BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary Travel Guide



Located in the Kemmannagudi area in the state of Karnataka in India, the BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is a perfect amalgamation of wildlife and travel resorts. This is a wildlife lover’s dream come true destination and it is certainly a treat to watch the whistling winds, the dancing trees, and the flowing streams here. With the background of the most pristine surroundings, the sanctuary spans an area of around  540 square kilometres.This wildlife haven is 3,375 ft above the sea level and the undulating terrain with the beautiful canopy of deciduous forests here lend a sense of beautiful belonging.

BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

The BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is a great connecting bond between the Western and the Eastern Ghats of India. With the river Cauvery traversing the zone, the Kollegal region sees the river taking a turn towards the northern direction and then returning to its original course. This blend of the Male Mahadeshwar ranges and the Biligiri Rangaswamy ranges is what makes it a link between the two majestic Indian ghats.

Hosting the best kind of wildlife, the sanctuary is filled with a plethora of flora and fauna. With Gaurs, tigers, panthers, bears, sambhar, elephants and chital dominating the areas, the place also has some 200 species of birds making it a perfect wildlife habitat. The crested eagle and the racket tailed drongo are the main attractions of the avifauna here.

Elephants Crested eagle

An adventure sports lover also loves to come here to the BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoy the exciting activities like amateur fishing, angling, bird watching, coracle boat rides, trekking, river rafting, outdoor camping and hiking. All this would keep you busy here and you would certainly love the way the ambience takes over you. Mother Nature is in full bloom here and the BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary provides the ideal atmosphere for these fauna and gives you a cherishabale wildlife experience.

There are trips arranged in the park area, whence you can either go by foot or take the comfortable jeep safaris. Some even opt for the exciting and thrilling rides on the elephant back. With the most virgin surroundings, this amalgamation of nature’s blessing and wildlife delight is a great tourist destination.

Jeep safari

This sanctuary is open perennially to tourists but the ideal time to visit this place would be from June to October. This is the time when all the animals come out in search of water so the chances of your spotting them are more. But if you want to avoid the heat, and feel more comfortable in travel then obviously winter or early summer is a pleasant time to be here. But prior to your trip you should also remember to take the permission of the Forest Department located at Chamarajanagar.

While here you could also visit the Biligiangaswamy temple and the neraby city of Bangalore. The BR Hills sanctuary lies around 230 kms from Bangalore and 90 km from Mysore. It is in a fascinating position between the two mighty rivers river Cauvery and River Kapila.

Cauvery river

With the high altitude grass lands dominating the place, the forests of evergreen trees and the jungles of occasional scrub vegetation comprise the natural flora of the place. Also the great chapaka trees are famous here as being the worship of the Soliga tribes.

Interesting surroundings and unique wildlife encourage the desire to plan a visit to BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka.

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