June 27, 2010

Himvad Gopalswamy Betta

This is my 100th post, it came faster than i thought it would, My journey so far in the blogosphere has been a wonderful experience. Thanks to all the visitor's and followers who make my day.


I thought let me mark this 100th post by sharing photo's of one of my favorite place, I feel in love with this place when I first visited here about 8 years back and the photo's shared here are from my second vist, hope you all enjoy


Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta (GS Hill) is located in the Chamarajanagar district of the state of Karnataka, It gets its prefix from its climatic condition, Dense mist predominates and covers these hills all round the year, HIMA in native language Kannada means mist. GOPALSWAMY is derived from the Ancient Temple on top of the hill dedicated to Lord Venugopala (another name for Lord Krishna) and BETTA means Hill (in Kannada) which is in the height of 2800 feet above sea level.


Click here to view photo's and read some interesting information of the beautiful Ancient Temple
 
GS hills is also known for its picturesque views of the surrounding hills and valleys and there is no doubt that anyone who visits this place will fall in love with it instantly.
GS Hills is the higest point in Bandipur Wildlife santuary, in fact it is the highest peak in this region. The hill is home for many wild animals and exotic birds. Elephants rule this region, if we reach on top of the hill early morning we can see herds of elephants moving slowly along with their young one's.
Its very foggy and cold here early morning, clouds cling to the top of the hill and it literally feels one is walking into the clouds, clouds clear slowly by noon only to reaturn by day fall, one can catch up spectacular sunrise and sunset from here but no one is allowed to stay after 5 P.M.
These regions were a favorite hunting ground for the Mysore Maharajahs and their British guests. The royals have built a guesthouse on top of the hills and there are some rare pictures of the Maharajahs and their guests with their prized hunt the tiger. Now this area is covered under the Project Tiger for Bandipur wildlife sanctuary
This place is an excellent picnic spot for all. There are total 77 lakes situated over a distance of 5-6 kms on this hilly region. These can be seen only by walking through hills and forest areas and the way is naturally made. Among these, one lake is called Hamsa theertha (Swan lake). There is a story behind this lake. Once a crow took bath in this lake and became Hamsa (Hamsa means swan in Kannada). Interestingly, one cannot see any crows surrounding this place.

Luch green mountains, cool weather, low clinging clouds can we very inviting but if your are not used to trecking or walking long distance you will end up like the guy in the picute below :)


36 comments:

  1. That's exactly the kind of trekking I love to do. I love the middle photos that show the people on the upward climb...SO beautiful!

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  2. Hallois Anthony :-)

    Everytime I see you coming up with a new post on my bloggroll :-) so exiting going into your beautiful world!! and never never ever have I left this place dissapointed.

    Norway hug from Anne

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  3. Hello Sam,
    Really great pics.........

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  4. Beautiful images of what looks to be such a pastoral place.

    And congratulations on 100!

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  5. Magnificent and fascinating landscapes. Nice shots. Number two and three are, in my opinion, excellent. They all give the impression ov tranquility and timelssness.

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  6. Great shots of the place. Congratulations on your 100th post.

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  7. What a gorgeous place! And, of course, your photos are magnificent as always! I would love to trek there! Do love all that green! Thanks for taking us on the tour, Sam, it's always a pleasure! Hope you have a wonderful week!

    Sylvia

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  8. This is a very beautiful nature preserve and your photos of it are spectacular. The rolling green hills seem to go on forever.

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  9. so beautiful. the rolling hills, the mist and 77 lakes! wow! this is a perfect place for a hike and a picnic.

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  10. Happy 100th!

    What a marvellous place - superb!

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  11. Congratulations 100 posts!
    Breathtaking pictures -I feel so energised so early in the day as I feel I have indeed walked across the hills!

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  12. Congratulations on your 100th post!
    I don't believe there has been one that has disappointed in its beauty.

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  13. What beatiful scenery! Were there ever trees there? I love the path winding up the hills. And in the 2nd to last photo, is that a dragonfly I see in the air?

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  14. They should put some goats or sheep like in NEw Zealand.

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  15. Fascinating landscapes and Nice shots.
    :)

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  16. Congrats on 100!!
    Beautiful pics to do it with :)

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  17. What a beautiful area! Keep up the blogging!

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  18. Congratulations on your 100th post, Sam! I do hope you continue blogging and sharing your marvelous photos. These particular photos just get more beautiful each time I look at them! Have a lovely weekend! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  19. Great sky, trekking and Nature shots.
    Luiz Ramos

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  20. Beautiful photos! I love how you captured a dragonfly in the 2nd last one!

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  21. I don't mind walking in here this place is gorgeous!! Happy weekend!

    SWF:Fiery sky

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  22. Wow, gorgeous scenery and photos! The place is so green and lush! Looks like a beautiful place to visit and see the wildlife. Congrats on your 100th post. I enjoy your post keep them coming.

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  23. Congrats on your milestone! Your photos are fabulous.

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  24. Congratulations!

    I love those lush green hills - thanks for guided tour!

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  25. Congrats. I love your outdoor photos.

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  26. Congrats, it is beautiful set of outdoot shots.

    My Bangkok Through My Eyes

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  27. lovely panorama! great find!

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  28. That looks like a wonderful hike. Thanks for sharing the great photos and information!

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  29. congrats on your 100th post..its been a while since i went to gopalswamy beta

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  30. Congratulations on 100 posts, don't you just love the blogging world.
    I can see why you love this place. It is beautiful..I was thinking what a great place to visit until you mentioned the Tiger. I am so happy this is a protected area. By the way, my name is sammie too.
    Mama Bear

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