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.
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.
Overall experience in the bus was good except one point where the time mentioned on website was around 7:00 Am and he was unloading goods in between which took an extra half an hour. SRS bus depot at Anand Rao Circle was a mess when we went (Jam packed with travellers). Rest all were ok. Driver was friendly to stop when we ask. Bus was neat and well-maintained.
The bus journey was average, it took lot of time to reach Sringeri. However the journey to Sringeri Temple was comfortable. Bus staff behavior was okay. Due to technical reason the bus started late by an hour hence we reached late by late by an hour. I wish that traveller should give the vehicle for servicing while going for the long trip.
Bangalore to Hassan is an amazing drive but from Hassan to Chikamagalur the road is quite bad and from Chikmagalur to Sringeri the road is OK but not good. Be careful of big craters on the road. The road is very scenic though. You can stop at Bhadra coffee shop and try their coffee, cakes, sandwiches etc.. Very nice place to eat amid nature.
It was fun filled travel from Bangalore to Sringeri. Definitely you will love the nature at her best in Western ghats. It is always best to start early in the morning from Bangalore so that by noon/evening you can reach Sringeri. On the way you can see lots of other places.
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