Mysore to Himvad Gopalaswamy Hills

A journey from Mysore to Himvad Gopalaswamy Hills would take one through the verdant green valleys of the western Ghat. A picturesque hill retreat, Himvad Gopalaswamy Hills is truely a nature lover's delight and is popularly known as Gopalaswamy Betta. The region is part of the Nilgiri hills and offer great trekking trails. The hill lends its name from the temple of Lord Krishna or Lord Hoysala situated on the hills. The temple was constructed in 1315 under the supervision of a Chola Viceroy, Perumal Dandanayaka.

The Himvad Gopalaswamy Hills, near Gundlupet in Chamarajanagara district of Karnataka and is part of the Bandipur National Park. Himvad means the abode of fogs and the hill is truely covered by fog all year round lending it a mysterious character. The Himvad Gopalaswamy hill is made all the more beautiful with 77 teertha or auspicious springs.

One of the most delightful excursions from Mysore, Himvad Gopalaswamy Hills is frequented by both the nature lovers and the pilgrims. The surrounding forest land means there is always a chance of encountering wild animals, especially the elephants, cheetal, sambar, and black buck. The Himvad Gopalaswamy Hill is the highest peak in the national park and can be accessed by a small road through the village of Angala. Buses and trains are available from Mysore to Himvad Gopalaswamy Hills.

The Gopalaswamy Temple is presided by Lord Krishna in a dancing pose, playing his flute under a tree. His consorts Satyabama and Rukmini grace his either side and panel below depicts his cows and friends.

Last Updated on 9/14/2011