Himavad Gopala Swami Betta

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Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta is a hill located in the Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka state in India. It lies in the jurisdiction of the Bandipur National Park and is frequented by wild animals including elephants.

How did Himavad Gopalaswami Betta get its name?

The Hill gets its name from the Himavad Gopalaswamy Temple located on the top. 'Himavad' means fog in the local language.  The Hill is drenched with thick fog during most part of the year.  

How to reach 

It is approximately 220 km from Bangalore and 75 km from Mysore on the Mysore Ooty road -10 km away from Gundlupet,which is 60 km away from Mysore. There is a motorable road all the way to the top of the hill. Entry fee is collected at the forest depeartment checkpost at foot of the hill.

Visitors are allowed from around 6am till 5pm. Overnight stay on top is not allowed. Trekking and videography in the surrounding hills are allowed only with prior permission and to be accompanied by the forest department guides. 

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta can be reached by a small road through the village of Hangala, north of the Bandipur  National Park. Gopalaswamy Betta (‘Betta' is hill in Kannada) located inside the forest is a popular trekking spot. There is also a motorable road to the summit of the hill.

If you are travelling from Bangalore, you'll have to cross Mysore and take the road that goes to Bandipur. Just before Bandipur you have to take a right and then climb up a hill for about 8 Kms. Ask the locals for directions when you have crossed Mysore in case you are lost.

What are the Sights in Himavad Swami Betta

Himavad Gopalaswami templeHimavad Gopalaswami templeThe area is also frequented by herds of wild elephants. Atop the hill is a temple dedicated to Lord Venugopala Swamy, which is one of the names of the Hindu God Krishna, built centuries ago. 

The temple was built in 1315 by Perumal Dandanayaka, a Chola Viceroy. The garbha griha (Sanctum Santorum) contains a panel with an idol of Krishna holding a flute under a tree. Lord Krishna is flanked by his friends and the posture is that of a dance with the left big toe resting on the right one.

In the panel are also shown milk sellers and cows. Lord Gopalaswamy's idol is flanked by his consorts, Rukmini and Satyabhama.

A Travellers' Bungalow which belonged to the Wodeyar family of Mysore is located on the hill but remains unused and locked now. Nobody is allowed to stay on the hill beyond 5:30 pm.

Travel Tips

  • The road leading up to this place is narrow and steep. If you are traveling by your own transport, drive cautiously as there have been many accidents reported in this stretch.
  •  The top of the hills offer you the perfect spot for taking photographs.