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.