Himavad Gopalaswamy hill – The 1st trip

The feelings born for the first time leaves behind the imprint forever, so does this trip. The memories of this place is as fresh as the toothpaste that greets the teeth every morning bringing a sense of positivism.

The first trip that we had set ourselves free in the open world once the pocket had saved enough to afford the trip, off we went leaving behind the four walls 200 kms far away. The new world happened to be Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta, a hill located in the Chamarajanagar district near Mysore lying in the area of Bandipur National park.

Ravi, Shiva, Suresh, Gokul, Vasu and Me, on one Friday evening had marked ourselves to the deserted night, throwing selves into the red Maruti Van which slowly dragged itself on the lonely roads looking up at the moonlit sky. Each one had a story to tell the passing night while I chose to dissolve into the soothing tunes of the stereo that was playing old kannada songs that the owner of the car loved to hear.

Vasu had brought his digital cameras along and it was the first time that we friends got to know about the new electronic gadget which had the ability to bring time to standstill with us in it.

Exploring Vasu’s camera

We greeted the hill in the early dawn but the sun took its time to showcase its presence on the hills, letting the dense fog predominantly invade the hills.

Trekking the foggy path
A halt in the foggy morning



The hill has a famous temple of Venugopalaswamy (Lord Krishna ) the reason of it’s name – Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta. The Temple contains an idol of Krishna holding a flute under a tree and the posture is that of a dance with the left big toe resting on the right one, with Rukmini and Satyabhama aside.

Temple premises

We were informed that the hills have wild elephants as their frequent visitors and a habitat for tiger, leopard, chital etc and no doubt the place is so serene for the flora and fauna to flourish here.


As the fog slowly drifted away respecting the decision of the Sun to highlight itself, the sunrise of the day lifted away the smoky blanket to unveil the green world that hid below it, exposing us to a breathtaking view of the surrounding hills and green valleys.


It appears we were lucky enough to explore this place back in those days as we could find ourselves driving up the hill and reaching by 6 in the morning but I believe now, visitors are allowed only in the time period of 8.30 am to 4 pm on the hills. Further, trekking, picnicking are discouraged and visitors are refrained from venturing beyond the temple premises in order to reduce the disturbance on wildlife.

The roads to the top of the hill are motorable but do not allow entry of private vehicles and instead KSRTC organised buses ply to and fro to the hill. Food items and plastic bags are strictly not permitted and overnight stay is a definite ‘NO’.


While the trip ended, it shook awake the traveler in me and I believe it is at this place, I discovered my love for nature that the soul seemed to get comfort with.

I had met the new ‘ME’ that day who lead the journey further with mother nature and as part of the journey came the love for photos, driving, cars, exploration and most importantly the UNEXPLAINED PLEASANT HAPPINESS that bestowed on the solace mind.


19 Comments Add yours

  1. Nomadosauras says:

    We all have that one moment/trip where we realised our love for the outdoors! Very well written! Cheers 🙂

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    1. darknite says:

      Thanks Nomado for reciprocating the thoughts

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  2. Indira says:

    Great travelogue! 👍

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    1. darknite says:

      Thank u Indira Madam, felt happy.


  3. Nice post and beautiful pics !! I lived in Mysore for almost 12 years. After marriage, I moved out of Karnataka.There are so many beautiful places with rich nature, around Mysore.I miss the nature.I had heard about Gopalaswamy Betta , wanted to see it while in Mysore, but couldn’t. Now, after reading your post, it is on my must visit list. Thanks for the pics.

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    1. darknite says:

      Yes Mysore is a central point to many of the wonderful locations around. Nice that you lived in the city of places for 12 years. Hope you get a chance to visit the place. It’s a great place.


  4. jyo says:

    Nice trip ! Hope u enjoyed a lot…i never heard about this betta…need to visit sometime☺

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    1. darknite says:

      Yes Jyo I did. Pls do visit if it works out. Good place but need to carry your food as no good eateries nearby


  5. Rupali says:

    Thank you for introducing this place.

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    1. darknite says:

      Thanks for the read Rupali

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  6. Rekha Sahay says:

    Very interesting post and beautiful pictures.


  7. jungletrekkingcambodiaratanakiri says:

    Thank for your help our trip!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. darknite says:

      Thanks, nice to know that the article helped


  8. Very beautiful pictures and a serene place that sits in the midst of nature. The fog seems to give it a very mystified look. I could imagine the idol of Krishna in the temple. It sure must have been very beautiful.
    Your excitement and joy in the company of friends is evident in this post, Ravi. Beautifully expressed.


    1. darknite says:

      Thanks madam. Yes, the temple is very old and historic and the lord rests peacefully up on these hills. Friends make life live and their company has always made it lively.

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      1. There is a temple atop the Nandi Hills. We went there on my last visit to Bangalore. A small temple that stands beautifully amidst the rocks. We went during the early morning hours and sending in a prayer standing amidst a foggy morning was so beautiful.
        This place reminded me of that, Ravi.

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      2. darknite says:

        I somehow never visited the temple during my various visits till date. I have been to sravanadurga hill which does have ancient temples around

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      3. It’s a small temple, barely big enough to stand but somehow the experience on that chilly foggy morning was magical.


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