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Chikka Tirupathi (Temple)

  • One way distance – 38 km
  • Elevation – 254 m

Venkateswara temple is built in Dravidian architecture and the exact history of the temple is not known. The inscriptions in Mysore records indicate that the temple is a few centuries old. The temple has a 5-tiered gopura. The temple tank is located north of the temple. The central shrine houses the image of Venkateshwara in standing posture. There are two precincts around the temple. From the entrance tower, the central shrine is located in the axis through the Dwajasthamba (flagstaff), pillar of offering and Garuda Mantapa. The image of Garuda, the eagle mount of Venkateshwara, is housed in the Garuda Mantapa, facing the image of the presiding deity (source: wikipedia)

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Pearl Valley / Muthyalamaduvu (Waterfalls, Hiking, Nature)

  • One way distance – 39.5 km
  • Elevation – 252 m

Apart from the small waterfall to visit, there also is a Shiva temple and a pond. A place often visited by Trek enthusiasts, Photographers & for Bird Watching. The place is full of trash and needs massive effort to clean it up.

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  • Hotel Mayura Nisarga owned by KSTDC (pretty ordinary and food isn’t great)
  • Adventure Junkie offers Hiking, Land Navigation course, Camping and Barbecue at this location – http://www.adventurejunkie.in/get-connected/

Pyramid Valley (Meditation,Library)

  • One way distance – 42.9 Km
  • Elevation – 303 m

Great place to Meditate, Learn, Read and Relax. 200+ acres farm nearby overlooking the Ragihalli state forest for Off roading.

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Thottikallu Falls (Waterfalls, Hiking, Nature)

  • One way distance – 30.1 Km
  • Elevation – 223 m

The route passes through Bhootanahalli State Forest. Near by places to visit – stream near CRPF dog training centre. Nice inclines while returning back.

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Hesaraghatta Grasslands (Nature, Bird Watching, Off-road)

  • One way distance – 32.3 Km
  • Elevation – 241 m

Hesaraghatta Lake is a manmade reservoir located 18 km to the north-west of Bengaluru in Karnataka state, India. It is a fresh water lake created in the year 1894 across the Arkavathy River to meet the drinking water needs of the city. Near by places of interest – Nrithyagram, Horticultural research centre, Mushroom farms, Vipassana meditation center. Hesaraghatta is also famous for migratory birds found during winter, 29 species of birds are reported at this location.

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Shivagange (Temple, Trek)

  • One way distance – 51.9 Km
  • Elevation – 451 m

Shivagange is a mountain peak with a height of 805 m. A very well known trekking place. Gangadhareshwara temple, Honnamma Devi temple, Olakal Theertha, Patalagange are found on the hill. The trail is steep and there are many shops along the route. This place needs lot of dustbins and boards to create awareness among pilgrims and trekkers alike. Adventure Junkie did a clean up once and talks are on to do this regularly along with NGO’s from Tumkur district.

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  • Numerous Dhaba’s, coffee day and Mc Donald’s on the Tumkur Highway

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Yediyur (Temple, Reservoir)

  • One way distance – 93.1 Km
  • Elevation – 606 m

Yediyur is a famous pilgrimage center in Karnataka, though called a temple it houses a samadhi of a renowned saint from 15th century. There is a reservoir near by which is worth visiting.

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  • Adventure Junkie conducts cycling tours to Yediyur which includes transportation, support vehicle and food. For more details contact http://www.adventurejunkie.in/get-connected/
  • Accommodation is available at dormitories and cottages managed by the temple trust.

Melukote (Temple, Lakes)

  • One way distance – 146.6 Km
  • Elevation – 1220 m

Melkote is a laid-back temple-town, the temples of Cheluva-Narayana Swamy and Yoga-Narasimha Swamy on the hill and the Kalyani being the center of attraction.
Melukote is 141km from Adventure Junkie, Bangalore making it a perfect place for two days cycling.The mixed terrain offers good challenge and provides the scenic beauty of the villages around cauvery basin.
Melukote in Pandavapura taluk of Mandya district, Karnataka, in southern India, is one of the sacred places in Karnataka. It is built on rocky hills, known as Yadugiri, Yaadavagiri and Yadushailadweepa, overlooking the Cauvery valley.
Melukote is home to the Academy of Sanskrit Research, which has collected thousands of manuscripts.

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  • Mandayam Srivaishnava Sabha (Recommended) : Nagaraju – 09945442337. Well maintained, clean rooms available, delicious home cooked food and a friendly host.
  • Contact us for support vehicle
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Nandi Hills (Temple, Nature, Climb)

  • One way distance – 61.6 Km
  • Elevation – 915 m

Most famed hill destination close to Bangalore. Watch out for the traffic on weekends. Most cycling groups visit Nandi hills often, likely to meet other cyclists on this route than any other. 

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Savanadurga Circuit (Reservoirs, Nature, Trek, Rock Climbing)

  • One way distance – 110.9 Km
  • Elevation – 1221 m

Places to visit – Big Banyan tree, Manchanabele reservoir, Savanadurga hill, TG halli reservoir. 

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Thattekere (Lake, Nature)

  • One way distance – 41.7 Km
  • Elevation – 297 m

Situated in elephant corridor of Bannerghatta National Park and it is a birdwatching place. Another tourist attraction Muthyalamaduvu is nearby.

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Avala Betta (Nature, Hike, Climb)

  • One way distance – 95.4 Km
  • Elevation – 835 m

Located at an approximate distance of 90 KMs from Bangalore, Avalabetta is topping the travel charts of Bangaloreans. Due to its lesser fame, as compared to Nandi hills, Avalabetta is on the list for offbeat travelers. Famous for it’s hanging cliff, Avalabetta attracts many curious travelers from Bangalore.

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Hennur Bamboo Forest (Nature, Off-road)

  • One way distance – 30.1 Km
  • Elevation – 241 m

Popularly known as Hennur Bamboo Forest is officially Marasandra State forest. Great place to Off-road, bird watching and Photography. 

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Lepakshi (Temple)

  • One way distance – 122.4 Km
  • Elevation – 656 m

Lepakshi is a village in the Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh, India. Lepakshi is culturally and archaeologically significant as it is the location of shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Veerabhadra which were built during the Vijayanagara Kings’ period (1336–1646). The temples are the location of mural paintings of the Vijayanagara kings and Kannada inscriptions. Near the temple complex is a large granite Nandi bull. On a hillock known as Kurma Saila, “tortoise shaped hill”, are other temples to Papanatheswara, Raghunatha, Srirama, and Durga. Lepakshi is also famous for puppet show based on Hindu mythology. (Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lepakshi)

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Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp (River, Nature, Fishing, Water Adventures)

  • One way distance – 102.8 Km
  • Elevation – 578 m

A wide range of activities are organised by Jungle Lodges and resorts, They also offer accomodation. http://www.junglelodges.com

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