Bangalore to Goa by road is an annual pilgrimage for us. Sometimes we have driven to Goa at the drop of the hat!
Being road trippers, we always love to explore as we drive to destination. Bangalore to Goa gives many opportunities to experience the beauty of the western ghats in different hues.
With road conditions in Karnataka and in South India getting better and better, road trips are becoming a pleasure. When you plan to drive from Bangalore to Goa, you are spoilt for choices.
All the five routes are spectacular drives. Here, the journey becomes more thrilling than the destination!
Of the five routes listed here, you will be driving to Hubli in four of them and then take a deviation. The fifth route is different and does not touch Hubli. All theses routes take you through lovely ranges of Western Ghats. You will be stunned by beauty of the valleys and waterfalls you will see on the way. Especially if you drive now in the monsoon.
Check out these five routes and five thrilling road trip experiences! Please click on the pictures to see them in larger size.
Route 1 – Amazing Anmod Ghat!
The shortest of the six routes. The drive from Dharwad to Goa is stunningly beautiful. Driving through Mahadayi Wild Life sanctuary, you will see numerous waterfalls during monsoon.
Lovely valley views and excellent road makes this a pleasant drive. Stop over at places to enjoy the valley views.
Suitable for those who are going to North Goa first.
Check out this detailed post on this blog on our drive in this route in Monsoon in 2014 – Monsoon Drive to Goa 1 – Amazed @ Anmod Ghat!
Distance – 597 KMs
Google Map – https://goo.gl/maps/9tu62YJVxk42
Route 2 – Get awestruck at Amboli Ghat
If you are staying in North Goa we recommend that you drive through this route once during the trip.
The drive through Amboli ghat after Chandgad is mind-blowingly beautiful especially in Monsoon. Driving through mist clad roads with Amboli valley on the one side and canopy of waterfalls on the other side makes this route standout for its beauty.
To top it all, you will get a chance to see beautiful Amboli falls.
Suitable for those who are going to North Goa. If you are sea food lover and love Malwani cuisine, you can have your lunch break in Sawantwadi.
Check out this detailed post on this blog on our drive in this route in Monsoon in 2014 – Monsoon Drive to Goa 2 – Awestruck @ Amboli Ghat!
Distance – 667 KMs
Google Map – https://goo.gl/maps/dB2AL1kt45o
Route 3 – Captivating Chorla Ghat
We drove on this route last week. What a blissful drive! The route from Belgaum to Goa is a pleasure. Virtually driving under canopy of trees with green fields and valleys.
You will get a chance to see the grand spectacle of Surla falls which is s small detour from the highway at the excise check post of Karnataka. Enjoy the pleasing view of backwaters of Keri dam and rolling hills of Mhadei Wild Life Sanctuary along the way.
Ideally suited for those who want to stay in North Goa.
Distance – 626 KMs
Google Map – https://goo.gl/maps/7trxDRViuFQ2
Route 4 – Twin falls and the Coastal drive
This is a perennial favourite of us. As soon as you leave Hubli, you are treated to soothing green fields.
After you cross Yallapur, you will be driving through forests till you meet the NH 66. This route gives you an opportunity to visit two charming waterfalls – Magod Falls and Vibhuti Falls.
For Magod falls, take a small detour of 12 KMs from the highway. A spectacular falls formed by Bedti river. On the way to the falls stop over to enjoy the beauty of serene Kavadikere lake.
Vibhuti Falls is another lovely falls you will see when you drive from Bangalore to Goa on this route. River jumps over rocks to from a layered falls. Look out for the signage after Ramanguli. A drive of 14 KMs off the highway will take you to the falls.
Enjoy the enchanting views of the sea-coast as you climb from Ankola. You may also stopover to visit the war ship museum at Karwar beach.
If you are sea food lover, break for lunch at Amrut restaurant in Karwar.
After Karwar, Look out for the fabulous sight of Kali river’s confluence with the Arabian sea.
This route from Bangalore is ideal for those who are staying in South Goa.
Distance – 673 KMs
Google Map – https://goo.gl/maps/etwkirKWupx
Route 5 – Joy of Jog Falls
A lovely route for those who are going from Bangalore to Goa if you are planning your stay in South Goa.
Once you leave Shivamogga, you are driving through Malnad. The green fields and forests beckon you. This route gives you a chance to see the famous Jog falls which is breathtakingly beautiful in monsoon.
The drive from Sagar to Honnavar is virtually through a green canopy. The stretch through Sharavathi wild Life sanctuary after Jog falls is spellbinding. Stop over to enjoy the spectacle of Bangara Kusuma falls which is glorious in monsoon.
Enjoy the magnificent sight of Sharavathi valley at the view-point which you can not miss on the road side. One may also visit the famous Bangaramakki Hanuman temple on the way.
Once you join the NH 66 at Honnavar, you will get a chance to see confluence of Sharavati river and sea. The drive along the coast till Goa is fantastic.
Distance – 595 KMs
Google Map – https://goo.gl/maps/bxRdX8to9tm
- We recommend you to leave early in the morning around 6 AM so that you can comfortably reach your destination Goa by 4 PM
- We have given route maps for routes 1, 2 and 3 up to Panjim in North Goa and that of route 4 and 5 up to Palolem in South Goa. You can reach your destination from these places.
- If you are leaving at 6 AM or earlier and driving on routes 1 to 4, the best place to have breakfast would be at Upadhya restaurant at the start of Chitradurga bye pass. It is dot on highway just before Chitradurga bye pass on to your right.
- If you are a Davanagere Benne Dosa fan like us and driving on routes 1 to 4, you can drive on and eat at Kottureshwara in Davanagere. You need to keep an additional one hour for this as there will be waiting period at this place. If you want to know more about Davanagere Benne Dosa please click on this link in this blog – Buttering Lessons in Davanagere!
- Lunch breaks for routes 1 t0 4
- Route 1 – Molem
- Route 2 – Belgaum or Sawantwadi
- Route 3 – The Delta resort before you turn to Surla falls
- Route 4 – Kamat Upachar hotel which is a KM towards Mangalore when you join NH66 before Ankola.
- If you are driving on route 5, then have breakfast at Swathi Delicacy before Yediyur. Don’t miss to drink their excellent Filter coffee after yummy Masala Dosa! Lunch can be had at Kamat Restaurant in Honnavar.
- There are Cafe Coffee Day outlets at different places on the way for loo breaks on all routes.
- Route 1 to 4 – Dobaspet, Sira, Harihar, After RaneBennur, Shiggaon
- Route 5 – Bellur Cross, Channarayapatna, Arsikere, Shivamogga, Near Kamat Hotel towards Ankola on Karwar road.
- The road conditions are excellent. All roads are well signaged.
- The Chorla ghat road is likely to see more traffic among all the five routes due to vehicles coming from Maharashtra side.
- Drive safe as the roads in Western ghats are curvaceous.
- Our recommendation is to go by one road for onward journey and return by the other depending on where you will be staying in Goa.
- There are other routes from Bangalore to Goa as well. These are via Dandeli after Hubli, Via Bankapur after Haveri. You may try it if you wish to.
Do let us know about your experience of driving on these lovely routes from Bangalore to Goa. We look forward to your feedback.
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