The winding country roads channel your way into one of the most enchanted stillness of landscapes in the Western Ghats. A stillness that is in possession of Karnataka’s Wild Life Sanctuary which is sited at B.R. Hills near Mysore, also known as the Biligiri Ranganatha Swamy Hills. This hill range proudly embraces a precious confluence of the Western Ghats and Eastern Ghats, a sanctuary that is home for eco-systems that are exclusive to both the mountain ranges. This mountain clad is also a declared Tiger Reserve by the government of Karnataka under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.
While you are drowned in the tranquil mountains and wrapped in silent conversations with the sky-reaching tree peaks; what brings you back to your senses is the relentless chirping of birds and the invigorating breeze soothing your spirit. Clouded in the misty country side breeze, these curtains of rolling hills is a native land to the Soliga tribes. Being midst this pristine exuberance naturally demands you to shed all the din and clutter of the urban living.
Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra (VGKK) is essentially an extended family to the Soliga community at B.R.Hills. It is an organization facilitating Integrated Tribal Development program on not-for-profit grounds. It was founded by the Right Livelihood Awardee and Padmashree Dr. H. Sudarshan who is inspired by the ideals of Swami Vivekananda.
Gorukana is an organizational commitment to the Soliga Tribal Community development. It is hence launched as a sustainable community based Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Centre which drives all its revenue towards tribal development projects initiated and implemented by Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra and nature conservation activities. In order to empower skilled labor and a sustainable livelihood for the Soliga natives, a selected few from the community are trained in the aspects of hospitality division and engaged as an existing staff at Gorukana.