Located on the west coast, Mangalore is one of India’s important port cities. With the towering Western Ghats on one side and the great Arabian Sea on the other, Mangalore is undoubtedly the perfect holiday destination. This vibrant city has everything – from the exotic beaches, majestic seaports, rugged mountains to ancient buildings and temples.
Table of Contents
- Why travel from Bangalore to Mangalore?
- Traveling from Bangalore to Mangalore?
- Best time to take a road trip by car
- How to Reach Mangalore By Train
- How to Reach Mangalore By Flight
- Attractions in Mangalore for Sightseeing
- Savaari recommends – Popular places to eat in Mangalore
- Hotels and resorts – Accommodation in Mangalore
- Nearby Road Trips
Why travel from Bangalore to Mangalore?
Best known for its Malnad charm and countryside atmosphere, Mangalore is indeed located at a convenient drivable distance from Bangalore and is best explored by hiring a reliable cab rental from Bangalore to Mangalore.
Use this ready-made guide from Savaari when you take a road trip from Bangalore to Mangalore. We will take you through a gorgeous route with breathtaking monuments, hidden gems, and also eateries en route.
For the best Bangalore to Chennai trip experience, consider booking a Bangalore car rental with a driver and enjoy a comfortable and hassle-free journey between the two cities.
Traveling from Bangalore to Mangalore by road
The distance between Bangalore and Mangalore is approximately 350 km and takes about 6 hours to cover this distance by road. One of the most wholesome ways of covering this distance is by renting a reliable cab service from Bangalore. It is fun and interesting, and also flexible, allowing you to take detours and customize your itinerary – a flexibility that is often limited when taking a train or flight. Hence, by taking a road trip from Bangalore to Mangalore you will be able to truly experience the beautiful vistas the state of Karnataka is blessed with.
Experience the joy of being on the road by booking a Savaari cab. If you’re planning a group trip to Bangalore and want a comfortable ride with plenty of space, rent a Bangalore Innova Taxi with Savaari, which can seat up to 7 passengers and has features like air conditioning and plenty of luggage space.
Best time to take a road trip from Bangalore to Mangalore
September to April are indeed the best months to visit Bangalore to Mangalore by car. The winters are also pleasant here. The temperature does not exceed 30 degrees, and the humidity is also minimal, which makes the weather excellent to explore the various beaches. Summers are too hot and the humidity reaches its highest during this point in time. Mangalore receives the heaviest rainfall between July and August, which therefore makes it an unsuitable time to visit. Hence, the winters and post-monsoon periods are the best time to plan a road trip from Bangalore to Mangalore.
Bangalore to Mangalore Route: Via NH75
The route covers a distance of 352 km within 7 hours and the road condition is excellent. This route is preferred by most travelers and passes through beautiful cities like Hassan.
The classic roadmap of this route is –
|Bangalore – Kunigal – Hassan – Sakleshpur – Bantwal – Mangalore|
Popular places to visit on this route
- Gommateshwara Temple – Before Channarayapatna, a Y intersection takes you to Shravanabelagola famous for its Gomateshwara statue. This is an important pilgrimage center for the Jains. Standing 57 feet tall, it is, in fact, considered the world’s largest monolithic stone statue. The temple is also famous for Mahamastakabisheka, a festival held every 12 years where devotees offer milk, ghee, sugarcane juice, saffron paste; sprinkle powders of sandalwood, turmeric and vermillion; and also offer petals, gold, silver and precious gems to the statue of Bahubali.
- Halebeedu Temple – North of Hassan is a temple which exudes brilliant stone carving craftsmanship. There are soapstone edifices with intricate carvings of animals, birds, dancers, gods and goddesses. One of the main attractions is the pillars inside these temples, some carved out of black stone, however, each in a unique style. The Halebeedu Temple is a also UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Chikmagalur – A small hill station in Karnataka, Chikmagalur is believed to be the birthplace of coffee. The pleasant weather along with the deep valleys covered in plantations make it an ideal place to stop for a quick coffee and snack break. One can also stop here for the night before heading west. There are, in fact, plenty of homestays here.
- Kudremukh National Park – Known to be the second-largest protected area in the Western Ghats, Kudremukh National Park will delight adventure junkies. This offbeat corner has five trekking trails to the Kudremukh peak from different directions, each covering a few days. Do visit the Hanuman Gundi waterfall which requires a short trek down the thick forest slopes; needless to say the location is worth all the difficult trekking you undertake.
- Sakleshpur – Coloured in ridiculous shades of green, do stop at the Bisle Reserve Forest and Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. Also pack your trekking shoes for this trip and try and scale the Kumara Parvatha along the Green Route railway line. Before you leave Sakleshpur, visit the Manjarabad Fort located right on top of one of the hairpin bends.
Popular places to eat along the way
- Kamat Upchar, Kunigal – A South Indian restaurant serving freshly brewed tea and coffee, along with piping hot idlis and sambar. They also serve a variety of dosas and other South Indian delicacies. The restaurant has ample parking space, however, only accepts payments in cash.
- Empire Restaurant, Kunigal – If you are in the mood for a wholesome meal, Empire Restaurant is a indeed pretty good choice. From an unmatched variety of non-vegetarian as well as vegetarian dishes to snacks, juices, and desserts; the food here surely will pump you up for the road trip ahead.
- New Roti Mane, Nagathihalli – Known to serve good quality food at reasonable prices, this military kitchen serves delicious idlis and also many non-vegetarian delicacies.
- MFC, Hassan – A casual restaurant to sit back and enjoy a snack break. Do try their Pomfret fish.
- The Captain’s Donne Biryani, Chikmagalur – Try South India’s famous Donne Biryani here. Chicken Kebab is also their star dish.
Bangalore to Mangalore Road Condition Via NH75
The Bangalore to Mangalore route via NH75 is the shortest, fastest and only route recommended by Google maps. The road condition is excellent but it has tolls. This route avoids congestion on Sankey Road.
Route 2: Distance and Time Taken from Bangalore to Mangalore via Mysore
Although, this is a shorter route to travel from Bangalore to Mangalore than the previous one and it takes around the same duration. Also, the road conditions on this route are narrow are variable. The distance from Bangalore to Mangalore on this route is around 405 KM and takes a little over 9 hours. To avoid road closures, always check for the latest updates and follow a live map to get the best idea of Bangalore to Mangalore road conditions.
Here’s a basic Bangalore to Mangalore road map for this route:
Popular sights/monuments that you will encounter along this route:
- Silver Jubilee Park, Mandya – It is a historic landmark about 130 km from Mysore, which is ideal for families and weekend getaways.
- Jaganmohan Palace Art Gallery And Auditorium, Mysore – It was a royal palace that was built in 1861, now it is an art gallery with paintings, carvings and other artefacts.
- Mysore Palace, Mysore: It is built and renovated over five centuries, the home of the Wadiyars is a treasure trove of historical artefacts.
- Raja’s Tomb, Madikeri – It is a popular 19th-century monument located in Mahadevpet near Madikeri that is dedicated to the royal members of the Kodava clan.
- DG Falls, Baddadka H.C – A lesser-known, natural waterfall along the highway, good for quick tours, short treks, or a tea break.
- Pushkara Farms, Puttur – A private farm along the highway with ponds and forested areas, 400 varieties of trees, flowers, and other plants, offering tours.
Places to eat along this route:
- Kamat Lokaruchi, Ramanagara – This is a popular highway-side restaurant for travelers, serving only vegetarian meals from breakfast through dinner.
- Maddur Tiffany’s, Mandya – Stop here for their house speciality- Maddur Vada.
- Thotada Mane, Srirangapatna – This is a local restaurant serving traditional meals, and is also quite popular among travelers.
- Wild Café Resto, Sullia – Standard highway side eatery serving bakery and café menu, snacks, beverages, and desserts, good for quick stops.
- Panchami Fast Food, Puttur – Locally popular eatery serving vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, good for lunch, big groups.
- Food Court, NH 75 Off Kansale – Regular highway side food court serving fish and other seafood dishes, snacks, meals, and desserts; good for late nights.
- Silver Seafood Family Restaurant, Bantwal – Casual restaurant serving seasonal seafood specialities and home-style dishes, good for groups and families.
Bangalore to Mangalore Road Condition via route 2:
The road conditions from Bangalore to Mangalore on the route via Mysore are excellent. It is slightly longer in distance but there are no road closures along the way.
Bangalore to Mangalore Best Route
Both the above routes are good for traveling from Bangalore to Mangalore. Each of these routes have interesting pit stops. However, the second route is more scenic since it passes along the coast and offers more options, and also has better food stops. So, if you want a scenic drive and good food, then driving via Mysore would be the ideal option.
Other means of traveling to Mangalore
Between Bengaluru and Mangalore, 4 trains operate under the Indian Railways. The trains cover the cities of Puttur, Tumkur, Bantwal, Subrahmanya, Arsikere, Sakleshpur, Hassan, Tiptur and more. Kengeri, Mysore Jn and Mangalore Cntl are major stations on this route and most trains pass through them. Karwar EXP and Kannur EXP (2 trains in all) run directly between Bangalore Cy Jn and Mangalore JN. Kannur EXP takes the longest time to reach Mangalore, covering a distance of 503 km in 11 hours and 45 mins. Of all the trains between Bengaluru and Mangalore, Gomateshwara EXP is, in fact, the fastest train covering a distance of 413 km in 09 hours and 45 mins.
You can opt for the earliest train, Gomateshwara EXP that leaves Yesvantpur Jn at 07:10 or catch the last train, Karwar EXP departing Bangalore Cy Jn at 20:30.
On a daily basis, around 123 flights operate between these two cities. Mangalore has an International Airport located 18 km from the city. It takes about an hour and a half to cover this distance by flight and the average airfare for a round-trip flight on this route is approx Rs 2400.
Air India (AI) – 804 is the first flight at 06:30 from Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore.
Explore Mangalore like a local – A handy travel guide
With its countryside vibe and the beach town landscape, Mangalore is an interesting weekend getaway from Bangalore. The city’s history can be traced through the Portuguese and Spanish-style churches. Offering a beautiful mix of ancient as well as modern, Mangalore is a place where you can indulge in spiritual awakening in the morning, take long relaxing walks on the beach in the afternoon and enjoy a pulsating nightlife in the evening. Of course, not to forget the spicy delicious seafood.
Here’s a Savaari guide to exploring Mangalore like a local.
Attractions in Mangalore for Sightseeing
- Check out the country’s first 3D Planetarium with an 8K digital and optomechanical projector at Swami Vivekananda Planetarium at Pilikula Nisargadhama.
- After that, visit the quiet and peaceful Sasihithlu Beach where the river meets the sea. It’s also an idyllic spot for birdwatching.
- Visit The Aloysius Museum for fossils, shells, skeletons as well as the first car, which are all on display at St Aloysius College. The museum is open between 9 AM and 5 PM on all days.
- Mangalore has some beautiful trekking points. Try the Green Route Trek at Yedakumeri, which looks straight out of a picture postcard with waterfalls, mountains, brooks and bridges.
- If you do visit Mangalore during the festivals, attend the Fishing Festival which is celebrated on the banks of the River Nandini at Dharmarasu Uyyala Temple in Surathkal. Prayers are offered to the deity, holy Prasad is dropped into the water, and as if on cue, hundreds of eager folk jump into the river with their nets. After that, the fishes caught are taken home to be cooked for the day.
- Enjoy the peace and serenity at Panambur Beach.
- Pay a visit to the butterfly park. Visit Samilan Shetty’s Butterfly Park which was set up in 2011, and is home to 114 species of butterflies. Not just an education and conservation center, this place will surely delight all curious nature lovers.
Savaari Recommends: Popular places to eat in Mangalore
- Hotel Narayana – Seafood, Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian
- Giri Manja’s – Seafood, Indian, Vegetarian, Asian
- Madhuvans Village – Indian, Seafood
- Janatha Deluxe – Indian vegetarian dishes
- Smoke N Oven – Pizzas, pasta, calzones
- Sagar Ratna – North Indian, South Indian and Chinese fare
- Pallkhi – Traditional Mangalorean cuisine along with North Indian, South Indian as well as Chinese influences.
- Maharaja – Dessert, Indian, Seafood, and also Asian cuisines
Hotels and Resorts – Accommodation in Mangalore
|Hotel Name||Address||Phone Number|
|The Estate Resort, Bar & Restaurant||Nelligudde Rd, Ashwathapura, Karnataka 574227||063635 49933|
|River Roost Resort||1-262/2-16, Sabarabail, Muddushedde, Mangalore, Karnataka 575028||072598 92233|
|Summer Sands Beach Resort||Chota Mangalore, After Nirmala Hospital, Ullal, Karnataka 575020||0824 246 7690|
|Phalguni River Lodge||Survey No 65, Near Pilikula Nisargadhama, Vamanjoor, Moodushedde, Karnataka 575028||0824 226 3633|
|The Gateway Hotel Old Port Road, Mangalore||Old Port Rd, Bunder, Mangalore, Karnataka 575001||0824 666 0420|
Nearby Road Trips from Mangalore
|Mangalore to Bangalore||352 km||8 hours|
|Mangalore to Coorg||138 km||3 hours and 30 minutes|
|Mangalore to Ooty||383 km||9 hours|
|Mangalore to Chikmagalur||151 km||4 hours and 10 minutes|
|Mangalore to Kannur||144 km||4 hours and 2 minutes|