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Old 6th March 2017, 21:59   #1
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November 2016 was when the group at office went on an outing. In January 2nd week, again the itch started for the group and I was given the responsibility of selecting the place and arranging the logistics. I went ahead with Gorukana at BR Hills after getting a nod from the group. February 10th it would be with an overnight stay. We would be using our cars instead of going in a hired vehicle.

Day + 1: 10th February 2017

I had designated the spot on Kanakapura road where everyone would meet at 5.45 am. We had 6 cars in our group and the last car came only at 6.20 am. After everyone assembled we drove towards Kanakapura. The road work slowed our progress. Post Kanakapura it was a breeze. We had packed breakfast to have it on the way. I pulled over at one of empty fields (empty because no cultivation is happening due to water shortage). A leisure breakfast, we continued on but not before we ensured no litter was left behind there at the spot.

Continued driving without much drama and reached Gorukana at 10.45 am. Post the welcome drink, we quickly settled into our cottages. Since most people are not used to starting early, they ended up having a nap post lunch. A handful of people decided we go for the Safari and drove towards K Gudi forest office. Unfortunately one of the jeeps had broken down and the other one already having people waiting for it. We drove to the other end of the check-post and drove back to the resort.

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People who are familiar with the route, there is a waterhole adjacent to the road in the route between K Gudi and BR Hills. Heard sambar deer calls. We waited for a good 5 mins and the calls were getting louder. Surely predator on the prowl. Thanks to an over enthusiastic driver in a Tavera, he honked (what a moron to honk inside a reserve forest). The calls died down immediately.

Disappointed we drove on further to the sunset point and spent a good 30 mins.

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Post the soothing sunset and we were back at the resort. Post Tea we regrouped for the tribal event that the resort folks had planned for the evening. Post dinner, folks chilled out.

Day 2 continued.
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Day 2: 11th February 2017

The same group who were interested in a safari were ready by 5.30 am. We drove to the forest gate and the guard was not to be seen. The resort folks called the guard and he guided us to the location where he had hid the key. Opened the gate and we were off. We reached the forest office and this time we were happy to see the jeep waiting for us.

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As we were heading back to the forest office post the safari, I kept hearing the whistling noises. It had to be the Dholes. Asked the driver to stop and there we go with the Dholes hogging away, it was a spotted deer kill.

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Post safari, with happy faces we went back to the resort for sumptuous breakfast. Checked out at 10.30 am, visited the Temple and drove back towards Bangalore. Knowing the traffic would be crazy on Kanakapura road, we decided to take Mysore road. We were back home by 6 pm.
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Thread moved from the Assembly Line (The "Assembly Line" Forum section) to Travelogues. Thanks for sharing!
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@nkrishnap - Excellent report and pictures, thanks for sharing

The BR Hills temple will be closed for about 18 months for renovation work starting March 15 - Link (Source:New Indian Express)
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@nkrishnap - Excellent report and pictures, thanks for sharing

The BR Hills temple will be closed for about 18 months for renovation work starting March 15 - Link (Source:New Indian Express)
Yes, heard about the renovation from the priest there. It does need some work to be done especially the flooring around the temple. But in the name of renovation, they should not commercialize it. It will destroy the essence of the place.
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may be this is the time to visit as we can expect lesser footfalls due to temple closure ?
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