Karnataka: Cycling through lush landscapes and countryside
Karnataka has always been underrated. Once a great empire, the ruins that remain are scattered throughout the land. To travel along narrow village roads and explore this is an incredible option. This is one of those journeys where the cultural elements are very well balanced with the natural ones. It is a great journey for those who would love to cycle through a bit of diversity.
This ten-day cycling trip brings the best of Southwest India’s landscapes that get more enthralling at this time of the year after a generous monsoon outpour.
Hop on your cycles and ride to Ramanagara, the silk town located between Bangalore and Mysore highway. Cycle through the rural landscapes of Bheemeshwari before you take a break from pedalling for a boat ride on the river Kaveri through Ranganathittu bird sanctuary. This is where you get to spot over 200 species of birds with some lifers for sure.
Riding through the countryside, stop to explore the historical and mesmerising temples of Chennakeshava at Belur and Hoysaleswara temple at Halebidu, both built during the Hoysala empire. After that, move up through the sinuous ways around coffee plantation to reach Coorg and spend a sombre afternoon at the Tibetan Buddhist centre of Bylakuppe before you make way for a jeep safari to track some Royal Bengal Tigers at Nagarhole National Park . Conclude your journey with a visit to the magnificent Mysore Palace and a walk in Vrindavan gardens before driving back to Bangalore.
Day 1: Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Bangalore
Day 2: Early morning embark on the bikes and leave to explore Bangalore city. Later, leave for a guided tour of Bangalore visiting its palace, gardens, temples and market.
Overnight in Bangalore
Day 3: Cycle from Bangalore to Ramanagara (65 km). In the afternoon visit a vineyard.
Day 4: Drive to Channapatna, famous for its silk farms. Visit a sericulture farm to see the process of silk making. Later, ride to Bheemeshwari (45 km). The rich forests here have over 200 species of birds and wild animals.
Day 5: Early in the morning, experience a coracle ride on the Kaveri river and then set off again on your cycles to Ranganathittu (90 km), a popular Bird Sanctuary.
Day 6: Early in the morning, explore the bird sanctuary by boat. Later ride through the beautiful countryside to Hassan (111 km).
Day 7: Excursion to Belur and Halebidu to see the exquisite Chennakeshava temple complex and Hoysaleswara Temple (93 km).
Day 8: Ride and drive through coffee plantations to reach the hills of Coorg. (103 km total)
Day 9: In the morning, visit Bylakuppe to meet some monks and learn about their life in the monastery. Later, rest in Coorg or explore the picturesque hills on foot or cycle.
Day 10: Take a guided walk through the coffee plantation and proceed to Kabini to explore the rich flora and fauna of Nagarhole National park (105 km). In the afternoon experience a boat ride in the park.
Day 11: Early in the morning, take a jeep safari. Later, drive to Mysore (60 km) and visit the Mysore Palace, the beautiful Vrindavan Gardens and the local markets.
Day 12: Drive to Bangalore and transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
Prices start at
$ 2385 per person
£ 1787 per person
EUR 2145 person
The accommodation that you are staying in has been specially curated by Indian Outskirts. They are some of the most comfortable places to stay in the region with a blend of modern amenities with a homeliness.
Bangalore: Justa MG Road
Ramanagara: Hill View Resort
Bheemaeshwari: Bheemeshwari Adventure Camp
Ranganthutti: Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden
Hassan: Hoysala Village Resort
Coorg: Coorg Cliff Resort
Kabini: Kabini River Lodge
Mysore: Royal Orchid Metropole