Sunday 17 May 2015

Bandipur Day -2 Ride To Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta

2nd Day:  Started from Masinagudi in the morning and we headed to Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta.

Gopalaswamy hill range seemed endless.There are quite a few scenic places on the way, including sunflower fields and long road stretches with trees on either sides.The temple consists of main diety Sri.Gopalaswamy, the image is beautifully carved out of Krishna Shile, and is about 7 feet in height including the prabhavali. The idol of Krishna, is very beautifully carved and he is standing in a Tribhangi posture. Himavad Gopalaswami temple was constructed in 12th Century AD by the Hoysala Kings.Later the Wodeyars Wodeyar dynasty of Mysore who were ardent devotees of Lord Venugopala displayed keen interest in maintaining the hill temple. The temple is situated on a hill which is actually an extension of Western Ghats and is surrounded by thick jungle on all three sides. The temple is restored in a Dravidian style and outer protection wall is constructed at a later stage.ame Himavad - Hima means snow in Kannada vad - meaning covered with, as this place is in a altitude of 1400+ meters above Sea Level and is always covered with clouds. The best part of this place is you will not find any crows, people says that once a crow had a dip in the near by pond and it turned into a swan and henceforth, no crows are to be seen here.

Route  From Bangalore:
1.Bangalore-Nanjangud-Gundlupet-Hangala-Himavad Gopala Swamy Betta.

2.Bangalore-Chamarajanagara-Gundlupet-Hangala-Himavad Gopala Swamy Betta.
just after Gundlupet you need to drive for about 8 kms till you reach a small hamlet called Hangala, take a right deviation for about 11 kms and you will reach this fantastic location admist thick forest and if you are lucky you can spot Elephants.

Note : Trekking,Picnicking,partying are punishable offense. Hence visitors are requested to refrain from adventure or explore.

Permission: Yes (Time to return is 1 hour 30 minutes).

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