We like driving holidays to be about enjoying the journey. That’s around 6oo kilometers. It will take you 10 hours driving time to get from Bangalore in Karnataka to Panjim, the capital of Goa according to Google but sure it takes more since we take breaks and pictures.
Taking National Highway 48 out of Bangalore will allow you to appreciate nature aplenty, especially after the cabin fever that the lockdown is sure to have caused. We will suggest you an amazing route and how can you make most out of it.
This route will take your entire day but trust me it will be worth taking.
Start your journey towards Chitradurga, which is only 200 kilometers and can be your first stop. You can explore the historic city so better start early and keep a good pace so you will not late.
Chitradurga Fort (above) is very worthy of your attention. It was built between the 11th and 13th centuries by the Chalukyas and Hoysalas, and expanded upon by the Nayakas of Chitradurga of the Vijaynagar Empire in the 15th and 18th centuries. It was also famously invaded by Hyder Ali, father of Tipu Sultan in the 18th century, which means that locals have wondrous stories to tell! Chitradurga Fort is open 6 am to 6 pm, so make sure you’re well in time since you could spend a couple of hours exploring it thoroughly.
The Chandravalli Caves (above), too, merit a visit. It is thought that these caves have been inhabited since the Iron Age (500 BCE to 332 BCE). Several ancient artefacts have been found on this archaeological dig site, ranging from Roman coins to currency from the Han Dynasty of China. You’re sure to fall asleep the first night of your journey filled with the wonders of nature and history.
Now time to start your journey again and your next will be another exciting location. Jog falls, which will be another 200 kilometers and very spectacular drive as well.
This is India’s third-highest waterfall; the River Sharavati drops nearly 800 feet to make the massive falls.
There are steps cut in, so you can climb close to the falls.
Back on NH 69, you will now make your way towards the coast - a slightly longer route, but well worth it! - with the Sharavati alongside. Once you get to the delta at Honnavar, it’s time to take the right onto NH 66. Stop and stretch your legs, and marvel at the river meeting the Arabian Sea. Then drive alongside the sea all the way to Panjim. Make a stop, if you can, at the Warship Museum in Karwar at the southern tip of Goa. Try! It’s inside a real ship!
If you have never explored Panjim, then this the right time for you to spend a day since you arrived last night here. Capital of Goa is different from beaches and most of the visitors find charming architecture, lanes fringed with tree and casino boats inn river. You are in Panjim for culture, tradition, history and lots of food & some of the best restaurants are in here.
Please make sure you travel responsibly and keep the place litter free.
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