Cycling Around Auroville
To explore Auroville on a cycle is a neat thing to do. The many cycle paths, maps are available at the Visitors Centre, take you off the main roads and paint quite a different picture of the township. Cycles can be rented in guest houses and at the Visitors Centre.
Once you have spent some time in the Auroville jungle exploring the nooks and crannies you might want to check out the vicinity and the cycle is the perfect companion for that.
Roughly to the north is the Kaliveli tank or lake. It is a seasonal wetland with a gradient from freshwater to brackish water. It is an important feeding point for migratory birds. There is a small road that leads from Koluveri (stop and look out for the two banyan trees with flying foxes in them) to Karattai along the edge of the tank. Be careful though, after heavy rains some of the road is flooded and you are either very adventurous or you better avoid it after the rainy season.
Close to Karattai is Uppuvelur which has an interesting Jain statue.
To the west of Auroville you can find plenty of granite mines. The single tracks between them are a heaven for mountain bike riders who like it a bit rough. If you get lost in the maze of mines ask for Mailam Road which will bring you quickly back to Auroville.
To the south-west of Auroville is Osudu Lake.
There are several ways to reach the lake and get back. If you look it up on a map check out Poothurai Rd which is the most direct way and probably the nicest one. And since you are there already have a look at the Gingee River. It is dry most of the time but even the river bed is worth a visit. Follow TV Malai Main Rd to the west and you get to a bridge that spans the river.
For more information about cycling in and around Auroville you may want to visit Aurovelo. Our local cycle shop with café. They also have the most experienced cycle mechanics around should you encounter a problem with your ride.
The cycle enthusiasts hang out there and it is often their starting point. There are several groups that leave on fixed times during the week and depending on how far you want to venture out you can join one group or the other.