The Biligiriranga Hills, commonly called B R Hills, is a hill range situated on the northernmost tip of the Nilgiris, connecting the Eastern & Western Ghats. The area, covered with untouched forests, is called Biligiriranga Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary and has a unique eco-system, is considered a protected reserve. The sanctuary derives its name Biligiri from the white rock surface that forms the major hill with the temple of Lord Rangaswamy at its apex.
The idols of Sri Biligiri Ranganatha and Ranganayaki the Lord's spouse are housed in this temple. If you are on a lookout for a one day trip around Bangalore that offers a blend of natural sightseeing and spiritual rejuvenation, you should head towards these hills.
The sanctuary supports diverse flora and fauna since it has varied habitat types within the deciduous forests and BR Hills was also declared a Tiger Reserve in December 2010. Apart from the majestic tigers, BR hills hosts about 26 species of mammals including the Asian elephant, gaur, sambhar, chital, barking deer and the rare four-horned antelope, stealthy leopards as well as wild dogs and sloth bears can also be spotted here.
In addition to this wide array of biodiversity, there are lot more places to see in BR Hills. The Soliga tribe calls the BR hills its home, the tribesmen celebrate the annual ratha festival at the Rangaswamy temple in April. For those of you who venture to trek around the area, accommodation is available for tourists within the site.
Distance from Bangalore: 180km