B R hills, Karnataka
BR Hills is famous for its picturesque and pristine wildlife sanctuary spread across 525 sq. km of forest covered hills. Home to magnificent elephants, sloth bears, wild boars, bison and the occasional leopard, the BRT Sanctuary is a popular getaway from Bangalore. The wild charms of the BR Hills make a great change of pace from city-life. BR Hills is an excellent area for wildlife trekking and adventure activities. The forest cover is thick, with a wide range of flora and fauna on view.
Bangalore is the closest airport to BR Hills and is approximately 5 hours (230 km) away. The nearest railhead is Mysore which is approximately 80 km away. BR Hills is only a 2 hour drive from Mysore and a 5 hour drive from Bangalore.
Because of its altitude (5000ft) it never gets really hot. A cooler time to be here is perhaps the winter period from December to March. The daytime temperatures remains pleasant throughout the year and it chances of animal sightings are also high. The best time to visit BR Hills would be sometime between June and November when the forests here are at the prettiest.
Sightseeing in BR Hills is not restricted to a visit to the jungle as there are various temples among other things. There is more than just the jungle at BR Hills. An ancient temple of Biligiri dedicated to the deity Lord Rangaswamy holds an unusual relic, large oversized sandals which the Lord is supposed to wear to explore the nearby forests. In a charming expression of beliefs, the sandals are replaced regularly by the local villagers. The BRT Wildlife Sanctuary is also a must-visit in BR Hills. Trekking, elephant and jeep safaris are some of the outdoor activities in BR Hills that one can enjoy here. Go trekking in the forest of BR Hills with authorized guides or on elephant or jeep safari. Animal spotting was never such fun as in the BR Hills sanctuary.