Kenneth Anderson Trails


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. He wrote about these jungles in an era when MG road was called South Parade and duck hunting was a seasonal treat on Kanakapura Road.

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.

Meeting Time: 6am

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  • Date Activity
    November 22, 2020
  • Activity Level Challenging
  • Group Size Medium Group

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All about the Kenneth Anderson Trails.
This weekend, pedal your wheels along Bengaluru’s wild history, a time when people went duck hunting on Kanakapura Road and man-eaters thrived in these forests. The Kenneth Anderson Trails slither 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.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Curated and guided cycling and travel experience
  • Transportation of bicycles
  • Lunch at a farmhouse.
  • Ride refreshments
  • Mechanical support
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • All expenses during transit and meals not mentioned above
  • Transportation of riders (carpooling will be facilitated)
  • Personal expenses
  • Bike rentals (available as an add-on)
  1. Meeting Time 6:00 a.m.
    • Meet at the starting location
    • We’ll start after a ride briefing and instructions to beginners on the do’s and don’ts of using gears and brakes.
  2. Ride - 40km/70km 6:30 a.m.
    • 40 km Ride with total elevation gain of 500m for Level 2 riders through the Kenneth Anderson trails.
    • 50-70 km Ride with total elevation gain of 650-900m for Level 3 riders.
  3. Lunch After Completing the Ride

    Upon completion of the ride, we’ll have lunch at a farmhouse in Chiguru Farm which is situated in Bilikal Forest, Kanakapura.

The kind of back-country roads we love!

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