Situated at a height of 5,091 ft above the sea level B R Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal abode to the varied flora and fauna found in the sanctuary. The tall trees, whistling winds, sparkling streams along with the exciting wildlife; a perfect setting for an exciting adventure holiday.
The prestigious wildlife reserve is spread across an sprawling area of 540 sq. kms. The crests and troughs of the valley forms the stunning backdrop of the forest rich in diverse flora and fauna. The green backdrop of the valleys are thick vegetation of Deciduous forest and Sholas.
The B R Hills Wildlife Sanctuary forms the connector between Eastern and the Western Ghats. It is guarded as well as nurtured by river Cauvery in the South East and river Kollegal which takes an abrupt turn towards its Northern part and settles in its original course later. This reserve forest presents a perfect blend of Geographical wonders with the beautiful Biligiri Rangaswamy and Male Mahadeshwar ranges incidentally bridging the gap between the Western and the Eastern Ghats.
Flora and Fauna: The variable climatic condition along with variations in altitude have paved a way to a heterogeneous habitat conducive for vegetation of all major forest vegetation. From scrub, deciduous, riparian, evergreen, sholas to grasslands, every type of forest vegetation is found in the B.R Hills Wildlife Sanctuary. The varied Flora in B.R Hills Wildlife Sanctuary attracts many nature lovers to spend some time in the lap of serene forests.
A total of around 800 species of plants are found in the B.R Hills Wildlife Sanctuary. Incidentally the vegetation shows more resemblance towards the Western Ghats. Truly a wonderful Eco-region for a numerous plants and animals to sustain their life.
The suitable climate ( big difference in the mean temperature and the optimum amount of rainfall) in these hills have played an important part in the growth of the plentiful vegetation. The Bilgiris region is covered by dry broadleaf forest and the southern part of the deccan plateau showcases the deciduous forests. The lower regions are enveloped by scrubs which unfortunately have been degraded by excessive use. The other parts of the forest contains Shola and Grasslands. The trees sometimes even elongates up to 1800mts.
Truly a habitat nestled with various vegetation and locating different eco-regions.
B.R Hills in Karnataka is famous for its rich wildlife and especially for the large population of elephants and tigers that can be spotted in the land. The teeming fauna in B.R Hills makes it occupy a special position amongst the other wildlife sanctuaries in the country.
Tourists can spot herds of wild elephants roaming in their territory and the calves being nourished by their mothers. The herd of wild beasts in the nearby water bodies and their playful activities will always be the experience of a lifetime for the tourists.
There are Indian gaurs, tigers, leopards, wild dogs which form the main attraction of the sanctuary. Tigers are specially taken care of, so that their numbers increase and the ecological balance is well-maintained. A wide variety of butterflies and 22 species of reptiles make the sanctuary a complete tourist destination. Many reptiles and insects are regarded as some of the oldest in India. Each and every animal, bird and reptile is looked after so that they can receive the suitable ambience to regenerate and thrive.
Lesser cats, sloth bears, sambhars, chitals, barking deer, four horned antelopes, flying squirrel and deer are taken special care of as their numbers are reducing.Apart from the migratory birds, there are 254 species of fowls found in B.R Hills. Vibrant with all varieties of fauna and flora, BR hills is a wonderful tourist destination.
Major Wildlife Attractions:
Sanctuary serves as an connector between the Eastern and the Western Ghats. This forest associates the largest population of the Asian Elephants and Tigers of Southern India. In fact the herds of the Elephants are the most noticeable of the lot. This forest is the largest reserve for the these pachyderms to be found in large numbers.
The other attraction of the wildlife sanctuary are the tigers or white striped tigers. As a matter of fact a recent survey has shown that there exists a total of 17 tigers in Sanctuary. So you have to depend on your luck to get a glimpse of this marvelous creature.
The B R hills has been a perfect place to watch a large number of smaller animals. There are approximately 26 species of mammals found in the forest. The B.R Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for Gaur, a large Asian variety of Deer and Chital, another variety of Deer. The list of the other mammals includes sambhar, the shy barking deer and the rare four-horned antelope. The carnivorous group includes leopards, wild dogs, lesser cats and sloth bears.
Also the presence of two species of Primates and three species of squirrels are recorded among which the giant flying squirrel is a part.
There exists 254 species of birds in these forests. The forest personnel are always in hunt for some discoveries. A microhylid frog Microhyla sholigari is added to the recent list.
Professional angling, amateure fishing, coracle boat rides, bird watching, river rafting, trekking, outdoor camping will keep you busy. Every April you can witness the wonderful Ratha Festival at the BR Temple too.
Best Time to Visit:
The B. R. Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is open throughout the year. Best time to sight wildlife is June to October when the animals come out for water. But the more comfortable time to visit if relaxation is what you’re looking for is winter to early summer.
How to Get there:
Air: The nearest airport is at Bangalore only 180 Kms from Sanctuary and 85 Kms from Mysore.
Rail: Nearest Rail Junction is Mysore only 85 Kms from the Park, Bangalore is 180 kms.
Road: It is easily accessible by road being 100 km from Bangalore via Kanakapura / Halagur. 85 km from Mysore via Malavalli and 245 km from Ooty via Mysore. There is couple of buses leaving from Mysore everyday. Mysore is 90 kms and Bangalore is 254 kms away.
General Info / Tips:
For trips within the park one can eaither trek up on foot or opt for jeep safaris or elephant safaris.
Mysore (85 Kms.)