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  • Trip introduction

    Set off on an 8-day long cycling trip through the Western Ghats of Karnataka - in the middle of a glorious monsoon. The smell of the rain in the air, the dark clouds gathering in the horizon and racing towards you, and the warm, fierce rain that drenches you and the landscape around in a rejuvenating shower - it's the perfect adventure.

    On this cycling trip, you'll spend a night at a coffee plantation so you can see how coffee is grown, visit a temple complex, stay at a research centre and do a night trek to learn about amphibian life in the monsoon, visit a farm to see how the rains influence the agriculture of the region, and end with a stay at a beach resort in Maravanthe.

    This expedition is accompanied by 1 support vehicle that will carry spare parts, baggage, and can be used by cyclists who want to rest or are unable to cycle that day. There are rest stops every 25-30 minutes, and you'll be able to get a snack or drink, or access your luggage if you need to.

    IMPORTANT: This is a moderately challenging cycling tour that covers about 50-70 kms per day. Participants should be seasoned cyclists with good levels of fitness.

    Destination

    You'll be driven from Bangalore to Sakleshpur, from where your cycling trip begins. You'll ride through the misty mountains of Karnataka, with rolling views of the Western Ghats that turn a lush green in the monsoon. You'll stop at Kudremukh National Park, Agumbe National Park, trek up to Kavaledurga Fort and visit the ancient temple of Sringeri. The dramatic landscape changes to the gorgeous views of coastal Karnataka as you cycle down from the Western Ghats towards the end of your trip. On the last day, you'll spend a night in the beach town of Maravanthe, where the soft sands are the perfect setting for a golden sunset.

    Destination highlights

    Chase the monsoon through the Western Ghats on the Karnataka cycling tour. | Enjoy the rain-drenched landscapes of the forested Ghats and the coastal views of Maravanthe. | Explore the local wildlife at rainforests and national parks. | Stay at a coffee plantation, a research centre, a beach resort, and a farm. | Visit historic forts and ancient temples.

    Activity Details

    Off road cycling

    Yes

    No

    42 feet

    8800 feet

    307 kms

    51 kms

    Yes

    GIANT

    Mountain bikes

    Yes

    120 kgs

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of Karnataka cycling: Bangalore to Sakleshpur

    Arrive at the meeting point in Bangalore by 07:00 hrs in the morning, and board vehicles that will drive you to Sakleshpur. You will arrive at Sakleshpur by afteroon and check in to a quaint homestay. After lunch, you can rest for a while and then you'll head out for a short trek to the waterfalls around the area. You will trek on a moderate-intensity trail through small hills and farms. Return to Sakleshpur by evening, in time for a campfire evening and a hot dinner. Overnight in home stay.

    Overnight at Sakleshpur in home stay.

    You will be staying in a comfortable home stay. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Your breakfast will be a typical Karnataka style breakfast, as well as omlettes, at a local joint en route your journey. Lunch and dinner will be traditional cuisine.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Bangalore

    Sakleshpur

    06:00 AM

    Food

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Veg|Non veg
    Day 2 of Karnataka cycling: Sakleshpur to Mudigere
    Day 3 of Karnataka cycling: Mudigere to Kudremukh National Park
    Day 4 of Karnataka cycling: Kudremukh National Park to Sringeri
    Day 5 of Karnataka cycling: Srinegri to the Agumbe Rainforest
    Day 6 of Karnataka cycling: Agumbe Rainforest to Kavaledurga Fort
    Day 7 of Karnataka cycling: Kavaledurga Fort to Maravanthe Beach
    Day 8 of Karnataka cycling: Return to Bangalore
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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made more than 15 days before departure of the cycling tour of Western Ghats: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made on or less than 15 days before departure of the cycling tour of Western Ghats: No refund.

    No show: No refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting any transaction charges.

    Rules on trip

    Cyclists will not be allowed to ride without a helmet.

    Cyclists are required to adhere to the instructions of the tour leader at all times.

    Consumption of alcohol and narcotics is strictly prohibited during cycling.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Any additional costs due to weather/unforeseen situations will have to be borne by the cyclists.

    The tour operator does not take responsibility for physical harm or injuries caused during the cycling tour of Western Ghats.
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
    • Western Ghats Cycling Karnataka Bangalore Travel Adventure Activities Mountains
  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • Travel arrangements in private vehicles from and to Bangalore

    • All required equipment for cycling
    • Mountain bicycles and helmets
    • Designated support vehicle to carry luggage, spare parts and support crew/mechanic
    • Accomodation in home stays/beach resorts for all nights
    • All meals from breakfast on Day 1 to lunch on Day 8
    • Snacks, nutrition bars, chikki, water and fruit juices
    • Services of an experienced tour guide and mechanic
    • Permit fees and entry charges
    • First Aid kit
    • All applicable taxes

    Excludes

    • Travel costs between base city and Bangalore

    • Photography charges at sightseeing locations
    • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
    • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, alcohol or beverages etc.
    • Travel or medical insurance
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Comfortable, quick-dry apparel
    • Quick dry footwear with good grip
    • Woollen socks and gloves
    • Windcheater or jacket
    • Sweater and thermal wear
    • Raincoat or poncho
    • Shirts/t-shirts and track pants
    • Woollen cap/balaclava
    • Not to wear - Denims or jeans (while cycling)
    • Flip-flops/slippers (while cycling)
    • Expensive gadgets or jewellery
    • Hard luggage like suitcases

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Private vehicle for transport from and to Bangalore
    • All required equipment for cycling
    • Mountain bicycles and helmets
    • Designated support vehicle to carry luggage, spare parts and support crew/mechanic
    • First Aid kit

    You need to get

    • Rucksack (with rain cover)
    • Day pack (with rain cover)
    • ID proof
    • Sunglasses (polarised, anti-glare)
    • Torch (extra batteries)
    • Sunscreen lotion and lip balm
    • Dry snacks (Biscuits, energy bars etc.)
    • Insect repellent
    • Personal toiletries
    • Water bottle
    • Raincoat/poncho

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, and a personal first-aid kit.