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Biligiri Hills One day trip - A Must Visit

blog_Header_10kya_Prathik_150911 The road trip to Biligiri Rangana betta was a wonderful experience The Biligirirangana Hills, commonly called B R Hills, is a hill range situated in south-eastern Karnataka, at its border with Tamil Nadu in South India. Being at the confluence of the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats, the sanctuary is home to eco-systems that are unique to both the mountain ranges. The area is called Biligiriranganatha Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary or simply BRT Wildlife Sanctuary. IMG-20150804-WA0019 The hills are famous for the temple of Lord Ranganatha or Lord Venkatesha which is situated on the highest peak of the hill range. This is also a tiger reserve and if lucky, you will spot tiger, cheetah and many other wild animals, well nothing can be more satisfying than spotting a tiger in a jungle. There are a large number of "champaka" trees together with several covering the area with thick shadow. To the east of the riverbank, of the river Bhargavi (a tributary of the cauvery) stands a gigantic champaka tree, about 43 meter in height and the girth of trunk measuring about 20 meters. Trekker's who are visiting BRT wildlife sanctuary would like to visit Doddasampige by trekking. The forest area is a home for many medicinal and other endemic species. The BR hills links the Eastern Ghats and the Western Ghats allowing animals to move between them and facilitating gene flow between populations of species in these areas. Thus, this sanctuary serves as an important biological bridge for the biota of the entire Deccan plateau.

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IMG-20150809-WA0078 Not many people explore this part of Karnataka Drive towards this place would be a memorable one, you also have an option to go for jungle safari, the weather here is awesome.

How to reach B R Hills : Bangalore - Maddur- Malavalli - BR Hills By Road (From Bangalore): Take the Bangalore – Mysore highway, and drive till Maddur. Turn left after leaving Maddur and drive till you reach Malavalli. Continue driving past Malavalli and get to Kollegala town. BR Hills is another 30 minutes drive from Kollegala. Those who come from Coimbatore can take either KSRTC or TNSTC to reach Chamarajanagar, buses ply every 20 minutes. Train: Nearest train station is in Chamarajanagar, 40 km from BR Hills. Daily 6 trains connect Chamarajanagar with Mysore and one among the six goes to Tirupati via Bangalore. Flight: Mysore Airport is the nearest Domestic Airport, Which has tri-weekly non-stop flights to Bangalore operated by Spicejet. Coimbatore Airport, 185 km from BR Hills, is nearest International Airport. But Coimbatore has less connectivity compared to Bangalore International Airport is 220 km from BR Hills. I suggest people to go visit this place once in his / her lifetime.

Things to keep in mind before starting: There is no food available on the way, you need to take away food near Maddur or take away from KFC / Dominos on Mysore highway Weather is chilled, warm clothes are recommended Do not miss to visit the BR hills Safari. You must be lucky to spot tigers Stags, deers and elephant are common sightings Weather is pleasant around 19 degree, slight drizzle, make sure you are equipped accordingly Food Facility : No food , you will get food if you stay nearby home stay or resort. If you are going for one day outing you need to take away food. Do not throw plastic and play loud music. Your vehicle will be checked and you will have to sign in and sign out. The only vehicle available is Jeep

About Author: I am from Bangalore and I plan for outings every 15 days, I am an engineer working with an MNC and am always on the lookout for new places to get myself rejuvenated. It adds a rush to my adrenaline whenever I imagine a tiger spotted in a forest. I am passionate about travelling in uncharted areas of my state Karnataka.

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