B.R.Hills is situated 90 Km from Mysore and 230 Km from Bangalore.
The ancient temple on top of the white cliff situated at 5091 feet above sea level is dedicated to Lord Sri Ranganatha. The idol was installed by sage Vashishtha and it is in a standing posture dressed as a hunter complete with a dagger in the belt. The idol is very appropriate to a place surrounded by forests with wild animals roaming free. You can either drive up to the temple or climb 150 steps to reach the beautiful and quaint temple. The annual car festival is held during the Hindu month of Vaishakha i.e., April – May according to Gregorian calendar.
A walk behind the temple gives a bird’s eye view of the vast forests spread below and shhhh! Listen, sometimes you will hear the roar of a tiger. And yes we did hear it!! The locals explained that the roar is due to the success of the tiger’s hunt. A roar of triumph! It was a treat and though we could not see the tiger, just the thought of it lurking somewhere below tearing its prey apart was thrilling enough.
The Biligiri Ranga Hills wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 540 sq. km around the temple and the bio diversity found in this region is unique as this is place where the western and eastern ghats meet. The hills are adjacent to Satyamangalam and Male Mahadeshwara hill ranges. The highest peak is the Kattari Betta, which is 5400 feet above sea level.
Accommodation:Jungle Lodges and Resorts are available. Even you will also get Forest Department guest house and PWD Inspection bungalow in BR Hills. You can book Jungle Lodges of BR Hills from Bangalore itself. If you want stay in Resort you need to take permission from the Forest Department at Chamarajnagar.
Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd.
II Floor,Shrungar Shopping Centre
M.G.Road,Bangalore – 560 001.
Tel: 92-80-5597021, 5597024, And 5597025, Fax: 91-080-5586163.