Kenneth Anderson Trails

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Cauvery North Wildlife Sanctuary

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Sun, 12 Jun 2022

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6-8 hours

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DISTANCE

40-70KM

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MIN. GROUP SIZE

10

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ELEVATION GAIN

500-1000M

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This weekend, pedal along Bengaluru's wild history, a time when people went duck hunting on Kanakapura Road and man-eaters thrived in these forests, an era when MG road was called South Parade. This trail is named after an Indian-born, British author named Kenneth Anderson who explored the many jungles of South India, especially those around Bangalore, in search of man-eating tigers. The route cuts through the forests outside the city, far away from the traffic and deep into the greenery. The clear blue skies blend effortlessly with the lush green landscapes as you cycle through these trails.  You won't see any tigers but you'll certainly have the experience of a lifetime!
 
Kenneth Anderson was the shikhari everyone would call to deal with man-eaters that prowled the jungles that now fall under the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. If you've ever read his haunting tales of the region, you'll know about its rich biodiversity and intriguing folklore. Places such as Jawalagiri (Jowlagiri), Anchetty, Shoolagunta (Soolagunda, Sulekanta), BR Hills spring to mind when one reminisces his enthralling stories. His books never glorified hunting, but did speak a lot about wildlife, weaving through nostalgia-inducing details of the old city of Bangalore and its surrounding forests. His gripping stories are of real-life, near-death adventures on the very roads that we'll traverse. In the memory of the last White Shikari, the trails he frequented are named after him. We'll retrace, if not relive, his adventures on biking routes that snake through the jungles made famous in his books and soak in the charms of a time long past.

Itinerary

  • Meeting Time: 6:00 am 
  • Meeting Point: Chiguru Farm, a beautiful organic farm nestled in the Bilikal state forest
  • We will do a bike allotment & basic fit, followed by a ride briefing, before we start the ride at 6:30 am
  • A major chunk of the ride is through the Cauvery North wildlife sanctuary, passing by Kadushivanahalli, Jowalagiri, Thalli and other villages and townships mentioned in Kenneth Anderson's wildlife adventures 
  • Distance: L2 40 km  |  L3 70 km
  • Cumulative elevation gain (Total Ascent):  500 m  |  1000 m

What do the 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.

FAQs

What's included in this tour?

  • Curated cycling and travel experience
  • Transportation of bicycle
  • Logistics planning
  • Ride refreshments (electrolytes/energy tabs)
  • Scrumptious home-cooked lunch made with organic produce at the farm  - authentic local cuisine
  • Support vehicle that will follow the riders
  • Mechanical support
  • First aid & emergency management

What's not included in this tour?

  • Rental bike (available as an add-on)
  • Breakfast
  • Personal expenses
  • Transportation to the starting point and back (carpooling will be facilitated)
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