Cycling has really grown popular in many ways other than as a sport in the last few years. Commuting to work is becoming a popular trend and is growing. Other than that, it is also being enjoyed to explore forests, beaches and hill stations during family vacations and over the long weekends. In this post, we are covering certain scenic routes in the country which give you the pleasure of a picturesque ride along with a chance to enjoy nature at its best.
- Shimla- Mashobra and beyond
The ever-popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh – Shimla has been quite a hit with the cyclists who wish to get a feel of the crisp mountain air in the serene pine forested roads around. Mashobra which is just 12-15 KMs away can be a quick getaway from the busy markets of Shimla, and makes for a great bicycle ride. A round trip to Mashobra and back will be approximately 30 KMs and is recommended for everybody who has a day in Shimla. For the more adventurous amongst you, a multi-day trip is suggested to go further and explore the various small villages around before looping back to Shimla. An MTB with a lockable suspension in the front to tame these terrains is highly recommended!
- Ooty- Coonoor and beyond
Situated in the Niligiri mountain range is yet another favorite of cyclists- Ooty or Ootacamund as it was named by the British. Roads here are almost always in the best conditions and are therefore frequented by road bikers. Coonoor, situated slightly lower in altitude when compared to Ooty makes for a great day’s ride.
PRO TIP- Avoid the main highway, and choose a scenic route option via Lovedale.
If you plan to stay longer in this region, from Ooty you could also plan to ride to Doddabetta (meaning “Big Mountain) – highest peak in the Nilgiri mountainss at 8650 feet above sea level, and get a bird’s eye view of the region around.
- Munnar-Top Station and beyond
Yet another hill station that cyclists enjoy is Munnar in Kerala. There is a view point known as Top Station, and on a clear day it can be one of best views one can get of the plains below. It’s a 35 KMs ride one way to Top station, but the sheer beauty of the forests, lakes and a beautiful dam all on the way, will make you feel like it is a very short ride. There is also a famous view point towards the south of Munnar, just before which the road manages to sneak into through large rock formations on either side of the road, and is known by the name “Lockhart Gap”. This is located 15 to 17 KMs from Munnar town and makes for a great half day outing on the bicycle.