We invite you to explore India - the Land with infinite beauty ! Whether you soar high into Himalayas or peer under the ruins of the Ancient monuments dotting the landscape of India, you will cherish the experience long after your visit ! This India Travel Guide on Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is free from any commercial interest! This site is dedicated to promote India - the vast subcontinent, its glorious past, magnificent landscape and its infinite variety.
Named after Brahmagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka, this wildlife sanctuary is situated in the Western Ghats, in the Coorg district of Karnataka. At 1608 meters above sea level, this hill range borders Kerala and Karnataka. It is situated between Wyanad District of Kerala state on the south and Kodagu District in Karnataka on the north. In the east it mingles with Nagarhole National Park. The sanctuary is spread about 181.80 sq. km.
Brahmagiri has two reserve forests, Brahmagiri and Urty, with the river Borapole passing through. The sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna. The vegetation in the sanctuary is mostly evergreen and semi evergreen forests. Patches of shola forest with bamboos can also be spotted.
Flora and fauna at Brahmagiri
Among animal species, lion-tailed macaque, elephant, gaur, tiger, sloth bear, wild pig, spotted deer, Nilgiri langur, wild do, Sambar, spotted deer, Slender Loris, Bonnet Macaque, Common langur, Barking deer and Mouse deer, Malabar giant squirrel and flying squirrel, Common otter, Brown Mongoose, Civets, Porcupine and Pangolin and several others can be spotted. Reptiles like python and king cobra can be seen.
The bird species numbering around 240 include emerald dove, black bulbul, Malabar trogon among others. The sanctuary is famous for bird and jungle safaris. It is also an ideal place for trekking and climbing.
Traveling around Brahmagiri
Other places of visit near the Brahmagiri sanctuary include Thiruneelai temple, Pakshipathalam and Iruppu falls.
The Thiruneelai temple was built by Lord Brahma himself and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Celebrated as the Kasi of the South or Dakshina Kasi, it lies on the side bordering Kerala. The temple boasts of 30 granite pillars built in traditional style.
Pakshipathalam which is another major attraction lies on the Kerala side of Brahmagiri range at an altitude of 1740 meters. According to legend the cave in Pakshipathalam was used by Gurus and Rishis in primeval times. This place is also popular as Munikal cave in Karnataka.
The Iruppu Falls originate from the Lakshmana Tirtha River in Karnataka. This is a most sought after destination in Karnataka. According to folklore, Lord Rama and Lakshmana stopped here whilst searching for Sita. It was here that Lord Lakshmana shot an arrow to Brahmagiri hill from where Lakshmana Tirtha River sprang. It eventually flows into the Kaveri River.
Trekking at Brahmagiri
The hill is at an approximate distance of 270 km from Bangalore and if you are trekking from Kerala, you can begin at Thiruneelai temple. Whilst trekking from Karnataka, Iruppu falls can be the starting spot of the trek. However, permission from the Thiruneelai Forest Range officer and Srimangala Forest Range officer has to be obtained while trekking. The nearest towns to Brahmagiri hill are Kutta. Srimangala and Gonikkoppal. Take along a trekking guide.
This sanctuary is about 60 km from Coorg and about 270 kms from Bangalore. By bus from Bangalore, there are options to go to Gonikkoppal and thereafter Srimangala, and travel 10 km before reaching Iruppu falls. The trekking journey can begin from here.
By car from Bangalore, drive through Mysore road to reach Srirangapatna. Take a deviation from Hunsur and proceed to Gonikkoppal. On the way to Gonikkoppal take a deviation towards Nagarhole. Srimangala and Iruppu. Drive through Ponnampet, Hudikeri and Shettigir, reach Srimangala and head to Iruppu.
By bus from Kerala, reach Kuttu to Kattikulam, and thereafter a private bus to Thiruneeli from where the trek can begin.
The nearest airport is Bangalore. It is also reachable by road and rail with Mysore junction as the nearest railhead. The route from Mysore is through Hosur, Gonikappa and then the sanctuary. From Madikeri, travelers go through Virarajendrapet and then to the sanctuary.
The best time to visit Brahmagiri is from October to May. Pack your bags and head to this paradise. You do not have to be a trekker to relish in Mother Nature's delight.
South India Travel - Information on South India Travel
South India Tour - Grand Canyon of Asia
Karnataka Tourism - Land of exquisite architecture in Temples and History
Pattadakal - Ceremonial site of the early Western Chalukyan kings
Bandipur National Park - Paradise for wildlife.
Bannerghatta National Park - Animals in their natural habitat.
Jog Falls - highest waterfalls in India
Qutb Shahi Tombs - Persian and Indian architectural style
Fort St Angelo Kannur - 500 year old European built Fort
Bekal Fort - Old Fort near Kasargod
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary - Jagaru Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary - Sharavathi Valley
Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary - Sanctuary near Kannur
Coorg - The Scotland of the East
Kudremukh - Face of a Horse overlooking the Arabian Sea
Santa Cruz Basilica Cochin - 500 year old Basilica near the Arabian sea
Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours - Tallest Church in Asia and the biggest Church in India
St. Andrews Basilica Allepey - Fair skinned Father of Miracles
Basilica of Our Lady of Vallarpadam - Basilica in an Island
Velankanni Basilica - Lady of Health Shrine near the Bay of Bengal
Our Lady of Ports Cathedral Ernakulam - Cochin boasts of 4 Basilicas
St. George Basilica Angamaly - Basilica for a Roman Soldier who slayed Dragons
St. Mary Queen of Peace Basilica Trivandrum - Syrian Malankara Church
Holy Redeemer Basilica Trichi - Mother of Perpetual Help
Poondi Madha Basilica - Lady of Lourdes
St. Mary's Basilica Bangalore - Miraculous statue of Our Lady
Basilica of Our Lady of Snows Tuticorin - Miraculous Statue of our Lady of Snow
Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - Eglise De Sacre Coeur
Santhome Basilica - Houses the relic of St.Thomas
Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption - St.Mary's Church
Divine Retreat Center Chalakudy - Potta Ashram
Church of Our Lady of Angels - 400 year old Church
Basilica of Our Lady of Snows Pallippuram - 500 year old Basilica
St.Lawrence Basilica in Attur - Miracles in Attur
Maria Bambina Church - Marian Devotion
Holy Rosary Basilica Karumathampatty - New Basilica near Coimbatore
Basilica of Our Lady of Health in Harihar - Velankanni of Karnataka
Basilica of St. Anthony - Basilica of St.Anthony of Padua
Lady of Mount Carmel Shrine - Kovalam Shrine
Divine Mercy Church - Divine Mercy
Infant Jesus Shrine - Roman Catholic Shrine in India
Chikmagalur Trekking - Heady mix of Coffee and Waterfalls
Kodachadri Hills - Mountain Peak in Shimoga
Kabini Resort - Forest retreat a few hours from Bangalore and Mysore.
Kemmanagundi - Undulating meadows, gurgling brooks, rolling mist
Hampi - Evokes visions of poetry in stone
Mangalore - A triangular city with a summit to the South.
Mysore Palace - City basking in the glory of past Kings
Hyderabad Travel - City of Nizams
Vishakapatnam - Serene lakes, Cool beaches
Golconda Fort - Military Architecture
Charminar - Qutb Shahi Dynasty
Kodaikanal - South India's better known hill stations
Kerala Tourism - God's own Country
Alappuzha - Palm fringed canals, lazy lagoons and water locked towns.
Kumarakom Backwaters - Idllyic relaxed backwater setting
Mattanchery Palace - Palace in Kochi
Munnar - Emerald green tea estates.
Silent Valley - Sairandhrivanam, meaning forest in the valley.
Wayanad wildlife sanctuary - Holiday Resorts, Ayurvedic Rejuvenation centers and more.
Poovar Island - Holiday in Poovar
Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary - Highest peak in Karnataka
Cochin Travel - Gateway to God's own Country
Belur Hoysala Temples - Poetry in Stone
Chola Temples - Revisit the past glory of the mighty Cholas
Madurai Meenakshi Temple - One of the Biggest temples
Tirupati temple - Lord of the 7 Hills
Rameshwaram Temple - Sethu Yathra
Swamimalai Temple - The Son who taught his Father
Guruvayur Temple - Bhuloka Vaikunta
Sabarimala Temple - Makara Jyothi
Padmanabha swamy Temple - Ananthasayanam
Thiruvannamalai temple - Padal PetraSthalam
Saradamba Temple Sringeri - Sringeri Temples
Ranganatha Swami Temple - Largest Temple in the World
Udupi Krishna Temple - Kanakanakindi
Vaitheeswaran Koil - Prime center for naadi shastra
Sripuram Golden Temple - Temple of Gold
Srikalahasti Temple - Kailas of the South
Kanchipuram Temple - Ancient Pallava built Temple
Palani Temple - Temple dedicated to Tamil God
Thiruchendur Murugan Temple - Part of the 6 Abodes of Murugan