10 Destinations that You Can Visit by Bus near Bangalore

Is there anything that matches the thrill of a road trip? The cool breeze, smooth roads and the sense of adventure are indeed hard to beat! And if you’re a traveller living in bustling Bangalore, we’ll consider you lucky. After all, some of the most charming destinations in the country are just a bus trip away from Bangalore. What’s more, the option to book bus tickets online is just the perfect cherry on top!

Whether you want to feel chilly mountain breeze on your face or sink your toes in a sandy beach, you’ll never be out of options while living in Bangalore. So if the travel bug has bitten you, jump in a bus going to any of these ten destinations and satiate your wanderlust:

1. Coorg


Whether you are a foodie, in search of adventure or seeking tranquility, this is one destination that will not disappoint you! Often called the Scotland of India, Coorg is a misty land of hills and streams. Mesmerizing mountains, cascading waterfalls and abundant flora and fauna make it the perfect destination.

The journey from Coorg to Bangalore takes about 6 hours and makes for some stunning views. Travellers can board a bus for Coorg from Bangalore’s Kempegowda Bus Station. Since most buses have stops from different parts of the city as well, travellers must check these stops along with bus ticket prices while making their booking.

2. Wayanad


If you are looking for an escape from the scorching sun, then head to Wayanad. Not only does it enjoy year-round soothing temperature, but also is home to verdant woods, mist-laden mountains and rolling plantations. A hub for hiking, rock climbing, trekking and camping, Wayanad is also blessed with abundant wildlife, making it a splendid getaway from Bangalore.

The bus journey from Bangalore to Wayanad takes about 6 hours. While Bangalore’s main bus stand is Kempegowda Bus Station, most buses have pickup points spread across different parts in the city and the same can be checked while booking bus tickets online

3. Chikmagalur


One of the most famous holiday destinations for trekking and nature enthusiasts, Chikmagalur is situated at an elevation of 3400 feet, covered with splendid tea and coffee plantations. The birthplace of coffee plantations in India, it is also home to numerous temples and cascading waterfalls. It is a serene weekend getaway in the lap of nature that will leave you rejuvenated!

It takes about 5 hours to reach Chikmagalur from Bangalore and there are multiple operators running buses at various times on this route. While making bus booking online, make sure to check the timings as well as operator information on ixigo.

4. Gokarna


If a holiday for you means spreading out on the beach, then Gokarna is where you should be headed. Yes, the Kashi of South is also home to some of the best beaches in Karnataka. If you are looking for an escape from the suffocating city life, Gokarna will help you slow down. Additionally, you can indulge in water-sports (depending on the season), visit the splendid temples in the area or hike to the beautiful Om Beach.

The journey from Bangalore to Gokarna can be covered in 9 hours. Multiple buses ply between the two cities. There are various pickup stops all over Bangalore and the tickets for this route can be conveniently purchased online.

5. Ooty


Ooty can be very well summarized as India’s very own Switzerland. Situated at an elevation of 2240 metres, it is not only blessed with charming eucalyptus trees and misty clouds but also is home to gently-rippling crystal-clear lakes. When in Ooty, travellers must visit Ooty Lakes, Doddabetta Peak, Nilgiri Mountain Railway and Sim’s Park.

Not only is Ooty a beautiful town in itself, but the ride to it is just as beautiful. The Bangalore to Ooty bus ride takes about 8 hours, and the road offers beautiful views of the Western Ghats, making it an unforgettable journey! 

6. Hampi


The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-visit. A backpacker’s paradise, Hampi contains the ruins of temples, palaces and villages of the Vijayanagar empire. With so much to explore, it wouldn’t be wrong to call it an open museum. This is one road trip that promises a glimpse into history and cultural heritage like no other!

Taking about 7 hours, the bus journey from Bangalore to Hampi is well worth it. Passengers can easily choose between state-run and private buses and board from many different points in the city.

7. Kodaikanal


The ‘Princess of Hill Stations’ is blessed with cascading waterfalls, crystal-clear lakes and rolling hills. Take a stroll through the verdant forests surrounding the town, go trekking, or simply sit back and watch the misty hills while enjoying the famous homemade chocolates. Time slows down for good while bicycling around Kodaikanal Lake!

For this 10-hour journey, multiple buses ply to Kodaikanal from Kempegowda bus stand. However, there are pickups from various stops in the city and passengers can pick the one most suitable to them. To get the best Bangalore to Kodaikanal bus ticket deals, book the tickets online.

8. Dandeli


Just 10 hours away from Bangalore, Dandeli is a must-visit for wildlife enthusiasts. The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is the most prominent attraction of Dandeli. It offers abundant flora and exotic species of fauna. Some of the unusual mammals you can be sure of spotting in this wildlife sanctuary include black panther, the Indian pangolin, barking deer, rare black panther amongst others.

From Bangalore, there are frequent buses for Dandeli. Apart from state-operated buses, there are many private operators running buses between the two cities. Right from luxury, to semi-luxury to Volvo, there are buses for all budgets. While making online bus booking, make sure to check the timings as well as operator information on ixigo.

9. Pondicherry


A little piece of France in India, Pondicherry has a vibe like no other. The old French houses, churches and shops, brightly-coloured cafes and restaurants give Pondicherry an exotic character. While in Pondicherry, do make a trip to Rock Beach, Serenity Beach, the Botanical Gardens and Auroville.

Bangalore to Pondicherry is one of the most popular bus journeys in India. Taking about 7 hours, this beautiful journey is a sight for sore eyes! There are several travel options including both AC and non-AC buses. The buses originate from various convenient pickup points in Bangalore like Marathahalli, Indiranagar, Anand Rao Circle, Old Airport Road, HSR Layout and Electronic City.

10. Mysore


Mysore is Karnataka’s largest district. The city is known across the country for its arresting architecture along with its rich imperial heritage. The Mysore Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the most famous attraction amongst travellers. While in Mysore, do shop for incense, silk and sandalwood as they are some of the finest quality in the country.

Located about 3 hours away from Bangalore, the journey to Mysore is punctuated by little towns, temples and some of the best scenery in the state. The bus will travel down the well-maintained State Highway 17 (SH-17) passing through the towns of Bidadi, Channapatna, Ramanagara, Maddur, and Srirangapatna. This route is a treat if you want to experience rural India.


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