The Biligiri Ranganna Hills (B R Hills) is elusive as much as it is beautiful. A hill range thatís stood sentinel since time immemorial, being where the Western Ghats meets the Eastern Ghats, it gets its name from the temple that stands tall on a high precipice. An enigma of a destination, B.R. Hills is the place for those with a deep love for the wild. Surrender your jarred nerves and car-horn accustomed ears for bird song and the whispering of the trees. It happens at the Kyathdevaraya Gudi Wilderness Camp.
The Kyathadevara Gudi Wilderness Camp opens up an opportunity for you to get up close and personal with nature. Like the name suggests, itís everything you can expect out of a camp. It spells adventure and speaks the code of the jungle: respect everything around you. The B.R.T. Wildlife Sanctuary lives up to its name and spotting wildlife is the star attraction in these parts. This is elephant, gaur, tiger, and leopard terrain.
The forests are teeming with over 250 species of birds, including the velvet-fronted nuthatch, gold-fronted chloropsis, blossom-headed parakeet and the malabar whistling thrush Ė so itís highly unlikely youíll ever get enough of this place. Jeep rides into the forests with naturalists to point out anything youíve missed is part of the programme. We go out twice into the jungle in the jeep Ė once at dawn and once just before dusk falls. B.R. Hills is also a destination that can be explored on foot.
Evenings are relaxed: you can opt for a campfire (not available in summers and rains) or watch a wildlife movie in the audio-visual room, and unwind. Dinners are served at the Gol Ghar in typical JLR-style: a group buffet affair. If you plan on staying a little longer with us, a trip to B.R. Hillís can be arranged for. A visit to the mystical Biligiri Ranganathaswamy Temple which teeters on the edge of a cliff is a must. Sloth bears, wild dogs, barking deer, spotted deer, wild boars, Malabar giant squirrels and an entire host of wild animals, perhaps, might persuade you to stay a while.
As camp is situated in the vicinity of the tiger reserve, liquor is strictly prohibited in the campus.
Note: Electricity is not available throughout the day and night, it is available for 45 min before the morning safari, 2-3 hours during evening from 06:30 PM to 10:15 PM only.
Season Though Bandipur is around-the-year tourist destination, summers are the best time for wildlife sightings. March to May being the dry season, the animals come out of hiding and can be spotted by the watering holes. But for bird-watchers, the winter months are a better bet, for November to January, many migratory birds from the North, especially the Himalayas come down south to roost. Activities: Two jungle Safari (One Boat safari or one Road Safari by Jeep / Bus subject to availability) & One jungle safari by Jeep into Nagarahole National park, Coracle Ride.
Food: Serves both indian and continental for breakfast. Lunch and dinner will be predominently indian with veg and non-veg spread.
Wildlife audio visuals shows
Doctor on call
Amenities: Coffee Maker / Torch / Umbrella
Maharaja - Cottages:
The Maharaja rooms are spacious and elegant with their red-brick wall designs and the amenities inside. The private sit-out space of these rooms gives incredible views of the beautiful nature outside. Also, they include, a variety of room amenities like A/C, torches, umbrellas, coffee maker, etc.
Viceroy - Rooms:
The Viceroy rooms are delicate and elegant, without compromising on luxury and comfort. The spacious rooms offer multiple amenities inside them, to make the stay more comfortable. It also includes a variety of activities during the stay.
Diwan - Shared Accommodation(Dormitory):
By Road The resort is around 225 km from Bangalore and is well connected by state and national highways.
By Rail The nearest railway station is Mysore Junction with trains connecting it to major cities.
Total distance 225 kms ( 5 hours) via mysore.
Alernate route would be from Coimbatore. It is 175km from Coimbatore (via Chamarajanagar).
Bengaluru to K Gudi Wilderness Camp https://goo.gl/maps/LhtBk1D56UiqnsGfA
B R Hills
The Biligirirangana Hills, commonly called BR Hills, is a hill range situated in south-eastern Karnataka, at its border with Tamil Nadu (Erode District) in South India. The area is called Biligiriranganatha Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary or simply BRT Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a protected reserve under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. Being at the starting point of the Eastern Ghats and very close to Western Ghats, the sanctuary is home to eco-systems that are unique to both the mountain ranges. The site was declared a tiger reserve in January 2011 by the Karnataka government, a few months after approval from India's National Tiger Conservation Authority.
Marking its prominence in the array of tourist places in BR Hills the BRT Wildlife Sanctuary is a delight for the wildlife lovers. The sanctuary sprawls over an area of almost 539 sq km and is located at an elevation of 5091 ft above the ground.
The forests home a wide array of flora and fauna that include gaurs, sambhar, tigers, leopards, and countless other wild creatures. Apart from this, here you can also spot more than 200 different avian species and relax along with the trails of green thickets.
Flora & Fauna in B R Hills
The Biligiris are Charnockite hills, covered with tropical dry broadleaf forest, part of the South Deccan Plateau dry deciduous forests ecoregion. The forests range from scrub forests at lower elevations, degraded by over-use, to the tall deciduous forests typical of the ecoregion, to stunted shola forests and montane grasslands at the highest elevations, which exceed 1800 meters. The forests form an important wildlife corridor between the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats, linking the largest populations of Asian elephants and tigers in southern India
The most conspicuous mammals in the BR Hills are the herds of wild elephants. The BR hills is the only forest east of the main Western Ghats mountain ranges in the central southern peninsula to harbor these pachyderms in large numbers. The forests were the study area for R. Sukumar, a scientist who studied the elephants of the area in the early eighties. A recent (2017) survey has revealed the presence of 62 tigers in this sanctuary. The forests are well known for many gaur, the largest bovines. BR hills are a good place for viewing many other large and small animals. There are about 26 species of mammals recorded in the sanctuary.
The other mammals include sambhar, chital, the shy barking deer which are quite common here and the rare four-horned antelope. Carnivores include tigers, leopards, wild dogs, lesser cats and sloth bears and among arboreal mammals two species of primates and three species of squirrels including the giant flying squirrel are recorded. A recent (2017) survey of tigers by DNA analysis of scat samples has revealed 62 tigers, although the number may be more. 254 species of birds recorded in the BR hills. These include the enigmatic southern population of the white-winged tit (Parus nuchalis), a specimen of which was collected by R. C. Morris and now housed in the Natural History museum at Tring. A recently discovered species includes a microhylid frog Microhyla sholigari, named after the Soligas, an indigenous tribe that inhabit these hills.
Package Includes: Stay, Food (Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast), Jeep safari, Guided Nature Walk (can opt in place of morning safari) into BRT Wildlife Sanctuary, , Forest entry charges and GST 18%