Originally Posted by manuman
1. Need to cover most of pilgrimage spots - such as - Kukke Subramanya, Dharmasthala, Sringeri, Udupi, and optional Horanadu / Kollur / Murudeshwar.
Please suggest route, road conditions, hotels to stay (and how to book them?).
I think it may be better to complete destinations from north to south, since you want to rest for a couple of days in Mangalore. The alternative will also work, if you can shift your rest to Murudeshwar.
I am not sure if you can combine religious with not-so-religious-context in a tour. I have heard that once you complete your God-chores, you go straight home. However the following recommendations has not taken this into account! So, chill.
Day 1: Kollur visit. Stay at Kollur.
I would suggest to take. Bangalore - Kunigal - CR Patna - Arsikere - Shimoga - Ayanur - Ripponpet - Hosanagar - Kodase - Nagara - Nittur - Kollur. Good roads all the way. 8+ hrs.
Kollur stay. You can try Mookambika Palace.
Day 2: Sringeri / Horanadu visit. Stay at Udupi.
Kollur - Sringeri: Either via Agumbe or Thirthahalli. About 2.5 - 3.5 hrs journey.
Sringer - Horanadu: I am not sure about this route. Google says 1.5 hrs, 42 kms.
Horanadu - Udupi: Via Same - Kudremukh - Karkala - Udupi. Karkala - Udupi you have route choices as well.
Most of these roads are good. Udupi has umpteen options for stay.
Day 3: Either you can do Horanadu on Day 3, if you feel the travel is heavy on Day 2. In that case, you have may to stay in homestays near by or up/down from Udupi.
Day 4: Udupi
Day 5: Dharmasthala & Kukke visit. Mangalore stay.
Udupi - Dharmasthala: Udupi - Karkala - Moodbidri - Ujire - Dharmasthala. ~3 hrs.
Dharmasthala - Kukke Subrahmanya: 1-2 hrs depending on the route. You don't need to go all the way to Gundya and then turn right. I am not aware of the road conditions here. Sometimes the river overflows. There's a detour of 20kms or so available. Ask the locals, just in case.
Kukke Subrahmanya - Mangalore: Nellyadi - Uppinangadi - Bantwal - Mangalore. Once you join the NH 75 (new numbering), roads are good. The other option is to go via Panja - Puttur - Bantwal. Other forums members to pitch in for the route conditions.
Day 6/7: Probably Mangalore.
Day 8: Mangalore - Bangalore. Shirdi ghats is the default route. Not sure if the rains had washed away top layer / craters formed. You may as well try the Charmadi ghats. The regulars of Bangalore - Mangalore can pitch in for the latest report.
I am not well versed with the temple timings. So I leave the micro-planning to you!