A day trip – Gopalaswamy Betta

Location: Chamarajnagar, Karnataka, India. Highest peak in Bandipur. 220 km from Bangalore
Route: Bangalore – Mysore – Gundulpet – Himavat Gopalswamy betta
We were: 4 families, 3 generations
More pictures: My Gallery

We went to this clouded (Himavat) hill on our way to Wayanad. There was a sudden change in the plan when a friend suggested, we need to visit this place. We got the same recommendations from many. So we decided to check this out.

Many things went wrong:

  • We should have reached the hills with the sun, to see the himavat clouds!
  • We should have made it one single trip by itself to spend the day on the hills!

  • We should not have gone in the peak of summer, for a cooler experience!

    Yet, the hills impressed me. I would definitely come back here.

  • I liked walking up and down, lakes, flowers, trees…relaxed, cracking jokes…happy.
    There is a forest guesthouse. Looks like a decent place. But we could gather that no one uses it and no food is available here. Otherwise we would have planned a night trip to stay here and wake up to the misty himavat sun!

    Now that I have found this place, I will come back here. Next time – early morning; with lots of food and water; to spend time till evening.


    1. Mitr-Friend · April 11, 2009

      Hi Smrti,
      Please could you give me the details of the cottage at Horsley Hills… I would like to visit the place with my family.
      Thanks in advance.

    2. Manimaran · April 11, 2009


      I had seen your post about horsely hills and other places. I really enjoyed it. It is a well written article and I think if you can do something for me, You need to visit our place Kolli Hills, 75kms from Salem in tamilnadu. Itis very beautiful place and you will like it. For further details visit kollihillresorts.weebly.com and we will be honoured to host you.

      Warm regards,


    3. Smrti · April 11, 2009


      Thanks for your offer. Right now I am traveling. I would consider your invitation and write to you.

    4. Dipayan · April 11, 2009

      Could you please let me know how much time it takes to reach gopalswamy from bangalore..

    5. vaishnavi · April 11, 2009

      hey can u tell me if we can camp near gopalswamy …i would like to visit the place with my friends.

    6. yugandhar reddy · April 11, 2009

      hey ur photos quite superb and i think they will be useful for us as our friends r planning to horsley hills on bikes

    7. smrti · April 11, 2009

      Hello Vaishnavi,
      From what we got to know from the locals, everyone is asked to leave the hills in the evening. So camping may not be possible. But there was one guesthouse on the hill. Perhaps Forest office can provide accommodation. Do let me know if you find any……

    8. smrti · April 11, 2009

      Hello Dipayan,
      Time depends on he mode of travel. It is just above 200 km. We took 5 hrs in a tempo traveller, with a couple of stops for breakfast and other things.

    9. Mahesh Babu · April 11, 2009

      Hi smriti, I would like to know how much time does it take to climb the hill..

    10. smrti · April 11, 2009

      Hello Mahesh Babu,

      We went up the hill in the tempo traveller. It took less than 10 minutes.

    11. muneer va · April 11, 2009

      gopal swame petta i visited 2008, very good feel me, and notalgia ……..but this place not konw for pople . lot lover marrige arringed here.

    12. THRUPTHI · April 11, 2009

      hi……….it was an awsome xperience…..it was jus lyk as though v vr n swarga………………………………..

    13. Anurrag....... · April 11, 2009

      Hai…….. Trpupthi…………… i wanna feel to going with my frnds ……….. just i want know how s the security in that place……….. my friends are scaring abt security…….

    14. kavitha · April 11, 2009

      hi nice pics could u plz let us know how to reach there by bus. im interested to go there

    15. Pingback: Water coolers
    16. yogendra · April 11, 2009

      hi sir

      could you tell me that how can we reach if we come in bus, where should we reserve the tickets to reach the temple. At what time bus will arrive & departure. And also give me the mobile no of that temple poojaris / swamy’s please

      please, iam waiting for your reply

    17. Smrti · April 11, 2009

      Hello Yogendra,
      You need not reserve tickets, but can pay a nominal amount to the forest department at the entry to the hills.
      Sorry that I do not know about bus services to Gopalswamy betta, nor the poojari there.

    18. bad credit loans · April 11, 2009


    19. Pingback: Anonymous
    20. Rijul · April 11, 2009

      Hi Smriti,

      We are planning to go to this betta from mysore.. do we need to book a cab or something???

      U had travelled by car?? and what time u ideally suggest we should be there??

    21. lokesh T A · April 11, 2009

      I had visited tourisim places but COORG is totally different in that EVER GREEN COUNTRY RESORT is totally different than other places. I really enjoyed it. I think if you can also visit.

      Warm regards,