Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta in Karnataka is a hill which is part of the Bandipur national forest area (“Betta” is the Kannada word for hill). The hill top is usually covered with fog almost through out the year. The nearest town is Gundlupet (situated 20 KMs away). The usual recommended time to visit the hill is early mornings. I had visited the hill back in 2013 in the morning.

We wanted to try something different, so we planned to be there for sunset. The forest checkpost, at the foot of the hill, only allows entry to visitors till 4 PM. We reached there about 10 minutes before that and managed to get through. There are restrictions in place atop the hill, for visitors. The only areas that the visitors are allowed in, is the Gopalaswamy temple (Lord Krishna). There’s fencing around the temple, to disallow visitors to venture out into the grasslands. The weather was not ideal – it was getting cloudy and the hill top was covered in dense fog.

There was not much to photograph on that particular day. Here are a few images I took:

The grey skies overpowering the colours – a tinge of the orange evening sky and the lush green grasslands. I also captured some time-lapse footage from this very location.

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta - Tussle between grey and colours

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta – Tussle between grey and colors

The mist skimming through the grasslands and trees make for a dreamy scene.

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta - Misty and Dreamy

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta – Misty and Dreamy

A freshly plowed agricultural field with cloud-kissed hills in the background.

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta - Agricultural fields at the foot of the hills

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta – Agricultural fields at the foot of the hills

After 6 PM, it started to pour like anything and we took a good 7 hours to get back to Bangalore!


  1. Lovely images! Love the sky in the first image, and the composition in the black and white.

  2. Nice images Srinivasa! You have got the best in the least time we spent there 🙂

    • Photomithra(Srinivasa S)

      Thanks Parimala – waiting to see images from you and Pratap 🙂

  3. pushpa

    Super, misty and black & white photos are awesome

  4. Vikam

    Breathtaking! especially the first image. (y)

  5. sreenivasa Murthy

    Fine exposure of nature
    Eye catching and soothing to heart

  6. i like to visit these types of places … specially in the morning because in morning the vibe we are getting from nature is awesome.

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