The Turahalli forest range is Bangalore’s only surviving forest. It boasts of one of the most scenic views and a variety of flora and fauna which makes it a must-visit location if you’re in Bangalore. It is located only 20kms into the outskirts of the city and gives visitors a chance to engage themselves in a wide range of activities.
Cycling is one of the most common activities here. You will spot a few casual weekend cyclists riding through the thin canopies of the trees every weekend. But the grueling uphill trails and the exhilarating downhill
At first glance, cycling here may seem like an endeavor for the experienced lot. But the trail also serves as a good opportunity for beginners to test and learn new
The Journey into the Forest
We took a right turn to exit from the main road at Vajarahalli into the Turahalli forest. It was a welcoming dirt trail continuing on for a kilometer until we reached a steep incline for another 300m.
For this ride, I was on the
The narrow uphill forest path finally led us to a temple located at the summit. The summit opened up to a wide space with big boulders. The weekend-backpack-trip was worth it in the end just for the view and feel from the top —the chirping of the birds, the fresh air blowing through the trees, the smell of earth, and the wide expanse of the forest range below.
Tip: There was plenty of room on the summit for parking bicycles and for some stretching, relaxing and snacking before heading back down. Also, there are many alternate routes to get to the top. A new one for every time you visit?
The Coppernicus T3 Electric Bicycle
Among electric bicycles in India, the
Traditional mountain bikes or even advanced MTBs accomplish the task, however, the T3’s frame build, components, and the precision all-weather hydraulic braking system make the manual mode better. Riding with the electrical-assist is like an add-on layer that makes the ride effortless and enjoyable during the climbs, and the throttle mode allowed me to cruise along the trail silently when I was spotting some birds.
Turahalli Cycling Trail: Conclusion
The scope of activities at this iconic location is little known to even long residing Bangalore locals. However, apart from cycling, the Turahalli forest is also a great spot for trekking, bird watching, and picnics.
Cycling for me is a meditative experience. Somedays I just want to kick back and enjoy the journey. Today was exactly that day. I can easily say that the
So this weekend,
Written by: Varun
About the author:
Varun is an avid cyclist and loves to take on challenges. He reckons that cycling not only keeps the body fit but also allows for better mental well being. He has always been a believer
ofelectric bicycles and feels that they will transform the future of transport.