Bangalore to Goa (via Hampi) Bike Tour

  • Ride past the small rural hamlets, vast agricultural lands, mountains, plantations and a surreal other worldly landscape of mighty boulders and granite hills
  • Learn about the fascinating history of the beautiful ruins of Hampi
  • Witness the intricate architecture of Halebidu and Belur temples
  • Enjoy the plantation life at India’s best coffee destination, Chikmagalur
  • Bask in the sunny beaches of India’s sprawling coastline at Goa

Dotted with ancient architectural wonders, thick green coffee plantations and golden sands, the Bangalore to Goa bike tour is topographically scintillating as well as a fulfilling cycling route. It’s a trip into the past with thousands of years old temples, local flavours in food and language and a great insight into South India’s magnificent mountain scape, the Western Ghats. The journey starts in Bangalore, one of the most cosmopolitan cities of India and traverses through dramatic landscapes to finish at Goa, an international tourist hotspot. With contrast of a modern Indian city, to the countryside villages, plush estates and finally the easygoing beaches, the variety of experiences each day will keep the intrigue levels high!

On this safari you’ll lose yourself to the scenic hills draped with rich coffee plantations and spices. You’ll bike through one of the major tropical evergreen forest regions of India and be dazzled by the ingenuity of master architects of the Hoysala period. There is no better way to end the journey by unwinding by the Goan shacks and enjoying the waters at the edge of Arabian Sea.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    12 days / 11 nights

  • Start / End

    Bangalore / Goa

  • Price

    From $2,195 pp dbl. occ.

    + $475 for sgl. occ.

  • Hotels

    Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Active Rider

Group Departures

PRIVATE TRAVEL

Make it a private tour or further customize if you already have a group or the dates shown above do not coincide with your travel plans.

ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceHotelDuration~ Cycling Distance
1BangaloreCasa Cottage1Nil
2MysoreRoyal Orchid170km / 42mi*
3HassanThe Asshok170km / 42mi*
4 – 5ChikamagalurTaj Gateway260km / 36mi
6LokavalliRiver Tern Lodge160km / 36mi*
7ChitradurgaYatriniwas190km / 56mi*
8 – 9HampiHampi Boulders260km / 36mi*
10 – 11GoaAt Beach230km / 18mi
12Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Bangalore
Arrive in the IT hub of India and meet your Art of Bicycle Trips tour leader at the airport. Transfer to Casa Cottage, where you can rest for a short while. In the evening, we leave for the arterial street of the city, M.G Road, to have dinner at 13th Floor Restaurant. With a brilliantly lit view of the city below us, we get to known each other better and get briefed for the tour.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Mysore
We know you are eager to ride, but we get on a different set of wheels (the shuttle bus) early morning, to omit the traffic of the city. Today the cycling route is culturally packed, as expected of every nook and corner of India. We ride past mango orchards, nurseries, paddy fields and temples and make the first stop at the Big Banyan Tree. This gigantic tree is about 400 years old and spreads itself over 3 acres. A short stop here, before we are off to the town of Channapatna, where exquisite wooden toys emerge from expert hands in a handful of small factories. Before this, we stop for a typical Kannadiga cuisine at Kamat Lokaruchi. Channapatna has been producing these toys for centuries, after the ruling King, Tipu Sultan, introduced this Persian art. The small highway town is lined with bright shops showcasing horses, beads and sundry toys. We again use shuttle to reach the cultural capital of Karnataka, Mysore.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 70km/42mi*

Day 3: Hassan
Today, we are going to start with covering some distance with the shuttle and then get on the bikes to head to 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 head towards Hassan. The ride today is going to be nothing short of a roller coaster. We reach Hassan and check into the Hoyasala Village Resort. Indian motifs, artefacts, Ayurveda massages and local Indian board games add the earthy touch to this heritage resort. You can take a dip in the pool or relax in the verandah with a good book.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 70km/42mi*

Day 4: Chikmagalur
We 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

Day 5: Chikmagalur
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 or a short ride to nearby wildlife sanctuary. If you want to trek instead of biking, the hike to Mullayangiri is a moderate trek, except for a small stretch of steep ascent in the middle. If you want to take it easy, simply step out and walk through the plantations.

Meals: Breakfast
Distance cycled: ~ 30km/18mi* (optional)

Day 6: Lakavalli
We leave the coffee scaped hills of Chikmagalur and pedal along to a small village called Lokavalli, which houses one of the best river lodges at the edge of the Bhadra reservoir, the River Tern Lodge. A wildlife oriented lodge, this is known for river tern bird sightings, especially in the breeding season. Before you reach the resort, you will have to snake through undulating parts of the richly green Western Ghats. This is one of the most scenic parts of the journey and truly refreshing.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 70km/42mi*

Day 7: Chitradurga
This morning, we cover some distance by the shuttle and then ride along the rural countryside, making our way to Karnataka’s largest 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 90km/56mi*

Day 8 & 9: 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. 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. We 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, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 60km/36mi*

Day 10 & 11: Goa
We take an early morning train to Goa from Hampi. Enjoy the sunny Goa at your own pace.

Meals: Breakfast
Distance cycled: ~ 60km/36mi*

Day 12: Goa
For a leisurely final morning in Goa, consider taking a stroll along the beach. Our trip concludes late-morning at the hotel. Your leaders will 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

Casual Inns

Casa Cottage: Bangalore (1 night)

Away from the hustle-bustle of the town and tucked away in a quiet green street of Bangalore, if the bright cheerful rooms of Casa Cottage do not impress you, the lovely green patch in front of this small hotel will. There is a small café that serves dinner and snacks incase you do not want to step out. We have especially chosen this accommodation to ensure that your stay in Bangalore doesn’t feel staid and sans charm, like you would expect in a city.

Royal Orchid: Mysore (1 night)

Set by the inspiring Cauvery River and overlooking the breathtaking Brindavan Gardens, Royal Orchid Brindavan is a four star luxury Heritage Hotel.

The Ashhok: Hassan (1 night)

An epitome of Indian aesthetics and hospitality, The Ashhok offers plush rooms furnished in warm hues, delicious local picks in the restaurant, Indian board games, a swimming pool and an Ayurveda massage facility will keep you comfortable.

Taj Gateway Hotel: Chikamagalur (2 nights)

Perched on the gentle slopes of the Sahayadri mountains, the pretty cottages and tranquil gardens takes you back to the era of plantation living.

River Tern Lodge: Lokavalli (1 night)

The expansive backwaters of the Bhadra Dam provide a dramatic view from the comfort of your room at River Tern Lodge. Names after the species of bird that breeds in the small islands of the reservoir, the lodge is an action-packed getaway that offers trekking, wildlife spotting, watersports, birdwatching and mountain-biking

KSTDC Yatrinivas: Chitradurga (1 night)

The Yatrinivas is a basic and clean guesthouse overlooking the Chitradurga Fort. Do not expect plush décor or rich interiors. Good for a night stay, the tourist lodge offers basic facilities only.

Hampi Boulders: Hampi (2 nights)

Strewn across Hampi’s extensive rocky landscape are luxurious mud and thatch cottages with individual sitouts.

Palm Grove Cottages: Goa (2 nights)

The hotel that dates back from 1981 emphases on a relaxed and a friendly informal approach. Guests are welcomed by enchanting oasis of palms, exotic plants and flowers that gives a feel of a botanical garden.

REGION

insightful details

This ride showcases the essence of the State of Karnataka. Starting from the Mysore plateau and moves to the hills of the Western Ghats before culminating at the sandy beaches of Goa – The ride has been designed to capture the wealth of flora and fauna and the fabulous diversity all along the route.

Terrain

Half the route is through the plains and semi arid regions of southern Karnataka before hitting the hills near Chikmaglur and riding on the ridge line till Badra Tiger Reserve. From here we start a gradual downhill towards Banavasi and Kali before a final descent to the coastline and Goa. In short the terrain is a mixture of ups and downs through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Karnataka.


See

• Historical monuments of great antiquity. Some more than a thousand years of age
• Markets which are chaotic as well as colorful. A feast for the eyes
• Riding beside the canals of river Kaveri, a lifeline for the people of Karnataka
• Major crops in the plains are rice, sugarcane, areca nut, tobacco, silk, sesame seeds and coconut
• In the hills you have coffee plantations, pepper vines, cardamom and several fruit trees
• The wealth of flora and fauna existent in the state, From Scrub jungles to thick tropical rainforests and a ride to highest peak called Mullayangiri. – At about 6,314 ft above sea level
• The sandy Beaches of Goa


Experience

• A train journey from Bangalore to Mysore giving you a glimpse of what the Indian railways are like
• Culinary tastes of Southern India. From rice & dishes made from rice, to the various spices and savories found in the state
• Boat ride at Ranganthitu bird sanctuary
• Coffee plantation tour
• Jeep safari in Bhadra tiger reserve
• White water rafting at Dandeli
• The cultural and topographical diversity of the state. From flat terrains to the high hills, followed by a final descent to the Arabian Sea

INCLUSIONS & MORE

we go the extra mile

Beautiful Hotels

On this Casual Inn tour, experience the best of small boutique hotels at each destination. They are chosen carefully so that you are well rested, get a drift of the local character or an enthralling view from your verandah! Under circumstances of non-availability of hotel, we will put in equivalent or a better hotel. Any extras at hotel are at your expense.

Quality Bikes

When you have a road and the thrill of a journey ahead of you, it’s imperative to have a good bike to enjoy it. Most of our tours in India run on some of the best hybrid bikes in the cycling tour industry. Upright position, good traction and optimal balance between performance and comfort are some of the characteristics.

Outstanding Food

Local food plays an integral part in experiencing the culture of region and we make sure that you get plenty of this. The inclusion of daily meals is highlighted in detailed itinerary. Drinking water and soft drinks such as juice, tea/coffee is included in your price. Alcohol is at your expense.

Charming Guides

Our most visible and perhaps most important role is played by a Trip Leader, the folks who make a trip exciting, comfortable, knowledgeable and who are able to steer you towards the real experience! In most of the trips, we have two guides riding with you. One is leading the group of riders and other is closing at the back.

Comfortable Support Van

A Van follows the group of riders throughout the trip and carries all belongings. If at any point riding seems a little hard, the van takes you for as long or as little as you wish it to. It also provides you refreshments along the way and sometimes a chilled beer.

Guaranteed to Depart Tours

We run most of our tours with minimum 2 people traveling and sometimes even with 1 person, without any extra fee. Rest assured, your trip is always guaranteed to depart. If for some reasons you don’t wish to join a tour then you can always transfer to another trip or we’ll give you a credit which you can settle against any future trip.

Entrance Fees & Transportation

Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, temples & other exclusive events and transportation from rendezvous to final drop-off is always included in your tour price. Our tour designers give as much focus on non-cycling activity as on cycling.

Deep Local Knowledge & Presence

Presence of operations in Bangalore, local associations and ad-hoc field network allows us to leverage local know-how and deliver on what is promised to you without any culture and communications barrier.

Singles Friendly

It is applicable only in cases where you want to opt for a room alone. In other cases, we will try to club you with another person, preferably of same sex. In the cases, where we don’t find a room partner, we’ll bear the extra room charges.

YOUR BIKE

Scott, Marin, Giant, Trek

When you have a road and the thrill of a journey ahead of you, it’s imperative to have a good bike to enjoy it. All our bike tours in South India run on some of the best hybrid bikes in the cycling tour industry (and we maintain them meticulously). Upright position, good traction and optimal balance between performance and comfort are some of the characteristics.

MEET THE LOCAL SPECIALIST

Dibin Devassy

Dibin Devassy

From Art of Bicycle Trips

After six years, Dibin was happy to leave Dubai’s clinically clean environs and come home to exploring the wonderfully unkempt and thickly green landscape of good old Kerala on his cycle. Amongst the diverse Kerala experiences, Dibin loves the traditional cuisines and organic farming methods the most! If he’s not scouring through the Kerala trails, you will find him hooked to movies with an intellectual tug; Into the Wild is his favourite! He is a native of Thrissur, Kerala.

REVIEWS

from our friends

“It is unforgettable, we are happy that we have done it, we saw so much, we liked ist, thank you to the guides and the driver.”

SupeGermany

“Based on our experience, I can highly recommend this trip and company. For us, 11 days of cycling in Karnataka will long be remembered as a very special holiday. Other tripadvisor reviews were helpful in giving us the confidence to book with this fairly new company and to decide on cycling and traveling in India. Things couldn’t have worked out better. The information provided prior to travel was clear and helpful. Early November was a beautiful time to visit this area, with constant blue skies and comfortable temperatures. The cities are chaotic but the Art of Bicycle Tours had the right idea – use the van and driver to get to the quiet, scenic country roads, cycle and see the best that India has to offer, then finish the day back in the van to get to the hotel. The accommodation choices were excellent – from very comfortable and luxurious most days, to adequate (best available) in the most remote area. Our guides were fantastic – friendly, knowledgeable, humorous and young at heart – truly happy and proud to share their country with us – more like companions with local knowledge than teachers. They hired other local guides to get the facts right at temples, a wildlife sanctuary and the Mysore Palace – but Poonacha and Sriram added their perspective to those visits as well. The trip was truly all-inclusive with meals, snacks and extras all covered by ABT. The cooler in the van had lots of bottled water for us. The bicycles provided were amazing – new, Scott X50 hybrid bikes with 700C wheels, front suspension, disc brakes and 24 gears. Most roads were paved, occasionally broken pavement and only a few, very short sections of dirt road. The scenery in Karnataka is wonderful – this trip started in the plains near Bangalore with interesting rock outcroppings, then crossing the rice fields and coconut groves and finally over the Western Ghats to the coast. The scenery in the mountains was spectacular – very little traffic takes this route and while we climbed to the highest point in the state, the trip had more downhill than uphill. We got lots of waves and smiles from the locals who were puzzled to see people traveling with a vehicle but choosing to cycle.”

Doug HoyleCanada