BR Hills to Kollegal, Maddur and Bangalore - Travel through less traversed jungles and country-side (Part 3 of 3)


The BR Hills village surrounded by forests of BRT tiger reserve, Karnataka, India
A view of BR Hills village surrounded by tiger reserve forests
Car drive from BR Hills to Bangalore via Yellandur, Kollegal and Maddur
The last day's drive
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Back in BR Hills, for breakfast we had rice idlis with some cocunut chutney served on plantain leaves, a tradition in this part of India.
Akki idli or rice idly with coconut chutney breakfast at BR Hills
Rice idlis with coconut chutney served on plantain leaves at BR Hills
We lost little time as we went straight up to the Ranaganathaswamy temple, around which the life and much of this village's economy revolves. The temple is centuries old and is very popular with Hindu devotees who visit it from far and wide. There are interesting idols and carvings at the entrance of the temple.
A poster depicting the chief diety of Male Mahadeshwara Temple near the entrance of BR temple

Biligiri Ranganathaswamy temple at BR Hills, Karnataka
An inside view of the entrance to the BR temple

The Biligiri Ranganathaswamy Temple (BRT) at BR Hills in Karnataka
The BR temple is popular and many devotees visit it from far and wide
It seems life is frozen in this village. Among the many things that have gown missing from Karnataka's big towns and cities in the recent times - peace, serenity and house sparrows can be rediscovered here. We could see many sparrows around the temple. Some of them were nesting in the crevices of the walls of the temple, making me nostalgic of the days when these birds used to be a constant companion as we ate our food as infants at our home in Tumkur town. 

Nest of a house sparrow at Biligiri Ranganathaswamy Temple, BR Hills, Karnataka
A male sparrow waits for the right moment to visit its nest
A male house sparrow at Biligiri Ranganathaswamy Temple, BR Hills, Karnataka, India
A male sparrow with feed in its beak
A pair of house sparrows at Biligiri Ranganathaswamy Temple, BR Hills, Karnataka, India
A sparrow pair, the female is on the left (top)
A male house sparrow at Biligiri Ranganathaswamy Temple, BR Hills, Karnataka, India
Another male sparrow
Since the temple is located on a cliff there area around it provides some very picturesque views of the surrounding jungle clad country. And on the protective barriers one can see a troop of bonnet macacques keeping a watch on the surroundings.

A bonnet macacque at Biligiri Ranganathaswamy Temple, overlooking the forests of BRT tiger reserve, Karnataka, India
A bonnet macacque overlooking the view point behind the temple
We took our time in savouring the scenery as we walked around to get a view of the BR hills village. I first visited this place in late 1990s and I didn't find much change in over a dozen years. Time seemed to stand still here.
We found many people engaged in economic activity directly benefiting from the temple. And they make very good photography subjects for visitors.
A local near Biligiri Ranga temple, Karnataka, India
A forehead marker waits for his temple devotee clients
Locals selling agro-forestry produce like amla and guavas brought fresh from the trees
A local school boy makes the best of his Diwali holiday
Mineral water rubs shoulder with honey from the surrounding forests. 
A rural house with a verandah, something that has vanished not only from Bangalore but even from towns like Tumkur
Salt and spicy snacks for sale near the temple 
A giant wood spider in the forests of BRT tiger reserve, Karnataka, India
Giant wood spider is one of the commonest spiders in these forests
The Yellandur - BR hills road amidst the forests of BRT tiger reserve, Karnataka, India
The drive through forest to Yellandur from BR Hills
The Yellandur - BR Hills road amidst the forests of BRT tiger reserve, Karnataka, India
The picturesque drive to Yellandur through the forests
Local farmers don't mind giving out one or two stems of sugarcane to passers-by
Yellandur town near BRT tiger reserve, Karnataka
Traffic chaos inside the Yellandur town are typical of rural India.
A wetlands fed by streams from BRT tiger reserve, outside Kollegal town.
As one leaves the forests there are numerous wetlands that are fed by streams flowing out of the forested hills of BRT tiger reserve. Here is one such just outside Kollegal town. 
A common coot waterbird in a wetland just outside Kollegal town, Karnataka
A common coot in a wetland just outside Kollegal town
Empire restaurant at Maddur along Bangalore - Mysore Road is located besides Adiga's restaurant
There are numerous restaurants if one decides to drive through Maddur town on the way back to Bangalore. We stopped at the food complex where Empire Restaurant is located (just besides Adiga's)
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  1. Nice trip... Must go for wildlife enthusiasts

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  2. Super write up. You have a flair for writing. Great reading. Like we visited all these places ourselves.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you liked this blog post.

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  3. Any wildlife sightings...in the middle of nagarahole/bandipur planning forgot MM hills...what about accommodation?

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