Travelled by KSRTC Semi-sleeper bus, Manipal to Bangalore to attend conference. Journey was comfortable and had satisfactory rest stops. Bus seats were clean and comfortable. On board entertainment were there. I've not look for charging point, but water and blankets were present. Both driver and conductor were so cooperative. I would recommend this!!!!
Bus quality is good and the seats are comfortable. The staff might be not cooperative and they drive a bit rash. One of the worst part of the journey was no proper mid journey stops for passengers to freshen up and go to toilet. The bus driver stopped in middle of no where and the women passengers were asked to go in the open for toilets. Bus might have small cockroaches depended upon when was the last pest treatment done.
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.
I wish to share this experience to all those who likes travelling by Train. Though I had several options of travelling to Udupi, but I always prefer the train journey. I'm a nature lover and this is one journey which takes me close to the natural scenic beauty.
The journey from Bangalore City Station at 8:30 pm and reaches Udupi around 10. 30am next day. The scenic beauty is worth enjoying early morning hours as the train chugs via konkan belt. Though it never reaches Udupi on time but that is something which is not a bother. I enjoyed the delicacy of Mangalore Buns and hot cup of tea when it stops at Subramanya Road station.
The train is clean and well maintained. The 14 hour train journey is worth a travel if one is a nature lover.
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.