Bandipur Game Sanctuary
at a distance of about 80 km from south of Mysore by
road on the Mysore-Ooty road, at an altitude of about
1025 metres above sea level. Buses ply to this
place from Mysore and Ooty. It has a rich variety of wild life, such as elephant,
bison, sambhar, spotted deer, panthers, tigers, bears, peacocks, leopards,
etc. Artificial salt licks are maintained at various
places in the sanctuary where
it is possible to watch the animals. Riding elephants and trucks are stationed
here by Government for use of visitors to go round the sanctuary. There are
Forest Lodges for reservation for which the Field Director,
Project Tiger, Government
House Complex, Irwin Road, Mysore (Ph. 2480901) may be contacted.
Information of Belur and Halebid
The sheer intricacy of the workmanship on the windows, pillars and
entire stone facades in the town of Bhaktapur, Patan and Kathmandu, is unimaginable.
The stone carvings on the temples of Belur and Halebid left me breathless as
well. Square foot after square foot of stone was covered in the figures of
the most amazing grace.
About 150 km from Mysore, the construction of this temple began even before
the temple at Belur, but it could not be completed even after 80 years of construction.
The twin Shiva temples with their common platform and garbhagrihas, one beside
the other, have a common broad navranga. One of them houses the Vishnuvardhana
Hoysaleshwara Linga and the other the Shanthaleshwara Linga. Both temples are
complete with a main sanctuary, chambers, a colonnaded hal facing a pavilion
that holds the seated figure of the sacred Nandi Bull. What surprised me most
was that the grounds of the temple, with its 12 and 13th century sculpture,
including Lord Ganesha and Nandi, are a varitable archaeological museum. Some
of the most renowned carvings and friezes include the Bhishma Pitamah on a
bed of arrows, Lord Rama hunting down the golden deer and Lord Krishna with
his flute. The outer walls too are covered with artistic work of the highest
Most of these have been carved out of a single block of stone. I spotted many
halfdone panels - just the outlines chiselled on the stone - next to the completed
ones. The artisans apperently droppred their tools when they heard of the impending
invasions and fled.
km from Mysore, Belur is famous for the Hoysala temples
of the 12th Century. Sri Channakeshava temple, built
in 117 AD with fine bracket figures carved in
stone, attracts a large number of visitors. 16 km from Belur is Halebid.
The exquisite carvings of the temple here are the main
attraction to the visitor.
In Belur, there is a Tourist Pavilion. For reservation, the Executive Engineer,
P.W.D., Hassan, may be contacted. For reservation of Travellers Lodge (Class
I), the Reservation Manager, India Tourism Development Corporation, Hassan, may
be contacted. In Halebid there is a Class II Travellers Bangalow. For reservation,
the Assistant Engineer, P.W.D., Halebid, may be contacted.
about 120 km from Mysore City via Chamarajanagar, the
Hills (highest point is 5091 feet above sea level),
are thickly wooded. Elephants, bison, deer,
sambar, etc can be found in the BRT wild sanctuary. On the top of the hill
is the temple of Biligiri Ranganathaswamy, built in
the Dravidian style of architecture.
There is a guest house maintained by the temple authorities. Regular bus
service is available from Mysore City to the Hills.
about 59 km from Bangalore on the way to Mysore or
79 km from Mysore by road, is Channapatna. It is noted
for lacquerwares and toys. The Government
Spun Silk Mill and the Central Silk Research Institute are located here.
About 5 km before reaching Channapatna on the Mysore-Bangalore
road is Malur. Here,
there is the temple dedicated to Sri Apprameyaswamy .
popularly known as Shravanagutta, is a small hillock
at a distance of about 18 km from Mysore on the Mysore-
Mercara Road. There stands a beautiful
statue of Gomateswara, 5 metres high, carved out of a single granite
rock. From the top of the hillock, one can have a beautiful
view of Krishnarajasagar and
Chamundi Hill at Mysore.
km from Mysore. This hill is traditionally called as
Kamaladri. Situated in one of the chains of western
ghats, it is a fine hill resort. The height is 4,
769 feet. On the top of the hill is Sri Gopalaswamy temple.