Bandipur diaries 5

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta, at about 1450 m, is the highest hill located within the Bandipur National Park, and filled with fog through the year. It gets its name from the fog (Himavad in Kannada) and the Gopalaswamy temple that is located on the top of the hill (Betta in Kannada).

Those visiting the national park to see the wildlife usually make the trip up the hill, to see the temple. If one stays at Jungle Lodges & Resorts (JLR) for a two-day package, a trip to the temple is included and you will be taken in the government safari Bolero or bus. If you prefer to go in your own vehicle, you will be allowed till the foothills after which you will be put onto a government bus to take you to the top.

It is a nice drive up the hill, and if you are lucky, you may see elephants or other animals of the forest. Along the way, there are points from which one can get lovely views of the area around the forest.

View from the hill
Lots of trees, water bodies, and we spotted an elephant also
A view of the hills in Bandipur
A view of the hills in Bandipur

The temple was built in the 14th century, during the rule of the Hoysalas. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, it is adorned by statues of the lord and his consorts. Read more about the temple here.

Hand pump at the foot of the temple steps
Hand pump at the foot of the temple steps
A view from atop the temple platform
A view from atop the temple platform
Entry arch to the temple
Entry arch to the temple
Devotees enjoying prasadam served in the temple
Devotees enjoying prasadam served in the temple
Cloth knots and stone idols
Cloth knots – a place for wishes to come true, and stone idols that probably once adorned the area
People taking pictures atop a hill
The backdrop makes lovely pictures
View from the temple top

Also see the other posts on Bandipur:

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