Mangalore to Coorg by Road- Distance, Time and Useful Travel Information

The sleepy little hamlet, snuggled between the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats, Coorg is a place of pure natural beauty and a treat for the weary souls. The misty valleys, crisp mountain weather, and rich natural treasures, makes the ‘Coffee Land of Karnataka’ a sensory delight.

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Why travel from Mangalore to Coorg?

If you truly want to enjoy your holiday in the beautiful locale of Coorg, plan a road trip from Mangalore, and let your vacation begin even before you reach there. When you book a cab from Mangalore to Coorg with Savaari car rentals and take a drive down the highway to the hills of Coorg, you can enhance your experience by customizing your journey as per your travel interests, time, and budget. Let us help you discover the best roadmap to travel from Mangalore to Coorg.

Best time to visit Coorg

Travelling from Mangalore to Coorg by car

A road trip from Mangalore to Coorg makes for a scenic journey. The road passes through hinterlands of Karnataka and some parts of Kerala. You will find some interesting places along the way, like Kasargod, Bantwal, Puttur, or Sullia, depending on which route you take. With our completely customizable Mangalore to Coorg tour packages, you can stop at interesting tourist and nature locales en route and capture the beauty of both states.

Mangalore to Coorg Road trip

Best time to visit

The town of Coorg is the highlight of the Madikeri district and enjoys its highest point at 1750 meters from the sea, making it pleasant all year round. The winters are colder than the rest of the year, but summers and spring are equally conducive to explore the outdoors of Coorg. If you want to enjoy the warm and breezy weather, visit in spring and early summers, or if you like the chilly and misty weather, then late monsoon through winter months is the best time to visit Coorg. One can opt for a car rental service in Mangalore to have a hassle-free trip to Coorg.

Popular Routes from Mangalore to Coorg

Route 1: Distance and time taken from Mangalore to Coorg via NH275

This is the shortest, fastest, and the most convenient route to cover Mangalore to Coorg by road distance. Most tourists and weekend travelers use this route, since the Mangalore to Coorg traffic is also not heavy on this highway. On this route, the Mangalore to Coorg distance is approximately 140 KM and takes just above three hours to travel. You can also opt for a chauffeur-driven cab service from Mangalore. Before you travel, always check for traffic updates and use live maps to get the real-time information on the road condition between Mangalore to Coorg.

Here’s a basic road map for Mangalore to Coorg on this route:

Mangalore — Arabi — Puttur — Jalsoor — Sullia — Sampaje — Madikeri
Mangalore to Coorg via NH275

Popular sights/monuments that you will encounter along this route:

  • View Point Inoli, Arkula Proper – A highway side scenic viewing point on the Nethravati River, good for a refreshing stop, sunset views, and bird watching.
  • Saalumarada Thimmakka Tree Park, Bantwal – A local park conserving a variety of plants and trees within a protected area, good for a quick tour or to walk around.
  • Pushkara Farms, Puttur – A private farm along the highway with ponds and forested areas, 400 varieties of trees, flowers, and other plants, offering tours.
  • DG Falls, Baddadka H.C – A lesser-known, natural waterfall along the highway, good for quick tours, short treks, or a tea break.
  • Dodderi Suspension Bridge, Sullia – A suspension bridge on the Payaswini River, flanked by wooded areas, good for a quick tour or short treks.
  • Abbi Kolli Falls, Monnageri – One of the popular waterfalls near Coorg and a scenic nature spot with rain-fed cascade, good for day treks, picnics, and photo ops.
Saalumarada Thimmakka Tree Park
Saalumarada Thimmakka Tree Park, Bantwal

Places to eat along this route:

  • Hotel Arafa and Fast Food, Farangipete – Standard roadside eatery specializing in meat dishes, good for quick stops.
  • Silver Seafood Family Restaurant, Bantwal – Casual restaurant serving seasonal seafood specialties and home-style dishes, good for groups and families.
  • 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.
  • Panchami Fast Food, Puttur – Locally popular eatery serving vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, good for lunch with big groups.
  • Wild Café Resto, Sullia – Standard highway side eatery serving bakery and café menu, snacks, beverages, and desserts; good for quick stops.

Mangalore to Coorg Road Condition via route 1:

The road conditions from Mangalore to Coorg on the route via NH275 are excellent. It is the fastest route with light traffic, despite some tolls on the way, but there are no road closures.

Route 2: Distance and time taken from Mangalore to Coorg via NH 66 & NH 275

This is an alternative but a more adventurous one to cover Mangalore to Coorg distance by road. Although most people take the previous route, you can opt for this one, if you want to explore some popular tourist and nature locales. The distance between Mangalore and Coorg via this route is about 160 KM and can take four hours, due to some highway traffic. However, before travel, always use a real-time map and check for traffic updates to get the best idea of the road condition between Mangalore and Coorg.

Here’s a basic Mangalore to Coorg road map for this route:

Mangalore — Ullal — Manjeshwar — Kumbla — Kasargod — Jalsoor — Sullia — Sampaje — Madikeri
Mangalore to Coorg via NH 66 and NH 275

Popular sights/monuments that you will encounter along this route:

  • Ullal Beach, Ullal – A quiet and peaceful local beach with excellent views of the Arabian Sea, good for sunsets or to take a relaxing walk.
  • Uppala Beach, Uppala – The main beach of Uppala town, and a local hotspot, known for clean sandy beaches, palm groves, and clear seas, good for a relaxing break or watching sunsets.
  • Kumbla Fort, Kumbla – The ruins of an ancient fort site, offering panoramic views of the surrounding lands and the Arabian Sea.
  • Cherangai Beach, Kasargod – The most popular beach of the district, offering stunning views of the Arabian Sea lined with palm-fringed shores, best for sunsets, picnics, or photo ops.
  • Dodderi Suspension Bridge, Sullia – A suspension bridge on the Payaswini River, flanked by wooded areas, good for a quick tour or short treks.
Ullal Beach
Ullal Beach

Places to eat along this route:

  • Golden Village Family Restaurant, Uppala – Typical highway side casual diner serving multi cuisine meals, good for big groups, families and late night stops.
  • Arabian Mexico Restaurant, Mangalpady – Family restaurant serving meal combos, snacks, and beverages, good for quick stops and families with kids.
  • Viceroy Restaurant, Kasargod – Local diner serving meals and biryani in a casual setting; good for groups.
  • Golden Bakery Family Restaurant, NH 66 – Locally popular highway side diner with in-house bakery, serving a wide variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, beverages, grills, good for big groups and families.
  • Wild Café Resto, Sullia – Standard highway side eatery serving bakery and café menu, snacks, beverages, and desserts, good for quick stops.

Mangalore to Coorg Road Condition via route 2:

The road conditions from Mangalore to Coorg on the route via NH66 are quite good. It is a longer route with light traffic, despite some tolls on the way, but there are no road closures.

Mangalore to Coorg Best Route

Both the above routes are good for traveling from Mangalore to Coorg. Each of these routes have interesting pit stops. However, the second route is more scenic since it passes along the coast and offers more sightseeing options, and also has better food stops. So, if you want a scenic drive and good food, then the route via NH66 seems to be a better option.

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Other means of traveling from Mangalore to Coorg

By Train

There is no direct train from Mangalore to Coorg. The nearest railhead is in Mysore, 95 KM away. There are about 3 regular trains that run between these two cities, covering a distance of 304 KM. The fastest train is Mangalore Central – KSR Bangalore SPL/MAQ SBC SPL (16518) which takes about 8 hours to reach Mysore. From here, you can book a Mysore to Coorg taxi.

For Mangalore to Coorg train bookings, you can visit the Indian Railways website or check with any online travel portal. For the most updated Mangalore to Coorg train timings, always check the latest timetables of IRCTC, before booking.

By Flight

There are no direct flights to Coorg. The nearest airport is in Kannur, about 92 KM away. The other nearby international airport is in Mysore, at Mandakalli International Airport (MYQ), 132 KM away. From either of these airports, you can take an airport taxi or book a cab in Coorg to reach the town.

Attractions in Coorg for Sightseeing

The home of the best coffee in the state, Coorg is known for its rich landscape, exotic wildlife, and lush greenery, dotted with hills, valleys, and coffee plantations that date back hundreds of years ago. The unrestricted expanse of its natural beauty excites its visitors every time. Whether it’s a romantic getaway, a rejuvenating vacation, or a soul-searching trip, Coorg tour can fulfill all your travel goals. Savaari curated a video travel guide on Coorg, that gives you several reasons why Coorg should be on your travel bucket list.

  • Madikeri Fort– The most popular landmark of Coorg, this 17th- century fort commemorates the three ruling dynasties of this region.
  • Abbey Falls – The best of all falls in Coorg, the Abbey Falls are about 6 KM from Madikeri town, in the middle of plantations. You have to walk downhill for a few minutes to reach the base. There’s a hanging bridge opposite the falls to get a panoramic view of the hills and the valleys behind the falls.
  • Raja’s Seat – A public, terraced garden, this is a popular viewing point on top of a hill. Visit during sunrise or sunset for the best views.
  • Dubare Elephant Camp – At an hour’s drive from Madikeri town, lies this elephant camp, in the middle of forested areas. You can play with baby elephants or feed them and watch them in their original habitat.
  • Mercara Gold Estate & Plantations – The biggest and most popular coffee estate in the district. You can take a tour of the plantation and learn about different varieties of coffee and other spices grown.
  • Tala Kaveri – The source of the Cauvery River, Tala Kaveri sits on the hills and is also a pilgrimage site. It is 44 KM from Madikeri town.

Savaari recommends – Popular places to eat in Coorg

  • Coorg Cuisine, Main Bus Stand, Stuart Hill
  • Barbeque Bay Restaurant, Club Mahindra Madikeri Resort
  • Kodagu Kitchen, Popular Residency Building
  • Raintree Restaurants, Behind Town Hall
  • Taste of Coorg, Stuart Hill

Hotels and resorts – Accommodation in Coorg

Hotel Name Address Phone Number
IBNI Springs Madikeri Ibnivalavadi Rural, Madikeri, Karnataka 571201
Abbydhama Estate Stay Abbyfalls Road, Madikeri, Karnataka 571201 078294 88829
Hotel Coorg International Convent Road, Bhagavathi Nagar, Madikeri, Karnataka 571201 0802523 2329
Gowri Niwas New extension, Madikeri, Karnataka 571201 094484 93833
Cornwall Bed And Breakfast CPHM+46G, Bhagavathi Nagar, Madikeri, Karnataka 571201
Woodstock Resorts Next to Big Cup Cafe Madikeri, Mangalore – Mysore Hwy, near Sampigekatte Junction, Madikeri, Karnataka 571201 072040 41722

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