1 / 16
Travel Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta Bandipur
It is a picturesque drive off the highway, framed by towering banyan trees with dangling aerial roots.

What to Read Next

Misty Mountain Hop - The drive to Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta

Yahoo Lifestyle Entertainment
28 January 2014

Located in the heart of the dense forest of Bandipur, Karnataka, Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta is covered with fog almost throughout the year and that is the root of its name Himavad, meaning misty. A temple to Lord Krishna crowns this picturesque hill, the highest point in the surrounding region at 1,450 m (4,757 feet). The best time to visit it is during or just after the monsoon. The hill can be easily reached by car. The road to the top is quite basic, so caution is advised while driving. If you are lucky, you may spot deer, wild boar or even a herd of wild elephants on your way. The last, by the way, is not a preferred encounter. There is strict control by the forest department on the number of vehicles allowed to enter the area, which is a plastic-free zone.

This temple was built by the Hoysala King Ballala during AD 1315. It was later maintained by the Wodeyar dynasty of Mysore, who were ardent devotees of Lord Krishna. Among the many legends associated with this place is an interesting one about one of the lakes, 'Papanasini' (meaning the one that washes away sins). The temple priest told us that, in the hill ranges of Gopalaswamy betta, no crows are found. The crows that existed took a dip in the Papanasini and, on attaining moksha, turned into Hamsa (swan) birds and reached heaven.

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta is about 220 km from Bangalore and 75 km from Mysore on the state highway to Ooty.

Photos by Yahoo reader VIKRAM RAMACHANDRAN (See more of his photos on Flickr)

Inspired to contribute photos to Yahoo India Travel? See our submission guidelines

Starwood Credit Card

Earn 25,000 Bonus Starpoints®! Use toward Award Nights or Flights.

Looking to date someone over 50

Browse profiles and pics for free!

How to Go From Saving to Investing

When did you first learn about investing? The memory may be vague, if it exists at all. Here's how to get more comfortable with the idea.

Kid sleep troubles email series for moms

We get it. We’ve been there. Sign up for our email track to learn how to handle kids who won’t go to sleep or won’t stay in bed.

Reconnect With Your High School Friends

Classmates® has the largest directory of high school class lists. Remember the good times and reconnect to create new memories.

Is your insurance comp Laughing Behind Your Back?

New Studies Show that if you drive less than 55 miles a day you can save a ton on auto insurance.

This $625 Intro Bonus Is Insane

A leading credit card issuer just raised its intro bonus to an industry-leading $500 cash or $625 in travel. And no annual fee the first year.

How Older Men Tighten Their Skin

Men, reduce the look of wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines with this affordable and effective skin tightening treatment without leaving your home.

Powerful Tactical Flashlight Flying Off Shelves!

This new tactical flashlight was just released to the public and is flying off shelves in the United States. Limited supplies left, act quick!

Shift into High Gear

Get the training you need for a career you ll love. Click here to learn more about MMI.

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

Read This Before You Buy Medigap Plan F

Medicare Supplement Plan F is the most popular plan option, but there's another Medigap option you should consider.

What Are The Pros & Cons Of A Reverse Mortgage?

More Americans are accessing their home equity to support their retirement years. Speak with a professional and see what you may qualify for today.