Hyderabad to Bangalore via the NH44 is a grand 580-km route through the heart of the Deccan. On the way, there are many cultural and natural
delights that curious travellers can partake in. The best way to do this is on one’s own terms. With self drive cars, travellers have total control of the itinerary and pace of the journey and they can enjoy the following detours on this famous route.
Anantapur and Gooty Fort
360 kms south of Hyderabad, Anantapur is one of the major urban hubs on this route. It is famous for its ISKON temple and its iconic Clock Tower, an intersection in the middle of the city. The ruins of the Gooty Fort
are an important historical site in the Anantapur district. The fort has been passed through the hands of many dynasties, including the Chalukyas and the Vijayanagara Empire. There have been many battles in this site and eventually, it fell in the hands of
Hyder Ali, and finally the British East India Company. A trek to the summit is a nice adventure that can be interspersed in the road trip. Highlights include an old Narasimha Temple and the old fort bastions that offer great views.
Temples of Lepakshi
Closer to Bangalore, one can pause at Lepakshi and admire its magnificent temples, perfect examples of the intricacies and fundamental designs of architecture from the glory days of the Vijayanagara empire. Cut from
a single stone block, the Nandi statue is one of the most recognizable sculptures of Lepakshi and the adjoining Veerabhadra Temple is known for its paintings and carved walls and pillars. The temple is close to 600 years old and other points of interest here
are the sculpture of Naaga, the serpent, and a giant footprint that deities believe is that of the monkey-god Hanuman.
Before entering the city limits of Bangalore, 60 kms north, one can enjoy a detour into the winding roads and pristine climes of Nandi Hills. The hills loom at over 1500 metres above sea level and travellers can enjoy
dramatic views of the surrounding landscapes. Nandi Hills has firm historical importance – it is home to the summer palace of Tipu Sultan, one of the most famous warrior kings of India. It is also a major spot for hiking and bird watching. One can hop off
the car and enjoy a little nature trail before completing the last leg of the journey.
What do travellers like when on a long trip? Privacy, security, and space would be on top of the list. More and more people are choosing self drive cars in Hyderabad as an option for their intercity transit. With
app-based platforms like Zoomcar, one can choose from a wide range of cars and take advantage of affordable plans. 24/7 on-road support adds more convenience to the entire trip. This makes it is a favourite for long trips – other popular routes include
Bangalore to Goa.
The journey from Hyderabad to Bangalore can become an event in itself. Get behind the wheel and indulge in the delights of the route.