Adventure travel is a preferred idea by many people. These days travellers just love to experiment and find thrill in different adventure sports. Among many ideas, cycle tours is slowly getting popular in India.
Cycle tours are preferred by many as they can feel the nature more closely. However, cycling for long distances is not an easy task and can't be accomplished by everyone. One needs a good practice and also a passion for this kind of adventure travel.
Bicycle trips are organised by many associations all over India. Even in South India, bicycle tours are among the famous adventure sports.
Here is an itinerary for a bicycle tour in South India. Covering some of the popular places and states in South India, this adventure ride is sure to give you a good feel.
This adventure trip in South India is designed for a week and the route is from Bangalore to Munnar. Have a look at this plan and tour South India in your cycle!
Start your cycle tour in Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. Bangalore has always been a ground for various interesting activities.
Start your journey in the early morning and ride towards Mysore. On the way to Mysore, you can even stop in Maddur to have some yummy local food ( Maddur Vadas and Idlis).
Bangalore - Mysore route is known for wine tourism in India. Plan and visit some wineries in this popular route.
Distance: Bangalore - Mysore: 144 km
Route: Bangalore - Ramanagara - Mandya - Mysore
Day 1 and 2
The next destination is Mysore, the cultural capital of Karnataka. Mysore city has a traditional charm with number of tourist places.
The city gives a pleasant feel and a soothing environment. Riding inside the city is a good experience. Cover the nearby places like Mysore Palace or Mysore Zoo and halt for the day.
Mysore has many places and you can't cover it in a day. So, next morning cover the other places around Mysore.
Stay at Mysore in the night and next day get up very early to ride towards Mudumalai
Distance: Mysore - Mudumalai: 84.4 km
Route: Mysore - Gundlupete - Mudumalai
Photo Courtesy: Jim Ankan Deka
Situated near Karnataka and Tamil Nadu border, Bandipur National Park is on Karnataka's side and Mudumalai National Park in Tamil Nadu.
The National Park is across the five ranges: Masinagudi, Thepakadu, Mudumalai, Karagudi and Nellakota. It is also a tiger reserve with varieties of flora and fauna.
Safaris, elephant rides are also available in a specified time. Here, it is better to use a local transport to do sight seeing; you might bump into elephants or other animals in some areas. So, better not ride in such places.
Next day your journey is towards the famous Ooty!
Distance: Gudalur to Ooty : 50.5 km
Route: Gudalur to Ooty via NH67 is a preferred route and Masinagudi route is risky (not advised)
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Ooty a popular hill station in Nilgiris has some beautiful landscapes and tourist places. Amidst the vast greenery, cycling in this beautiful town is enriching for sure.
There is also a Mountain Bike Recreational Park, which is specially designed for mountain biking.
You can either ride around the tourist places in Ooty or take a local transport to cover the places.
Overnight stay at Ooty and next morning head to Pollachi.
Distance: Ooty - Pollachi : 150 km
Route : Ooty - Coonoor - Mettupalayam - Pollachi
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Cycle downhill via Mettupalayam to reach Pollachi in Coimbatore. There are many tourist spots in Pollachi.
Pollachi is known for various film shooting spots and has many attractions. Valparai, Azhiyar Dam, Topslip, Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the famous places to visit.
Even here, either you can cover some places in bicycles or plan on local transport for sight seeing.
Done for this day and halt in some nice place in Pollachi!
Distance : Pollachi - Munnar : 113 km
Route : Pollachi - Udumalpet - Marayoor - Munnar
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Day 6 & 7
Munnar is a hill station, so better take to trekking instead of cycling to the places. However, try to cycle around some areas in Munnar, as you will enjoy it even more.
Travelling in the Kanan Devan hills, through the tea plantations and amazing mountain ranges, Munnar is one of the best tourist places in South India.
Stay in Munnar for two days and finish your awesome bicycle tour in South India.
Photo Courtesy: Bimal K C
Bangalore to Munnar route map