Sringeri is located at a distance of about 330 km from Bangalore. Being a major religious township of Karnataka, Sringeri is well-connected to Bangalore by roadways. The best way to reach Sringeri from Bangalore is by car. The places covered on the journey are Bangalore-68 km->Tumkur-73 km->Tiptur-66 km->Kadur-40 km->Chikmagalur-12 km->Machagondanahalli-62 km->Koppa-24 km->Sringeri. Driving to Sringeri is the best way to enjoy the scenic beauty of Western Ghats. Indian Oil, HP and Bharat Petroleum pumps are located en route. You will also come across various restaurants and small food joints along the way. There is a Cafe Coffee Day on State Highway 64.
Transport options from Bangalore to Sringeri
Bangalore to Sringeri By Car: Take a car or hire a cab from Bangalore to Sringeri, a journey of about 6 hours. The cost of cabs ranges from INR 8 to INR 24, depending upon the type of car. Ideal for groups and for families travelling with senior citizens and kids.
Bangalore to Sringeri By Bus: Take a direct bus from Bangalore to Sringeri, a journey of about 8 hours. Many private and KSRTC buses ply between Bangalore and Sringeri. The places covered during the journey bare Bangalore->Kunigal->Hassan->Belur->Chikmagalur->Sringeri. Sringeri Bus Stand is only 1 km away from Sri Sharada Peetham. You can take auto rickshaw or a cab from the bus stand to travel within the city. Suitable for individual travellers.
The roads were good all the way from Bellary to Sringeri. I drove in the night from Shimoga to Sringeri via N R Pura and Koppa. This road is good, and free from humps. The drive from Shimoga to Sringeri via Thirthahalli and Koppa, is scenic and can be enjoyed during the day; but you got to be careful since the road is narrow, unlike the N R Pura route. Being part of the Malnad, the drive to Sringeri is peaceful too, with abundant greenery all around.
We were about 28 people on a trip. So we had booked 20 sleepers and 8 seaters. But we got only 15 sleepers and rest 5 had to travel in seater. It was badly managed by the travel agency. Sleeper was not of great quality. Bed-sheets were dirty and not washed.
We went by ordinary Karnataka State Transport Bus, which is not that much convenient as the deluxe and luxury buses play between Bangalore and Sringeri by private operators. The route to Sringeri is a Ghat Section and it is in the Western Ghats and it is worth seeing during the day time. But we went in the night time.
We hired a car from Bangalore. It was a group of 6 people. We travelled for a friend's wedding. The roads were amazing with scenic views and lots and lots of trees. It was raining most of the time and it was a bliss. A few roads were closed due to rain. Overall, a wonderful experience.
Recently did a trip as follows Bangalore -> Horanadu -> Sringeri -> Kollur -> Murudeshwar -> Gokarna -> OM Beach -> Karwar -> Maravanthe -> Goa -> Udupi -> Dharmasthala -> Kukke Subramanya -> Bangalore.
I have to say the trip was excellent with good roads all the way and some of it was recently laid looks like!! Mostly it was state highways and some part of it was NH48 which is toll highway. The drive is mostly winding roads, lush greenery all round or you have sea side drive.
Plan for a good week of 10 days to enjoy the places instead of just rushing around. I had a 4 days stay at Goa and then rest of the places I took 5 days to cover with stay at Sringeri, Murudeshwar and Dharmasthala.
Shiridi Ghat is closed so you need to take Charmadi Ghat which is heavy with two way traffic because of the Shiradi ghat closure. Also some repair work is on with bulldozers / JCBs occupying part of the ghat road. So, watch out for oncoming traffic.
Goa roads are excellent all over -- recently tarred looks like. I couldn't see a single pothole -- unbelievable for Indian standards!!! There is a entry fee of Rs. 250/- when you enter goa for Cars.