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Penukonda Sunrise Circuit with a Korean Supermarket | Short rides from Bengaluru

Racetrack-level twisties, a beautiful sunrise view point, a historical fort in ruins and a Korean supermarket with authentic, delicious Korean snacks makes the Penukonda sunrise circuit, a delight to ride on a motorcycle. 💯❤️

Best Roads to ride in India - Penukonda Hill
Curves ❤️
Motorcycle Touring in Penukonda
Majestic Views – All Along 🥰
2013 Yamaha YZF R1 at the Penukonda Hill ride

The Penukonda sunrise circuit, a 280 kms ride loop – takes one through the dual-carriage straight NH-44 till Penukonda, onto the racetrack-finish curves leading to the beautiful sunrise view point, followed by the ruins of the Penukonda Fort and then to Seoul Store, a full-range Korean supermarket with authentic Korean snacks, beverages and more.

Post this one can head back to Bengaluru via 2 routes.

  • Penukonda > Pavagada > Madhugiri > Tumkur > Bengaluru 
  • Ride back the NH44 via Penukonda > Bagepalli > Devanahalli > Bengaluru
Weekend ride to Penukonda hill and fort from Bengaluru
At the summit of Penukonda Hill 😊
BMW 1200 GS at Penukonda Hill - Weekend ride from Bangalore
Beautiful curves leading up the Penukonda Hill
More Curves ❤️ | More than my camera could capture 😬
Touring on the 2013 Yamaha R1 near Penukonda

Useful Information:

  • Best Time to Ride:
    • Early morning
    • Avoid weekends, since the traffic back in Bengaluru kills the mojo of the beautiful ride ☹️
    • Try to leave early to catch the sunrise on the Penukonda Hill – it is a beautiful place to unwind, hang-out, take pictures and chill.
  • Road & Route Condition:
    • Perfect for a super sport, fantastic tarmac all along
    • Ideal for Solo Riders, Women Riders and small groups of upto 4-6 motorcyclists
    • The racetrack-like twisties leading to the sunrise point and to the top of Penukonda hill is a short one, but has fantastic view points all the way up – so ride it slow, soak-in the views and respect the speed limits.
  • Must-Carry Items:
    • Carry snacks and drinking water
    • If an adv friend is tagging along, carry some snacks in the panniers/top-box, a nice flask of filter coffee, to sit at the sunrise view point, sip, chat and relax 🥰
  • Be Responsible, DO NOT DISCARD WASTE around the Penukonda Hill and its ruins, carry them back in a plastic bag and discard in a proper dustbin
  • Look out for the monkeys in the vicinity
  • Premium Fuel Stations Enroute:
    • Plenty of IOC XP95 bunks + Shell Premium fuel stations until turn from the NH44 to Penukonda town
  • Public Toilets: No designated public toilets are available enroute
  • Total Circuit Distance: 280 kms 
  • Full Route:
    • Esteem Mall, Hebbal, Bengaluru > Devanahalli > Bagepalli > Penukonda hill > Seoul Store, Penukonda > Hotel Vyshali, Penukonda > Bagepalli > Devanahalli> Esteem Mall, Hebbal, Bengaluru
    • Google Maps Link of the route:
  • Seoul Store, Penukonda:
    • Open from 8 am, The Seoul Store on NH-44, Penukonda [Google Maps Link] is a slice of mini-Korea here stocking most of the Korean snacks, sauces, instant noodles, bakery items and cold beverages.
    • The Korean snacks and beverages are expensive, but if you fancy their cuisine – its worth a try!
    • Must Eat: Tankboy Grapes Ice cream (they have multiple fruit-based flavours of the same) | Costs INR 180 
    • Motorcycle Parking: free parking outside the supermarket 
    • Mode of payment: accepts cash, debit, credit cards and UPI only
    • On the 1st Floor is a Korean Restaurant – which opens only by 11 am. We couldn’t taste the food here, but I am bound to return for a lunch ride.
Tankboy Grapes Icecream at Seoul Store Penukonda
Refreshing Korean Icecream inside the plastic bottle 😬 | Tankboy Grapes Icecream 😬
  • Breakfast Stop:
    • Hotel Vyshali Family Restaurant, Penukonda [Google Maps Link] | The food is decent, not lip-smacking good. Among the limited breakfast options Enroute, Hotel Vyshali fares better
    • Must Eat: Idly vada, Puri Sagu, filter coffee, Masala Dosa
    • Motorcycle Parking: free parking outside the hotel 
    • Mode of payment: accepts cash and UPI only [No credit/debit cards are accepted]
  • Take it easy and relish the ride: while the circuit distance may seem long, don’t get hustled, ride at your comfortable pace, soak-in the views, cherish the time with your motorcycle group and enjoy the ride 😊
Penukonda Hill Motorcycle Weekend Ride from Bengaluru
Touring on the 2013 Yamaha YZF R1 WGP 50 Anniversary Edition in India

The Penukonda sunrise circuit is a fantastic loop to ride, take pictures, chat with your buddies and just chill, it’s not a touristy circuit, ideal for an unwind ride 🤟🏻


✅ Wear Full Riding Gear

✅ Be courteous, Respect the speed limits on public road/highways & Go Easy on the throttle while crossing a village

✅ Hammer the racetrack, pace the street

✅ DO NOT Litter, carry back your disposable bottles/snack wrappers etc

Racetrack like roads in Penukonda

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