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Are you looking for a quick escape from your city work-from-home life in Bangalore? Well, you need not look too far! Goa has been trending as the perfect remote work destination in India for digital nomads! It is peaceful with just the right amount of nature to unwind. If you decide to drive, the ghats around Goa contribute to the perfect road trip. So what are you waiting for? Pack your laptop, some snacks and your adventure spirt for the workation road trip of a lifetime!
Things to know before driving from Bangalore to Goa:
The distance between Bangalore and Goa in 600 km. It takes a travel time of 9-11 hrs, depending on the road you pick and travel conditions.
There are 3-4 different routes that you can take to drive from Bangalore to Goa, each with its own pros and cons.
To make your planning easier, we’ve done some research and created a list of routes and things you can do on your way from Bangalore to Goa.
Get your car serviced
So no matter when your previous servicing was done, you need to get your car checked thoroughly before you leave. Fix any broken or worn out parts – brakes, clutch plates and so on and get the oil and tyre pressure checked as well. Make sure you have all the important vehicle documents like insurance, pollution certificate and the RC book and prepare a small tools kit that will come in handy in case your car breaks down.
Also, make sure you know how to change a tyre. Punctured tyres are easy to change and mechanics, on a road trip, are hard to find. So google it, practice it and we promise your life will be easy.
Carry all essentials
Here are some things that you need to pack before driving from Bangalore to Goa:
- Spare fuel
- Power bank
- First-aid kit (paracetamol, band-aid, antiseptic solution, painkillers, motion sickness medicine and cream for muscle sprains)
- Snacks and filling food
Have proper sleep the night before
You don’t want to be falling asleep at the steering wheel, missing turns or almost crashing into another car because you’re still sleepy! Get a good 8 hours of sleep so you’re up fresh.
If you’re someone who’s coming from Bangalore to Goa for the first time for a workation, you can check out our Guide to Travelling in Goa to help navigating within Goa easier.
Once you’ve got everything in place, here are the routes you can take:
Routes to take from Bangalore to Goa
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An ideal route through the Anmod Ghat will pass through Tumkur, Chitradurga, Hubli, Dharwad, Ramnagar and Anmod to reach Panjim. Take this route if you’re planning on exploring more of North Goa. It’s one of the most popular and the shortest of all routes from Bangalore to Goa.
You have some really amazing sites to stop at on the way like the Chitradurga fort, Ranebennur Blackbuck Deer Sanctuary, Anmod Ghat, Dudhsagar Falls, Sira and Haveri and Mahadayi Wildlife Sanctuary. This route is full of some of the most amazing historical buildings and is perfect for history nerds!
The Dudhsagar falls will definitely be a cherry on the cake and are simply spectacular especially during the monsoons. You can either hike up there yourselves or get a cab that will take you at 400 rs per head. The former might be a little more time consuming so plan accordingly.
The road through Karwar will take you 12 hours, 3 hours more than the one through Anmod Ghat.
But here’s the deal – you’ll get to see the country’s second highest waterfall on this route. The Jog falls are worth witnessing in their glory and Goa’s at its prettiest during the monsoons. You can also make stops at the Rabindranath Tagore beach, Gokarna, Karwar Warship Museum and the Palolem Beach. One of Karwar’s biggest cultural event – the Karwali Utsav is celebrated in December at the Tagore beach and it’s a really beautiful place being the meeting place for the river Kali and the Arabian Sea.
Finally, the Gokarna beach will blow your mind away! During winter, the waters are filled with bioluminescent organisms that light up the beach every night! Apart from that there are a ton of adventure sports that you can do there?
To go to Goa from Bangalore through Karwar, take the route that passes through Nelamangala, Tumkur, Chitradurga, Sirsi, Ankola and Karwar to reach Panjim.
When travelling to Goa from Bengalore via Belgaum, you will spot the Tambdi Surla Mahadev Temple, Belgaum Fort, Anjunem Keri Dam, Chorla Ghat and Arvalem Caves.
The Tambdi Surla waterfall is spectacular in all its lush glory. You can either choose to view it from a viewing point far away or just trek to the waterfall and bath in it. Along with that, visit the famout Tambdi Surla temple. If you have the time, the Belgaum fort and the Anjunem Dam are some scenic and enriching experiences to add to your itinerary.
You can choose to make a day out of it and find a stay around the dam and continue the next day, basking in the abundant beauty of the Chorla Ghat on the way to Goa from Bangalore.
It’s home to a wide array of wildlife and definitely worth experiencing. Finally, for the history buffs, the Arvalem Caves are a must stop spot! They’re connected to the Pandavas and go waaay back in time!
There is plenty of information available on the finer details of planning a road trip from Bangalore to Goa. It’s definitely one of the many awesome road trips you should take in India. Especially with offices switching to WFH for the long-term, it’s an opportunity worth taking! If you’re someone who’s already done it, let us know your experience of it. We love stories!! Don’t forget to tag @nomad.gao on insta if you have any stunning pics from your Bangalore to Goa road trip!