Passage to India Bike & Hike

  • Spellbinding countryside cycling
  • Visit 400 years old magical Big Banyan Tree spanning three acre
  • Climb atop the Ramadevara Betta hill for some striking views of the topography
  • Savour the Kannadiga style cuisine

This is simply the best cycling trail that you would see around Bangalore. ‘A passage to India’ and ‘Sholay’ movies were shot here. It is a pure countryside cycling. On this one-day safari, discover old visions of India: a land of cows, monkeys, laughing children, rice paddies, mango orchards, rose nurseries, granite cliffs and temple after temple; and climb the Ramadevara Betta hill. This is a real rural India experience that you won’t find on other itineraries. An enjoyable ride that finishes with an astounding view from the top of the hill and you will find nothing but the sound of silence for company. This trip leaves you in no doubt that you certainly are on a rural holiday!

Please note that we do not stop for breakfast en-route. Please have your breakfast before reaching to the meeting point.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    One day

  • Inclusions

    Trip leader, bike with helmet, refreshments, lunch and support van

  • Age

    Suitable for 11+ and is an excellent trip for families with grown up kids.

  • Riding Style


  • Distance Cycled

    ~ 30 to 40 km

Group Departures

Meeting Details

Meeting & Ending Point



An early morning short drive will take you away from Bangalore city limits. After your Trip Leader fit your bike and give a brief talk on biking techniques and safety, set out on a safari through the quiet country roads, rose farms & nurseries, mango orchards, dam and rocky hills. Visit 400 years old Big Banyan Tree, temples and Manchinbele dam en-route. Reach to a Kamat Lokaruchi, a fictitious Malgudi-style restaurant, and have a taste of real Kannadiga cuisine. After lunch, climb the Ramadevara Betta hill, one of the shooting locations for David Lean’s A Passage to India. Small door like grottoes were made in the rock to resemble caves. It was also in this region that the path-breaking Hindi movie, Sholay, was shot. The climb to the top is worth it for the heavenly view of the surroundings.





Shuttle out from Bangalore

Assemble at the outside of UB City


Introduction to the tour and safety briefing



Allocation of cycles



Start Cycling

0 km


Visit Big Banyan Tree

+9 km (5.5miles)


Ride past Manchinbele dam

+11 km (7miles)


Ramanagaram (End of cycling)

+18 km (11miles)


Lunch at Kamat Lokaruchi



Climb up Ramadevara Betta hill



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