Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta
Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta is the highest peak in Bandipura National Park. Located near Gundlupete in Mysuru district, Himavad Gopalaswamy hill attracts visitors because of Venugopalaswamy temple and lush green natural surroundings.
Venugopalaswamy Temple: Built by sage Agasthya in the 14th century, Venugopalaswamy temple features Lord Krishna (Venugopala Swamy) standing in a dancing pose playing a flute (musical instrument) in his hands. The panel behind the idol features carvings of Krishna’s consorts Satyabhama and Rukmini as well as favorite animal cows and their caretakers.
Nature: Area around Venugopalaswamy temple is a sight to behold. On most days white mist gives the impression of snow. Hima in Kannada refers to snow.
Timing: Access to Himavad Gopalaswamy hill is available from 8.30 AM till 4 PM
Nearby: Bandipura Tiger Reserve & National Park (20 kms) and Nanjanagudu (55 kms) are some of the places to visit along with Himavad Gopalaswamy betta.
How to reach:
Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta is 220 kms from Bengaluru and 80 kms from Mysuru. From the foot of the hill visitors need to take shuttle buses to reach Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta. Private vehicles are not allowed on the hills.
Stay: Gundlupete town, 20 kms away, has basic hotels to stay. Jungle Lodges & Resorts operated Bandipura Safari Lodge is 16 kms from Himavad Gopalaswamy hills. Several homestays and resorts are available in the area. More stay options are available in Mysuru city.