Arkavathi Blues

Cycling in the Arkavathi river basin

5-7 hours


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The Arkavati is an important river in Karnataka, originating at Nandi Hills, north of Bangalore in the Chikkabalapur District, and flowing down south through Ramanagara and Kanakapura. It then joins the Kaveri river further south, at Sangama. It forms several waterfalls on its journey, some small, and some large like the Chunchi falls. The region around the southern leg of this river is forested, and either adjoins or is part of one these protected areas - Nandi State Forest, Bannerghatta National Park, Basavanabetta State Forest amd Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary. Our routes skirt around these forests and pass through the many agricultural villages nestled between forest land. The Arkavathi and it's many shades of blue will be in view during several sections of the ride. This is a meticulously crafted adventure cycling tour that combines these elements perfectly - the scenic countryside route, a picnic breakfast, a buffet lunch after the ride, all the support you need during the ride, and a fun group of riders to keep you company from the incredible Pedal in Tandem community!
  • Meeting time: 6:30 am, Meeting point: Backyard Camp (upon request, accommodation can be arranged at Backyard Camp, the night before the ride)
  • The ride begins at Backyard camp and winds towards the Arkavathi Reservoir before heading south-east twards the fringes of the Bannerghatta National Park. The route is a mix of tarmac and some dirt sections. The entire route is in back-country roads, with quiet and scenic surroundings.
    • L2 ride distance: 40 km, elevation gain: 
    • L3 ride distance: 70 km, elevation gain:
  •  A picnic breakfast will be setup at a pretty little spot enroute, and lunch will be served at Backyard camp after the ride.

What do the difficulty levels mean?

The Level 1 (Beginner) rides are ideal for those who want to get back into cycling after a long time and get a taste of bicycle touring. The Level-2 (Moderate) rides are intended for those who've done a few of our Level-1 rides (20-30 km). The Level-3 (Challenging) rides are suitable for those who've done some Level-2 rides (40-60 km) and want to take it up a notch. Level-4 (Extreme) are rides and tours which have a lot of difficult climbs and/or difficult conditions like in high-altitude regions.


What's included in the price of the Experience?
  • Curated experience - managed and operated by expert guides
  • Ride refreshments (electrolytes and energy bars)
  • Mechanic support
  • First aid & emergency management
  • Support Vehicle (where applicable)
What's NOT included in the price of the Experience?
  • Rental bike (available as an add-on, includes transportation)
  • Transportation of your own bicycle (available as an add-on)
  • Breakfast/Lunch (unless mentioned in the inclusions/itinerary/booking options)
  • Personal expenses
  • People transportation to the starting point and back (carpooling will be facilitated)
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Anshul Dhamija

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An awesome new route from the great folks at PiT. Loved it and thoroughly enjoyed my L3 ride. The experience, as always, was sublime. Looking forward to another ride on this route. 
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Rupaparna Sarkar

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What a fabulous route ! Trust PiT to curate this hidden route past rivers and forests. The joy of cycling on these roads with no traffic in sight is simply priceless. Add to that a fab picnic reakfast by the river bank that just elevates this experience completely. Keep on giving us such memorable routes !!!! 
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