Elevation Gain: 1266m
Ride Time: 4-6 hours
Route Profile: Rolling
Road Quality: Smooth Tarmac
Traffic Level: Moderate. Traffic levels increase in Bangalore on the way back.
Strava Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/14287585
A scenic route with good roads and minimal traffic makes this route one of my favorites. With an elevation gain of 1266m, this route is great to ride against the clock.
Start off from BUMSONTHESADDLE, Jayanagar and head towards Mysore Road via the Outer Ring Road. Ride through the clean and green Bangalore University and head out of the city towards Kommaghatta Lake. Be ready for a steady climb a few kilometers from Kommaghatta Lake.
Continue on the same road until the Hoskere Lake. Upon reaching Hoskere Lake, take a left towards DoddaAalada Mara (Big Banyan Tree). The route takes you through villages where traffic is minimal and road conditions are good. Continue on the same road until you reach a major intersection. Take a left to head towards DoddaAalada Mara (Big Banyan Tree). Upon reaching the village of Ramohalli, turn right and continue riding for a few kilometers until you reach DoddaAalada Mara (Big Banyan Tree). This is a good time to take a short break and re-fill your water bottles. It is worth paying a visit to DoddaAalada Mara (Big Banyan Tree) just to see the sheer size of the tree.
The Big Banyan Tree (photo credit: Manu Jain)
Once back on the saddle, continue heading down the road and turn right on the first road after Big Banyan Tree. Ride for about 6km to reach Thavarekere where you have to turn left at a crossroad and head towards Magadi Road. Cross the road and continue on the Nelamangala Road. The route is scenic and rolling throughout. Watch out for occasional movement of heavy transport vehicles.
Ride until you reach Tumkur Road. Make the u-turn and head back along the same route. Upon reaching Thavarekere, you may continue on the same road (Thavarekere Road) leading to Hoskere Lake instead of going back to DoddaAalada Mara (Big Banyan Tree). Follow the same route back into Bangalore.
Note: Start early to avoid the heat and traffic. Stay well hydrated during the ride. Wear a helmet and ride safe.
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WHAT I LOVE ABOUT CYCLING
I started Cycling in June 2017 primarily to improve my level of fitness and have since then enjoyed every second spent on the saddle. The excitement of participating in races, the freedom to explore the countryside and confidence to make new friends have only encouraged me to ride my bike often, if not every single day. I would like to someday travel the whole of Europe on my bike and also build a bike for myself.
DISCIPLINE: Road Biking
CURRENT BIKE(S): Merida Speeder 100
DREAM BIKE: Specialized Allez Sprint