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A loved amalgamation of the sandy beach, scorching sun, seafood and Portugal heritage is everyone's favourite holiday destination, Goa. Goa is one of the smallest states in India whose capital city is Panjim. The coastline of Goa stretches up to 100 kilometres, due to which there are a plethora of beaches like the Anjuna and Arambol beaches where people love to relax and try out the numerous fun water sports. Beach fan or not the rich architecture that seamlessly covers Goa is phenomenal for its authenticness.
Love going on road trips or always imagined going on one? Then the Bangalore to Goa trip is one of the most ideal and fun road trips to take (if you are based in Bangalore). To reach Goa from Bangalore, you will have to cover a distance of 650 to 700km. So, to select the best route can be tricky. Hence, the following are the routes you can take to reach Goa.
So, we've always been excited for the usuals right? Let's try something different.
Bombay to Goa or maybe Pune to Goa? But here we are, wanting to cover a little more and exploring a lot more. Get on and let's just do this!
Route 1: Hubli-Anmod Ghat Route
Bangalore → Tumkur → Chitradurga → Hubli → Dharwad → Ramnagar → Anmod → Panaji
Distance: 600 kilometres
Travel Time: 9 hours
Built between the seventeenth and eighteenth, the Chitradurga Fort is a well-known palace of the state of Karnataka. The Chitradurga Fort is located at a distance of 200 kilometres from Bangalore, next to the River Vedavati. The meaning of Chitrakaldurga in the Kannada language means the 'picturesque fort'. The Fort has been through stages of renovations under the rulership of the Chalukyas, Hoysalas, the Nayakas of Chitradurga. During the rulership of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, it saw many architectural additions like temples, masjid, storage for oil and grain and a citadel too.
Just before reaching the Chitradurga fort you will be able to spot gigantic windmills, as the fort is built on a hilltop it experiences frequent wind currents. Therefore, making it an economically viable area to generate wind energy.
While strolling inside the vicinity, don't forget to check out the Hidimbeshwar temple that has been carved out of a rock.
Timing: 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM (All days of the week)
Adults: INR 5
Foreigners: INR 100
Ranebennur Blackbuck Deer Sanctuary
The Ranebennur Blackbuck Deer Sanctuary is a known sanctuary that was declared one on the 17th June 1974. Created for the purpose of protecting blackbucks, the sanctuary is inhabited by animals such as the wolf and the Great Indian Bustard. A diverse fauna includes black Drongo, sirkeer cuckoo, peafowl, cuckoo, bay-backed shrike and large grey babbler. The Ranebennur Blackbuck Sanctuary is located near the Haveri district in the state of Karnataka. The park is spread on 119 sq km of land out of which tourists are allowed to explore only 104.13 km, the rest is marked as the core of the sanctuary.
Timing: 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM (All days of the week)
Adults: INR 50
Child: INR 25
Foreigners: INR 300
Sira and Haveri
History aficionados or appreciators would fall in love with this route as it is a town full of ancientness and historical elements.
The Anmod Ghat route is considered as one of the most picturesque routes to take from Bangalore to Goa especially during the monsoon season. One will be able to spot some of the oldest rocks while coming across the ghat region. Various researchers have estimated the rocks to be 3,600 million years old that are segregated as the Trondjemeitic Gneiss.
Don't forget to get out of your vehicle for a photo memory right next to the running streams of waterfalls.
The popular Dudhsagar Falls that fall on the border of Goa and Karnataka are three streamed and four-tiered waterfalls that are marked as the fifth highest waterfall in India. The waterfall has a great height of 600 meters that is considered as a great naturistic sight. The Dudhsagar falls are known for a white milky cast that appears in its stream of water. Surrounded by an abundance of green vegetation and sharp mountain ranges that make it one of the most remarkable sights to witness. You can get a jeep or trek your way up to th
The best time to witness the Dudhsagar falls is between October to June.
Entry Fee- INR 400
Timings- 9 am to 6 pm (all 7 days)
Food options for the Hubli-Anmod Ghat Route
Few of the places where you can stop for a satisfying meal or some snacks are:
1. The Kottureshwara in Davanagere is famous for serving crisp masala dosas with a delicious potato filling. The only drawback to this place for some is that it doesn't have any seating arrangement.
2. Another great lunch option in the Hubli to Anmod Ghat route is the Mollem Karibu Garden Restaurant and the Roshan Restaurant in Mollem. Kamat Upachar in Sira, Kamat Ranebennur near Hubli and the Sai Palace between Sira and Hiriyur.
3. For tea, coffee or snacks stop by at Kamat Upachar or Café Coffee Day in Sira.
How to reach?
Road travellers travelling from Bangalore to Goa should take National Highway 48 to reach Goa.
Route 2: The Karwar Route
Bangalore → Nelamangala → Tumkur → Chitradurga → Sirsi → Ankola → Karwar → Panaji
Distance: 620 kilometres
Travel Time: 12 hours
The Jog Falls is the second-highest plunge waterfall in India that drops from a great height of 830 feet. They are known to descend from the flowing waters of the Sharavathi River. Marked as the highest waterfall of the Karnataka state, the Jog falls also known as the Gerosappa Falls are considered as one of the top tourist attraction spots of Karnataka. You will have to take a detour from Sirsi to reach the Jog Falls.
The best time to visit is between the months of August and December.
Rabindranath Tagore Beach
The Rabindranath Tagore Beach is considered as one of the most popular beach spots of Karwar. The white sand beach is known for entertaining the meeting point of the waters of River Kali and the magnificent Arabian sea. The beach doesn't host any water sport or activities, hence, it is perfect for you to unwind and release the tiredness of travelling.
There are several other tourist spots near the beach too like the Karwar warship museum, recreational park, aquarium, planetarium or you could choose to take a walk, swim in the waters, endure the sunset, there are plentiful of options for you to explore at the Rabindranath Tagore Beach.
The biggest cultural event of Karwar called the Karwali Utsav is celebrated in the months of December and January at the Rabindranath Tagore Beach.
Unknown beach heaven, Gokarna lies between the Bangalore to Goa route that you should surely not miss out on visiting. Located on the coast of Karwar, Gokarna has breathtaking beaches and temples to explore. According to various mythological stories, it is believed that Lord Shiva emerged here in the form of a cow.
Gokarna is known for hosting many ancient temples. One of the most famous being the fifteen hundred years old Mahabaleshwara temple that hosts a stunning carved stone statue of Lord Shiva.
But if you want to spend time in Gokarna exploring the beaches then the ones that you should explore include the Om Beach, Half Moon Beach, Paradise Beach and the Kudle beach. The beaches offer the perfect opportunity for you to try surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, parasailing, and jet skiing.
Best time to visit Gokarna is after the monsoon, from September to December.
Food options for the Karwar Route
Few of the places where you can stop for a satisfying meal or some snacks are:
1. For a great stomach filling breakfast you can stop by at the Upadhya Veg Restaurant that is located just near the Chitradurga Fort.
2. Various lunch spots can be spotted on the Karwar route like Hotel Amrut which is famous for serving some delicious seafood dishes and the Swetha Lunch Home thas has great non-vegetarian dishes for you to try. But, if you are looking for vegetarian options, you can try eating at the Udupi Cafe.
3. If you are planning to stop by Gokarna then don't forget to visit the Namaste Cafe in Gokarna that offers delicious food with a great view and ambience.
How to Reach?
While driving from Bangalore on the Karwar route you will have to take the National Highway 48 and National Highway 66 to reach Goa.
Route 3: The Belgaum Route
Bangalore → Nelamangala → Tumkur → Chitradurga → Belgaum → Chorla Ghat → Panaji
Distance: 630 kilometres
Travel Time: 11 hours