Shimoga is situated at a distance of 270 km from Bangalore. With Jog Falls, one of the highest waterfalls of India as its major attraction, Shimoga is well connected to Bangalore by road, rail and air.
However, the best way to reach Shimoga from Bangalore is by car, a journey of around six hours. The road is more or less good, but one needs to be careful about humps and potholes in the stretch between Tumkur and Tiptur. The places covered on the way are Bangalore -68km -> Tumkur -73km -> Tiptur -66km -> Kadur -69km -> Shimoga. There are several eateries and dhabas on the way, including a Caf? Coffee Day which is open 24 hours. Petrol pumps are also available at regular intervals.
Transport options from Bangalore to Shimoga
Bangalore to Shimoga By Car: Hire a cab from Bangalore to Shimoga, which takes around six hours. The cost of cab ranges from INR10 to INR30 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. This mode is suitable for families, kids and group travellers.
We were a family of 6 adults and 4 kids travelling to Shimoga during this Diwali break. The journey was fantastic thanks to the tip of one of my friends.
Route: The route we took was to go via Chitradurga which was not what google maps asked us to take. Bangalore to Chitradurga was a 6 laned highway. Roads from Chitradurga to Shimoga though a 2 lane carriageway were also good with occasional potholes. We started at 6 in the morning from Bannerghatta road and reached Shimoga at around 12:30. We took longer than average time since we drove slowly and took frequent breaks as we had children with us. An enthusiastic driver should be able to get this trip done in under 4:30 hours.
Stay: In Shimoga we rented rooms at the Royal Orchid. The stay was comfortable and I recommend it to people going with families.
Places to visit: Jog falls: This is a must go place if you go to Shimoga. However, you might want to plan your trip around the time authorities open the dam. Else, be prepared to see pencil thin falls at Jog.
Elephant training camp near Gajanur dam: Good place to visit where children can enjoy elephants rides, see elephant bathing sessions and pet the elephants. There were around 4-5 baby elephants when we went there.
Agumbe sunset point: The sunset point at Agumbe is around 2 hours of very scenic drive from Shimoga. I would rate this drive to be the best part of my trip. The roads are lush green on either sides with river running on one side of the road for some parts of the drive.
Tiger and Lion Safari: This was around 5 km from the hotel and was a good place for kids to see lions and tigers in a contained safari experience.
Tunga and Bhadra confluence: Enroute back to Bangalore we stopped over at the confluence of rivers Tunga and Bhadra and found that this place had a nice small Hoysala temple which is definitely worth a stop over of half and hour.
General Advice: When travelling to these places from Shimoga please carry food for children as the hotel options are not good.
The way from Bangalore to Shimoga is very nice. No crap road at all. I took a route from Bangalore--Channarayapatna--Arsikere--Shimoga 300 km of travel. It was around 5.30 when we stopped for lunch. We took coffee in coffee day near Arsikere thatís an awesome place to hang on for some time break.
Travelling to Shimoga was really an awesome experience in SRS Travels bus. The bus had multimedia facilities and mobiles can be charged on the go. Shimoga is a cool place. It kept on raining most of the time. The famous fruit there in Shimoga are the big pineapple. Jog falls is really good to see and enjoy with friends and family.
Trip was good. We stopped at places in between trips, near the fields to capture photos and stuff. The weather was cloudy and fields were lush green so photos have come very nice. There wasnít much of traffic in that weekend. So it was fine journey. Roads are also pretty decent.
This route has:
Bangalore - Mangalore Hwy and Bangalore-Honavar Rd
Journey was very nice and we took the bus from majestic and it was raining heavily. It was a very good bus and seats were very nice and had TV for entertainment. It was smooth road and driving made the journey beautiful. Enjoyed the nice sleep in the bus and felt comfortable in the bus.
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