Start in Bangalore and end in Goa! With the bicycle tour Bangalore to Goa (via Hampi) Bike Tour, you have a 14 day tour package taking you through Bangalore, India and 8 other destinations in India. Bangalore to Goa (via Hampi) Bike Tour includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.
In and around BangaloreArrive and settle to a boutique stay, Casa Cottage, in the heart of the city. After resting for a short while, hit the arterial high street of the city, M.G Road. Criss-crossed by narrow streets lined with bookshops, contemporary clothes, pubs, cafes and trinkets, the place are abuzz with shoppers in the evenings. Bangalore acquired itself the moniker of the ?beer capital? of India, with around 70 pubs in a radius of 2 kms in this area. Get well rested tonight.
In and around MysoreWe know you are eager to ride, but we get on a different set of wheels (a train), to omit the traffic and long transfer between the cities. Post-lunch (lunch is served on the train) is to take in the magnificent structures of Mysore. We start with the palace, also known as Amba Vilas Palace is a 14th century enthralling structure, which is beautifully lit at night on special days. After the historic sight, we make way into the busy Devaraj market. The market is a concoction of sights, sounds and smells ? a real visual treat. Walk around the stalls stacked with conical mounds of Kumkum, stacks of glittering bangles, blocks of jaggery, and huge mounds of fragrant marigolds, jasmine, asters and even antiques! We convene tonight at the dinner to celebrate the start of a fabulous cycling journey.
A short transfer of about 1hr brings us to Somnathpur Temple, a 13th century Vaishnava Hindu temple on the banks of River Kaveri at Somanathapura, Karnataka. The ornate temple is a classic illustration of the Hoysala architecture, built in soapstone. Enjoy the stunning temple with our local guide. Bike from here along the idyllic river Kaveri past paddy fields, sugarcane, banana plantations towards Srirangapatna, enclosed by the river Kaveri to form a river island. Srirangapatna was a scene of the decisive battle fought between Tipu Sultan and British East India company, a turning point in Indian history. End the ride with a well deserved local meal. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Distance cycled: ~ 40km / 24mi*
In and around HassanA short transfer brings us to KRS dam for our start of bike journey. Take a short tour of dam and surroundings and get on the bikes for a ride towards Shravanbelagola, en-route Hassan. Shravanbelagola is a Jain pilgrimage with a mammoth statue of Gommateshvara Bahubali atop a hill, overlooking the town. The statue was constructed in 993 AD and is the subject of intrigue and reverence for many travellers. We make a short stop here and later head towards Hassan. The ride today is going to be nothing short of a roller coaster. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance cycled: ~ 60km/36mi*
In and around ChikmagalurWe start riding from Hassan through the sparsely populated roads, through thick foliage, vast coffee plantations and green paddy fields into Belur and then Halebidu, the two essential temple towns on this route. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Belur temple is also known as the Chennakesava Temple. 103 years of hard work resulted in 4000 exquisite carvings in slate stone. You can see the Hoysala emblems, statues of dancing ladies and portions of the Indian epics unfold in the black stone. In Halebidu, the Shiva temple is similar in aesthetics but also has some distinct intricate features. The depiction of the mythological ?seven in one animal?, Makara, and tales from Ramayana and Mahabharata are more explicit here. All this is better understood with a guide. Time dependent, we take ride up or take the shuttle to Chikmagalur. Once you are past the town, the sprawling coffee estates start emerging, with a promise of copious cups of coffee and great weather. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance cycled: ~ 60km/37mi
Chikmagalur is one of the most picturesque stretches in Karnataka. With its dense forests and wealth of flora and fauna it has been declared one of the 36-biodiversity hotspots in the world. You are free to plan your day with our help. Take a challenging ride up to the highest peak in Karnataka, Mullayangiri, at about 6,314 ft above sea level. If you want to take it easy, simply step out and walk through the coffee plantations. You can also take a coffee plantation tour organized by your hotel (tour price is at you) Meals: Breakfast Distance cycled: ~ 40km/24mi
In and around ChitradurgaThis morning, we cover some distance by the shuttle and then ride along the rural countryside, making our way to Karnataka?s largest Military Fort, Chitradurga. Enroute, we see typical Indian village life ? farmers at the fields, livestock lazing through grassy patches, small streams and neat village huts in clusters. Depending on arrival time, visit the astounding Fort either in the evening or morning of next day. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance cycled: ~ 80km/48mi*
We take a shuttle transfer of about 3:30hrs to Hampi. Today discover the ruined city of Hampi with on your bike that weaves through the centuries old history and culture of this ghost city. Once the flourishing capital of one of the mightiest empires in South Asia, Hampi was sacked in 1565 after a terrible battle and never settled again. Evidence of its former glory lies strewn all around in the form of beautiful temples, magnificent statues and royal edifices, all in ruins, and looking all the more spectacular for it. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance cycled: ~ 50km/30mi
We cross the mighty Tungabhadra river as it flows by angrily confined to a narrow ravine by granite hills. Coracles float by as huge boulders stand at odd angles, quiet witnesses to over half a millennium of history. Ride past local villages, watch village folk at work in rice paddies and learn about the history and architecture of some of its most beautiful temples. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Distance cycled: ~ 30km/18mi
In and around DandeliIt?s a long day ahead of us, as we leave the spectacular Hampi. We are headed towards Dandeli today, passing through Hubbali, one of the largest city in Karnataka. We bike and later take a transfer in the van. Here, we arrive at Dandeli and settle into our simple accommodation, surrounded by views and sounds of nature. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance cycled: ~ 50km/30mi*
In and around MollemWith a few uphills and a constantly green-forested region for company, we head to Mollem. The countryside area is brilliant to cycle around with rich green thickets and a nothing but birdsong filling the air around. Our next stop is Mollem. Here The River Kali is a temperamental one. It dominates the hills, the forests and all that it ribbons through. While one side you can opt for a coracle ride, dodging crocodiles and watching birds, the other side involves battling swift currents in rubber dinghy, heart in mouth and oar in hand. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance cycled: ~ 60km/36mi*
This morning, we make our way to Goan beaches. Ride past a road flanked by beautiful forests with a robust wildlife population. Continue riding to Cabo de Rama Fort for stunning views of Ocean. It?s a classic coastal route today with gradual climbs along the way. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Distance cycled: ~ 70km/42mi*
Today you can plan your own day. Enjoy the sunny Goa at leisure. Meals: Breakfast
For a leisurely final morning in Goa, consider taking a stroll along the beach. Our trip concludes late-morning at the hotel. Your leaders can help you to make arrangements for transportation to the Goa Dabolim Airport for your onward journey or to your hotel in Goa. Meals: Breakfast *with shuttle ? short transfers