5 Must-Do Road-Trips around Bangalore you probably did not know about!

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Come weekend, and a lot of us wonder which is that place we can ride to, which won't have the huge herds of tourists!

Here are some 5 epic day-trips you must do on a motorcycle around Bangalore, not just for the destination itself, but for the awesome country roads with minimal civilisation they take you through!

1. Chunchi Falls

Located 90 kms from Bangalore, Chunchi Falls is a beautiful waterfall that sees very little tourists even on weekends. It takes you through some beautiful interior roads with a huge number of households involved in silk worm farming! The motorcycles can ride up till one point, after which you need to trek down a hill to get to the waterfall. Now would be the best time to ride here, with the sun not being very harsh, and the waterfall being in full flow!

Picture Credits: Stories of Kabeera

Photo of Chunchi Falls, Madarahalli, Karnataka, India by Shubra Acharya

Must Visit: One of the many houses that is involved in silk-work farming

Ride Time: 2-3 Hours depending on which part of Bangalore you start from

Picture Credit: Stories of Kabeera 

Photo of 5 Must-Do Road-Trips around Bangalore you probably did not know about! by Shubra Acharya

Route: Take a left at Kanakapura, and ride for 21.5 kms and then take a left turn into a much smaller track. 6.5 kms from the turn, and you reach the last point till where motorcycles can ride.

2. Dzogchen Monastery

Located 187 kms from Bangalore, Dzogchen Monastery is a beautiful Tibetan Buddhist Monastery & Tibetan Settlement. The whole place has great energy and vibes, similar to that of the Tibetan Monastery of Bylakuppe. The ride is through the road less taken ahead of Kanakapura towards Satyamangala Forest, with its lush greenery and serene landscape.

Picture Credit: Vijai Sai 

Photo of Dzogchen Monastery, Marehalli, Karnataka, India by Shubra Acharya

Must Visit: The Monastery itself

Ride Time: 1.5 - 2 hours

Picture Credit: Varun Rao

Photo of 5 Must-Do Road-Trips around Bangalore you probably did not know about! by Shubra Acharya

Route: Bangalore- Kanakapura- Malavalli- Kollegala- Dzogchen Monastery

3. Tonnur Kere (Lake Tonnur)

Located 140 kms from Bangalore in Mandya district off the Bangalore-Mysore highway, Tonnur Kere is a vast lake famous for its pristine waters and gorgeous landscape. Although Tonnur Kere has gained popularity in recent years, it should be on your list of places to ride to, for the sheer size of the lake and its beauty! It even offers a small bit of off-roading for those of you seeking some off-road adventure :)

The trek up the hillock and the view of the lake

Photo of Tonnuru Kere, Mandya, Karnataka, India by Shubra Acharya

Must-visit: The trek up the hillock alonside the lake for the best view of the lake

Ride TIme: 1.5-2 hours

Route: Bangalore- Mandya- Pandavapura- Tonnur Kere

4. Hogenakkal, off the usual path

While Hogenakkal is a popular tourist attraction, try this alternate route to get to Hogenakkal, avoiding the route that everyone takes!

Winding roads with fresh forest air!

Photo of Hogenakal Waterfalls, Hoganakkal, Tamil Nadu, India by Shubra Acharya

It takes you alongside the river Kaveri for many miles, has winding ghat roads amidst lush forests, beautiful villages with distant views of the surrounding hills and little bylanes with absolutely no people!

River Kaveri for company..

Photo of 5 Must-Do Road-Trips around Bangalore you probably did not know about! by Shubra Acharya

Total Distance: 280 kms

Must Visit: This route mentioned below

Ride Time: 8 hours, for the entire loop from Bangalore to Bangalore

Route: Bangalore- Hosur- Rayakottai- Palacode- Pauparapatti- Pennagaram- Hogenakkal- Anchetty- Hosur- Bangalore

5. Somanathapura Temple:

Somanathapura is home to one of the finest architectural temple by the Hoysala Dynasty- Chennakesava Temple. Located 140 kms from Bangalore close to Mysore, the ride along Kanakapura road and further is a delightful one! The Temple also leaves one astonished at the beauty of the sculptures, both on the walls and on the ceilings of the Temple way back in 1268.

Photo of Somanathapura, Karnataka, India by Shubra Acharya

Must Visit: Chennakesava Temple

Ride Time: 2-2.5 hours

The beautiful sculptures of the Temple

Photo of 5 Must-Do Road-Trips around Bangalore you probably did not know about! by Shubra Acharya

Route: Bangalore- Kanakapura- Sathanuru- Malavalli- Bannur- Somanathapura

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