BHEEMESHWARI FISHING & NATURE CAMP
Bheemeshwari is a small town that lies between the Shivanasamudra falls and Mekedatu falls, on the Cauvery river in Mandya district of Karnataka.
Bheemeshwari is a great spot for eco-tourism and is a natural habitat for the mahseer fish found in the waters of the Cavery. Mahseer is considered as one of the finest game fish in the world. The surrounding lush forest cover is home to many animas like elephants, wild boars, monkeys, jackals, crocodiles, otters and leopards; as well as a variety of water birds like herons, ibis, cormorants and kingfisher.
The river Cauvery has made Bheemeshwari a major fishing hub.Hoards of enthusiastic anglers throng here every year to try their luck at fishing. A number of fishing camps have sprouted here for catching the mahseer - the finest game fish in India. These camps provide comfortable tents equipped with all basic facilities like cots, mosquito nets, shower and toilet. Food is usually served in the openair common dinning room.
Bhimeshwari is nestled amidst the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, It is also known as the 'Angler's paradise', because of the Mahseer fishes found here. Both professional angling and amateur fishing is encouraged in these nature camps. Though most professional anglers would carry their equipment, freshers get a chance to hire equipment from the camp itself at an additional cost. The bait usually used would be ragi paste made from millet flour. The mahseer is an exceptionally omnivorous creature and is known to take in even frogs, live or dead fish, crabs and fruit. Smaller fish rise to the fly as well as other natural insect baits such as grasshoppers and worms. Two species of mahseer are common among the catch. They are tor khudree and tor mussullah. These waters are full of dangerous crocodiles and anglers should take precaution and try not to venture onto the banks completely alone.
Tourist Spots Around Bheemeshwari
Doddamkkali, 7 km upstream from Bheemeshwari, is deep in the forest and an extremely secluded camping spot. Galibore, 16km down stream is another base for fishing enthusiasts. Try your hand at fishing for Mahseer, aided by a local angler and appreciate the wide variety of bird life living on and around the river.
Nature treks and guided walks in the firest are another outdoor activity here. Varying anywhere from 4km to 30km distance, these treks cover small rural hamlets in the neighbouring hills, where you can see thelives of the tribals and learn about wildlife and herbal plants used in ayurvedic products. Boat rides in coracles (circular boats) and barbecues at sun down along the river's edge offer an added adventure.
Basavana Betta Trekking
Basavana Betta near Bheemeshwari Fishing & Nature Camp is an idea place for trekking. The hill gives a panoramic view of the Cauvery flowing through the valley below. You can explore the ancient Shiva temple, a stone’s throw away from the Bheemeshwari amp, which though in ruins, is still revered by the local tribal's.
Where to Stay in Bheemeshwari
There are 3 camps/tents for tourists in and around Bheemeshwari. The tariffs are below Rs 2000.
Fodd & Stay Tips
Local food available at Mutthathi. Food and accommodation is available at Jungle Lodges Properties at Bhimeshwari, Galibore and Doddamakali- The cost of tented accommodation is Rs 1900 and loghuts Rs 2500 per head including food, accommodation, forest entry fees, trekking, coracle ride.
* Bheemeshwari Fishing & Nature Camp
* Galibore Fishing & Nature Camp
* Doddamakali Nature Camp
How To Reach Bheemeshwari
By Bus: Bheemeshwari is located at a distance of 100 km from the tech city, Bangalore, down the Kanakpura - Kollegal Highway. You have to turn off at Halagur, and go down the Halagur - Muttatti road. From Muthathi take the road which leads to Cauvery fishing camp, this entire stretch is called Bheemeshwari. It is 85 km from Mysore via Malavalli.
Muthathi and Bheemeshwari are situated in Malavalli Taluk, Mandya district, on the banks of river Kaveri. These places are nearer to Kanakapura. Muthathi is about 100 kms from Bangalore via kanakapura. You have to go to Kanakapura first (around 60 kms), then from kanakapura to Sathanur (18 kms) on National highway 209, from Sathanur take a left turn to Muthathi (18 kms). Bheemeswari is 5 kms from Muthathi on Halagur Road. If you are coming from Mysore in Mallavalli road, you have to come to Halagur, from Halagur take a right turn to Bheemeshwari (20 kms), from Bheemeshwari further 5 kms to Muthathi. Highways are Bangalore - Kanakapura (NH 202) - Sathanur - Muthathi - Bheemeshwari
Busses are frequent upto Kanakapura, but less frequent from Sathanur to Muthathi. Although one may go by bus, it is better to go by own vehicle, because there are 2-3 picnic spots 2 –3 kms before Muthathi, where you can halt. Besides if you have own vehicle you can halt at hanuman temples on the way and go to bheemeswari (5 kms).
Distance from Bheemeshwari Fishing & Nature Camp, Halagur to BSF Campus, Yelahanka is 117.6 km and travel time is around 2 h 41 min via NH209.
By Air: Nearest airport is Bangalore International Airport.
By Rail: Nearest railway station is Bangalore Central Railway station.
Best time to visit Bheemeshwari is August to February
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