Welcome to Gorukana – the nature experience
At Gorukana, the promoters understand that responsible tourism involves caring for the land, the local people and the wildlife. Gorukana BR Hills is committed to becoming a sustainable model for Eco-tourism where all their profits go towards Bio-Diversity conservation, Tribal development projects by VGKK. Building on their three decades of work with the Soliga people, Gorukana BR Hills invites you to enjoy a unique wildlife experience, while enhancing and contributing to the welfare of the Soliga people. Gorukana BR Hills invites you to participate in helping to protect the forests, while providing you with a memorable wildlife experience.
Leave behind the noise and clutter and join the team at Gorukana in the lush forests of BR Hills.
Facilities at Gorukana, B R Hills
Tastefully furnished for a comfortable stay, choose from among ten cottages each named after a beautiful animal found in BR Hills. Each cottage is a duplex that has been designed to cater to the needs of a family of four. Relax in the upper level during the day and catch the amazing view through 12 feet high glass windows.
Crafted out of local materials, being sensitive to the local environment, Gorukana cottages blend into the land and the trees around. Relax on the chair made out of lantana by a local tribal craftsman. Breathe in the cool breeze in the evenings blowing through the trees from tribal craftsman. Breathe in the cool breeze in the evenings blowing through the trees from the rain water harvesting pond Gorukana created.
The Tent House
Put your feet up and relax in the tent house that is a little away from everything else. Wake up to the marvelous view of their organic farm.
The Tree House
For the true nature lovers, experience the tree house with bamboo walls that has been built around two beautiful trees overlooking the rain water harvesting pond.
Both the tree house and tent house can take a maximum of three people with an extra bed included.
The dining area can comfortably seat 45 people at a time. Enjoy the beautiful view of the lake while sampling fresh local food made in their kitchen that can cater to a hundred people. Gorukana BR Hills tries its best to use locally found ingredients, the fresh milk comes daily from the VGKK dairy farm, and most of the vegetables are obtained from their organic farm or bought locally in BR HIlls.
The cool misty weather of BR Hills makes for a great cup of coffee while enjoying the selection of Wildlife videos and books from their library. Come to the coffee bar to enjoy not only good coffee / tea but try ayurvedic health drinks made by the people of BR Hills.
Alongside the nature experience; Gorukana BR Hills has two conference halls that can accommodate up to 20 and 50 people respectively. Enjoy this unique opportunity to conduct business in possibly the most tranquil office space you will ever be in.
Ayurvedic Health Centre
Enjoy a therapeutic massage in the health centre that has been built right in the middle of their rain water harvested lake. Their trained massage therapists will help you truly relax and rejuvenate. Consult with their Ayurvedic Doctor on natural remedies for any ailments.
Things To Do at Gorukarna, B R Hills
At Gorukana, you can set your own pace. Sit by the lake and watch the kingfisher making a vertical dive for its lunch or gaze at the clouds from the hammock, as the langur monkeys alert the forest of a passing predator. Or simply lie back in your cottage or tent and catch up on your reading.
SafariTake a jeep safari and try your luck at spotting larger animals. Bring along your camera and capture jungle drama if that is your idea of a holiday. Trained Soliga naturalists, who’ve lived here all their lives, and who have been trained by highly qualified professionals, share their knowledge and love for the forest and the animals.
TrekkingIf trekking or bird watching is your thing, their trained naturalist will take you on a trek and interpret the language of the forest for you.
Take a short walk to visit a Podu (Tribal Hamlet) and learn how the Soligas have lived since time immemorial in the forests of BR Hills.
Ayurvedic Rejuvenation CenterThe Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Centre, set in the midst of a peaceful lake, has appointed masseurs who are well trained to soothe sore muscles and ease the pressures of city life.
Cultural ExperienceExperience local tribal and culinary experiences including the Tribal Resource Center and share the culture and history of the Soliga tribe. Peer at artifacts dated 800 BC and marvel at such sophistication way before Google entered our lives. Out there, no traffic jams - unless you count the clamoring sambhars at the salt lick.
VoluntourismThis is a fairly modern concept that integrates the best of travel and volunteering.
Gorukana BR Hills invites you to be more than just our guests at Gorukana, while you are enjoying your stay with us, why not visit the VGKK residential school, maybe even take a class for their students, help us on their organic farm, harvest vegetables and herbs that you will enjoy for dinner, picked by your own hands or even work on their dairy farm! There is a lot you will take back from each of these unique experiences, and you can take our word for it, these experiences will leave a lasting impression on your mind!
If a hospital in the middle of the jungle was not interesting enough, they even have mobile medical camps that take the best health care right to the door steps of the people who most need it. Gorukana BR Hills could always use an extra hand, or maybe you are just intrigued and want to see how things work. A kind word, a piece of sincere advice, a helping hand or any support you can provide will be graciously accepted with our heartfelt thanks!
BoutiqueYou are welcome to buy any of the VGKK products such as Amla Juice, Sogade Beru Juice (Winter Cherry / Ashwagandha Juice), Amla Pickles as well as merchandise such a caps and T Shirts that are on sale in their boutique. Gorukana BR Hills also has on offer ayurvedic plants from their nursery for sale.
The following rates are per person per night on a twin sharing basis.
- Check-in: 12 Noon & Check-out: 11 A.M
- Welcome Drink on Arrival
- Lunch, High Tea, Dinner and Breakfast.
- All applicable taxes
- A Nature Walk
- A Bonfire, Cultural Show (subject to availability), and a visit to the Tribal Development Center @ VGKK
- Complimentary Ayurvedic Therapy "Padabhyanga" (Feet Massage) for 10 Minutes on the day of Arrival
- Jungle Safari (First come first serve basis).
- Any Food & Beverages other than mentioned in the inclusions.
- Laundry, Telephone Charges
- Any added trekking modules
- Plan starts with lunch on check-in day & ends with breakfast on check-out day
- Free accommodation for 1 child below 6 years.
- Complimentary Massage "Padabhyanga" is offered only on the day of arrival
- Extra child between 6 & 12 years will be charged at 50% of the package per person.
- Children above 12 years are considered at adult tariff
- 20% Supplement on Actual Price (20th December to 30th December)
- 50% New Year Eve Supplement on Actual Price (31st December)
- Check-in – 12 Noon & Check-out – 11 A.M
- Rates subject to change without prior notice
- All disputes are subject to Bangalore jurisdiction
Route map to Gorukana, B R HillsNearest Cities
Mysore: – 90 Kms – 1 Hr 30 Mins
Bangalore via Kanakpura – 170 Kms – 3 Hrs 30 Mins
Bangalore via Maddur – 170 Kms – 3 Hrs 45 Mins
Coimbatore 185 Kms – 4 Hrs
Nearest Railway Station
Nearest train station is in Chamarajanagar, 40 km from BR Hills.
Daily 5 trains connect Chamarajanagar with Mysore and 1 among 5 goes to Tirupati Via-Bangalore.
Bangalore International Airport – 220 km
Mysore Airport – 90 Kms
Coimbatore Airport – 185 kms