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Gopalaswamy Betta Trek

 
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    Gopalaswamy Betta Trek

    The hill, located in Bandipur National Park, has a little bit of everything, which makes the drive to the top a memorable experience for most.

    Also called Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta, it is located in Bandipur National Park, with a height of more than 1400 meters above sea level.

    It is one of the highest peaks in Bandipur National Park, and hence, a prominent landmark in the region.

    The peak gets its name from the Gopalaswamy temple which is located at the top of the hill.

    The temple dates back to the 14th century and was built by King Ballala of the Hoysala kingdom.

    As the name suggests, the temple is dedicated to Gopalaswamy, which is a moniker for Lord Krishna.

    The purported story behind the temple is as interesting as the setting of the temple.

    According to legend, Lord Vishnu decided to stay here after being pleased with the penance of Agastya.

    Gopalaswamy Betta is located about 220 km from the city of Bangalore, the nearest town being that of Gundlupet, which lies at a distance of 10 km from the hill.

    Trekking in Gopalaswamy Betta

    Bandipur National Park is a protected forest area, with trekking banned inside the forest.

    That may be a disappointment for many trekkers who wish to scale this peak.

    The only way to reach the top is via a vehicle.

    The drive to the top is about 7 km and takes you through meandering routes, with lush greenery and plenty of fauna too.

    The hill is especially known for attracting scores of elephants throughout the year.

    There are other animal species to be spotted here too such as deer, macaques, tigers etc.

    The view from top of the hill is simply stunning and the strong winds that you experience here are a feature of the place.

    If you are visiting the hill in the wee hours of morning, you may be greeted with thick mist, which gives the hill its prefix of Himavad, which translates to mistĀ in Kanadda.

    Although trekking is banned here, with a little bit of help from forest officials, the occasional camping at nighttime, or the occasional trek in the hills might be possible.

    The best time to visit the hill is anytime immediately after the monsoon months.

    That time of the year gives you the best opportunity to enjoy the varied flora and fauna of the place.

    Other Information

    There are no notable sightseeing options as such in the immediate vicinity of the hill.

    However, if you are ready to travel a little, there could be a quite a few options to choose from.

    Ooty: This is one of the most famous hill stations of India.

    Apart from being a tranquil hill station, there are quite a few sightseeing options Ooty has to offer, the most famous ones being Ooty Lake, Tiger Hill, Hidden Valley and Dolphons Nose.