Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp – Bheemeshwari Fishing and Nature Camp is within your reach. But, we can assure you it is completely out of the reach of crowd and commotion of city life. If you want to enjoy the fascinating combination of nature and adventure with peace and serenity, come to this fishing and nature camp nestled along the Cauvery, the most majestic and sacred river of South India. All you need to do is to take a 100-km drive from Bangalore via Kanakapura.
Bheemeshwari is 120 Kms from Bangalore. This journey starts from Bangalore and will take us to Beemeshwari Sanctuary. Bheemeshwari is a place, where the pleasant green mountains & clouds in the sky & the rivers are located. The fishing camp is not only a paradise for anglers but also an ideal picnic spot for holidaymakers. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is served in ‘Gol Ghar’, the open-air dining room. To reach Bheemeshwari we have to cross Muttati which is also a famous tourist destination.
It makes for an excellent trekking spot. This is also home to the famous gaming fish – The Mahseer. This is the perfect place if you want to enjoy the beauty of nature.Tourists can go for boat rides on the river Cauvery. These rides would take the tourists through some of the most beautiful places in the region. They would glide through forests and might even spot animals and birds. Boat ride amidst the breath taking natural scenery is sure to take the breath away.
There are a number of attractions around Bheemeshwari such as Doddamkali and Galibore. Doddamkali is at a distance of just 7 km from Bheemeshwari. Being located deep in the forest, it is a completely isolated place and is ideal for camping. Galibore on the other hand is 16 km away from Bheemeshwari. This place is also a natural habitat for fish and attracts large number of anglers.
Mammals that are spotted around the Camp include leopard, elephants, wild pigs, sambar, spotted deers, the highly endangered grizzled giant squirrel, Malabar giant squirrel and jackals.
Reptiles that can be sighted are marsh crocodile, turtles (Leith’s Soft Shelled Turtle, an endemic species is found in these waters), chameleon, python, cobra, russell’s viper and banded krait. However, the Mahseer fish is the main attraction of the waters of River Cauvery.
Over 200 species of birds have been identified around the camp. Among the water-based birds, you can spot the grey-headed fishing eagle, spot billed duck, small pied kingfisher, black-bellied river tern, osprey, and many more. There are also a number of rare land-based birds such as the honey buzzard, tawny eagle, pied crested cuckoo, etc.
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.
In keeping with Jungle Lodges eco tourism philosophy, the Camp, overlooking the River Cauvery consists of just eight luxurious ethnic log-huts on stilts, blending beautifully with the jungle behind. On the riverbank are also eight well-furnished tented cottages (twin-bedded with attached bathrooms) for those who prefer a more closer-to-nature experience.We also have now 2 luxurious Cottages.
The best time to visit is just after the monsoon, between August and February, when the river is swollen and the forest and the surroundings are rich with green vegetation. This time is ideal for bird watchers too, as river terns, fishing eagles, wood peckers, king fishers, and plenty of other species flock here in large numbers. However, at other times water recedes to reveal wide sand banks where you could laze in the evenings or wade in the many lagoons created by the ebbing water. Summers (March – June) can be very warm, especially in the afternoons
Bangalore International Airport is the Major airport nearby. Bangalore is about 100 km away from Bheemeshwari and it costs about Rs 1800 by taxi. Bangalore is well connected to most of the major airports in India and abroad.
Nearest major railway station is Bangalore Majestic. This railhead is well connected to all railway junctions in Indian cities. Bangalore is about 100 km away from Bheemeshwari and it costs about Rs 1800 by taxi.