Bheemeshwari is a small town that lies between the Shivanasamudra falls and Mekedatu falls, on the Cauvery river in Mandya district of Karnataka.
It 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.
Doddamkkali, 7km upstream from Bheemeshwari, is deep in the forest and an extremely secluded camping spot. Galibore, 16km down stream is another base dor 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.
Where To Stay
There are 3 camps/tents for tourists in and around Bheemeshwari. The tariffs are below Rs 2000.
Food and 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.
Coordinates: 12.21 N 77.17E
Bheemeshwari Weather: Summers 220 – 360C. Winter 100 – 320 C.
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.
- Nearest airport: Bangalore
- Nearest train station: Bangalore railway junction.
- Highways: Bangalore – Kanakapura (NH 202) – Sathanur – Muthathi – Bheemeshwari
Best time to visit: August – February.
Karnataka Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC)
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