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Old 7th March 2014, 21:07   #91
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I had submitted a correction request to Google. After a long time, got a confirmation today that the route has been corrected. I verified and the route is indeed updated
Can you point to this section? It would be good to know.
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Can you point to this section? It would be good to know.
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Had been to BR hills over the weekend. The forest dept safari is closed until the rains set in (June, I guess). The only safari option currently at BR hills/K Gudi is through Jungle Lodges. They don't offer just the safari, you'll have to take their overnight package.
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Had been to BR hills over the weekend. The forest dept safari is closed until the rains set in (June, I guess).
Oh that is bad news. Any reason mentioned by them for the same? My guess is it may have something to do with the forest fires in Bandipur and Wayanad forest sections.
Till June is a long time, was planning of visiting BR hills around May
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Any reason mentioned by them for the same? My guess is it may have something to do with the forest fires in Bandipur and Wayanad forest sections.
I don't think it's to do with the forest fires. That's in a different area and moreover Jungle Lodges is still operating their safaris in BR hills, so there's no blanket ban on safaris. The forest guard said they usually close their safari every year around this time.
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The forest guard said they usually close their safari every year around this time.
Read in the newspaper that some safaris in Nagarhole, Tholpatty sanctuaries are also closed for a month or so. Think it is a usual seasonal closing Just for info.
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Hi guys,

Planning to visit K. Gudi (JLR) shortly - intend to take the Kanakapura-Malavalli-Kollegal-Yelandur route. Which route is recommended beyond Yelandur - A, B, or C?

Also, have not been to Kanakapura side for quite some time now. Is there a bypass now or one still has to drive through town?

Thanks in advance...
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Which route is recommended beyond Yelandur - A, B, or C?

Also, have not been to Kanakapura side for quite some time now. Is there a bypass now or one still has to drive through town?
Definitely avoid A, the road is non-existent. Either B or C is okay. You could maybe use one for the onward journey and one for the return, so that you cover the entire forest stretch.
There's no Kanakapura bypass, but the drive-thru town is not very time consuming.
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A quick update on my trip to K. Gudi this past weekend:

* Route taken: Bangalore-Kanakapura-Kollegal-Yelandur-BR Hills-K. Gudi
* Passing through Kanakapura is a breeze now with the wide/divided road running through town
* Road condition is good throughout - took me around 4 hours of sedate driving to cover the 215 km to K. Gudi
* Tried a different route on the way back to bypass Yelandur - as you exit the forest checkpost while coming back from BR Hills, take the first right hardly 50 m from the checkpost. Here is the route map. I loved the route due to zilch traffic and nice vistas - would be a feast for the eyes during/post monsoon, I am sure. Plus, you save about 10 km.
* Sightings included regular mammals - tuskers, Gaurs, etc. Some nice bird sightings including crested serpent eagles, "brainfever" birds, minivets, and a very beautiful paradise flycatcher.
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Hi,

We are planning to go to BR Hills on Saturday 3rd May and return to Bangalore on Sunday. Haven't booked the acco, will book either Akasa, Champakaranya or Rajathadri.

Can one go for night drives from the base at BR Hills after 6 pm? If that is not allowed, we can aswell stay at Nijaguna residency. My kid can have fun in the pool too.

From the posts I am thinking if we can try BR Hills - K Gudi early morning on Sunday and Saturday night. Would also like to try the drive to Chamarajnagar and back to K Gudi through Punanjur mentioned by Ozzy during the day time on Saturday.

Ozzy can you give the exact spot to turn left while coming from Chamarajnagar side?

Any suggestions on other must dos/see?

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Can one go for night drives from the base at BR Hills after 6 pm?
Only until the forest check posts, which is not much distance. Won't be much of a jungle drive at night.

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Ozzy can you give the exact spot to turn left while coming from Chamarajnagar side?
That turn-off at Punjur is non-existent. From Chamarajnagar, you'll have to enter K Gudi thru' the Chamarajnagar-BR hills road.
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Hi guys,

Planning to visit K. Gudi (JLR) shortly - intend to take the Kanakapura-Malavalli-Kollegal-Yelandur route. Which route is recommended beyond Yelandur - A, B, or C?

Also, have not been to Kanakapura side for quite some time now. Is there a bypass now or one still has to drive through town?

Thanks in advance...
What is the difference between B and C? One is via ChamarajaNagar- Isn't that a little longer?

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While driving to BR Hills through NH209, at a place called Sathyagala(about 130KM) from Bangalore, there is a narrow bridge built over Kaveri river which flows towards Shivanasamudra, has been installed with height barriers by the road authorities to avoid crossing over by heavy weight vehicles.

On enquiring a local petrol station guy, he informed us, these barriers are built mainly to avoid heavy vehicles due to the significant damage and vibrations observed in the bridge. On questioning him the alternative road for heavy vehicles, he told us, the buses and trucks are supposed to make detour from Kollegala through Talakadu and end up at the exit of the bridge.

The tempo guy tried hard to get through the barriers.
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Two small walls have been build at the entry and exit of the bridge just before the height barriers.
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And the narrow bridge.
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This pic was taken just after the exit of the bridge(from Kollegala to Malavalli), where one can see the diversion of road.
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^^ I guess this was discussed earlier in Bangalore - Ooty route thread couple of months back.
Till I read your post I was thinking the diversion for heavy vehicles is just before the bridge towards the left while coming from Kollegal. I saw a mud road which is used heavily over there.
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