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Old 25th May 2011, 16:40   #16
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Has anyone been to BRT recently? Just want to know if there is any new place for night stay at BR Temple side of the forest other than the IB and the FRH (Forest Rest House) ?
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Has anyone been to BRT recently? Just want to know if there is any new place for night stay at BR Temple side of the forest other than the IB and the FRH (Forest Rest House) ?
You can stay at the K. Gudi Wilderness Camp run by Jungle Lodges and Resorts. It is not very far from the temple. You can book online here - [Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd]-[Wildlife and Adventure Ecotourism Destination]
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You can stay at the K. Gudi Wilderness Camp run by Jungle Lodges and Resorts. It is not very far from the temple. You can book online here - [Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd]-[Wildlife and Adventure Ecotourism Destination]
Hey sorry, I should've been more specific, I know about this JLR place and it was there when I went to BR Hills. I just wanted to know if there is any other lodges/camp came up in BRT area. It's bit difficult to get accommodation there unless you book fairly in advance.
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Hey sorry, I should've been more specific, I know about this JLR place and it was there when I went to BR Hills. I just wanted to know if there is any other lodges/camp came up in BRT area. It's bit difficult to get accommodation there unless you book fairly in advance.
There is something called GORU KANA in BR Hills. Fauji had been there some time back and here is his travelogue. You will find more details there
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...lady-luck.html (A road trip in a Jiffy and Lady luck!)

EDIT: here is the link from the above travelogue
http://gorukana.org/

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Anyone knows the current road conditions? I know Bangalore - Mysore - Nanjangud - Chamrajanagar - B R Hills won't fail in terms of comfort (road surface/places to take break), but if Bangalore - Kanakapura - Malavalli - Kollegal - Chamrajanagar is *good*, I'd be open to that instead (because it is a road less traveled). Please advice.
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Anyone knows the current road conditions? I know Bangalore - Mysore - Nanjangud - Chamrajanagar - B R Hills won't fail in terms of comfort (road surface/places to take break), but if Bangalore - Kanakapura - Malavalli - Kollegal - Chamrajanagar is *good*, I'd be open to that instead (because it is a road less traveled). Please advice.
I had been to K Gudi in April and the took the route:
Bangalore - Mysore - Nanjangud - Chamrajanagar - Yallandur - K Gudi
The Nanjangud - Chamrajnagar stretch was not great, there were several rough patches and potholes, safe to keep speeds under 60 kph. But once you get to Chamrajanagar it's NH209 and that's superb. Also, the road from Yallandur to BR Hills was being relaid so again rough.
I think NH209 from Bangalore - Kanakapura - Chamrajanagar road is very good but places for breaks might be an issue unless you carry food.
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if Bangalore - Kanakapura - Malavalli - Kollegal - Chamrajanagar is *good*, I'd be open to that instead (because it is a road less traveled). Please advice.

I was there at BR Hills last week and took the Bangalore - Kanakapura - Mallavalli - Kollegal - Yelandur - Chamrajnagar route. Ahh! What a drivers paradise! A beautiful & Scenic route with less traffic. Reached BR Hills within 3.5 Hrs including a breakfast stop at the yummy Vasu Hotel in Kanakapura. Please take this route and believe me you will enjoy your drive.

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I was there at BR Hills last week and took the Bangalore - Kanakapura - Mallavalli - Kollegal - Yelandur - Chamrajnagar route. Ahh! What a drivers paradise! A beautiful & Scenic route with less traffic. Reached BR Hills within 3.5 Hrs including a breakfast stop at the yummy Vasu Hotel in Kanakapura. Please take this route and believe me you will enjoy your drive.
You need not have to go to Chamarajanagar. At the fag end of Kollegala town, you need to take a left turn (just before the river) into a country side (but good) single road and after passing thru a few villages, you'd end up at the forest checkpost gate. You should be saving atleast about 50kms this way.

3.5hrs thru Chamarajanagara is very impressive.

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You need not have to go to Chamarajanagar. At the fag end of Kollegala town, you need to take a left turn (just before the river) into a country side (but good) single road and after passing thru a few villages, you'd end up at the forest checkpost gate. You should be saving atleast about 50kms this way.

3.5hrs thru Chamarajanagara is very impressive.

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The route from kollegal town to BR hills was dug up and rerouting through villages. Also the route from Forest gate to K Gudi ( Jungle lodges) place where i was staying was more compared to the route i usually take to BR hills through Chamrajnagar.

I tried both the routes and it was more or less difference of 10 kms to Kgudi. To Br hills also difference is around 22-25 kms.

Both routes have their share of bad stretches, i prefer the chamrajnagar route as i have better luck in spottings on this route.

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The route from kollegal town to BR hills was dug up and rerouting through villages. Also the route from Forest gate to K Gudi ( Jungle lodges) place where i was staying was more compared to the route i usually take to BR hills through Chamrajnagar.
Didn't realize you went to Jungle Lodges. You are right, the forest is thicker on the Chamarajanagara side. Except for Peacocks, Mongoose and some occassional deer, I have not seen anything else, though the villagers near Yelandur do complain of elephant herd vandalizing their crops.

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Both routes have their share of bad stretches, i prefer the chamrajnagar route as i have better luck in spottings on this route.
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You are right, the forest is thicker on the Chamarajanagara side. Except for Peacocks, Mongoose and some occassional deer, I have not seen anything else, though the villagers near Yelandur do complain of elephant herd vandalizing their crops.
Actually, the stretch between BR Temple and K Gudi is pretty thick and the sightings have been pretty good on that stretch. Recently, someone here posted that he spotted a leopard on this stretch. Don't remember where he has posted though.

I personally have sighted Elephants, Barking deer, Boars, Chital, Sambar, Monkeys, peacocks etc, almost all except the cats on this stretch
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Well its a mere matter of luck i tell you. Happened to see a leopard on the stretch leading to K Gudi from Chamrajnagar. I saw wild dogs this time on the BR hills stretch. So i alternate between the two , favorite being the former
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Couple fo weeks back I hadbeen to Chamarajanagara(From here BR Hills is may be 30-40kms). From BLR to Chamarajanagara I took Via mysore, while return via kollegala and Kanakpuara.

Simply put, Via Kollegala and kanakapura road is fantastic. No need to thinks twice, it is the best road at this time.

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Thanks guys for your valuable inputs. So tomorrow's plan Bangalore > Kanakapura > Malavalli > Kollegal > Yelandur > Chamrajanagar > K.Gudi. Breakfast at Kanakapura. Will report the road condition next week.

Speaking of spotting, I had good lucks in Chamrajanagar - K.Gudi road before. If you're into birding, you may be interested to know I had a good shot of a Blue-bearded Bee-Eater on that road.
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As of first week of Nov 2011: the best route is Bangalore Kanakpura Malavalli Kollegal Yelandur B.R.Hills K.Gudi as documented in Map created by GPS Visualizer

There is not a single pothole in the whole stretch. It is not wide all the way but has zero traffic. From Yelandur, you have to get off NH-209 and follow the sign to BRT. There are two alternative roads, and one of them is newly done (which is noted in the track). Also for a pleasure drive, we went down the Chamrajanagar side, and the road is under construction there. There are long stretches with just stone-chips and no tar. Maybe it'll be ready in a couple of week's time. Till then Yelandur-B.R.Hills-K.Gudi is the best.

Me being a safe driver who'd never even try 3-digit speed in undivided unfenced highways, from K.Gudi to Bangalore Silk Board junction (~200km) I could make in 4 hours flat.
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