Located at the south eastern part of Karnataka B R Hills happens to be the eastern most part of western ghats and meets the eastern ghats and forms a bridge of sorts! B R Hills enjoys a eco system with unique characteristics of bot the western and eastern ghats. B R Hills is a declared a Tiger Reserve in December 2010.
B.R.Hills a perfect destination for a wild life enthusiast is 90 kms from Mysore and 180 kms from Bangalore. The Biligiriranga range of hills is picturesquely situated between the Cauvery & Kapila rivers. B.R.Hills is situated at a height of 5,091 ft above sea level. The hills are located in the Yelandur and Kollegal Taluks of the south eastern district of Chamarajanagar. B R Hills are contiguous with the Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary to the south, in Erode District of Tamil Nadu.
B R Hills Wildlife sanctuary
The B R Hills Wildlife sanctuary is home to many species of wild animals. The sanctuary is teeming with varied flora and fauna. Elephants, gaurs, chitals, bears, panthers and tigers inhabit the place in large numbers. B R Hills also offer an opportunity for the nature lover to study over 200 species of birds, chief among which are the racket-tailed drongo and crested eagle. For trips within the park one can either trek or opt for jeep safaris or elephant rides.
B R hills is famous for the temple of Lord Ranganatha which is situated on the 'white cliff' the highest peak of B R Hills. The deity is called Biligiriranga. This temple is of greater significance for many Srivaishnavites.
B R Hills - Land of Elephants and Tigers!
The BR hills is the only forest east of the main Western ghats mountain ranges in the central southern peninsula to harbour elephants in large numbers. The forests were the study area for R. Sukumar, a scientist who studied the elephants of the area in the early eighties. A recent survey has revealed the presence of 17 tigers in this sanctuary.