The Ultimate Guide to BR Hills - Kyathadevarayana Gudi

by Avathi Outdoors | BR Hills - Kyathadevarayana Gudi

May 21, 2024

The Ultimate Guide to BR Hills  - Kyathadevarayana Gudi

BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as the Biligiri Rangana Betta or Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary, was established in June 1974 near the BR Temple. Initially spanning 322 square kilometers, its area expanded in 1987 to 534 square kilometers. Strategically located, it forms an essential link between the Western and Eastern Ghats, facilitating the exchange of genetic diversity between their diverse plant and animal species.

The sanctuary is home to large populations of wild elephants and tigers, as well as gaur, dhole, giant flying squirrel, and the endangered four-horned antelope. BR Hills is a critical wildlife corridor and biodiversity hotspot in Karnataka, known for its stunning natural beauty and cultural significance. The Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple within the sanctuary is a major attraction for devotees. Its accessibility from cities like Bangalore and Mysore makes BR Hills a popular destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

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This article aims to provide the reader with information related to the BRT Tiger Reserve: 

1.About Biligiri Ranganna Hills (BR Hills)

2. About the wildlife of BRT tiger reserve 

3.Things to do  

4. Resorts near BR hills 

5. Best season to visit 

6.Things to do around BR hills 

7. How to reach there  

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About BR Hills

BR Hills, one of Karnataka's Tiger Reserves, holds the distinction of being one of the oldest forests in the region. Initially declared a protected area in 1974 under the Wildlife Act, it gained Tiger Reserve status in 2011. The hills' diverse habitats support a wide range of wildlife, encompassing species from scrub forests, dryer regions, and even those endemic to the wet forests of the Western Ghats. Hosting nearly 270 bird species, recent surveys by birdwatchers and scientists have expanded the known list of birds in BR Hills. The variety of habitats is evident in the different types of birds found in these forests. A drive along the sole road from the north to the south of the sanctuary offers a journey through various forest types within this reserve. 

 

Biligiri Rangana Betta or Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary

About Wildlife of BRT tiger reserve

BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is a haven for diverse wildlife, with elephants, gaurs, tigers, and leopards dominating the landscape. Other inhabitants include sloth bears, wild dogs, deer, wild boars, and Malabar giant squirrels, among other fascinating species. The sanctuary is a paradise for bird watchers, hosting over 250 bird species such as the velvet-fronted nuthatch, gold-fronted chloropsis, and Malabar whistling thrush.

The sanctuary is also home to about 82 tigers, offering visitors a chance to observe these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. The ancient Rangaswamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, sits on the northwestern summit of the sanctuary and has been a sacred pilgrimage site for over five centuries.

Leopard in BR Hills

Perched on the northwestern summit of the sanctuary is the ancient Rangaswamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, serving as a revered pilgrimage center for over five centuries. Immerse yourself in the cultural richness of BR Hills by visiting V.G.K.K-Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra, an NGO actively involved with the local Soliga tribes, offering an opportunity to purchase locally crafted products. 

As the day transitions to evening, gather around a campfire following a wildlife movie. Enjoy the warmth and partake in captivating jungle tales shared by naturalists and fellow guests. Foster camaraderie by exchanging thrilling wildlife adventures or simply lose yourself in the enchanting narratives of the jungle. 

 Tiger spotted in Jungle Safari  

 

Things to do 

  • Wildlife Safari: Embark on guided jeep safaris  in the Biligiriranga Hills Wildlife Sanctuary to spot various wildlife species such as elephants, tigers, leopards, sloth bears, gaurs (Indian bison), and an array of bird species. 

    Jeep Safari in Tiger Reserve

  • Bird Watching: The forests are teeming with over 250 species of birds, including the velvet-fronted nuthatch, gold-fronted chloropsis, blossom-headed parakeet and the malabar whistling thrush – so it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever get enough of this place.

      Peacock

  • Visit the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple: The area is famous for the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Rangaswamy. The temple is located atop a hill and offers panoramic views of the surrounding forests and hills.  

         Biligiri Rangana Betta or Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple  

  • Campfire: In the evenings, enjoy a campfire where you can unwind and share stories with fellow travelers.  

      

  • Wildlife Photography: Capture the breathtaking beauty of the wilderness and wildlife through photography. The camp's serene surroundings provide ample opportunities for wildlife and landscape photography. 

     Tiger amo=idst bushes

  • Dodda Sampige Mara (a large Michelia Champaka tree): A unique attraction is the Dodda Sampige Mara (a large Michelia Champaka tree), believed to be over 2000 years old and worshipped by the Soliga tribe. Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra located here displays preserved tribal information and the biodiversity of the region. 

      Dodda Sampige Mara

 

 

Resorts near BR Hills, BRT Tiger Reserve

1. K.Gudi Wilderness Camp - Jungle Lodge & Resorts 

The accommodations seamlessly harmonize with the natural environment. Visitors have the option to reside in one of the eight twin-bedded tented cottages, each equipped with attached baths, or choose from the three log cabins elevated on stilts. From these abodes, guests can gaze upon distant hills and verdant valleys below, all while being serenaded by the calls of the wild. Additionally, for larger groups, there are two expansive rooms available in the Maharaja's Hunting Lodge. 

In the morning at K. Gudi, the awakening melody comes courtesy of the lively chirping of birds. As the night falls, the gentle glow of hurricane lamps contributes to the idyllic jungle ambiance, creating the perfect setting for a memorable stay. 

 

Tent Package : The package encompasses the chosen accommodation's location, lodging, as well as meals for lunch, dinner, and breakfast. Additionally, it includes a Jeep safari into the BRT Wildlife Sanctuary and the option to choose a Guided Nature Walk instead of the morning safari. 

Amenities include a forest view, on-site restaurant, housekeeping services, hot water availability, free parking, Jeep safari access, private bathroom facilities, drinking water provisions, and convenient charging points. 

K Gudi Wilderness Camp, Tent Stay

 

Loghut Package : The package comprises the chosen accommodation's location, lodging, as well as meals for lunch, dinner, and breakfast. Furthermore, it features a Jeep safari into the BRT Wildlife Sanctuary and the flexibility to choose a Guided Nature Walk as an alternative to the morning safari. 

Amenities include a forest view, on-site restaurant, housekeeping services, hot water availability, free parking, Jeep safari access, private bathroom facilities, drinking water provisions, and convenient charging points. 

K Gudi Wilderness Camp, Loghut Stay

Maharaja Package (SuiteRoom) : The package covers the chosen accommodation's location, accommodation, as well as meals for lunch, dinner, and breakfast. Additionally, it encompasses a Jeep safari into the BRT Wildlife Sanctuary and the option to choose a Guided Nature Walk as an alternative to the morning safari. 

Amenities include a forest view, on-site restaurant, housekeeping services, AC , TV ,hot water availability, free parking, you can also take 2 Jeep safari access, a Balcony, private bathroom facilities, drinking water provisions, and convenient charging points. 

K Gudi Wilderness Camp, Maharaja Accomodation

Room Package : The package comprises the selected accommodation's location, lodging, and meals for lunch, dinner, and breakfast. It also includes a Jeep safari into the BRT Wildlife Sanctuary, with the option to choose a Guided Nature Walk instead of the morning safari. 

Amenities include a forest view, on-site restaurant, housekeeping services, hot water availability, free parking, Jeep safari access, private bathroom facilities, drinking water provisions, and convenient charging points   

K Gudi Wilderness Camp, Room Accomodation

 

2. Serene Retreat In BR HillS 

Experience the ultimate nature retreat amidst the picturesque landscapes of BR Hills, Karnataka. Situated amidst 7 acres of serene forested land, this tranquil haven offers an immersive woodland escape. With a choice of 10 cottages, 1 Tree House, and 1 Tent House, eco-travelers and nature enthusiasts alike find sanctuary here.

Nestled among towering white cedar trees, guests can enjoy invigorating nature walks, savor delicious cuisine, sip on freshly brewed coffee, and indulge in rejuvenating Ayurvedic treatments. Let the soothing melodies of native wildlife lull you into a state of blissful relaxation. Every aspect of your stay is meticulously crafted to seamlessly blend luxury with nature's healing touch. Beyond being a mere retreat, our resort is dedicated to sustainable development. As a community-based Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Centre, we actively support tribal projects and nature conservation efforts, empowering the Soliga community through skill training and meaningful employment opportunities.

 

Tree House : Nestled at the far end of our center, the tree house offers a captivating view of the expansive wilderness. Crafted with utmost care, it harmoniously blends with nature, surrounded by the soothing melody of the forest. Resting upon a sturdy tree trunk, its branches embrace the structure, providing a perfect treetop retreat. Inside, discover a twin bed, single bed, and an outdoor luxurious bathroom with an attached toilet. 

Package includes: Indulge in a complete experience with offerings ranging from delectable meals such as breakfast, lunch, tea, snacks, and dinner to rejuvenating Ayurveda spa sessions, along with engaging activities like bonfires, nature walks, short treks, bird watching, and captivating tribal performances. 

Gorukana, Tree House        

 

Cottage Stay : Our cottages exude simplicity with their stone walls and wood-like flooring, embracing an unpretentious charm. Each cottage features a twin bed, lavish bathroom with attached toilet, and a framed picture resonating its unique name, inspired by the wild inhabitants of this enchanting wilderness. The panoramic beauty of the Western Ghats is showcased through glass sliding windows, enhancing your fleeting Eco-Space experience. 

Package includes: Indulge in a complete experience with offerings ranging from delectable meals such as breakfast, lunch, tea, snacks, and dinner to rejuvenating Ayurveda spa sessions, along with engaging activities like bonfires, nature walks, short treks, bird watching, and captivating tribal performances. 

 Gorukana, Cottage Stay

 

Best Season to visit BR Hills

The BR Hills offers an ideal destination all year round, with October to May being particularly delightful. Situated at an elevation ranging from 1800 ft. to 6000 ft., the sanctuary enjoys consistently pleasant weather throughout the year. Abundant wildlife sightings make it a perfect spot for nature enthusiasts, and the camp remains open year-round to provide continuous opportunities to explore the captivating wilderness. Whether it's the breathtaking views or the diverse wildlife, visiting the BR Hills is always a rewarding experience, thanks to its pleasant climate and excellent wildlife sightings throughout the year.

 

Things to do around BR Hills 

1.Trekking to Doddabetta Peak: Embark on an adventurous trek to Doddabetta Peak, the highest point in BR Hills, for breathtaking views of valleys and forests. Ideal for friends seeking memorable activities in the area, the moderately challenging trail promises a thrilling sense of accomplishment at the summit. Don't miss this must-experience thrill! 

2.Visit to BRT Nature Camp: Situated amid the scenic beauty of BR Hills, the BRT Nature Camp provides an ideal retreat for nature enthusiasts. Enjoy nature walks, coracle rides, and campfire nights in eco-friendly cottages. The camp offers educational sessions on wildlife conservation, making it a great option for family getaways and school trips. 

3. Dodda Hejjur Elephant Camp: For wildlife enthusiasts, a visit to Dodda Hejjur Elephant Camp near BR Hills is a must. This camp provides a unique opportunity to witness majestic elephants up close, observing them being bathed and fed by their mahouts (elephant caretakers).  Explore the thrill of elephant rides at Dodda Hejjur Elephant Camp, creating lasting memories as you interact with these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Undoubtedly, a delightful activity in BR Hills, particularly for families with children visiting the hill station. 

4. Cultural Exploration at Soliga Tribal Village: Discover the cultural heritage of the Soliga tribe by visiting their traditional village near BR Hills. As indigenous people to the region, the Soliga tribe has a profound connection with the surrounding forests. Engage with the tribe, understand their distinctive way of life, and join in their cultural activities. 

5. Meditation and Yoga Retreats: BR Hills offers an ideal backdrop for meditation and yoga retreats, providing a serene environment for self-reflection and rejuvenation. Engage in these relaxing activities amidst the natural beauty of the hills. Experienced instructors will lead you through sessions to harmonize your body, mind, and soul, offering a refreshing break from life's hectic pace. Reconnect with yourself and nature, leaving revitalized. 
 

How to Reach? 

By Air: Nearest airport: Kempegowda In­ternational Airport, Bengaluru (235km/ 4.5hrs).  Mysore Domestic Airport is the closest airport located 79 Kms away. 

 

By Rail: Nearest railhead: Mysore Junction (104km/ 2hrs).  The nearest railway station is Mysore Station ( 89 Kms ). 

 

By Road: BR Hills is best accessed from Bengaluru via Mysore, Nanjangud, Chamarajnagar and K Gudi Camp. You can also go to BR Hills from Chamarajnagar via Nagavalli on SH81.  One can drive from Bangalore to BR Tiger Reserve which is about 195Kms. 

 

The BRT Tiger Reserve Hills truly offers an unforgettable experience amidst the wilderness of BR Hills. With its spectacular wildlife sightings, majestic accommodations, and diverse range of activities, it promises a one-of-a-kind escape into the heart of nature. With this list of things to do in BR Hills, you can give yourself a vacation filled with the natural beauty of this wildlife paradise. Ready to book a holiday in BR Hills?
You can visit avathi.com or call us at +91 8971202915 for  booking you stay in BRT Tiger Reserve, BR Hills.  

 

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