Tour Guide to Bangalore to Gokarna

Gokarna is an esteemed Hindu pilgrimage site along the coast of Arabian Sea in the state of Karnataka, India. It holds the rank of a popular tourist destination amongst religious and non-religious travelers alike, as people from all over the country and even international tourists flock to visit famed attractions like the Mahabaleshwar Temple, Koti Teertha pond and beautiful palm-lined beaches located in Gokarna.

The usual travel route to Gokarna for tourists from afar involves reaching Bangalore, one of the most important and well-connected metropolitans of India, then making the journey to Gokarna henceforth. Gokarna is located at a distance of 488 km from Bangalore, on the west coast of the state. Apart from Gokarna there are also many other places to visit in Banglaore which include heritage sites and modern architecture. 

By bus:

Buses are the cheapest and recommended mode of travel from Bangalore to Gokarna. These buses operating directly from Bangalore to Gokarna are operated by KSRTC, which is run by the Karnataka state government. There are a total of 9 buses that travel this direct route from Bangalore to Gokarna, and all of these are rated 4.5+.

Tickets for these buses will generally cost you between INR 550 and INR 650. The departure time of most of these buses is in the morning somewhere between 6 am to 7 am, depending on the exact bus you take. The minimum journey time by bus from Bangalore to Gokarna is 7 hrs 40 min.

There are several travel agencies that provide convenient booking of bus tickets from Bangalore to Gokarna to ease your trip-related concerns. By booking these tickets in advance, you will be able to ensure good spots  on the bus of your choice, on your planned date of travel.

Making the road trip yourself:

A number of people opt to go on road trips over holidays and over weekends from Bangalore to Gokarna. This thrill and excitement of this road trip serves as the perfect getaway from the busy city life of Bangalore, and is often just the refreshment people need to start the following week afresh.

The road trip from Bangalore to Gokarna is filled with fun-infused midway stops, whose beauty and charm will fill your soul with rejuvenated life even when you return from the trip. The road trip takes about 9 to 10 hours of journey depending on the route you take. There are 3 options for said routes from Bangalore to Gokarna.

Route 1: via NH48 (Bangalore Chitradurga route)

This is the shortest road route, and will get you from Bangalore to Gokarna in approximately 8 hrs 50 mins, over a drive stretching about 479 km). You will reach Gokarna through Sirsi.

Route 2: via NH48 and NH69 (Banghalore Devpura route)

This route takes you 9 hrs 26 mins to reach Gokarna. It eventually merges into route 3 midway at Shivamogga, after passing through Tumakuru and Hiriyur. The total distance of this route is 513 km.

Route 3: via NH69 (Bangalore Shivamogga route)

This route takes you to Gokarna is about 9 hrs 35 min, and the total distance traveled is 513 km. Route 2 and route 3 will take you to Gokarna via Kumta, unlike route 1.

Stopovers during Bangalore to Gokarna road trip

The most popular stovers for food on the Bangalore to Gokarna route are:

        Lakshmi Bhavan Tiffin Room in Chitradurga, offering Indian and Asian cuisines.

        Vilasi Delight in Tumkur, offering Indian and Asian cuisines.

        Reddy Military Hotel, which is renowned for the way it is well-kept.

        Swathi Delicacy, offering Indian and Asian cuisines.

        Kamat Upachar, which offers a heavily Indian-based menu.

Overnight halts during Bangalore to Gokarna road trip

        Royal Orchid Central located at Shivamogga is a 4-star hotel facility and known for its decent facilities and excellent hospitality.

        Green View Clarks Inn can look off-putting to some with its brick facade but the facilities offered here are very decent.

Your road trip fr4om Bangalore to Gokarna will have plenty of facilities of petrol pumps, ATMs and mobile connectivity all throughout the route.

By air:

Dabolim Airport in Goa is the nearest Airport from Gokarna, located at a distance of 140 km from the famed tourist attraction. You can board a flight any day of the week at Bangalore’s Kempegowda Airport and reach Dabolim Airport in approximately 9 hrs 50 mins. The total air distance is 490 km on this flight.

Once in Goa, you will find buses and taxis to take you to Gokarna right outside the airport.

By train:

Nearest railway station from Gokarna is at Ankola, about 20 km from Gokarna. You can travel from Bangalore to Ankola by train in an estimated travel time of 12 hrs 42 min, then catch a taxi to Gokarna easily at Anola’s railway station.

The monsoon season, from mid-June to mid-August, is the best time to visit Gokarna, as it provides respite from the otherwise hot and humid temperatures of Gokarna. In addition, the palm trees are in full blossom during this season and Gokarna appears in bloom during this time. Whether you travel by bus, or by air or train or prefer to make the road trip yourself and enjoy the beauty of the Bangalore to Gokarna route to the fullest, you will be sure to have an enthralling time. Hope you have a happy and safe journey and trip to Gokarna!

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