(Last Updated on : 04/01/2016)
Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta is a small hill, which is known as "betta" in Kannada language
, denoted as the core area of Bandipur National Park
. It is regarded as the biosphere reserve and the abode of elephants. This area is attracted by the tourists for the presence of wildlife in one hand and temple of Hindu community in another.
Location of Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta
Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta is located in the Chamarajanagar district of the state of Karnataka. It is located at a height of 1450meters. Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta is also the highest peak in the Bandipur National Park. Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta lies in the core area of the Bandipur National Park and is frequented by wildlife including elephants.
Geographical Location of Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta
Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta has the geographic coordinates that are 12.97 degree North latitude and 77.56 degree East.
Extension of Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta
Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta is approximately 220 km from Bengaluru and 75 kilometres from Mysore on the Mysore Ooty
road -10 km away from Gundlupete, which is 60 kilometres away from Mysore.
Tourism of Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta
Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta was built by the Hoysala King Ballala during 1315 AD. Wodeyar dynasty of Mysore was ardent devotees of Lord Venugopala displayed keen interest in maintaining the hill temple. Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta is dedicated to Gopalaswamy, which is one of the names of the Hindu God Lord Krishna
. The gopuram of the temple is single-tiered and rests on the compound wall of the enclosure. A dhwajastambha (flag-pillar) and a bali-peetam (sacrificial altar) are present in the mukha mantapa (inner-porch). The parapet wall of the facade of the mukha mantapa contains the sculpture of "dashavatara" (the Avatars of the Hindu God Lord Vishnu
) with the centre portion of the sculpture depicting Krishnavatara (the Avatar of Vishnu in which he appeared as Krishna). There is a shikhara tower over the sanctum sanctorum of the Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta temple. This temple is located in the core of Bandipur National Park, Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta which is ideal for the trekking, picnicking, partying.
To access Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta, there is a motorable road all the way to the top of the hill. Private vehicles are not allowed beyond the forest check post. One has to make use of the mini bus arranged by forest department to visit the temple. There is a forest department guest house at the top of the picturesque hill.