Roads with no other souls in sight.
The Melagiri Challenge
Join us on this 130 km ride through the tranquil Aiyur forest region in the Melagiri hills of Tamil Nadu. Be prepared for a breathtaking day tour in some challenging terrain. Our carefully mapped out biking routes here weave through hills, forests, farms and several water bodies. Long distance riding can’t be more fun than this!
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April 13, 2019
Activity Level Tough
Group Size Medium Group
Join us on this 130 km ride through the tranquil Aiyur forest region in the Melagiri hills of Tamil Nadu. Our route weaves through hills, forests, farms and several water bodies. Long distance riding can’t be more fun than this! The ride includes an intense climb up a hill and through a pristine forest. The sheer beauty of these landscapes will make you forget your tiring legs.
It is not mandatory for everyone to ride the entire distance that’s planned. You could hop into the support vehicle if you wish and still enjoy the rest of the journey in this enchanting land.
Meeting point: https://goo.gl/maps/8h4wUUcpK8B2
Meeting time: 5:30
Total Riding distance: 130 km
Elevation Gain: 1000 m
1. Helmet if you’re bringing your own cycle
2. A 2 or 3 Litre hydration pack that’ll fit in a small backpack or 2 water-bottles
3. A small backpack to carry your water and personal belongings. Travel light!
4. Any personal medication
5. Padded Cycling shorts
6. Bicycle lights, front and back
7. We’ll be providing electrolytes, fruits and dry fruits on the rides. Please carry any preferred energy bars etc.
8. Comfortable dry-fit clothing for the ride.
9. Riding sunglasses
10. Riding gloves
11. Sunscreen if you need it
12. Make sure your bike is serviced and ready for the ride!
– guided cycling and curated travel experience
– bicycle transport
– support vehicle
– mechanic support
– breakfast & lunch
– ride refreshments
– first aid support
– Rental Bikes (available as an optional add-on)
– transportation of riders (car-pooling will be organized)
Meeting point: https://goo.gl/maps/hpvTRsoaqYt
The ride starts at 5:45 from this location.
We’ll be stopping for breakfast at the 35 km mark in a farm and cafe that’s nestled in the Melagiri range. Expect sumptuous home-cooked food.
We’ll loop back to the same cafe for lunch after finishing the climb. Lunch will be at the 90 km mark.
The targeted finishing time is 6:30 pm, when we’ll have some tea/coffee before departing to Bangalore.
Taking a break to soak in the sights
An elephant pond in the Aiyur forest
Scenes from the trail
Those valley views!
Melagiri's beauty at dawn
Lug it up that hill!