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A day-long bike tour exploring the countryside of Mysuru pedaling through farmland, villages, exploring local temples, and venturing into the island town of Srirangapatna. Mysuru’s countryside is rich with history and natural diversity; on the banks of the River Cauvery you’ll pass by quaint villages and observe farm life of bountiful crops and domesticated animals. A series of trails that crisis cross the villages along the river takes us on a journey into an island town famed for its rich history, old forts, temple, and a beautiful river bank. Once the erstwhile capital of the region, Srirangapatna or “Pattana” as the locals call it, predates Mysuru city and was the birthplace of the Arasu dynasty and the capital of the Mysuru empire under Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. Take a trip back in time with us as we explore local villages, meet with farmers and learn about their lives. Learn about making local brown sugar/jaggery and recount the stories of war and legends that made Srirangapatna the erstwhile capital of the Mysuru kingdom.
Who can do this tour?
This tour is for anyone who wants to explore the many essences of village life around Mysore and get a peek into its rich history, culture, and the local way of life. Your tour host will guide you through your day with quirky anecdotes, stories, and significant events in our history.
Physically, the ride is marked as a medium intensity ride. The long distances mostly on countryside roads can be intensive for persons with mobility issues, so alternatively, you can also drive up to the top of the hill if you choose a car option. Just be warned of a lot of people and bustling streets. What we do promise is a fun day with a bounty of diverse experiences.
Please read the Cancellation Policy thoroughly before you make a booking.
6:30 AM: Meet in front of the Amba Vilas Palace
6:30 AM – 7:00 AM: Drive out of Mysore city to the start point of the cycling ride
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Ride past farms and rice paddy fields to Balamuri waterfalls
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Picnic breakfast at Balamuri falls
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM: More countryside riding, and visit a jaggery/brown sugar manufacturing unit
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Visit the Ranganathaswamy Temple
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Visit the Armory and the viewpoint at Srirangapatana
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch by the riverfront
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Visit Tipu Sultan’s Palace
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Drive back to Mysore and end of the tour
Please note above-mentioned time schedules are an approximation and may be subject to change depending on traffic halts and unexpected delays.
Our city trails can be made private to suit your convenience with the choice of a private pick up option; a local English-speaking guide will walk with you informing and guiding you through the journey.
Fantastic Tour with Great Guide!
Arun, our guide, was fantastic! He showed us stuff we would have never found on our own. He was tremendously informative, pleasant, and patient. Pace was great, and the food he turned us onto was really good. He did a great job bargaining for us for a purchase from the market. Prompt pickup. All interactions with the company in terms of set up and then getting photos afterward was smooth and efficient.