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.
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.
It was really a very beautiful experience. Driving along the curves in that place was like Oh My God experience. I seriously loved it. It is a must watch place in life time. People do not miss it. Especially if you guys have to visit in rainy season in which the water fall will be high and nature is just like heaven in front of you.
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is the best travel service and is the best bus. If you travel at night from Bangalore than its best and a good option and sleeper will be the best. The journey was very comfortable. But they don’t provide the on-board entertainment like movies and water or pillows.
Left Bangalore by 6.45 am and drove (i10) through Tumkur, Ariskere, Badravathi, Shimoga and reached JOG by 4pm. We used Gps in tab since no proper sign boards are there in Karnataka. From Jog we visited Gokarna, Murudeshwar, Idugunji and stayed next that at Murudeshwar. From there went to Anegude, kotilingeswar and to Sringeri for night halt. Next day reached Bangalore via Chikmagalur and Hassan. The road from Sringeri to Chikmgalur is terrible with lot of pot holes.
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