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Biligiri Ranganatha Tiger Reserve is a hill range in between Eastern and Western ghats in south western part of Karnataka.

The area is a declared Tiger Reserve and it covers an area of 324 sq. kilometers.

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Parking Difficulty : High
Walking Needed : For 100 meters
Time Needed : 2-3 Hours
Open Timings : 6.00 AM to 6:00 PM
Still Photography : Allowed
Video Photography : Allowed
Cooler Climate for most part of the year.
Carry Umbrella
Wear Comfortable Shoes
Wear Cotton Dress with pullovers
Carry Binoculars
Nearest Railway Station : Mysore Railway Station
Nearest Airport : Mysore Airport
Nearest National Highway : NH181
Nearest Landmark : Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple

The reserve adjoins Satyamangalam Tiger Reserve. The vegetation in these forest are mostly stunted shola forests and montane grasslands at the highest elevations.

The most popular wild animal one can sight here are elephants, gaur and some rare chance of a tiger. The reserve has an approximate number of 62 tigers.

Around 254 species of birds recorded in the BR hills.

Another unique attraction of BR Hills reserve is Dodda Sampige Mara (a large Michelia Champaka tree), believed to be over 2000 years old and worshipped by the Soliga tribe. Other interesting trekking points include Biligir Ranganatha Swamy temple, Kanakadasa Cave and ruins of an old fort called Kanchikote.

Jungle Lodges & Resorts Ltd. in coordination with the forest department operates jeep safari into the BRT wildlife sanctuary twice a day (6 AM to 8 AM and 4 PM to 6.30 PM).

The entry into the reserve is only between 6 AM and 6 PM.


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