Which route should I take from Bangalore to Coorg?

There are many great road trip destinations in Karnataka, but Coorg is one of the best. Located in the South Indian state of Karnataka, Coorg is a beautiful region known for its lush green landscapes and stunning mountain views. You can take a number of different routes from Bangalore to Coorg. You’re sure to enjoy the trip no matter which route you take. So pack your bags and get ready for a road trip to Coorg.


I have visited Coorg countless times over the past 15 years. I have explored various scenic routes and compiled them here based on my experiences. It is imperative that you know where exactly you want to go in Coorg before choosing which road to take between Bangalore and Coorg. Coorg is vast and borders 3 districts of Karnataka. There are several ways you can enter Coorg. You also need to consider how much time you have and what kind of scenery you prefer. Let us explore the different routes in detail in order to help you plan a successful Bangalore to Coorg itinerary:

Route 1: Bangalore – Mysore – Hunsur – Kushalnagar – Madikeri (via NH275)

Distance: 250 km

Duration: approx. 6 hours

This is the optimum route to reach Madikeri, the major city in Coorg. This is the least scenic route and you are likely to face traffic along the busy Bangalore – Mysore corridor.

This route is ideal if you plan to visit most of the tourist attractions around Madikeri.

Route 2: Bangalore – Nelamangala – Channarayapatna – Kushalnagar – Madikeri (via NH275)

Distance: 265 km

Duration: approx. 6 hours

This is an alternate to Route # 1 in case you do not want to go via Mysore. The route between Channarayapatna and Kushalnagar is scenic and passes through a lush green landscape.

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Route 3: Bangalore – Chikmagalur – Hebri – Virajpet – Madikeri (via NH206)

Distance: 270 km

Duration: approx. 6 hours

To avoid traffic, consider taking the route via SH17. It takes you through hilly terrain and dense forest that offers picturesque views across the landscape.

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Route 4: Bangalore – Mysore – Hunsur – Nagarhole National Park – Kutta (via NH275)

Distance: 230 km

Duration: approx. 6 hours

This is the best route if you plan to go south of Coorg towards Irpu Falls. It passes through Nagarhole National Park where you are likely to have multiple encounters with wildlife including elephants, deer, tigers, leopards, etc.

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Route 5: Bangalore – Nelamangala – Channarayapatna – Somwarpet (via NH75)

Distance: 235 km

Duration: approx. 5 hours

This is the best route if you plan to go north of Coorg to explore some of the hidden gems of Coorg like Mallalli Falls, Kote Betta, Belur Golf Club, Bisle Ghat, etc. The route between Channarayapatna and Somwarpet is scenic and passes through a lush green landscape and coffee estates.

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Route 6: Bangalore – Nelamangala – Hassan – Sakleshpur – Somwarpet (via NH75)

Distance: 280 km

Duration: approx. 7 hours

This is an alternate to Route # 5 to reach Somwarpet. It is a tad longer but the drive between Sakleshpur and Somarpet is breathtaking. This entire route passes through the hilly terrain of Western Ghats.

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The routes 4, 5 and 6 are ideal if you are looking for offbeat and adventurous activities in remote parts of Coorg. Klook is a great website for discovering and booking such experiences. It’s one of my favorites as well.

Route 7: Bangalore – Mysore – Hunsur – Virajpet – Ammathi (via NH275)

Distance: 250 km

Duration: approx. 6 hours

This is the ideal route if you want to explore the Coffee Cup of India. Ammathi is one of the most scenic regions in Coorg surrounded by gigantic coffee estates.

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There are many different routes you can take when traveling from Bangalore to Coorg, but the most popular is the NH48. This route is shorter but less scenic, while the SH17 offers more views of the countryside. If you have time, you can also take a few other routes mentioned above that will give you a chance to see more of this beautiful area. No matter which route you choose, make sure to enjoy the journey. Coorg is definitely worth the road trip!

I would love to hear about your road trip from Bangalore to Coorg. Please share a scenic route that I haven’t mentioned here.


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