Concrete jungles with lush green canopies of evergreen trees and wildlife flourishing in its midst – This is the picturesque beauty that lies ahead of one to see at Bheemeshwari. Nature is in abundance here as the River Cauvery curves its way through this land to nourish and provide.
Known as the fishing village of Karnataka, Bheemeshwari lies in the Malavalli Taluk of Mandya District. Nature lovers and wildlife enthusiast are drawn to the land. The best thing to do in Bheemeshwari is viewing wildlife like leopard, wild boars, jackals, crocodiles, and deer. This place is a bird watching abode too, you can watch birds like kingfisher, white-browed Bulbul, green-billed Malkoha, Sirkeer cuckoo, and the pigmy woodpecker. The place is in harmony with nature and the only sounds you can hear are the chorus of the flowing river and the sweet chirping sounds of the birds.
Bheemeshwari is located in between Mekedatu and Shivanasamudra falls which are also popular destinations to visit in Karnataka. What makes it popular as a fishing village is that the land is a native abode of the mighty Mahseer fish and many others kinds. The untamed Cauvery offers the name angler’s paradise to Bheemeshwari for the kind of angling and fishing experience the river offers.
Fishing camps are held here and people flock to the place as Mahseer is believed to be the best game fish. The fishes are allowed to be taken from the water but they cannot be taken home. This is done in order to not endanger the species. Apart from fishing, there are a lot of adventure sports like rafting, kayaking, trekking, camping, angling, wildlife safaris, and coracle ride (a traditional local oval boat knitted of the split willow branches) that are made available here for its visitors. Travelling across the river in a rustic coracle is a major attraction in the place and city dwellers flock to the place to enjoy this in the midst of the serene nature.
The camps in the region are scattered across the river banks and in the deep jungles. They offer a full-fledged local experience to the visitors. The open-air dining room in these camps let you dine under the clear sky, sometimes dimly starlit and sometimes moonlit.
Passing through many hairpin curves and rusty roads, you can reach this nature’s paradise. This place is unparalleled for its beauty and visitors can enjoy other attractions like Doddamakali and Galibore while visiting Bheemeshwari.
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