The way from Jog Falls to Bangalore, is only through road. The distance between Jog Falls to Bangalore is 385 km and it takes six hours of travelling. There are many deluxe and semi deluxe buses available, most of the time. An enthusiast traveller can also take a personal vehicle, but only if he /she knows the way. The best way to travel and enjoy the scenic beauty is to hire a cab, which will cost anywhere Rs 7,000 to Rs 10,000 for the round trip, depending on the seating capacity of the cab.
Transport options from Jog Falls to Bangalore
Jog Falls to Bangalore By Car: Rent a car or hire a cab from Jog Falls to reach Bangalore, which takes around 6 hours. Approximate cost of cab per kilometre ranges from INR7 to INR18, depending upon the type of car. Recommended for families with kids, seniors and group travellers.
Jog Falls to Bangalore By Bus: Take a direct bus from Jog Falls to Bangalore, which takes around 9 hours. Buses operated by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and several other deluxe and semi deluxe buses are easily available from Jog Falls. The Bangalore Bus Stand is around 5 km from the city centre. The distance between the bus stand and the city centre can be covered by hiring a taxi or an auto-rickshaw. Travelling by bus is economical and ideal for individual travellers and backpackers.
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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.
This is one of the most comfortable ways to reach Jog falls- Train is slightly slow allowing us to get good sleep- got coach in S1 which was about 8th coach from the loco- Journey was quite comfortable despite being a weekend (15th August)- Unreserved passengers were barred from entering reserved coaches and RPF kept constant vigil over the passengers- Leaves Bangalore at 23:00 and has capacity to reach Talaguppa by 7 though scheduled arrival is 7:15
PS: H1-B2-B1 (A/C coaches) are attached near the engine at Bangalore while the remaining rake comes from Mysore as passenger reaching Bangalore at 22:30 hrs.
During long weekends and season time tickets have to be booked a month in advance- Or else its easy to get the 15 days notice- 2 Sleeper coaches (SE! & SE 2) are attached next to engine and said to be noisy
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.
We hired Toyota Innova from Bangalore to Jog falls. Our travel experience was great. Since we had kids on board we had to stop couple of times but it did help us to relax. The driver was very helpful and polite. Over all, the experience was good.We hired Toyota Innova from Bangalore to Jog falls. Our travel experience was great. Since we had kids on board we had to stop couple of times but it did help us to relax. The driver was very helpful and polite. Over all, the experience was good.