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BR Hills

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Best Time: Apr-Oct Read More

Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Nearest Airport: Coimbatore Check Flights

"Of picturesque and exotic flora and fauna"

BR Hills Tourism

The Biligiriranga hills, or the BR Hill as they are better known, are a bit of heaven between the Western and the Eastern Ghats, with a wonderful floral diversity and a vast variety of fauna as well.

Its rich natural beauty is home to a number of exotic animals and birds, and one can spend the most enjoyable times here spotting these. The places which you must visit while here are the Dodda Sampide Mara which means big Champak tree and is a spiritual site which holds a thousand year old tree, Biligiri Rangaswamy temple, a coffee estate and BRT wildlife sanctuary. The terrain here will also let you indulge in activities such as trekking, river rafting and fishing. One can also take home local artifacts and handicrafts popular here.

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K.Gudi Wildernes Camp

BR Hills offer an elusive natural beauty to its travellers. The camp opens for you an opportunity to closely view the wonders of nature. Take on to a jungle safari and get a chance to view elephant, gaur and leopard terrain. If you are lucky enough, your eyes might catch tigers. Jeep rides to the forests, along with camp naturalists, will make sure you do not miss any important spot. It can be explored on feet. Also, if visiting in winters you can enjoy the evening campfire.

The Soliga Tribe

The tribe has existed here for centuries. There are 5 clans having 300 members in each. The tribals are engaged in activities like silk weaving, making honey and collecting turmeric. You can walk down the tribal hamlets and closely view their lifestyle. It will give you an all new experience of encountering what tribal life is.

Restaurants and Local Food in BR Hills

The options aren't too many here and your choices for food can get limited. The most convenient option are the resorts, hotels or lodges in the area. You can find typical Indian and local cuisines here. One can indulge in the local food here consisting of i> Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Akki Roti, Jolada Roti, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Kesari Bath, Mysore pak, Chiroti etc .
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1- Reach your hotel by morning and relax your mind and body. After resting, start your trip with Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple, situated on the top of the peak. Devote some time here and afterwards enjoy the jungle safari at BRT Wildlife Sanctuary. Get a chance to watch the large endangered species with a hub of avian population. Tigers, leopards, wild dogs, lesser cats, sloth bears and giant flying squirrel are some from the animal group. This jungle safari will consume up to 2 hours. It is the time to enjoy activities like trekking, fishing and river rafting.
Day 2- Buckle up your shoes as you visit Dodda Sampige Mara, 2000 years old Champa tree which is 24 km away from the city centre. This might consume almost half of your day. While returning you can choose to stop at markets for getting souvenirs of forest products.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

BR hills has the best of flora and fauna in South India. It has forests with perfect road connectivity and provides a wide range of unique eco-systems of both Western and Eastern Ghats.

What's Not So Great?

Less number of restaurants and congested parking space

For Whom?

The place is best for people seeking for a bike ride. Also the people in deeply love with wildlife and nature must pay a visit to the destination.

How To Reach BR Hills

The nearest airport is at Bangalore (220km) and the nearest railway station is at Chamarajanagar (40km). It is also well connected by road with regular buses. Those who want to self drive 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.

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Prajwal Prabhu 1 year ago
Good for weekends !! Photography, forest, wildlife .....makes a perfect roadtrip
Pallavi Siddhanta 1 year ago
- English and Hindi are widely understood here, the main language being Kannada.