Getting close to nature has been an on going phenomenon off late. We chose Cauvery fishing camp at Bheemeshwari this time. It was a bright sunny day with scattered clouds on a mid working day of the week. Unlike previous expeditions, as per the plan our group started right on time at 6 am in the morning from office premises. Few more folks were picked up on the way and we were 23 in all by the time our bus could speed up on state highway towards Kanakapura. We stopped for breakfast at Vasu Hotel in Kanakapura. Idli, Vada and Masala Dosas were hot and good enough to fill our hungry stomachs. Though this hotel is a small one, it was highly crowded. Both the coffee and tea tasted excellent, thanks to unpasteurized, direct farm milk I think! Just before getting back into the bus after breakfast, we found a lady on the roadside selling mangoes. The smell of those mangoes tempted us to buy them. The price was so cheap, we got 25 mangoes for just Rs 50/-. For the same quantity of mangoes, we would have shelled out atleast 3 times what we paid to that lady in Bangalore!
Breathing the clean and fresh oxygen along the forest roads was a great relief for our souls, which are used to inhale highly polluted air within the city! We were at Cauvery fishing camp by 9:30 am. I had booked our day visit package at Jungle Lodges Resort office located in Shringar complex near MG Road. This is my third visit to this place. Upon reporting at the reception, we were offered welcome drink and had sometime to fresh up before heading for the guided trek. Usually, the trek here is a very small one unless you force the guide for a longer one. Since our group is not so experienced when it comes to trekking with few exceptions, most of us were exhausted by the time we reached the hillock watch tower. One thing that surprises me time and again is the cleanliness of this forest. Unlike Skandagiri, in this forest you can hardly spot any plastic wastage. While enjoying the beauty of the nature and relaxing, I had to convince the guide to satisfy few members who wanted to go on a longer trek. Not all were game for it, hence decided that others can go to river banks and play in the water en-route to base camp. Plan ahead for both the teams was to reach the camp by 1pm for lunch. We could only spot a good number of deers in this forest.
Most of us were exhausted due to sheer amount sweating and humidity during the trek. Lazing on the hammocks under huge tamarind trees is something one cannot afford to miss. You can choose to lay on the huge rope net and enjoy the naturally cool breeze. There was a myna bird which was humming a melodious chirp that was so soothing to listen to. If you still have energy, you can create waves and play many a things to have fun. This can be continued even after lunch till the authorities pull you out for coracle boat ride. You have the option of conducting any team building activity as well during the course of time. Coracle boat ride is another highlight! We were lucky enough to spot a crocodile on a rock. The boat rower cum guide told us that the crocodile population has been increasing over years at this place. This is a great news for wild life lovers! None of us had any intention of going for fishing. If you want to go fishing here, you need to get your own fishing stick or you can rent one with the authorities. After snacks and tea in the evening around 5.30 pm we headed back towards our bus. We had a surprise guest waiting for us to bid bye… It was none other than the ‘Grizzled Squirrel’. There was an environmentalist who told us that, spotting this squirrel is rare compared to spotting a tiger in a forest!
We certainly had a great time with nature and a welcome break from routine work and city life. One more good thing here is none of the mobile services work in this forest range except Reliance. So feel happy to forget your cell phone irritations for a day! I am sure you wouldn’t be disappointed by visiting this place which is so close to nature and yet close enough to reach out from a busy city life. Feel free to drop a comment if you need any more information and you can see the photos here.
Thank your for sharing this valuable information and advices with your lovely narrative.
Geeta sharma says
thank you for this useful informations and i found something is interesting here.
We are planning to visit bheemeshwari this weekend and unfortunately none of the phone numbers mentioned are working.
Can we directly go and book the day tour?
hi mohan , seen very mixed reviews about jungle resorts , specially about the food. Kindly let me know ur views . is it that the fishing camp is closed ? And ya , when was th last time u had been to jungle resorts ? thanks for the great platform provided 🙂
do JL&R offer any accomodation from taking rest etc for day visit?
Well, for day visit, they have common lounges where you can take rest.
sir is there any entry fee ..???
Yes, that comes with package 🙂
Is there any option for stay, other than contacting the jungle lodges
There must be a couple of private operators too.. but i am not sure Ashwin.
Hi… Am planning for a day visit for tomorrow morning.. would someone help me in guiding further? Is there any booking to be made? What would be the cost of entrance? I can be there by 9.30am and want to leave back by 5pm. Am going with my hubby and kid, so do not want to get disappointed going till that end… BTW, I stay in South Bangalore.
Hi Deepthi, you can reach out to jungle lodges resort office in MG Road for bookings. Otherwise also, you can pay the entry fee there. But better to call them up and check for the availability. Yes, your timing sounds perfect. You can take the route via kanakapura and sathanur. Price was around 800 per head when we visited for day outing with guided trekking, coracle boating, lunch and evening snacks.. Not sure how much it is now.
hope you enjoyed a lot in the trip…
Bheemeshwari is one of the best place for river rafting,and picnic spot, even fishing at cauvery…
Hi Vijay, yes, I did enjoy a lot for sure! I can’t agree more to what you have said.
rakesh garhwal says
Iam Rakesh, We are planning for 2 day trip to cauvery fishing camp, Karnataka from bangalore, we want to do a booking so please help me with the details as how can I do the booking.
Thanks & Regards,
Hi Rakesh, you can contact jungle lodges resort for all the details. Their website can be found here – http://www.junglelodges.com/index.php/resorts/bheemeshwari
How much does the package for the stay and everything amount to.
Btw informative write-up…
Hi Sind, please check their website for the current prices and the itinerary.
how far from bangalore bangalore airport
Hi Raju, it is about 130 kms from Bangalore International Airport to Cauvery fishing camp in Bheemeshwari.
Kamal Challa says
Hi I want to visit the place, but lack of information abt how to get tickets, price list , what are the thing we can do inside, prices for the services in side the camp… etc
Hi Kamal, Jungle logdes resorts has their office in Shringar complex next to Barton center near MG Road. You can go through their site here for more details on packages and respective prices.
Can we camp on our own in Bheemeshwari Or we must book through Jungle Lodges.
Please advise, as we are planning to visit and we have our own camp gear.
Thanks in Advance !!
Since the place is a protected area, I don’t think you can camp on your own. There might be places on the river bank where you can camp that I am not aware of. But my suggestion is to go through officials since wild animals do commute in that forest range.
I am so sorry jimmy, I have no other contact number. Since you are planning to go there with your wife, it is better to go there for an over night stay package than going for a day visit. My suggestion is to contact the Jungle Lodges Resort office in MG Road and book your package in advance.
Thanks a lot for your immediate response .. I tried the number that u’ve given but it does not connect (neither dial nor ringing tone) :-(. So .. we are wondering what to do … probably go to some other place or try our luck out at Bheemeshwari!
I am not sure if you can make it for tomorrow without prior reservation. If you have bulk booking and want to include few more, that is very much possible. Since you are planning for a day visit, my strong guess is that they should be able to accommodate you folks. I would suggest you call up Cauvery fishing camp office on +91-8231-47093 and try if it is feasible.
Hey .. hope you see this sometime today .. ! My wife and I would like to visit Bheemeshwari for a day visit tomorrow (May 17) but I could not make any reservation, so can we just land up there and book for a day visit package? Thanks!
Yup.. it is indeed a nice place to get close to nature.
hey, nice write up..need to visit this place…
Yes, that is the right time to visit this place as the greenery would be much more thick and the water levels would be good too.
That is called ‘country boat’ 🙂 Angrezi term is ‘Coracle’ boat.
That boat really looks awesome.
It is a nice place to visit during Dec and Jan. Over night stay is a much better option, you will enjoy the most during that season.
Yes. Since it is the summer time, the weather and water levels is not conducive for ‘Masheer’ fishes to populate. Catching small fishes is no fun for sure 🙂
Shrinidhi Hande says
But what am I reading? You went all the way and didn’t do fishing?
Shrinidhi Hande says
this thing (fishing camp) is on my wishlist-have to see when it materializes