BR Hills is picturesque tourist spot is situated on the south eastern edge of Karnataka. It is at a height of 5091 ft and serves as a link between the Eastern Ghats and the Western Ghats. Drained by the Cauvery and Kapila rivers, BR Hills is a tourist’s paradise. The diversity of the vegetation is mind blowing. It has evergreen, deciduous, dry and scrub and even high-altitude vegetation. Tourists can expect to come across some rare plants and trees. The rich vegetation of BR Hills in turn supports a wide variety of fauna. There are a lot of different types of animals roaming lazily through the forests of the region. The place is also home to a large number of exotic birds. Tourists can expect to have a great holiday sighting the different animals and birds they had only heard of ! This place is inhabited by the Soliga tribe. They are a semi-nomadic tribe and live in the interiors of the region. They engage in shifting cultivation and keep moving from one place to the other within the forest. Tourists can buy the many local crafts that they sell. There is a coffee estate in the region which was started by a foreigner. Tourists can definitely pay a visit to this site. Another tourist spot in the area is the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple dedicated to Lord Ranganatha. There is a car festival of the deity held every year. Pilgrims come from far off places to take part in the festival. BR Hills, with its pleasant ambience makes for an ideal tourist destination. Best season to visit BR Hills is from October to May, even though the Sanctuary, the main attraction of the BR Hills, is open throughout the year. March to May is good in B R Hills with pleasant climate and is good to visit Sanctuary in a dry climate.
Category : Wildlife
Time Zone: UTC + 5:30 Hours
STD Code: 54671
Info Website: brhills.com
Best Time to Visit: October – May
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How to ReachEdit
By Air : Nearest domestic airport is Mysore which is at a distance of 97 km from BR Hills. Mysore is connected to Bangalore by regular flights.Taxi facilities are available from the airports. It charges about Rs 1,500 from Mysore.
By Train : Nearest railway station to BR Hills is Mysore, which is nearly 90 km away. Taxi charge from Mysore to BR Hills is about Rs 1,500. Mysore is well linked to other cities in India by train through Bangalore Majestic railhead. Regular train services are available from Mysore to Bangalore.
By BUS : KSRTC buses connect BR Hills with other cities in and around. Regular transport public buses are available from B R hills to Mysore, Chamarajnagar, Kollegal and Kanakapura.
By Taxi : BR Hills is well connected by a road network and national highways. The tourist can reach to BR Hills by taxi. The normal Indian taxi charges of Rupees 8 to 20 will be charged for each km.
By Other : N.A.
Economy – Up to Rs. 801 to Rs. 1200
- Akasa BR Hills Bandipur ; Opposite to PWD Guest House,Temple Road,BR Hills, 571441 ; Ph – N.A. ; Facilities – Doctor on call,Travel Desk, 24-hour front desk, 24-hour room service,Air conditioning, Laundry, Parking.
Deluxe – Up to Rs. 801 to Rs. 1200
- Rajathadri Hill Villa ; Yelandur Main Road, B.R.Hills, Karnataka – 571441 India. ; Ph – N.A. ; Facilities – Travel Desk, 24-hour front desk,24-hour room service,Air conditioning,Conference facilities,Elevators, Laundry,Parking.
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Car festival ; Venue: N.A. ; Period : April ; Details: The 10-day festival began on April 18 and will conclude on April 28. The ‘Ranganathaswamy Dodda Theru utsava’ will be held on April 25.The chariot, garudagamba and the main entrance have been renovated in view of the festival. Flag hoisting and a religious ceremony will be held at 11.10 am. The chariot was decorated on Wednesday. About 100 buses will ply to the hills from all directions on Thursday. Basic amenities like drinking water and toilet facilities have been provided. Use of plastics and animal sacrifice have been banned on the hill. Mass feeding has been arranged for the benefit of devotees, who are expected to arrive in large numbers.
Safety / WarningEdit
1. Beware of pickpockets as BR Hills is a major tourist city in India.
2. Beware of fake items. Better to buy from reputable shops even though you have to pay more.
Ambulance : 102
Fire Brigade : 101
Police : 100