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 Mysore, 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

    14 days / 13 nights

  • Start

    Bangalore

  • Finish

    Goa

  • Hotels

    Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Easy Rider

  • Average Distance Cycled

    55km or 33mi

  • Total Distance Cycled

    ~ 600km or 360mi

  • Bicycle

    Included

  • Support Vehicle

    Included

  • Group Size

    Min 2, Max 12

ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceHotelDuration~ Cycling Distance
1BangaloreCasa Cottage1
2 – 3MysoreGreen Hotel250km / 30mi*
4HassanHoysala Village Resort160km / 36mi*
5 – 6ChikamagalurGonakal Homestay, Halli Berri
260km / 36mi
40km / 24mi
7ChitradurgaHotel Mayura Yatrinivas180km / 48mi*
8 – 9HampiClarks Inn250km / 30mi
30km / 18mi
10BadamiHeritage Resort150km / 30mi*
11DandeliKali Adventure Camp, Kadumane Homestay150km / 30mi*
12Mollem, GoaDudh Plantation, The Farm House160km / 36mi*
13Goan BeachSoul Vacation170km / 42mi
14Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Arrival note:

Bangalore or Bengaluru (BLR) has direct connecting flights via Middle East & few destinations in Southeast Asia. Domestic flights can be connected to Bangalore either from Delhi or Mumbai. Bangalore is mainly an arrival/meeting point and you can plan to arrive at Bangalore by afternoon or night.

Day 1: Bangalore

Arrive 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.

Day 2: Mysore – train journey, palace and market walk

We 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Mysore – Kaveri trail

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*

Day 4: Hassan

Take a short tour of 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*

Day 5: Chikmagalur – temple trail

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 6: Chikmagalur – ride to highest peak 

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.

Meals: Breakfast
Distance cycled: ~ 40km/24mi

Day 7: Chitradurga – boulder trail

This 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*

Day 8: Hampi – explore ruins

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

Day 9: Hampi Loop

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

Day 10: Badami

We leave the spectacular Hampi and head towards Badami, a heritage town known for its ancient cave temples.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 50km/30mi*

Day 11: Dandeli – wildlife sanctuary

It’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 cities 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*

Day 12: Mollem, Goa – spice trail

With a few uphills and a constantly green-forested region for company, we enter Goa. The countryside area is brilliant to cycle around with rich green thickets and nothing but birdsong filling the air around. Our next stop is Mollem, where you can get a feel of the rural Goa.

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

Day 13: Goan Beach – spice and coastal trail

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*

Day 14: 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 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

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
• Coffee plantation tour
• Jeep safari in Bhadra tiger reserve
• The cultural and topographical diversity of the state. From flat terrains to the high hills, followed by a final descent to the Arabian Sea

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Bangalore to Goa Bike Tour
Average rating:  
 4 reviews
by Stephen Broadbery on Bangalore to Goa Bike Tour
Brilliant

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Been with this group before, to Rajasthan, and here in Karnataka everything was laid on for us. The cycling was hard work at times but very rewarding. The accommodation was comfortable and clean. The food was excellent and plenty of it. The guides were very committed and took great care of us. I will definitely be using this company again to explore another part of fascinating India.

by John Waterman on Bangalore to Goa Bike Tour
My second trip with Art of Bicycling…




This is my second trip with Art of Bicycle and I enjoyed them both immensely, even though they were quite different. The leaders had an informal style which allowed for changes to reflect the wishes of the group, weather, road conditions etc. The leaders were always ready to discuss aspects of local culture, local history etc and that added a lot to the trip. Mechanical problems or a minor accident were dealt with in a caring manner but with a low key approach. I really recommend the firm based on my two trips.


















by Glenn on Bangalore to Goa Bike Tour
A great experience




A great experience. Our guides, Dibin and Poonch were excellent and overall it was a well run tour. We would definitely recommend this trip with this company.





by Mary Ann Mundy on Bangalore to Goa Bike Tour
Great tour guide and driver


Great tour guide and driver. Lots of information on the culture and customs of India.