Gopalaswamy Betta is located in the Chamarajanagar district in Karnataka and is also the highest peak in the Bandipur National Park. It lies amidst dense area of the Bandipur National Park and is home to large number of wildlife species. Travellers planning Ooty trip from Mysore by private vehicle can include this scenic place in their list.
A picturesque view of the hill
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The serene is place is located about 220 km from Bengaluru and about 75 km from Mysuru. The hill is located 16 km from Gundlupet and travellers can take the Ooty-Mysuru route and continue their journey towards Bandipur. After reaching Gundlupet, travel further to Hangala which is about to 8 km from Gundlupet.
From Hangala it is only 16 km drive to reach the serene hills of Gopalswamy Betta. Travellers can easily reach to the top the top of the hills as the roads are in good condition.
Travellers need to pay an entry fee at the Forest Department Check Post in order to proceed further. Travellers visiting the hill are only allowed from 8 AM to 4 30 PM. Other than its scenic landscape, there is a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna called as the Himavad Gopalaswamy Temple.
Top view of the temple
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Going back to history, this temple was built in 1315 AD by Ballala who was a Hoysala King. The temple is located in the heart of Bandipur Forest and the mesmerising view of the surrounding hills attracts many travellers to this temple.
Temple perched on top of the hill
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There are certain rules and regulations to be followed before entering the scenic Gopalaswamy Betta. Travellers are not allowed to carry or consume alcohol once they enter the place. Lighting cigarrete is strictly prohibited.
The entire place is a no plastic zone and and no food is available on top of the hills. So travellers are recommended to carry their own food but not to litter waste and make a mess of the beautiful place.
Trekking and videography are allowed only with prior permission from the forest department and travellers must be accompanied by the forest department guides.
Way to the hills
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Travellers who wish to stay at Gopalaswamy Betta must book their accommodation before hand and permission from the forest department is required before booking. There is a guest house owned by the forest department at the top of the hill and travellers can reserve their accommodation in advance through the forest officer of Bandipur.
The guest house offer basic amenities and travellers should carry food and other basic essentials as there is no provision of food in the guest house.