The bus had decent patronage as it slowly backed out of the KURNOOL platform. That was a delay of 10 minutes at the starting point. I was traveling in a APSRTC after almost a year - the engine sounded very silent to me, after being used to the rather harsh tone. The bus headed out of the city headed straight to the highway. The driver was really well mannered - he wasn't using the horn unnecessarily, or did not attempt rash overtakes. The top speed our bus did was only 95km/h - that too in brief bursts. The bus stopped in the middle of no-where - ticket checkers got in! They checked all passengers while the bus continued its journey. We turned off the highway, and headed into Kadapa town.
I called the attendant and asked for a blanket - he quickly fetched one for me. The blanket was properly packed in a plastic cover - and it was a proper fleece blanket, not the typical shawls provided by other operators. I slowly reclined my seat and got into a power nap. Meanwhile, the AV system was playing an Allu Arjun starring Telugu movie. I slept intermittently - while the driver maintained decent pace. Road widening was in progress and hence there were very frequent diversions. Just as I woke up from a nap, our bus was pulling into Tirupathi bus station. The bus was parked in the yard - they were still playing a movie (the first one got over, and this was another one). The crew just got off the bus and walked away, leaving the engine and AC running all the time for break. Next bus started and ended in CMBT chennai.
Remarks: The bus was well-maintained. I did not see the mileage readings - but it did not make any noises. I loved the extra leg space - I slept well since the seating was not at all cramped - it was really spacious. The service was too good - the attendant responded to individual requests very well. The blanket provided was big, and that made for a comfortable journey. The blanket was fresh, and was provided in sealed plastic covers. I loved the service - overall.