K Gudi camp of JLR, B R Hills, 27,28, and 291210

It was lovely to be able to introduce our family to the forests of Karnataka, even though the driving had them scared stiff at times…people from the US can’t cope with unruly traffic…they are too used to ruly conditions :)

What better way to start on the trip than with the sunrise in the fields on our way out….?

sunrise 271210

We crossed over the Arkavathi Bridge, too:

arkavathi bridge 271210

We took a brief detour to see Sivansamudram Falls, where the flow was much less than when I visited in November:

us at svnsnmdrm 271210

We reached the JLR resort at K.Gudi to find a festive green star on top of the Gol Ghar:

grn str 271210

We went to settle down in the tents, but I was also tickled by the “Lo ghut”!

lo ghut 271210

Some of the

WILD BOAR

around the campus are quite used to humans, and I caught a particularly human lazy-bones look on the face of this one. He seems to have come straight out of the Asterix comics!

boar 271210

On our safaris, we saw a lot of

BARKING DEER:

barking dr 271210

several

GAUR

or wild bison:

gaur 271210

Here’s the radio in the jeep, through which the drivers communicate with each other about interesting sightings:

k gudi radio 281210

Near the campus was a beautiful

SAUSAGE TREE (Kigelia pinnata)

…you can see how it got its name!

kigelia fruit 281210

Here are the beautiful flowers of the tree:

kigelia

There were a pair of majestic

BRAHMINY KITES

at the water body near the campus:

b kite 281210

On one safari we saw this

RED SPURFOWL:

red sprfwl 281210

http://www.youtube.com/v/e9p9p1HpdJc?fs=1&hl=en_US

The next day, we also visited the Biligiri Rangana Temple:

brt 281210

Here are some of us:

us at brt 281210

My niece and nephew were thrilled by the antics of the

BONNET MACAQUES

(of the huge group that were Kalyan’s great friends at the JLR resort, only four are present now!)

monkey 281210

Here’s a mother with a tiny baby:

monkey baby 281210

We enjoyed the spectacle of one of them doing acrobatics in order to eat the fruit of the

JACKFRUIT

tree:

jackfruit etg 281210

http://www.youtube.com/v/fcMLtlHr3PQ?fs=1&hl=en_US

Moving a little up the evolutionary ladder, I photographed this devotee with the ‘nAmam’on his forehead:

naamam 281210

We saw several

CHITAL (Spotted Deer)

during the safaris, including this magnificently-antlered stag:

stg antlr 281210

After the temple, we also went to visit

Gorukana

and I was very happy to meet Jadeswamy and Ganesh. Here’s Ganesh:

ganesh 281210

And I was really thrilled when Ganesh told me that Dr. Sudarshan was actually there, and introduced me to him! I instantly asked Ganesh (who is an excellent photographer) to snap me with him!

dr sudarshan 281210

Ganesh showed us around the campus, and I caught these mating

COTTON STAINER BUGS:

c s bugs 281210

Ganesh also talked about the tiger that had been active around the area, and showed us this pugmark:

pug mark gorukana 281210

Back at the JLR campus, I wandered around, and got this beautiful

LESSER YELLOWNAPE (thanks, Ramit)

pecking with its beak, and red tongue, at the wood:

s t wdpckr 291210

In the faint light, I also managed to get a

BLACK-HOODED ORIOLE:

hood orle 291210

We saw several

ELEPHANTS

on the safaris, and were able to observe their behaviour for a while:

Photobucket

elephant 291210

http://www.youtube.com/v/ow3iKsI-AsY?fs=1&hl=en_US

On one safari, we sighted the

BLACK-FACED LANGUR

leaping across the tree-tops:

langur 291210

And in a pond, between VGKK and K. Gudi, we sighted these

POND TERRAPINS:

terrapin 281210

Of course, I can’t resist also including this

LION

at the Mysore Palace!

amys lion 291210

Some of the deer at the campus, too, are used to humans:

deer backlit 291210

Here is the list of creatures (I haven’t included the butterfly list as I didn’t spot many)

Babbler, Jungle
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barbet, White-cheeked
Cornmorant, Greater
Cormorant, Little
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Darter, Oriental
Dove, Spotted
Dove, Laughing
Drongo, Ashy
Drongo, Black
Drongo, Racket-tailed
Drongo, White-bellied
Eagle, Crested Serpent
Egret, Cattle
Egret, Little
Flycatcher, Asian Paradise
Flycatcher, Tickell’s Blue
Heron, Grey
Heron, Pond
Ibis, Black
Ibis, Black-headed
Iora,Common
Kingfisher, White-breasted
Kite, Black
Kite, Brahminy
Laughingthrush, Malabar
Leafbird, Golden-fronted
Martin, House
Minivet, Scarlet
Minivet,Small
Mynah. Common
Mynah, Jungle
Mynah, Hill
Nuthatch, Chestnut-bellied
Oriole, Black-hooded
Oriole, Golden
Parakeet, Plum-headed
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Prinia, Ashy
Prinia, Jungle
Spurfowl, Red
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Sunbird, Purple
Swallow, Barn
Swallow, Red-rumped
Swift, Common
Treepie, Rufous
Wagttail, Grey
Warbler, Greenish Leaf
Woopdpecker, Greater Flameback
Woodpecker, Streak-throated
Yellow-nape, Lesser

Mammals

Boar, Wild
Cat, Civet
Deer, Barking
Deer, Spotted
Elephant
Gaur
Langur, Black-faced
Sambar
Squirrel, Malabar Giant

Amphibians

Terrapin, Pond
Assorted Frogs and Toads

Let me close with these sunset pics, which give the appearance of the forest on fire!

sunset 271210

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All in all, it was a very satisfying trip, though our family was rather disappointed at not sighting tigers or leopards. Since all the trails except one have been shut down by the Forest Department, I did not see this as likely to happen..and it didn’t. However, I told them that our post-dusk sighting of a Civet Cat was a rarer one than a sighting of a tiger!

I do hope that they open up the trails before I visit BR Hills again….

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One Response to “K Gudi camp of JLR, B R Hills, 27,28, and 291210”

  1. karthikprabhu03 Says:

    Awesome :)
    Well i had spotted Elephants , bucks, Deersr, and Huge Bisons…
    We had to do the coldest ride out of banglore since 117 years !!

    Found a good hotel on top of the Hills too… details are given in the link below :

    http://theloapers.blogspot.com/2011/03/26-br-hills-241210.html

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