BR Hills – BiligiriRangana Betta
BR Hills is another best one day trip from Bangalore. BR hills would be one of the best refreshing ride or drive for all Bangaloreans, as we all see the one and only Nandi hills that too heavily crowded most of the time.
About BR Hills
Biligirirangana Hills also popularly called BR Hills. The area is called Biligiriranganatha Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary (BRT Wildlife Sanctuary). It is situated in the Chamarajanagar district, Karnataka. This place is 40kms from Chamarajanagar city, 30kms from Kollegal, 82kms from Mysore and 180kms from Bangalore. So u can easily take your bike there for a weekend ride. This place is heaven between the Western and the Eastern Ghats with wonderful flora and fauna. Monsoon is just equal to heaven here.
Quick Overview :
Type of Place – Hill Station
Located – Chamarajanagar – Near Kollegal
Distance – 180 Km from Bangalore, 85 Km from Mysore
Ideal Trip Duration – 1 day
Best Time to visit – July to December
Peak Season – September to January
Entry Fee – Free
Weather – 16 °C to 34 °C
Transport – buses available from Mysore and Kollegal.
Facilities – Hotels, Restroom, parking and lodging.
BR Hills Temple timings – 7 AM – 9.30 PM, 10.45 AM – 2 PM and 4 PM – 8 PM
BR Hills Safari Timings – 6 AM – 8 AM and 3 PM – 5 PM.
The hills are covered with more than 800 species of plant life and home for many medicinal plants as well. There are a variety of wild animals and different species of birds. One can spend a good time watching and taking pictures of wild animals and birds.
BR Hills is also famous for Biligiriranga Swamy Temple, one who visits BR Hills will definitely visit this temple. Another attraction here is K. Gudi which is very nearby and lodge available for tourists. I will talk more about this place before that let me share my ride experience and itinerary.
About Ride and Travel to BR Hills – BiligiriRangana Betta
5:00 AM – Got up and wondered about the destination we are going. Whether just to visit BR Hills and come back or visit any places on the way. Because this ride was not well planned, it was an instant plan just a day before the ride. As usual, got freshen up and geared up by 5:45 AM.
6:15 AM – Our meetup place was at Maruthi Mandir at Vijayanagar, we all had a small meetup at Maruthi Mandir and discussed the places we planned. So the first place to be visited was Muthathi, it’s around 80 km from Bangalore. We have to ride via Kanakpura and road was small with dangerous traffic.
8:00 AM – We reached Kanakpura by 7:45 AM and we were hungry at that time, so searching for a hotel on the way to Muthathi, But unfortunately, we could not find a good hotel on our way. I suggest you have breakfast in Vasu hotel which is in Kanakapura city itself. Somehow we missed that day. By now I think there would be more hotels, really not sure about that still, keep Vasu hotel in your plan.
8:45 AM – Without breakfast we moved to Muthathi. Before entering Muthathi we need to enter our names and phone number at the checkpoint gate or we call it Muthathi entrance. Formalities are for our safety because we are entering a forest area. After entering our names forest officer suggested not to stop in between until you reach Muthathi. We agreed with that and moved. The road to Muthathi was so horrible with plenty of potholes, instead, I will call this as off-road with tarmac. Complete 15 km road is in the same condition, it took us more than 30 min to ride till Muthathi Kaveri river. On the other hand, we found some beautiful scenic spots. The forest is very beautiful and in some place quite dangerous also. Felt like taking photos but as Forest officer suggested we did not stop anywhere.
9:30 AM – Reached Muthathi at 9:30 AM. We did not spend too much time here. The water level was not that good, it was summer BTW. Took some photos there and left. And yes! I forgot to tell you. There are few small stalls or hotels where they cook nonveg for you. We were visiting the temple so we did not have it. Breakfast, lunch and Snacks also available. We visited the Anjaneya temple and left Muthathi.
Again another 15 km was a terrible road with good scenic experience. Left side you see river Kaveri and the mountain. It will be definitely fantastic during monsoon.
10:15 AM – By the time we reached the main road, our energy was a bit low and tired because of not having breakfast yet and got a bit of lower back pain due to bad road condition! Later continued our journey and found a small food junction at Malavalli, we had idly, chitranna and continued journey again. From here the road was good. Still, there was 70 km left to BR hills. We thought not to stop anywhere and reach the destination quickly.
11:30 AM – I don’t know exactly when we reached Kollegal, from there BR hills is very near. We reached BR hills check-post quickly, our energy was bit weak at this time. In check-post we took a small break and then continued.
11:45 AM – Started climbing BR hills with a lot of happiness. This was our awaited moment. The road was really good all the way to the temple. The entire mountain looks like a wildlife sanctuary or national park. We enjoyed a lot to ride here, also in the check-post officers suggested not to stop in between. We followed that and reached the destination. A miracle was after reaching the temple all our energy came back 🙂
12:30 PM – Temple is at top of the mountain, you can see entire hills and an amazing view all over. In monsoon, it may look like heaven. We spent an hour or 2 here and planning for the next move. It was almost 2:30 PM we were thinking about our next move. We had in mind to visit K Gudi. But visiting Muthathi took us a long time, so we decided not to visit K Gudi. It might be very late reaching home back.
3:00 PM – We started our journey back to Bangalore. Reached safely home by 8:00 PM (It was summer and also we were a bit tired due to dehydration).
How to reach BR hills
Buses are available from Bangalore to Kollegal, Mysore, Kollegal and from Yeriyur local buses available, But not sure about the frequency.
Mysore Junction is the nearest railway station which is about 82 km from BR Hills. From there one has to take a bus or cabs to reach BR Hills.
Bangalore Airport is the nearest airport which is about 200 km from BR Hills. From Airport buses, taxis and cabs are available to reach BR Hills.
Bangalore to BR Hills routes
The primary and regular route where everyone follows – Bangalore – Kanakapura – Malavalli – Shivanasamudra Falls – Kollegal – BR Hills. This route covers around 170 Km and takes an average of 4 Hrs.
Alternate route from Bangalore to BR Hills: Bangalore – Ramanagara – Chennapatna – Madduru – Malavalli – Shivanasamudra Falls – Kollegal – BR Hills. This route is the highway, covers around 180 Km with an average of 4 Hrs journey. But this road feels like Outer ring road in Bangalore till Madduru, very busy and high traffic. Though we can reach fast, people don’t like this road! Instead, the primary route is really good for tourists. They ride or drive peacefully with less traffic and a good landscape.
A small guide in the route. Few km after Kollegal you find a small deviation, one is the same main road which continues towards Yeriyur and then to BR Hills, another one is a short cut which will take you through deep into villages. I recommend you to take the village road while going which is really having a good landscape to see around. More ever it has almost no traffic to reach foothill of BR Hills. Keep an eye in the navigation as there are many deviations once you enter village road, also there are signboards at few places which will guide you to BR Hills. We actually followed those signboards instead of using navigation in mobile.
BR Hills timings
The timings of BR Hills Temple are 7 AM – 9.30 PM, 10.45 AM – 2 PM and 4 PM – 8 PM. Reaching early morning would be a good and pleasant time. BR Hills can be visited throughout the year. However, Monsoon and winter is the best time to visit BR Hills which is from July to January to witness the best weather and greenery.
Weather in BR Hills (Seasonal and monthly)
BR Hills weather varies from 16 °C to 35 °C depending on the season.
|Month||Avg. Min||Avg. Max|
|January||16 °C||28 °C|
|February||17 °C||31 °C|
|March||21 °C||34 °C|
|April||24 °C||35 °C|
|May||23 °C||34 °C|
|June||22 °C||30 °C|
|July||21 °C||28 °C|
|August||21 °C||29 °C|
|September||21 °C||29 °C|
|October||20 °C||30 °C|
|November||17 °C||30 °C|
|December||16 °C||28 °C|
Hotels in BR Hills
As BR Hills is one of the best weekend gateways from Bangalore, there are many Hotels, Restaurants and Resorts for people who would love to stay and explore more here. Some of them would be Shwethagiri, Giridarshini, Gorukana Eco Wellness Retreat, Rajathadri Hill Villas, K Gudi Wilderness Camp, Champakaranya, etc,. Most of them are having a good rating of 4+ out of 5 stars.
Top places to visit near BR Hills
K Gudi (Kyathadevara Gudi Wilderness Camp)
Kyathadevara Gudi Wilderness Camp Shortly called as K Gudi. It is a place for a variety of wild animals and birds. It is very close to BR Hills and exactly located it between the Eastern Ghats and the Western Ghats. For a naturalist, this place is definitely heaven. The complete itinerary is listed as per different travel agents. All it cost as a package which includes lunch, dinner, safari, campfire and more.
Shivanasamudra is a small town in the Mandya District, Karnataka, India. Shivanasamudra, The waterfalls are on river Kaveri which is flowing from KRS Dam. The island of Sivanasamudra divides the river into twin waterfalls. The left waterfall is Gaganachukki and right waterfall is Barachukki. The segmented falls are listed in the 100 most beautiful waterfalls in the world.
Gaganachukki falls is 100 meters in height which pours down with amazing sound and sprinkles spectators. Barachukki falls is 90 meters in height and 800 meters in width which is long and wide. Pours down like milk taking a huge amount of area. Gaganachukki and Barachukki falls are just 2 to 3 km away, where the Kaveri (cauvery) divide and join again. This creates the fourth largest island in the river’s course. Hence the Island Shivanasamudra.
Diwan Sheshadri Iyer designed the first hydro-electric power stations in Asia, which was established in 1902. The hydro-electric power stations are still functioning.
Muthathi Forest and Kaveri River
Muthathi is situated on the banks of the Kaveri river near Malavalli. It is located around 100kms from Bangalore. It is surrounded by a dense forest which is the home of the Kaveri Wildlife Sanctuary. Riding inside the forest is an amazing experience and quite adventurous. As you get inside forest we feel that we are lost and some point we can see Kaveri river from a long distance. Before entering the forest we have to enter our name and basic details to the forest officers. Enjoy the view and take the blessings of Lord Anjaneya and move on. Shivanasamudra is very nearby waterfalls but on road, it takes a long distance.
Mekedatu is located along Kaveri (Cauvery) in Kanakapura Taluk, Ramanagara. Mekedatu’ means ‘goat’s leap’ in Kannada. In simple words, ‘Meke’ means goad or sheep and ‘Datu’ means cross. Mekedatu is a stretch of 3 to 4 km deep gorges through which the river Kaveri flows at high-speed gushing through rocks.
There is an interesting mythical story on this which explains, the herdsman witnessed the goat being chased by a tiger where goad had no choice to escape apart from jumping the gorge from one end to another. hence the name Mekedatu. The story tells the point where the goat leaped has widened since then from erosion caused by the river Kaveri.
There is a popular place known as Sangama, where the river Arkavati and river Kaveri meets. Before Sangama you can witness this Chunchi Falls. This is not a part of river Kaveri, but a part of water coming from Manchinbele dam and Arkavathi Dam (Ramanagara and Bangalore respectively). The water looks clean before coming to this place, so it’s a decent place to visit. As Chunchi falls is unexplored falls, there is no much transportation here. You have to take your own vehicle and walk for some distance in the unexplored area to see this Falls.
Talakad is a historic and spiritual pilgrimage center. It is a desert-like town on the left bank of the Kaveri river, located at 45 km from Mysore and 130 km from Bangalore in Karnataka, India. Talakad had many temples, but most of them are lay buried under sand.
Wesley bridge Shivanasamudra
Wesley Bridge or Wellesley Bridge across the Kaveri River near Sathyagala in Kollegal taluk. It is 400 meters long and 200 years old heritage stone bridge which is built completely on stones. The Colonel Arthur Wellesley Bridge was Built-in 1799. Every stones and pillar here are carved beautifully which gives a knowledgable visit of the history. Initially, the bridge was named after colonial administrator Lord Richard Colley Wellesley, it was renamed as Lushington Bridge later in the 1830s. This bridge and one at Srirangapatna was one of the good place for movie directors to shoot scenes.
The bridge is no more functional from 2018 flood – A very sad thing here is, recently a small portion of Wellesley Bridge collapsed/washed away due to the discharge of 1.20 lakh cusecs of water from Kabini and KRS Dam.
Waterfalls near Bangalore
- Chunchi Falls
- Shivanasamudra Falls
- Hogenakkal Falls
- Muthyala Maduvu Falls
- Mekedatu Falls
- Balmuri Edumuri Falls
- Chunchanakatte Falls
Dams near Bangalore
Travel tips for riders
- Make sure bike is in proper condition
- Fuel up a day before
- Plan your route
- Start early and end early
- Wear protective gears and comfortable clothes
- Pack your things smart and light
- Stay hydrated
- Never miss your food but be light
- Take regular break
- Be ready to ride on any weather
Read a complete article about Top 10 tips for a long distance motorcycle ride
Also, read One Day trip from Bangalore.