Yesterday we did a road trip from Bangalore to Lepakshi temple. It was around 110kms each way, and it’s an easy day trip from north Bangalore, and takes about 2 hours each way. The drive was good, although on the way to the temple we ended up deviating through a stretch of bad roads (courtesy Google Maps and its insistence on the shortest roads instead of the best ones).
There are only 2 things to see at Lepakshi really, the temple, and a recently constructed statue of Garuda, which we visited first.
You can’t really go to the Garuda (we assumed because of crazy Indian crowds that would desecrate it), but there are couple of viewpoints from where you can take photos.
The temple itself is the highlight really. Constructed by the old Vijayanagara empire, it really brought back memories of my trip to Hampi. An interesting distinction being that the temple is still functional, and has a daily pooja.