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Biligiriranga Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary in Chamarajanagar

·  Summer: 23°C-30°C
·  Winter: 8°C-26°C
·  Monsoon: June-September

Best time to visit:  October-May

Opening Time: 06:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 06:00 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: Open 7 days a week.

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Biligiriranga Hills (popularly called BR Hills) are home to Biligiriranga Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary located at the confluence of Western and Eastern Ghats. Recently declared a Tiger Reserve, the sanctuary is home to rich fauna, the most popular species being tiger, wild elephant, gaur, leopard, sambhar, sloth bear, four-horned antelope, giant flying squirrel and many more.

Flora here is a wonderful mix of varieties found in the two mountain ranges and includes grasslands, scrub-lands, deciduous forests, evergreen forests and more. The hills blessed with enormous natural beauty also accommodate Biligiriranga Swamy Temple dedicated to Lord Ranganatha which is a popular pilgrimage spot. A sacred grove named Doddasampige is another key attraction of the place.

Road: The wildlife sanctuary is accessible from Bangalore-Mysore Highway via Maddur, Malavalli and Kollegala. State run buses as well as private taxis are available from Bangalore, Coimbatore and many other cities. The sanctuary can be explored on foot, in a jeep or on an elephant.

Railway: Chamarajanagar Railway Station is the nearest railhead located about 42 km. from BR Hills. The station receives trains from Mysore, Bangalore and Tirupati. Mysore Junction (about 83 km. away) is another good options. Taxis and cabs are available from each of these stations to reach the sanctuary.

Airway: Mysore Airport offering direct flights to Bangalore is the nearest airport at the distance of about 80 km. Other good options for air access are Coimbatore International Airport (about 176 km. away) and Bangalore International Airport (about 217 km. away).