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Drive from Bangalore to Chikmagalur

Drive from Bangalore to Nelamangala, where you turn off NH 4 towards Hassan and Mangalore. From here to Hassan the road is a dream. Fast and smooth with exciting corners, minimal traffic and tantalising tar, this road will have enthusiastic drivers fighting to take to the wheel.

The last stage is from Hassan to The Hidden Valley via Belur. From Hassan onwards the roads narrow down a bit. You will have to slow down and keep an eye out for pedestrians and cattle. The fabulous scenery, however, more than compensates for the occasional intrusions, the road runs atop bund walls dividing a reservoir into two, green fields abound bordered in the distance by the Sahyadri mountains that seem to grow as you drive towards them.

Bangalore to The Hidden Valley is a short drive that should take you four-and-a-half hours, but one you would want to repeat.

Click here to download the route map to The Hidden Valley


Transport Options to The Hidden Valley

Travel by Bus :- Chikmagalur   being a popular tourist destination, KSRTC buses keep plying from Bangalore Majestic Bus Stand at regular intervals. There are no. of Volvo/ Mercedes and Rajahamsa services at specified time. The time spent in bus journey is about 5 to 6 hrs. At  Chikmagalur you may take a bus plying towards Mudigere and alight at Handi  (20 km). Alternatively you may ask us to arrange  for a pick up by an Auto or a Taxi.

Travel by Train :- There are trains starting at City/ Yashwanthpur Rly stations to Kadur/ Birur. Fast trains take about 3 hrs. Avoid shuttle/ mail trains. On alighting you may take a bus to Chikamagalur which is 40km from Kadur, 50 Km from Birur.

Travel by Cabs:-  We can arrange a suitable vehicle for your travel . The rates as of August 2014 are as follows:-

Car Type

Bangalore


Non A/C

Bangalore


A/C

Mangalore


Non A/C

Mangalore


A/C

Tata Indica (4) Rs.7.5 Rs.8.0 Rs.9.0 Rs.10.0
Tata Vista  (4) Rs.8.0 Rs.8.5 Rs.10.0 Rs.11.0
Maruthi Dzire or similar (4) ---- Rs.10.0 Rs.10.0 Rs.11.0
Toyata Enjoy ---- ---- Rs.11.0 Rs.12.0
Toyata Innova (6) ---- Rs.12.0 ---- Rs.14.0
Tempo Traveller (12) Rs.13.0 Rs.15.0 Rs.14.0 Rs.15.0
Swaraj Maazda  (20) Rs.22.0 Rs.25.0 Rs.20.0 ----



Places to visit on the way

Shravanabelagola in the Hassan district, 143 km from Bangalore. The statue of Gomateshwara or Bahubali standing at 60 feet (18 m) is situated here. It is the first of Seven Wonders of India. The neighboring areas have Jaina bastis and several images of the Jaina Thirthankaras.

On your way to The Hidden Valley, you may stop for lunch at Hassan or Belur and visit the famous heritage temples at Belur and Halebeedu.

You may also visit the huge Igchi dam close to Belur town and then proceed to The Hidden Valley and reach well before dark.