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Honey Chitkara Jun 13 2014

Suggest an itinerary for Bangalore-Goa-Bangalore driving holiday.

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Nothing can beat a relaxing driving holiday. And one of the best driving holidays in India is the scenic Bangalore-Goa-Bangalore route. Plan a relaxed 8-day trip with breaks at the places listed below and take in the beauty of this route.

Photo of highway road (by L.vivian.richard)

Both entering and exiting Goa (along NH17 and NH4A respectively) requires more concentration: the roads are good, but hilly. On the way in, the road rises and falls regularly, which means driving with your foot almost always on the clutch, while the exit is a prolonged and steep climb through the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary—watch out for many hairpin bends and the possibility of wild animals crossing the road.


Of all the destinations on this drive, Mangalore most resembles a typical town—crowded, noisy and choking on its own rapid progress. The town itself is hectic and busy, though there are interludes of peace in the form of old temples, churches and mosques. Check out Tannirubavi Beach and the lighthouse at Surathkal Beach while you are here.

Special tip: Don’t miss the seafood and feather-light neer dosas while in Mangalore.

Photo of Someshwar Beach (by Niyant Dalal)


Udupi is a major pilgrimage centre, known for its mutts, many established by the 13th century saint Sri Madhvacharya. Several beaches, including Malpe and Kaup, are a few kilometres’ drive from the town.

Special tip: This is a temple town so you wont find any fish on the menu. However, it is the birthplace of the ubiquitous south Indian restaurants spread across the country so you’ll find plenty or idli and dosa options.

Photo of Malpe Beach, Udupi


Maravanthe is all beach, and almost all solitude. For more than a kilometre here, the NH17 is sandwiched between the Maravanthe Beach and the Souparnika River. It is one of those weekend escapes of South where you have to do nothing, just take some time off and relax.

Special tip: This is an excellent place to take a break during your drive to Goa. Sit back and enjoy the waves.

Photo of Maravanthe Beach (by Dj7777)


The giant statue of Shiva, said to be the tallest in India, watches over the more than usually crowded Murudeshwar Beach, one of the famous attractions of the city. A visit to the Murudeshwar Temple is a must do. Take a trip to Statue Park where the 123-foot high Shiva Statue is located.

If you are an adventure junkie, take a boat ride to Netrani Island where you can try parasailing, sea kayaking, sea wave rafting or take a banana boat ride. Check out ixigo’s road trip app and know about the nearby petrol pumps, ATMs or dhabas.

Photo of Shiva statue at Murudeshwar (by Lucky vivs)

Special tip: If you love ice cream, we recommend you to visit Murudeshwar Ice Cream Parlour for Karavali’s most-loved dessert, Gadbad ice-cream, a towering stack of three ice-cream scoops, generously garnished with fresh fruits, honey and dry fruits, served in a tall glass. An excellent treat to enjoy while you take a break from driving.


Gokarna, Half Moon, Paradise, Kudle and Om—some of these are perhaps the most beautiful beaches and popular places to visit in Gokarna. Small and isolated by the ghats rising sharply around them, they have begun, over the years, to attract those wearying of the crowds across the border in Goa.

Photo of Om Beach (by Rillke)


The five islands off the coast of Karwar have much to recommend them—not just their fine sand, blue sea and green forests but also the fact that their beauty and tranquillity inspired some of Rabindranath Tagore’s writing. The soothing greenery of Karwar looks all the more appealing during monsoons and we recommend you to plan your driving itinerary keeping this fact in mind.

Photo of Devbagh, Karwar (by Agnel3)


Here comes Goa, the party capital of India and one of the most famous tourist hubs in the country. The monsoons are, perhaps, the best time to visit as there are not many tourists and the weather is balmy.

Photo of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Panjim


Dharwad means a place to stop during a journey, derived from the Sanskrit words dwar (door) and wata (town), which perhaps also indicated that the town separated the hills from the plains.

Special tip: Stop off for soft, milky pedhas at Babusingh’s Thakur Pedha’s shop at Line Bazaar or Station Road.

Photo of Unkal Lake (by File Upload Bot (Magnus Manske))


The ruins of Hampi, the capital of the Vijayanagara kingdom, which flourished under Harihara II (1377-1404) and Krishnadeva Raya (1509-29), are amongst the most evocative sites on the planet. No matter how much you prepare yourself for a first visit, how many photographs you’ve seen, the first sight of the sheer scale and elegance of this UNESCO World Heritage Site will surprise you.

Photo of a temple at Hampi (by Arian Zwegers)

Special tip: No matter what the season, carry water with you. While you can drive through the Royal enclosure at Hampi, there is a fair bit of walking that you will have to do.

We also recommend you to take a look at these handy tips for preparing your car before you start on this journey. If you want to expand or contract this drive, do so along the coast, where the distances are short and roads good. The big chunks (Bengaluru-Mangalore, Panjim-Dharwad, Dharwad-Hampi and Hampi-Bengaluru) will take about 7-9 hours each.

With so much natural beauty spread across the entire journey, the Bangalore-Goa-Bangalore driving route is definitely one of the most enchanting and scenic routes across the country. For locating hotels at these cities, use the ixigo's cool hotels app!

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