If lush green landscapes, thick dense forests, sounds and sights of wild animals baffle you then you must visit wildlife sanctuaries. India is a place that houses a number of parks and sanctuaries. Many states in South India have enriched bio diversities that maintain the ecological balance. Karnataka, the historical state with a rich cultural heritage bears witness to this fact. Nagarahole National Park, Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary and Bheemeshwari wildlife sanctuary are some of the noteworthy wildlife sanctuaries in the state.
Bheemeshwari wildlife sanctuary is a hot spot for eco-tourism. The beauty of the area also cannot be ignored. So learn about the important dimensions of this sanctuary before paying an actual visit.
The sanctuary is located in a small town named Bheemeshwari. From this, the sanctuary derives its name. This town is located between the Shivanasamudra falls and Mekedatu falls, on the Cauvery River in Karnataka.
The sanctuary is located in the Mandya Distrcit in Karnataka.
Fauna: Bheemeswari wildlife sanctuary is noted for fishes. Different types of fishes are found here. Mahseer fish which is considered to be one of the finest game fish in the world is found here in plenty. The sanctuary is also known as the 'Angler's Paradise' because of these fishes. Many other animals find refuge here. Elephants, Jackals, Otters, Leopards, Crocodiles, Wild Boars, Monkeys, etc. also live here.
Many residential birds are sighted here. These include water birds like Herons, Cormorants, Ibis, Kingfishers, etc.
Mahseer: Before visiting the sanctuary, one should get acquainted with its premier attraction that is Mahseer fish. It is an exceptional omnivorous creature that can take in even frogs, fish- living or dead, crabs and big fruits. They can sometimes eat tiny fishes also. Two species of Mahseer like Tor Khudree and Tor Mussullah are commonly preferred for fishing.
Fishing hub: The majestic Cauvery River has turned the area into a major fishing hub. There are fishing camps which encourage professional anglers and amateur anglers. Thousands of anglers visit the place in order to pursue their hobbies. Mahseer fish remains the focus for them. As camping has become so popular here, basic facilities are provided. Facilities like cots, mosquito nets, toilet and shower are provided to the people. Food is also available that is served under open air in common dining room.
Ideal time to visit:
December to March is the best period to visit the sanctuary.
There are 3 camps or tents in and around Bheemeshwari. These are Jungle Lodges Properties at Bhimeshwari, Galibore and Doddamakali. Tourists can easily accommodate in those at a cheap rate. The rates are inclusive of food, accommodation, trekking, coracle ride and forest entry fees.
How to reach the park?
Bangalore is the nearest airport. The sanctuary is 100km, 56 km and 82 km away from Bangalore, Kanakapura and Halguru.
What else do you get?
Doddamkkali is a famous camping spot that is only 7km upstream from Bheemeshwari. Galibore is a hot spot for anglers. You can also opt for nature treks and boating in the nearby areas.
Bheemeshwari wildlife sanctuary is a perfect picnic spot. It satisfies the environmentalists, professional anglers and nature lovers also. With so much this sanctuary is surely worth a visit.