Situated in South Eastern Karnataka, BR Hills or Biligiriranganatha Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary is home to ecosystems that are unique to both the mountain ranges. Since it is located at the north-west of the Western Ghats and westernmost edge of the Eastern Ghats, it supports a diverse flora and fauna in view of the various habitats present.
It is a pilgrimage site and derives its name from the Rangaswamy Temple located on top of a white cliff. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Ranganatha and the festivities in this temple during April attracts a lot of tourists. The region boasts a variety of vegetation ranging from the dry and deciduous to evergreens. The Wildlife Sanctuary borders with the Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary and is home to gaurs, bears, sambhar, tigers, leopards, wild dogs, elephants, and four horned antelopes. It is also home to more than 200 bird species including crested eagle, white winged tit and racket tailed drongo.
For those who love adventures, BR Hills is a must as it provides ample scope for trekking and rafting. Kapila and Cauvery River flow through these hills and offer opportunities for angling, fishing and boat riding. Whether you are going to seek the blessings of God or looking for an exciting adventure, BR Hill can be a perfect destination. The best time to visit the place is from June – October as the rains bring out the wildlife.