Mysore to Goa Ride

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Trip code: 
MIG
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cycling Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–14

Cycle from the stunning palace of Mysore to the sandy beaches of Goa

A fascinating journey through the great kingdoms and civilisations of southern India. From the stunning palace of Mysore to the sandy beaches of Goa, this trip offers the chance to cycle on rural roads through colourful villages, where rural life has remained little-changed for centuries. We explore ancient ruins, elaborate temples and fortified cities, allowing time to explore the sites and sample delicious food along the way.

Highlights

  • Cycle through villages and lively market towns
  • Sample delicious south Indian cuisine such as dosa
  • Marvel at the stunning Mysore Palace
  • A full day to explore the ruins of Hampi
  • Time to relax on the sandy beaches of Goa

Key information

  • 9 nights hotels, 2 nights lodges, 1 night homestay
  • 11 days cycling, plus 1 optional ride, with 100% vehicle support
  • Group normally 4 to 14, plus local cycling leader and driver. Min. age 16 yrs

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Single supplement

11, plus 1 optional ride

Pace:

56km/day (34 miles)

Terrain:

Mostly surfaced roads including plenty of quiet backroads with low levels of traffic, but this does increase when approaching towns.

Day by day breakdown
Day 237.0km/22.0miles
Day 357.0km/35.0miles
Day 461.0km/37.0miles
Day 558.0km/36.0miles
Day 662.0km/38.0miles
Day 765.0km/40.0miles
Day 827.0km/16.0miles
Day 960.0km/37.0miles
Day 1053.0km/32.0miles
Day 1173.0km/45.0miles
Day 1220.0km/12.0miles
Day 1349.0km/30.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    Flights usually depart London in the evening.

  • Day 2

    Start Mysore; leisurely ride to Srirangapatna.

    Those on the group flight arrive in Bangalore early in the morning and transfer by coach to our hotel in Mysore (3.5 hr drive). Please note that we may have to wait until around noon if rooms are not ready. Those travelling independently should meet us in Mysore.

    Our hotel is a charming place to relax, overlooking the Royal Pleasure Gardens. After lunch we'll do our bike fitting, followed by a leisurely ride to Srirangapatna, the ruins of Tippu Sultan's capital. Srirangapatna was destroyed by the British in 1799 during their final battle to secure control of southern India, which consequently led to the death of Tippu Sultan (also known as 'the tiger of Mysore'). The island fortress stands in the middle of the Kaveri River and is held sacred as one of the abodes of Lord Vishnu. We cycle over the bridge to the ruins and explore the old ramparts. We also visit Tippu Sultan's Mosque and the Ranganathaswamy Temple, which are both considered to be one of the most important Vishnu temples in southern India. This evening is free for you to relax.

    Cycle approx. 37km.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Lunch
  • Day 3

    Explore Mysore.

    Today we explore Mysore. From our hotel, we ride through the surrounding countryside, passing fields of dahl and sugar cane, the main crops associated with Mysore. Traditional oxen and cart usually line up outside the villages, which are used to transport the harvested crops. We arrive in the old quarter of Mysore mid-morning, which we explore by foot. We start with a guided tour around Mysore Palace (also known as the Amba Vilas Palace), the official residence of the Wodeyars - the former royal family of Mysore, which ruled the state of Mysore for over seven centuries. The Wodeyar kings first built a palace in Mysore in the 14th Century but it was demolished and constructed multiple times. The current palace construction was commissioned in 1897 and completed in 1912. It was later expanded around 1940. The décor is simply stunning, if a little bit over the top, and the former maharaja is still living in his private quarters. We then have lunch nearby, sampling our first thali; a traditional southern India meal made up of a selection of small dishes served on one plate. A short walk from here is the main bazaar, a fascinating old market area. Later in the afternoon, we cycle back to our hotel.

    Cycle approx. 57km.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Ride from Mysore to Hassan.

    This morning we cycle from our hotel along quiet backroads to Shravanabelagola, a Jain shrine famous for its giant 57ft stone statue of Gommateshvara Bahubali, the spiritual leader of Jainism. The shrine is perched on top of a hill and depicts the spiritual leader standing in a meditation pose, which he maintained for a whole year, hence the vines growing around his legs. The statue is thought to be the largest in the world and was built in 981AD by his followers. It is reached by climbing 614 steps from the small bustling town nestled at the bottom of the hill, which has a lively spiritual atmosphere due to the numerous Jain pilgrims. Every 12 years a spectacular purification ceremony takes place, where the statue is anointed with water and turmeric before being garlanded with flowers. For lunch we try roasted Bajra Methi Poori, a local bread made of millet flour and fenugreek leaves. We then transfer 70km to Hassan. If you still have the energy, there is the option to ride this part.

    Cycle approx. 61km.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Cycle from Hassan to Belur (Karagada).

    After breakfast, we get on our bikes and cycle 31km towards Halbeedu, the 12th Century capital of the Hoysala Kingdom. We explore the ornate Hoysaleshwara temple, with carvings of Hindu mythology and two shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. We spend time exploring the temple before riding another 17km to the old capital of Belur, arriving in time for lunch. The afternoon is free to explore the old city before we ride another 9km to our hotel.

    Cycle approx. 58km.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Cycle to Chickmangalore.

    Today we cycle on village roads towards Chickmangalore, the centre of India's coffee growing region. As we cycle, we'll see that the lower forested hills of the Mullayanagiri mountain range are covered with coffee plantations. Introduced in 1670, Sufi priests used coffee as a medicinal drink before the local population caught on to its revitalising properties. We stop at a coffee museum en route to learn more about the history of the coffee bean in India. We then continue to wind our way along forested roads to a small coffee estate for lunch, which is also our accommodation for the night. The afternoon is free to explore the grounds and enjoy the surrounding nature, with over 150 bird species recorded in the area.

    Cycle approx. 62km.
    Homestay

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Descend and leave to Western Ghats and cycle to Hampi.

    We descend from our homestay and leave the Western Ghats behind for the drier plains below. We're making our way to Hampi today, riding 65km to the fortress town of Channagiri, followed by a 225km transfer (4-5 hrs drive). Hampi is a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest cities from the ancient Vijaynagara Kingdom 1500AD. We stay here for two nights to explore this incredible city cut out from rock. We have time in the afternoon to start exploring some of the sites, but we'll be revisiting the site in more detail tomorrow.

    Cycle approx. 65km.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Explore Hampi.

    Today we explore Hampi by bike. Starting at the Talhari Gatta Gate, we enter the outer city and ride along the old streets, which are lined with thousands of stone pillars. They'll lead us to the Vithalla temple, one of the most iconic temples in India. The famous stone chariot carved from a large rock is found here. We then head to the Courtesan Street and Hampi Bazaar, passing more stone pavilions and temples en route. We can leave our bikes with one of the tea stall vendors, taking time to walk inside the buildings. We then move on towards the river, passing trinket sellers, food stall holders and small dwellings made of brick and boulder.

    In the afternoon we explore the Moghul. The Vijaynagara were defeated in 1565 during a power struggle with the Moghul Empire, who then controlled the region and built a new city. The Mohamaddean Palaces and the military building are still standing today. After a busy day exploring Hampi, we'll eat some delicious street food in the modern part of the town.

    Cycle approx. 27km.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Cycle from Hampi to Dandeli.

    This morning we follow a maze of small roads and foot paths to the main irrigation canal. There are steps on the banks of the canal, which are used as local bathing Ghats. Villagers come here to wash their clothes or to simply cool off. We'll see colourful saris hung out to dry along the canal banks as we cycle along. Reaching the main reservoir, we have a short 10km transfer to avoid the busy roads and large trucks (mining is the main industry here and the deep red soil is full of iron oxide.) Hopping back on our bikes, we cycle west along rural roads towards Goa and see the locals going about their daily life. We'll stop for lunch after 45km, which is then followed by another transfer to Dandeli (approx. 3.5 hrs drive). Dandeli is a small hill station retreat on the banks of the Kali River, and it's also a recognised wildlife sanctuary. The afternoon is free to either relax, explore the town, enjoy a nature walk or an optional white water rafting trip along the river.

    Cycle approx. 60km.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Cycle from Dandeli to Mollem.

    Leaving our forest resort, we enjoy the scenery as we cycle along teak plantation roads towards Castlerock, a village close to Bhagwan Mahaveer National Park. The area is beautiful, with little or no traffic. There is a long but gradual 300m climb for 10km, followed by an undulating section. We are rewarded with a tea and dosa stop at Castlerock, with time to wander around the village. It is then a lovely long descent to the state of Goa, crossing the state border to Mollem. We spend the night at an adventure camp on the Goan side of Bhagwan Mahaveer National Park.

    Cycle approx. 53km.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Ride to Colva Beach, Goa.

    Today we cycle all the way to the coast on mostly quiet backroads (there are some unavoidable busy roads). We stop at the Dudhasagar Waterfalls en route, which cascades 310m down a rocky cliff. A jeep takes us close to the waterfall and we then walk the last 1km. If we're lucky, we'll spot the gray langur and the bonnet macaque monkeys in the tree tops (which are known to steal food - be careful). We leave the waterfall and return to our bikes, passing through a lively market town. It's worth stopping here for some refreshing coconut water. Finally, we reach Colva Beach where we'll stay for the next two nights.

    Cycle approx. 73km.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Free morning to relax; optional afternoon ride to explore the coast.

    Today is free to relax and enjoy what Colva Beach has to offer; local shops, a swim in the sea or the hotel's swimming pool. There is an optional bike ride in the afternoon, exploring some of the other coves south of Colva Beach. We'll return in time for sundown drinks before dinner. The Goan vindaloo curry is certainly worth a try!

    Optional ride approx. 20km.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Ride to Panjim, the capital of Goa. Afternoon free to explore.

    In the morning we cycle to Panjim, the capital of Goa. We pass old Portuguese villas before heading inland to avoid busy roads. Our hotel is located in the heart of the old quarter of Panjim, where the Portuguese influence is strong. Narrow streets are lined with yellow houses and restored mansions, with wrought iron balconies and terracotta roofs. The afternoon is free to wander around Panjim and enjoy the sites, such as the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, built in 1619 and was once frequently visited by the sailors from Lisbon. Whilst wandering around Panjim, you'll find that colonial-era buildings and old bookshops stand side by side with modern shopping malls and backstreet bars.

    Cycle approx. 49km.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Tansfer to Goa Airport; fly to London.

    Those on the group flight will be transferred to Goa Airport for your flight. Land Only clients finish the tour after checking out from the hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

India

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please see the TRIP NOTES for further information.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners included.

Generally you can eat out very cheaply in India. South India is an ideal destination if you are a vegetarian. Lunches on riding days are usually taken in local roadside cafes, allowing us to try typical south Indian dishes such as poori (deep fried bread served with curry), dosa (thin pancake made with fermented rice and lentil batter) and Goan vindaloo curry (milder than the UK version). Tea and soft drinks are very cheap, and there'll be plenty of tea stops so that you can enjoy a cold can, a cup of chai or refreshing coconut water. A (large!) bottle of beer is approximately £3 (approx. US$5). You should allow approximately £10 (approx. US$16.00) per day for lunch and dinner when th

Weather

The most important feature of the Indian climate is the monsoon. The main monsoon strikes the south western coast in late May and sweeps its way northward over the next month or so. The ideal time to visit this area of India is during the dry season (from October to March), but monsoons have been known to be late, so there can still be rain in November. We therefore ask you to note that rain can be expected on November departures. However, it is usually of a short duration and the sun normally comes out fairly quickly afterwards. Days will be hot and the nights warm: the average range of maximum daytime temperatures being between 21ºC and 35ºC and from 6ºC to 20ºC at night. Temperatures can be considerably cooler in the hills and you can expect temperatures to drop to a few degrees above zero at night.

Mysore, India

Goa, India

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 3 (Moderate).

This trip is classified 'Road'. 

No. of days cycling: 11, plus 1 optional ride

Vehicle support: 100%

Average daily distance: 56km/day (34 miles)

Terrain and route: mostly surfaced roads including plenty of quiet backroads with low levels of traffic, but this does increase when approaching towns. Indian roads can be busy so it helps if you are confident and cycled in traffic before. Leaders will brief clients on the rules of the road and we ask that you please listen to them carefully and follow their instructions. There is one sustained climb en route (climbing 10km and gaining 300m), but this is not a steep climb. Some undulating sections follow, but the support vehicle is available at all times if required. The cycling consists of mostly half-day rides, allowing time to explore the sights and relax at your hotel.

Road surfaces can be rough in some places, with potholes. Please bear this in mind if you are bringing your own pedals and clip-in shoes. For those on the group flight, please note that there is a 3.5hr transfer to Mysore upon arrival at Bangalore. Rooms may not be ready immediately once we reach our hotel (check-in is usually noon). There is also a leisurely cycle with sightseeing in the afternoon. It is therefore a busy first day.

This itinerary is great for a first time bike trip or your first visit to India, but there is also plenty of interest for those who have done bike trips with us before in India and want to see a different part of the country.

Please note that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) are responsible for the conservation of many monuments in India and very occasionally this may mean that work is taking place at sites visited on this trip. The ASI's schedule is never published so it is not possible to forewarn our clients of when work will be taking place.

Accommodation

Hotels, lodges and a homestay

9 nights hotels, 2 nights forest lodges, 1 night homestay. The majority of the hotels we use are of a comfortable standard (4-star) with en suite facilities, whilst the lodges and homestay bring a different flavour to the trip; in Mollem we spend the night at an adventure camp at Bhagwan Mahaveer National Park. In Dandeli, we stay in a comfortable forest lodge surrounded by wilderness. The homestay in Chickmangalore is located inside a coffee estate, offering views of the surrounding green valleys and coffee plantations.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

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