The Biligirirangan hills meaning White Mountains in Kannada popularly known as B.R Hills in Chamarajnagar district near Bangalore are named after weather -beaten white granite cliff faces the area. Located at a height of 3,350 to 5000 ft above sea-level, this sanctuary was established in 1974.
The wooded valleys and streams provide a soothing backdrop while the high altitude and rounding forest give this area a unique blend of a wildlife sanctuary set amid a hill station. The drive to B.R Hills is itself picturesque with short roads flanked by lots of greenery meandering up to the hill.
The facilities include a jeep safari, trekking with a guide and elephant rides. Being in the heart of the forest without any fencing one can enjoy the true feel of the jungle. The jungle has a rich variety of flora and fauna. The hills are every bird lover's haven. There are different kinds of water birds like grebes, teals, ibis, herons and storks. The mammals seen here include the jungle cat, jackal, barking deer and mongoose.Gaur, sambar and chital too are sighted. Leopards and tigers inhibit these forests and if you are lucky you could actually spot one on the safari.
By Air:The nearest airport Bangalore is connected by daily flights to all Indian Metros. Most resorts have pick-ups facilities.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is at Mysore from where one can take either taxi or bus.
By Road:Take the Bangalore-Mysore-Nanjangud route. Buses ply from both Bangalore and Mysore.It takes approximately six hours to drive down.
Where to stay:
Jungle Lodges,K Gudi Wilderness Camp
The best time to visit B.R Hills is between October and April. The most comfortable time to visit in terms of climate is between November and March.
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