Start from chennai and hit the places - Nandi hills, Lepakshi - Hampi - Gokarna - Chikmagalur - Bangalore - Chennai.
Few places were skipped in the trip due to tiredness and road conditions.
Here is the trip covered in 7 day long drive trip.
Day 1 - Chennai - Vellore - Palamaneri - Kolar - Nandi Hills - Towards(Le Pakshi)
Day 2 - Bagampalli - LePakshi - Towards Anantpur- Hampi
Day 3 - Hampi Sight seeing - Hubli - Yellapur
Day 4 - Yellapur - Sathodi Falls- Gokarna
Day 5 - Gokarna - Trekking to beaches
Day 6 - Gokarna - Murdeshwar - Shimoga - Tumkuru - Towards Tirupathi
Day 7 - Tirupathi - Chennai
Beautiful Moments: Most of the roads and places are first time visit for me. Its combination of forest, beaches and temples/heritage places.
Loved the roads of Palamaneri , Yellapur forest roads, Sathodi falls, Gokarna trekking and Hampi/Le Pakshi monuments and temples. Hated the roads of Hampi to Hubli in the hot sun since the road work is in progress and more diversions. Also hated the last day in Tirupathi. 11 hours of waiting to see Venky on a less crowded day. It took just one hour for ~10 godowns to see the darshan after opening from the vaikundam Q complex .Unfortunately not booked the premium tickets ( started hating TTD , the way money is treated better than the free darshan devotees.)
Here is the detailed trip details
30880KM to 31270KM - 390KM
After a disturbed sleep, by mistake took an opposite route and ended up in Anantpur Highway . From there enquired and then reached out to Lepakshi via Bagampalli. Had a breakfast in a hotel just before the tollgate.
Reached Le Pakshi temple around 9 AM. Le Pakshi is an historic temple built in Vijayanagara empire period. Loved the architecture and took few snaps .
En route to Hampi, thought of visiting Daraji Bear Santuary and hit the route. It was all narrow roads in to a no mans hilly terrains. Reached the santuary around 3PM and was told it was pure luck to spot the Bears by the authorities.
Paid around Entry fee of 550Rs for Jeep & Myself. It was a 4 KM stretch from the entrance and you have a watch tower to spot the bears.
Waited for around 2 hrs and no luck and few visitors have already left . Finally two bears climbed down from other side of the mountain to cheer us up. It was a nice place to keep yourself away from the busy roads, noisy city/towns. Loved it when i was alone sitting for an hour without uttering a word and just listening to the essence of forest.
Peacocks, Monkeys, chirping tiny birds and the breezy wind for more than an hour without an human intervention is lively and lovely moments. After successfully spotting the bears, started to hampi.
Reached Hampi via Kamalpura town around 7.30 PM and stayed in a hotel today to take rest. yesterday night stay made me to find a hotel today.