The distance between Bangalore to Udupi, is almost 400 km. It takes more or less eight hours, to reach Udupi from Bangalore, by road. From Bangalore, one needs to take the Tumkur road i.e NH 4, towards Yashwantpur. Drive along NH 4 for 30 km to reach Nelamangala. From Nelamangala, turn left for NH 48 and follow it for 44 km, to reach Kunigal. From Kunigal, keep driving straight on NH 48 crossing Channarayapanta, Hasan, Sakleshpur, Bantwal and Mangalore. After Mangalore, move onto NH 17 and keep driving for 58 km more, to reach Udupi.
Transport options from Bangalore to Udupi
Bangalore to Udupi By Car: Hire a cab or take a car from Bangalore to Udupi, which takes around 8 hours. The cost of cab ranges from INR7 to INR24 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. This mode is recommended while travelling with families and kids as well as in groups.
Bangalore to Udupi By Bus: Take a direct bus from Bangalore to Udupi, which takes 8 hours. Udupi Bus Stand is located at a distance of around 2 km from the city centre and can be reached by cab, bus or auto-rickshaw.Economical. Ideal for individual travellers and youngsters.
Bangalore to Udupi By Train: There is a direct train from Bangalore to Udupi that takes around 12 hours. Udupi Railway Station is located at a distance of around 6 km from the city centre and can be reached by cab, auto-rickshaw or bus. Train is ideal for families and seniors.
I took an AC sleeper bus from Bangalore to Udupi booked from Redbus. Boarded at 11 pm - arrived at 9 am (1 hour late due to traffic). One thing which I liked was the van service which took me from the point near to my residence to the main boarding point. Berth was average, one side ride was good but while coming back to Bangalore the bus driver drove very roughly, many passengers complained but he didn't listen.
I traveled to Udupi on 24th October night by Durgamba Motors. It was a sleeper bus starting from K.R Puram. Seats were good, although the seat cover kept sliding. There was a led light and charging point, both didn't work.
The initial travel inside the city was uncomfortable, sudden acceleration, sudden brakes. But after crossing the city it was fine. Road condition after Hasan isn't good, I think Volvo/ multiaxle will be much more comfortable.
The place they halted at night smelt horrible. Haven't tried the food over there though.
It was just a bad luck to board the bus on that day because the journey took a very long time though the weather was completely good. We had a bus breakdown and I am not certain of the reason because we were all asleep and realised it long time later. When we asked the bus drivers, they never bothered to respond and instead told us to get back and wait. We were really upset but dint have the strength to argue so we let this one pass.
Though we booked for a day train from Yeshwantpur to Udupi, we could not travel because the train was preponed from 1st Sept, 2014.
We were 4 people to reach Udupi and we quickly arranged an Indigo Taxi. They charged for 800 km totally for both the way. Though it worked out costly, we enjoyed the trip because of the post monsoon water and greenery.
It was highway till Hassan or so. At Sakleshpur outskirts, we had lunch at Hotel Ossoor. It was a pure vegetarian hotel and the mini meal had appalam, payasam, poori etc. Probably only the rice was limited which was more than enough for me.
The location of the hotel was good with nice surroundings.
The river was flowing along with our taxi. Somebody told that it was River Sita. Though it was cloudy with slight drizzles all the way, we could get glimpses of sunset. The road at few places was full of potholes. Our driver was very careful and drove slowly. The scenic beauties around made us forget the road condition, instead clicked few snaps while travelling.
Traveled in AC sleeper. Journey was comfortable. Since it was a night journey not too many stops in between. Just a break for 10-15 minutes at Kamat Restaurant. Has ample charging points. They provide only blankets. No Pillow, no water so carry your own bottle.
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