The Coorg district does not have an airport of its own. Mangalore (160 km) is the closest airport, followed by Calicut (179 km) and Bengaluru (260 km). All major airlines operate on these routes. You can also take a flight to Mysuru too (118 km) as it closest to Coorg. But it may not be a viable option for a lot of travellers as the number of flights and the carrier are extremely limited. There are a multitude of transport options to get to Coorg from these airports. There are state transport buses, taxis, self-drives and luxury buses to choose from.
Mysuru (107 km) is the nearest railway station. It is connected very well with other cities in India with a robust railway network. However, if you are looking at long distance trains then it is better to take a Duronto, Rajdhani or any other superfast train to Bengaluru. Then switch over to the Bengaluru-Mysuru Shatabdi train or take the road. Either way, you will reach Coorg before sundown. Mangalore, Hassan, Kasargod, Thalassery and Kannur are some of the other railway stations nearby.
Your holiday takes a turn for the best once you decide to travel by road to Coorg. It is a visual treat beyond compare. Start with smooth highways that gradually begin to braid around lush green hills as you reach closer to your destination. You can take the Bengaluru-Mysuru (249 km) NH 275 or a slightly longer route via Channarayapattana (265 km) on NH 75. The second route is a toll road. It will take you anywhere between 5 to 6 hours to drive down. Do keep some reserve time at hand as innumerable photo opportunities on the way will warrant selfie stoppages. Alternatively, you can also reach Madikeri via Mangalore-Mysuru Highway. This distance of 138 km can be covered in 3 hours. Buses Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and private bus services operate between all major cities of Karnataka and Coorg. You can choose from a variety of bus types to travel in – Non-AC Sleeper/ Seaters, AC Volvo Semi-Sleeper, Mercedes AC etc.
Heading to Coorg? Getting there from any Indian city is quite easy. Take your pick of air travel to either land in Bengaluru or Mangalore. You can book a cab from there through a travel agent or drive yourself. The adventure begins the moment you close your car doors and note the numbers on the odometer. In roughly next 260 to 160 km (depending on where you started from) you should be sipping freshly brewed coffee in your hotel room. If you want to enjoy the scenery and travel in budget friendly ways, then there are trains and luxury Volvo buses that connect major Indian cities to Mysuru and Coorg.
Here’s hoping that you have direct International flights from the city of origin to Bengaluru. This will mean that you can drive down to Coorg from there. However, in case this is not so and you land at any of the other metros then it is better to take a flight from there to Mangalore (160 km) instead of Bengaluru (260 km). Mangalore is much closer to Coorg. You can hire taxicabs or rent a self-drive from there. Do make sure you have prior experience of driving in the hills. The journey takes around 5-6 hours from Bengaluru and 3 hours from Mangalore. Endless vistas and the scenic beauty en-route will keep you refreshed throughout the road-trip.