga. 

For Bangalore to Shimoga train ticket price, booking, you can visit the Indian Railways website or check with any online travel portal to get the best deals. The train time from Bangalore to Mysore can vary from three to six and a half hours, depending on which train you take. For the most updated Bangalore to Shimoga train ticket price, timings, always check the latest timetables of IRCTC, before booking.

How to Reach Shimoga by Flight

You can also travel from Bangalore to Shimoga by flight. The town is served by Shimoga Airport (IXE), which is roughly a 10-minute drive from the city. You can book a convenient Shimoga airport taxi and enjoy a hassle-free ride to your destination.

It takes about one to five hours and costs between INR 2000 and 5000 to fly from Bangalore to Shimoga. For your flight booking from Bangalore to Shimoga, visit any online travel portal or airline website for the latest deals and information.

You can also take a bus to travel between the two cities. You check the Bangalore to Shimoga bus ticket price online. There are also several state buses running between the two cities. For Bangalore to Shimoga KSRTC bus timings and other information, you can check any travel website.

Attractions in Shimoga for Sightseeing

Start with the most popular places of Shimoga, namely its nature hotspots. Explore the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, known for its rich wildlife, housed within the lush landscape of the Western Ghats. Or, go on a birding tour to the Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary, or the Gudavi Bird Sanctuary for their exotic avifauna species. 

For local history, visit the Shivappa Nayaka Palace Museum, known for its 16th to 18th-century architecture or take a tour of the Nagara Fort or Keladi. If you want to learn about the ethnic communities, spend a day at the villages of Hosahalli and/or Mattur and soak in the rural culture of the regions. Don’t leave without a day trek to the Jog Falls, popular for camping, rappelling, and other outdoor adventures. 

Savaari recommends – Popular places to eat in Shimoga

Shimoga’s cuisine, to simply say, is simple and humble, mostly dominated by local Kannadiga fare. But you will also find varied other Indian cuisines to satiate the constantly incoming travelers taste buds. 

To sample the best flavors in the town, explore these places in Shimoga –

  • Isiri Multi Cuisine Restaurant, Savar Line Rd, near Manasa nursing home, Durgigudi
  • Hotel Shubham, L.L.R Road, durgudi 1st cross, shimoga 01
  • Sri Meenakshi Bhavan, Bengaluru – Honnavar Rd, Tank Mohalla
  • Kanauj – The Family Restaurant & Bar, Hotel Jewel Rock complex, Durgigudi
  • Atithi – Pure Vegetarian Family Restaurant, Hotel Jewel Rock complex, Durgigudi

Hotels and resorts – Accommodation in Shimoga

Place NameAddressPhone Number
River View Farm StayS No. 2/1, Thirthahalli Road, Shivamogga, Shimoga, Harakere, Karnataka 577202 PH: 096866 29944 096866 29944
Royal Orchid Central, ShimogaBus Stand, B.H. Road, Kalyan Mandir Rd, opposite Vinayak theatre, near Shimoga, Gandhi Bazar, KR Puram, Shivamogga, Karnataka 577201 PH: 081824 09999081824 09999
Inchara Home StayMandagadde post, Thirthahalli Taluk, Shimoga, Karnataka 577220 PH: 099456 55170099456 55170
Harsha The Fern ShivamoggaHarsha International, #35/2A, Sagara Road, opposite Sharavathi Dental College, Shivamogga, Karnataka 577202 PH: 081822 64555081822 64555
Green View Clarks InnBalaraj Urs Road, near KEB Circle, Basavanagudi, Shivamogga, Karnataka 577201NA

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