The distance between Gokarna and Bangalore, is around 500 km and it takes around 10 hours to reach Gokarna from Bangalore, by car. The route is as follows: Bangalore - (NH4) Tumkur - (NH 206) Gubbi - (NH 206) Tiptur - (NH 206) Arsikere - (NH 206) Kadur - (NH 206) Tarikere - (NH206) Bhadravati - (NH206) Shimoga - (NH206) Sagar - (NH206) Honavar - (NH17) Kumta - Gokarna.
The road between Bhadravati and Shimoga, which is almost 30 km, is not that good. Try taking a break before Kadur, at a restaurant called Masala, for meals. The food served there, is hygienic and tasty.
Transport options from Bangalore to Gokarna
Bangalore to Gokarna By Car: Hire a cab from Bangalore to reach Gokarna, which takes around 10 hours. Cost of cab ranges from INR7 to INR50 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Ideal for families, seniors and group travellers.
Bangalore to Gokarna By Bus: Take a bus from Bangalore to Gokarna, which takes around 10 hours. Gokarna Bus Terminal is located at the city centre. Economical and ideal for individual travellers and backpackers.
Roads are pretty good, avoid night drives. You may not get decent amenities on the way. We visited Gokarna, Kollur, Singur, Murdeshwar, Sringeri, Bale Honnur, Belur and Hassan. It was a wonderful trip which was unplanned and was a quite a good experience.
We were a family of 6 adults and 1 kid travelling from Bangalore to Gokarna. Since the distance was close to 500 km and there were not many places of interest on the way, we choose a night journey. We took the NH4 till Bankapur and took a deviation towards left near Bankapur. The road is very good till Bankapur but it is a single lane road from Bankapura.
We crossed Mundgod and reached Yellapura by around 5. 30 in the morning where the driver halted for 30 min to take a nap. Yellapur is surround by lush greenery and the ride from there was pleasant. The road joins the NH17 near Ankola and from there we took left towards Gokarna. The road passes parallel to the west coast with a beautiful view. At many places the road crosses small streams and river tributaries.
It takes about 7 ours to reach the NH 17 near Ankola. So, plan your journey accordingly to reach the NH 17 early in the morning for a wonderful journey along the cost.
Overall, experience travelling to Gokarna was okay, as it was not a tourism season. We went in monsoon. It was raining the whole night and beach was dirty. I'll suggest to go in spring or autumn. The bus was non-ac sleeper and it is 11 hours to travel, so it is bit difficult. You won't get A/c buses to Gokarna from Bangalore.
Amazing Road, NH-4 an awesome highway, almost 5 toll gates where you end up paying Rs 300, but totally worth it. Post NH-4, it takes you through many State highways for 150 km. Good cottages to stay at. Two amazing beaches which are a must visit include Om and Kudle beach, don't miss these two amazing sceneries. The food available is bad and be backed up for the same.
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