Biligiri Hills -Karnataka
|Biligiri Hills is a must for any person who wants to release his drudgery and stimulate his spirit by basking in the joy of natural glory. Located almost 120km from Mysore and 247kms from Bangalore, the picturesque Biligiri Hills are situated between the rivers Cauvery and Kapila. Biligiri signifies 'white capped', though the hills are hued in shimmering blue colours. Rising to a height of almost 5,091 ft above mean sea level, the hill extends from north to south for approximately sixteen kms. To the west, the lower hills are sheltered with wet deciduous forestry where elephants roam in abundance.
The cheeping of the birds and the buzzing of the bees wake up the wildlife from their daily doze. A portion of Biligiri Hills is regarded sacred by Sholaga people. Sholaga people are the natives of Biligiri Hills. About five thousand Sholaga people reside in this area and practice hunting and shifting cultivation .In 1974 the region was declared as the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary. It encompasses a total area of approximately five hundred and forty kms above sea level. A simultaneous ban was imposed on shifting agriculture and hunting. In order that they were not completely estranged from their occupations, a small portion of land was allocated to them. Finally, they could carry on agricultural activities.
Another interesting getaway from Mysore for nature enthusiasts is the Biligiri Rangana Hills popularly known as the B.R.Hills. Though these hills are famous for the ancient temple on top of the hills, it is also home to a lesser-known wildlife sanctuary. The Biligiri Rangana Hills are 120kms from Mysore. The Billigiri Rangana hills are ideally located between the Cauvery and Kapila rivers. It is at a height of about 5, 091 feet above sea level and runs north to south for about 16kms. The lower hills are covered with rich deciduous forests that are home to a large number of elephants.
The wildlife sanctuary covers an area of about 550sq.km. and is inhabited by a number of animals including elephants, sloth bears, bison, deer, porcupines and a number of other wild animals. It is said that the sanctuary has more than 250 species of birds like the Paradise Flycatcher, Racquet Trailed Drongo and the Crested Hawk Eagle, to name a few. The sanctuary is inhabited with such a large population of wildlife that one does not have to go looking for them. There is accommodation in the sanctuary in the form of Jungle lodges and resorts. The best time to get a good look at the wildlife is at dawn.
|Nearest City: Bekkattur|
|Best time to visit: September to May|
|Temperature Winter 9°C to 16°C minimum and Summer 20°C to 38°C maximum|
|The picturesque Mysore city, famed for its panoramic vistas, architectural edifices and age-old history is one of India's much coveted tourist destinations. A visit to this splendid historic city is more enriching for tourists opting for a quick getaway from the city. In fact the weekend trip from Mysore to Biligiri Rangana Hills or B.R.Hills has attracted legions of aficionados who keep returning to the city for more.|
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Fishing in the Cauvery waters is an experience that tourists would remember for a long time. The river flows through stones, rocks and deep ravines and then falls from the Deccan plateau to lead to the formation of the waterfalls of Barachukki and Gaganachukki.The Cauvery is the natural habitat of the Mahseer fish. This fish is the greatest game fish in the world and it is sheer delight to fish for it in the waters of the river. The tourists are however not allowed to take the Mahseer home. Instead they have to release it back into the waters to prevent the fish from being extinct altogether.
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|The Biligirirangaswamy Temple:
The Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple (BRT) Wildlife Sanctuary derives its name from the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple, located atop a hill, of primitive origin. Venkatesha, better known as Ranganatha is the principal deity.Kanchikote is another place that deserves mentioning. These are remnants of an ancient fort constructed by `Gangaraja of Shivanasamudra`. In the areas close by, one finds ample scope of excursion. Mysore, the City of Palaces, is an ideal locale where tourists from Biligiri Hills can visit every now and then. Amba vilas, Jaganmohana palace, Lokaranjan Mahal and Crawford hill are some of the magnificent palaces which should not be missed.
Himavad Gopalaswamy Hills:
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Dodda Sampige Mara:
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How to reach?
|Nearest Railway Station:Bangalore Railway station|
|Nearest Airport:Bangalore at 254 km airport|
|Road Transport:The sanctuary is easily accessible by road being 100 km from Bangalore, 85 km from Mysore via Malavalli and 245 km from Ooty. There are couple of buses running from Mysore everyday|
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Mysore Palace is among the best and biggest palaces that are built in India. Situated in Mysore city, the palace has become the most known structure of not only Mysore, but of Karnataka. The palace is also called Amba Vilas, was not build how it looks today. It was completely build of wood but it was burnt down in the year 1897. A new palace was constructed at the same spot which was completed in the year 1912. The palace is also famous for the numerous artifacts that are kept on display in the museum inside the palace. On all Sundays and national holidays, especially during Dussehra, Mysore Palace is lit up with around 1 lakh bulbs at night. And it is at this time most visitors visit the palace. The sight of the illuminated Mysore Palace will leave an indelible impression on your mind. Dussehra is celebrated with huge fervor and main attraction is the procession that starts from the Mysore Palace accompanied by embellished elephants, musical bands and unimaginable crowd of colorful people.
Chamundi Hill Temple:
Lalitha Mahal Palace:
Sri jayachamarajendra art gallery:
Belur and Halebid:
Biligiri Rangana Hill:
Did you know that, wild elephants in a certain place get so annoyed with white milestones that they literally deracinate them and fling them around like a Frisbee? Well if you didn't know this, let me tell that this happens in B.R. Hills. It is for this reason that here the milestones are painted in yellow and green. Camp under a canopy of stars that shine brighter here. This is one place where you can shrug off your worries, fill your lungs with pure fresh mountain air and rejuvenate your soul. You are irresistibly drawn to the enchanting forest. This is home to many species of wild animals like Gaurs, Chitals, Sambhars, Bears, Elephants, Panthers and Tigers. Marvel at the splendor of nature. Get richer with the little nuggets that naturalists are always passing on. Climb over 150 steps or drive amidst spectacular settings to get to the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple.
This famous pilgrim centre, situated in picturesque surroundings, is about 133 km west of Mysore. There is a good motorable road from Kollegal to the top of the hill. The temple dedicated to Sri Mahadeswara attracts a large number of devotees from all parts of the country throughout the year, particularly during festivals like Mahasivaratri, Ugadi, Dasara, Deepavali and Mahalaya Amavasaya. There are bus services from Mysore.
mercara (madikeri) mysoreHeadquarters of Coorg District, situated 120 km from Mysore on the Mysore-Mangalore highway. This is a tourist spot of great fascination because of the rich scenes of enchanting loveliness with flowering hills, dense ever-green forests, coffee plantations, c, orange groves, pepper and cardamom plantations, and extensive paddy fields. The climate is salubrious. The Omkareshwara temple here is a curious and skilful blend of Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture. Talakaveri, the birth place of the river Kaveri is nearby.
Sri Lakshmi Venkataramanaswamy temple:
This bird sanctuary is located on the backwaters of river Kaveri. Nature has made small islands here to facilitate the birds to stay and breed here. Birds from far off places like Siberia, North America migrate here every year to breed new ones and fly back to their own place. The Department of Forests has made arrangements of boating inorder to watch the birds. Every year during May and September you can see large variety of birds here. There is separate entry fees for entry into the bird sanctuary and for boating.
GRS Fantasy Park:
Balamuri and Edamuri:
A view from the Kabini River Lodge proves to be absolutely breathtaking. Patches of bright blue pools hidden between the trees, the sun peeping through the thick forest and animals roaming free. Breathe in the refreshing air, whistle with the wind and carry home timeless memories. Elephants playing catch, Leopards on the prowl, Antelopes jumping across the bushes, Or maybe even a tigress with her cubs. These are indeed pictures that you'll treasure for a lifetime. And no one can offer it better than Kabini.
Bandipur National Park:
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Aishwarya Petrol Pump:Mysore,Karnataka,India
|Royal Orchid Metropole Hotel:5, Jhansi Lakshmi bai Road,Mysore,Karnataka,India,ph:0821 5255566
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Government Hospital Nanjangud:Nanjangud, Mysore, Karnataka,India
ESI Hospital:Nanjangud, Mysore District, Karnataka,India
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