BRT Wildlife Sanctuary
Biligiri Rangana Hills, (literally meaning - Lord Ranganatha's White rock Hill in Kannada) commonly known as B R Hills is a hill range situated in south-eastern Karnataka, at its border with Tamil Nadu in South India. Biligiri Rangana range of Hills are picturesquely situated between the Kaveri and Kapila rivers. Biligiri Rangana Hills are in the Kollegal and Yelandur taluks of Chamarajanagar district and located at a distance of 28 km from Yelandur and 90 km from Mysore.
The forest around is named Biligiriranga Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary or BRT Wildlife Sanctuary after this place. Biligiriranga Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected reserve under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1973.
A wildlife sanctuary of 322.4 sq km was set up around the temple on 27 June 1974, and it was expanded to 539.58 sq km on 14 January 1987. B.R Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, situated at a height of 5,091 feet above sea level, this hill stretches from north to south for about 16 Km. This sanctuary is unique because it has scrub, dry decidous, moist deciduous, semi-evergreen, evergreen and shola forests. It is also known for its many endemic species of plants including valuable medicinal ones.
Biligiriranga Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. This sanctuary is home for wildlife's like elephants, gaurs, sambars, chitals, bears, panthers and tigers. BRT Wildlife Sanctuary provides shelter to over 250 species of birds, about 22 species of reptiles and an amazing 116 species of Butterfiles.
Other activities at Biligiriranga Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary are trekking, amateur fishing, professional angling, coracle boat rides, bird watching, river rafting and outdoor camping.
The ancient temple dedicated to Biligiri Rangaswamy in the sanctuary is a place of pilgrimage for over 500 years. The temple here is built in traditional Dravidian style of architecture. The annual festival of Lord Rangaswamy at Biligiri Temple is held during 'Vaishaka' in the month of April.