Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta: Visiting the Magical Hills
Overview: Everyone knows that Himavad Gopalaswamy betta casts a spell on anyone visiting during monsoons and in cloudy conditions. But I wanted to check if it still retains the beauty in the summers. And I must tell you that we were not disappointed. It was warm and sunny till Bandipur. But as soon as our vehicle started climbing the hill, cool breeze started blowing welcoming us to the hills. On reaching the top of the hill, we realized that its not for nothing that this place is called Himavad Gopalaswamy betta. We could see mist surrounding the entire hill range in the middle of the day in summer. We went to the Gopalaswamy temple which was built in the 13th century by the Hoysalas and later renovated by the Wodeyars. The carvings on the walls and the sculptors are worth admiring and the temple looks divine. After visiting the temple, we came out and explored the magical hills. Though our soul was not permitting us to leave the place, with a heavy heart, we started back on our return back to Bangalore but with a fresh look on our faces.
How to reach: Car/Bike: Head on SH17 towards Mysore, from Mysore take the Ooty road NH212, after Gundlupet, before Bandipur forest, watch out for board indicating directions for Himavad Gopalaswamy betta. Turn right to reach the hills.
Food/Accommodation: Plenty of options available on Mysore road as well as NH212.
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