F ar away from the day-to-day drudgery and overcoming one's hectic pace of life, Bheemeshwari is the perfect destination for total relaxation. We discovered this wonderland in a moment of frustration and defeat while being unable to decide the best place for two extremely busy families to visit and relax.
Be it either by bus, bike or car, you can reach this tourist hotspot in less than four hours. Nestling amidst majestic green mountains and surrounded by thick green forest, Bheemeshwari is home to the gushing Cauvery river that forks up the forest and the mountains, making it all the more breathtaking to the naked eye.
Cameras sure need to be packed for this holiday if you intend making friends on the Facebook or if you are really the nature lover shutterbug.
The smooth yet narrow winding lanes fills up the air with such freshness that the journey itself is thoroughly enjoyable what with the scenic rocks, hills and a little bit of greenery mesmerising one and all. The chilly breeze and the sound of flowing water will be your only music track in this place and will definitely sound better than even Mozart.
Once you tuck yourself in this little valley, there is no looking back. There are only two places providing accommodation :one is Jungle Lodges which is rather expensive or the Government guest house, for which you might have to spend a little more time on the phone. The better experience would be to stay at the Government guest house which has four cottages and is in absolute sync with the wilderness here and spend that extra amount on some fun loving, adventure filled experience offered by the Jungle Lodges.
So, with the sun setting quite early behind the majestic mountains, it gets pitch dark by 6.30 after which you might probably not even know who or rather what is next to you without that little lantern they provide at the guest house.
But, if you are staying at the government guest house, I’ll let you in on a little secret. Once it is pitch dark, sit in your car and turn the headlights on, to find the numerous glowing marbles, staring at you in the stillness of the night. This is nothing but the amazing sight of hundreds of curious spotted deer that make their way into the compound while passing through the forest.
After a good night’s rest, one is woken up by mischievous, prancing monkeys that will surely make your lazy morning active enough to get you out of bed and venture into the wild. But, if you manage to wake up early, you might just spot a deer grazing just outside your cottage.
Gear up for an active Saturday, filled with some exciting water sports and a 'jungle walk' offered by the adjacent Jungle Lodges which is definitely an unforgettable experience. However, if your budget does not favour adventure sports, you still have a lot to look forward to.
The coracle experience offered by the local boatmen is surely peaceful and wonderful as you will be surrounded by white waters and a grand view of the green mountains on one side, forest on the other and colourful birds flying in the backdrop of a blue sky. If you don’t want to experience this, just jump into the crystal clear water and wade around for some nature spa service.
For all those scared of water, you still don’t need to be upset as you can go on a long walk, watching monkeys and the multi-coloured birds and bees on the calm and narrow road that leads to Muthathi, a small village.
Bheemeshwari and its undying beauty do not fail to disappoint anyone and is surely the perfect resort for a relaxed, yet
exciting short trip.
For a two-day-outing, if you leave on Friday evening or even Saturday morning, you can be home well before 8 pm on Sunday, after a fulfilling experience, and get that good sleep before the next maddening
There are three ways to get to Bheemeshwari . The first one is 120 kilometres. From Bangalore take the Kanakpura Road. You will have to pass via Sathnur Junction and Muttati before reaching Bheemeshwari. The second route is a little shorter. Instead of going via Muttati, go via Algor.
There is yet another route. Drive on Mysore Road till you reach Maddur. From there take the Shivanasamudra Road till Malvalli and then take left at Malvalli towards Algor . It is approximately 130 kilometres from Bangalore