Location of BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
It is located in Kemmannagundi in the Karnataka state of India. The wildlife sanctuary is located at a height of 5091 feet. BR Hills is a link between the Eastern and Western Ghats. In the south east of this wildlife reserve flows the Cauvery River and in the north lies Kollegal district.
Etymology of BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
The ranges of Bilgiri Rangaswamy and Male Mahadeshwar connect the Western and the Eastern Ghats. This sanctuary has, thus, derived its name from the mountain ranges.
Attractions of BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
A trip to B R Hills Sanctuary will provide one with a lifetime opportunity to witness a variety of wild animals. One of the primary attractions of the sanctuary is the Dodda Sampige or the champak tree. This particular tree is believed to be 2000 years old. The tribal community of this area, Soligas, worships this tree.
While touring this sanctuary, one can come across cheetals, elephants, gaurs, panthers, bears, sambhars and tigers. Besides these animals, one can also check out the 200 bird species that flock to this place. Crested eagle and racket-trailed drongo are the popular kinds of birds that can be witnessed here. In the vicinity, there is a temple dedicated to Ranganatha Swami. This temple is located 1000 feet into the deep forest area. People can also have a look on this temple. The ideal time to explore BR Hill Sanctuary is from September to May.
Adventure sports like river rafting, outdoor camping, amateur fishing, trekking and angling is also arranged for the interested travelers. For touring the forest one can either avail elephant rides or jeep safaris.
Connectivity to BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
The sanctuary is well linked via railway, airway and roadway from all major cities of India. The nearest airport and railway station are at Bangalore.
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