Jog is located at a distance of 378 km from Bangalore. Being a popular tourist site, the Jog Falls is very well connected, both by rail as well as road. However, the best way to reach Jog falls is by road. You can either take a car or bus from Bangalore. The places covered during the journey are Bangalore-70 km->Tumkur-73 km->Tiptur-65 km->Kadur-40 km>Arisikere- 68 km ->Tarikere-40 km ->Shimoga-70 km->Sagara-30 km->Jog Falls If you are travelling by car, apart from a Coffee Day before Tumkur, there are not too many places offering food and toilet facilities.
Transport options from Bangalore to Jog Falls
Bangalore to Jog Falls By Bus: Buses are available from Bangalore and other parts of the state to Shimoga from where further bus services are available to Jog Falls. There are several KSRTC buses that ply from Bangalore to Shimoga, a journey of 8 hours. From Shimoga many private and KSRTC buses ply to Jog falls.
Bangalore to Jog Falls By Car: Take a car or hire a cab from Bangalore to Shimoga. The cost of the cab ranges from INR 8 to INR 35, depending upon the type of car. For most of the part, the stretch from Bangalore to Shimoga is good with scenic views. Make sure to have enough fuel to drive up to Jog as there are no fuel pumps between Shimoga and Jog Falls.
Bangalore to Jog Falls By Train: There is no railway station in Jog Falls. However, it is not connected to major cities directly. Shimoga Railway Station, 100 km from Jog Falls, is the main junction connected toBangalore. You can take a bus or car from the railway station to reach Jog Falls.
This is one of the most comfortable ways to reach Jog falls- Train is slightly slow allowing us to get good sleep- got coach in S1 which was about 8th coach from the loco- Journey was quite comfortable despite being a weekend (15th August)- Unreserved passengers were barred from entering reserved coaches and RPF kept constant vigil over the passengers- Leaves Bangalore at 23:00 and has capacity to reach Talaguppa by 7 though scheduled arrival is 7:15
PS: H1-B2-B1 (A/C coaches) are attached near the engine at Bangalore while the remaining rake comes from Mysore as passenger reaching Bangalore at 22:30 hrs.
During long weekends and season time tickets have to be booked a month in advance- Or else its easy to get the 15 days notice- 2 Sleeper coaches (SE! & SE 2) are attached next to engine and said to be noisy
We went in our own car with friends so it is best to travel at night after dinner it is best travel you will be there in morning in Sagara in Sagara boating and then travel to Jog that time is evening so it good to see that place in evening and again you can travel night from their to Bangalore.
The journey was good. We started during night time and it took us around 15 hours to reach the destination which was Shimoga, from there we have booked a cab in advance to stay away from the hassles. It took us around 2 hours to reach Jog Falls from Shimoga and the total experience of the journey was worth the time and money spent.
I travelled from Bangalore to Shimoga by KSRTC non A/C seater bus (Karnataka Sarige). The service was good, reached Shimoga by the mentioned time. For people who are aged or have small kids it is better to go for volvo buses like Airavata, SRS, SRE or VRL. The journey was for 6 hours, wherein we were given stops at Tumkur and Birur. In volvo buses they provided water, blankets, movies and charging points but not in normal buses. Its better to reserve the tickets and plan your trip. Travelling in the night will be better because you will reach Shimoga by early morning, then there are lot of private buses which will take you to jog falls in hardly 2 hours. Better to carry some food items because the food near jog falls is little bit different from that of Bangalore.