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Bheemeshwari Sanctuary

Bheemeshwari Sanctuary


The sparkling blue waters of Cauvery wind through rocks and ravines and fall off the Deccan Plateau to form the twin falls of Barachukki and Gaganachukki.About 35 kms downstream is yet another set of falls called Mekedatu (Goat's Leap). Lying between these breathtaking cascades is Bhimeshwari. A perfect picnic spot. Where nature has created a natural habitat for the Mahseer fish and a variety of exciting animals.

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.

Mandya - District head quarters. An industrial town known for sugar and paper factories. Bhimeshwari in Manday district is an ideal place not only for the wildlife but also for people on a holiday spree. The lush forest sheltered by steep valleys and scattered by little streams, invites large groups of animals and birds. You can see herds of elephants amongst the thick tree. Deers springing in the air. Wild boars, monkeys, Jackals, crocodiles, otters and even leopards! And of course, there are plenty of birds too! Heron, ibis, cormorant, kingfisher... have all made their home here. Giving you a never-before opportunity of no-stop viewing.

Location info:

Address:Bheemeshwari is located at a distance of 100 km from the tech city, Bangalore, down the Kanakpura - Kollegal Highway.
District:Manday district
Nearest City:Muthathi
Best time to visit: August - February.


Bheemeshwari Weather: Summers 220 - 360C. Winter 100 - 320 C. G



Interesting things to do:

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.

Interesting things to Visit:

The Fishing Camp here has comfortable tents equipped with all basic facilities like cots, mosquito nets, shower, toilet and even a kitchen. Food is served in the 'Gol-Ghar', to open air dining room. As the sun gives way to the moon, and the bonfire is lit up, the evening casts mysterious shadows. Building up the excitement for the night. And unfolding another about of surprises. Waiting to be discovered.

Mobile range info:


How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station:Bangalore railway junction.
Nearest Airport:Bangalore
Road Transport: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 Visiting places:

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.

Nearest Petrol Pump:



There are 3 camps/tents for tourists in and around Bheemeshwari. The tariffs are below Rs 2000.

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

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Tips & Suggestions:

The banks of the River Cauvery provide enthusiastic anglers a chance to try their luck a t fishing. And mind you, it's no ordinary fishing. Because the Cauvery abounds with Mahseer - the finest game fish (weighing 100 lbs) that can fight like a tiger! So don't forget to take your fishing rods. Because, it may be a catch of your life - time.

Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station:Muthathi
Nearest Hospital:Muthathi
Society/Community Phone NumberTourism Info Karnataka Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) Badami House, NR Square Bangalore Ph: +91-80-2227-5869/83

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Srirangpatnam Island
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