The Biligiri Ranganna Hills, commonly known as the B.R. Hills, is a super getaway from Bengaluru, especially for any wildlife enthusiast. Located at the confluence of the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats, the sanctuary is home to ecosystems that are unique to both the mountain ranges. The place gets its name from the legendary temple here. The harmony of birdsong and the silence of the duskiness supersedes the sounds of city traffic. The fresh air and the fragrance of the forest to replace pollution and you can switch gears from the frenzy of the urban lane to a laidback pace that’s just right for admiring nature’s diverse aspects.
The state-owned Jungle Lodges runs the Kyathdevaraya Gudi Wilderness Camp here, offering a great way to get up close with nature. It’s an ideal base from which to explore the B.R.T. Wildlife Sanctuary with opportunities for spotting elephant, gaur, bison and if you’re lucky, big cats. Bird-lovers frequent B.R. Hills for the 250-plus species of birds, including the velvet-fronted nuthatch, blossom-headed parakeet, and the Malabar whistling thrush that can be seen here.
Ride into the forest in the company of naturalists whose knowledge of the region will make your experience fruitful. Take a dawn safari or explore the jungle at dusk. In the evenings, settle around a campfire or watch a wildlife documentary in the audio-visual room. Dinner is a simple meal at the Gol Ghar. From the camp, you can also trek up to B.R. Hills and visit the Bligiri Ranganathaswamy Temple.