Cycling spots around Bangalore

by Arvind S, with Image contributions from Chenthil Mohan, Chethan Ram and Sushruta Nadig

This post was originally written by students and alumnus of Mountaineering club, BMS College of Engineering for SUMMIT Magazine. Illustration and Graphics are copyright of their respective owners.

There are many beautiful locations to which you could take your bike out for a ride.

Hessaraghatta (~30 km)
Situated at the outskirts of the city, this beautiful location comprising of a lake and vast grassland, is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. A 2 hour ride on your bike, on very good roads through open fields, will take you to this pristine location. Another tourist attraction at this place is the ‘Nrityagram’, which is India’s first modern Gurukul for Indian classical dances and an intentional community in the form of a dance village.

Nandi Hills(~60 km)
Nandi Hills is a favorite destination of cyclists from Bangalore. With the perfect blend of long distance and uphill cycling, the trail is used regularly for practice before attempting more challenging rides, like the TfN, the Great Malnad Challenge etc. A 4 hour ride on your cycle will take you to the base of the hill. It’s also a good location for cyclists who want to train up-hill.

Bangalore>Big Banyan tree> Manchanabele Dam > Savandurga >T.G Halli Reservoir > Bangalore (140km ride)
A perfect long ride coupled with tourist destinations, this circuit covers the prominent scenic locations in West Bangalore. The ride goes through decent roads, with few bad patches and rolling terrain.

Cycling near manchanabale dam

Kanakpura(~60 km)
The Kanakpura road from Bangalore is a slowly descending route. It is a comfortable ride to Kanakpura passing through many small towns. The ride back becomes a task since it’s a constant gradient climb. It surely tests one’s endurance and mental strength.

Thurahalli(~8kms)
One of the last lung spaces in Bangalore, this small hill, provides a beautiful destination for downhill cyclists. This place is also famous for rock climbing, bird watching and nature trails.

Siva’s Road- Nandi Hills
A deviation towards left from Old madras road at Konadasapura, will take you into this beautiful road. This road is a paradise for any road biker, with open fields on both sides and mostly flat stretch. The road leads you to Devanahalli, after which you could climb the Nandi hills.

There are many other stretches that are very good for a ride. What you need is the spirit to head outdoors and explore.

This is part-3 of a 4 part series on Cycling in Bangalore published originally in SUMMIT Magazine-2014 issue under the title - High on Wheels.
This post was originally written by students and alumnus of Mountaineering club, BMS College of Engineering for SUMMIT Magazine. Illustration and Graphics are copyright of their respective owners.

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