Saturday, January 17, 2015

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta:

    Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta, is a hill (betta in Kannada) located in the Chamarajanagar district of the state of Karnataka,at a height of 1450m India and is extensively wooded. It is also the highest peak in the Bandipur National Park. It lies in the core area of the Bandipur National Park and is frequented by wild life including elephants.

Temple:

This temple was built by the Hoysala King Ballala during AD 1315. Later the Wodeyars Wodeyar dynasty of Mysore who were ardent devotees of Lord Venugopala displayed keen interest in maintaining the hill temple.[3] The temple is dedicated to Gopalaswamy, which is one of the names of the Hindu God Krishna.

It is approximately 220 km from Bangalore and 75 km from Mysore on the Mysore Ooty road -10 km away from Gundlupete, which is 60 km away from Mysore. There is a motor able road all the way to the top of the hill.

Tips:

Entry fee is collected at the forest department check post at foot of the hill. Materials used for pooja (prayers) alone such as flowers, fruits, Incense sticks etc. are permitted. Other food items are not permitted to be carried in. All these materials should be carried in non-plastic bags.

Visitors are allowed from around 8:30am till 4pm. Overnight stay on top is not allowed.

In Jan 2015, road is in real bad condition, better take a vehicle with Good ground clearance.

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