B.R Hills Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1974, on an area of 322.4 sq. km. Later, in the year 1987, it was extended to its present area of 539.52 sq. km.The wildlife sanctuary is a treasure house of both fauna and flora. It supports a large number of rare and endangered Indian Wildlife species. The undulating landscape contains around 800 species of plants that are typical of the Western Ghats. The sanctuary is also famous for endemic species of plants, including plants with medical properties.
The idyllic habitat shelter around 270 species of birds. A total of 26 mammal species, about 22 species of reptiles and 116 species of butterflies have been recorded.
The sanctuary is situated at an elevation of around 3,375 ft above sea level, and is predominantly covered with shoals and deciduous forests. River Cauvery flows along the south-east and at Kollegal takes a sudden detour towards the north and again returns to its original course.
Flora: Scrub, deciduous, riparian, evergreen, sholas and grasslands, and more.
Fauna: Gaurs, chitals, sambars, bears, elephants, tigers, leopards, wild dogs, jungle cat, sloth bears, civet, mongoose, giant squirrel, porcupine, common langur, bonnet macaque, wild pig, spotted deer and four-horned antelope.
Avian-Fauna: Malabar whistling thrush, yellow throated bulbul, paradise flycatcher, racquet-tailed drongo and crested hawk eagle, and more.
Jeep Safaris: The jeep ride is the best way to explore, discover and observe the wildlife beauties in their most pristine habitation.
Elephant rides: Watching the splendour of BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary sitting on a trained elephant is a thrilling and an unforgettable experience.
How to Reach: Bangalore - Kanakpura - Malavalli - Kollegal -Yelandur-BR Hills
The sanctuary is well-connected with Bangalore and Mysore. Buses and taxis are available from these major cities of Karnataka to reach the Sanctuary. From Bangalore, one can reach the sancatury via Kanakapura / Halagur. And, from Mysore, the sanctuary can be reached via Malavalli. Both the nearest airport and the closest rail junction are in Bangalore.
Exact Location: BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka.
Nearest Town: Chamrajnagar
Distance from Bangalore: 182 Km
Best Time to Visit: September to May.
Things to keep in mind
- Prior permission is required from the forest department at Chamrajnagar.
Parsons Valley: This valley is located in the Nilgiris district in Mukkurthi Peak. The valley is a popular destination for nature lovers, trekkers and also wildlife enthusiasts. For trekkers, Parsons Valley is the base from where they can follow the trekking trails leading to various spots in Western Ghats.
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