Cycling in the Garden City of India, Bangalore can surely be a blissful experience. The fresh breeze, array of greenery that you come across as you pave your way on your cycle is an unmatchable experience. Exploring scenic spots on your cycles is not just healthy but also the need of the hour to reduce your carbon footprint. So if you’re a cycling enthusiast but don’t know where and how to start exploring the city on your two-wheeler, then let’s help you a little. Here are 10 scenic biking trails of Bangalore that must be on your go-to list. In the future, Bangalore will also get colour coded cycling lanes like Europe.
1. Nandi Hills
If you’re a Bangalorean and haven’t visited Nandi Hills yet, then what have you been upto? One of the most famous sightseeing spots of Bangalore, Nandi Hills is a perfect destination for cyclists. This famous cycling trail can also be one of the longest for many cyclists in Bangalore. The picturesque green hills and painting like sky play the perfect backdrop for eager cyclists as they take sharp turns while navigating their way up the hill.
2. Turahalli Forest
Turahalli Forest off the Kanakpura road is an established cycling trail for Bangaloreans. You can visit here either via Uttarahalli or via Banashankari. Runners and climbers often frequent this urban forest that offers a hilly terrain that can pose as an adventure. It’s one of the few forests still preserved in Bangalore and is situated around 10km from Jayanagar. This is a great spot for cycling which you must add to your bucket list.
3. Manchinbele Dam
Nestled off the scenic Mysore road towards the tall banyan tree overlooking the divine Savandurga, Machinbele Dam is gorgeous in every day. Plan a fun cycling day out with your gang here and get down to this beautiful cycling trail in the city. This man-made irrigational dam gets its name from the village where it’s situated. The calm blue waters, surrounding mountains, away from the hustle-bustle of the city makes this one of the most sought after cycling trails of Bangalore.
3. Cubbon Park
If you’re in the Garden City of India, your first choice for cycling must be in the iconic Cubbon Park. The wide roads, tall green trees and serene vibes here makes this a popular spot amongst the cyclists of this city. Take your bike along bike via New BEL Road, along Sankey Tank, via Palace Road and upto the Kanteerva Stadium which are amazing routes for short city rides.
Situated near the Kanive Mahadeshwara temple on the hills within the Bannerghatta National Park stretch lies Thattekere Lake. Bike along the forest area stretch through Ragihall and Bannerghatta instead of the more famous Kanakapura road. The calm lake and scenic views provide the perfect scenery as you bike with your gang. If you’re lucky you can also spot a few birds.
5. Kempegowda International Airport (KIA)
This is a new entry to this list, nonetheless its a great space for cyclists. The Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) situated in Devanahalli offers cyclists the opportunity to bike here every Sunday from 6 am to 9:30 am. The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) permits cyclists on its campus in a bid to move them away from traffic and pot-filled rods of the city. So now, you can bring your cycles with you every Sunday and cycle your hearts out here in the airport premises.
Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (@BLRAirport) – in conjunction with the #Bengaluru Bicycle Mayor, @tweetenator – announced opening of the Bengaluru Airport campus to cyclists every Sunday between 6 am and 9.30 am. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/DGsdJgNxeZ
— Darshan Devaiah B P (@DarshanDevaiahB) June 24, 2020
This lesser-known lake must be on your go-to list for best cycling trails in Bangalore. Hop on the Sarjapur road where you’re sure to find a few cyclists and then reach the famous temple at Chiktirupati. A 2km ride from this beautiful temple will take you to the Narayankere lake. This hidden cycling spot will surely take your breath away and add the silver lining to your weekend.
Hesaraghatta might be a little away from the city. But the uninterrupted cycling trail and an array of greenery offer a perfect scenic cycling experience. This long cycling trail offers a gorgeous scenic view. To reach here take the Hesaraghatta main road. If you start soon you can even avoid the traffic and mingle with a lot of cyclists, bike riders and athletes who venture here for practice. Depending on the season and weather, explore the fields, lakes and trails for cycling.
Even before you reach Hesaraghatta on your cycle, a lush green tree cover with empty roads shall guide you to Rajankunte. This is one of the favourite place of bikers and cyclists to explore the lush greenery of the Garden City. Here, you can have a gala time with your cyclist friends just around 30km from outside the city.
If you love cycling uphill but you’re in no hurry to get to the top, then just start your cycling adventure from Jayanagar 5th block. Go all the way up to Lalbagh via Madhavan Park. Covered with lush green trees and wide pathways, this is a popular spot for cyclists. The straight 10km long loop with really good roads is perfect for cyclists. And how about after cycling you go for an early lunch to the iconic Ranganna Military Hotel in Jayanagar? It’s worth it!
10. Kanakapura Road
Last but not the least, one of the most popular places for cycling in Bangalore is definitely the Kanakapura road. This road is so popular and scenic that you will surely bump into fellow cyclists. The rolling terrain here is beautiful and has comparatively less traffic.
So these are some of the most beautiful cycling trails that Bangalore has to offer. When you go cycling, do remember to wear your masks, maintain social distancing and cycle away.