BR Hills is famous for BRT Wildlife Sanctuary (Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary). The sanctuary is situated at an altitude of 5091 feet and is spread across an area of 540 km. It was declared a tiger reserve in 2010 by the Karnataka State Government. The highest peak within the sanctuary is the Kattari Betta. The wildlife sanctuary is inhabited by a number of animals including elephants, sloth bears, bison, deer, porcupines and a number of other wild animals. It is said that the sanctuary has more than 250 species of birds like the Paradise Flycatcher, Racquet Trailed Drongo, and the Crested Hawk Eagle, etc.
Another attraction of the BR Hills is the 500 years old famous Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple which is situated on the highest peak of the hill range, on the white cliff (biligiri) which gives the hill its name. The temple premises offer wonderful views of the valleys of BR Hills. During February-March, a car festival is celebrated which attracts thousands of devotees from the whole of South India.
There is also a 600 years old Big Michelia champaka, known as Dodda Sampige, which is holiest for the soliga tribes and other local people. The Dodda Sampige has been the God of the soliga tribe's, who perform the fire dance surrounding the tree on the eve of Maha Shivarathri festival.
BR Hills provides ample scope for adventure activities like trekking, Jeep Safari, and Elephant Safari. The Cauvery and Kapila Rivers that flow through these hills also offer opportunities for rafting, angling, fishing, and coracle boat riding.
There are Jungle Lodges Resort situated in the middle of the forest at Kyathadevara Gudi (K. Gudi) where tourists can stay. Tourists can also stay at Forest Guest House and the PWD Guest House by taking permission.
Main Attractions :
- BRT Wildlife Sanctuary
- Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple
- Dodda Sampige Mara