Originally Posted by ranjit
Can I skip Bangalore and go till Tumkur or Davangere?
Kottayam - Tumkur: Definitely possible. I am not aware of any good hotels to recommend stay overnight.
Kottayam - Davangere : Would be ~900kms. Could be tiring for any driver (15+ hrs of journey, although Coimbatore - Bangalore is in excellent shape). The worrying part is the driving time of Kottayam - Palakkad. Hence I wouldn't recommend to continue driving till Davangere.
If you had started from Palakkad, I would have definitely recommended to stay overnight at Hubli / Belgaum (even though 900+ kms).