Trekking in Bheemeshwari, Bheemeshwari Overview

Situated at a distance of about 100 kilometres from the capital city of Bangalore in Karnataka, Bheemeshwari is the perfect location to enjoy a number of activities in the wilderness. The area is blessed with lush greenery and the wild waters of the River Cauveri, and hence, has ample opportunities for nature walks, sightseeing and adventure sports. The highlight of a trip to Bheemeshwari, however, is no doubt the trekking experience that one can enjoy here. In fact, the area is a paradise for all trekkers. The terrain in the area is gentle and strewn with rocks, but slopes slightly at places, which attracts trekkers and adventure enthusiasts from all across the world to trek here.

Bheemeshwari is bound by beautiful valleys, while various rivers and streams crisscross the terrain. There is greenery as far as the eye can see. The surrounding forest houses a large number of wildlife species, and it is not uncommon to site an animal or two while trekking here. The wildlife trekking trails that can be found here are divided into three broad categories- easy, medium and tough, and range from a distance of 4 kilometres to 30 kilometres. This means that the unique trekking experience here can be enjoyed by beginners as well as professionals alike. Bheemeshwari is strategically located in the dense forests of the river basin, for it is easily accessible for a quick getaway trip, yet is far away to escape from the dreary city life and break the monotony. The calm and picturesque area is perfect to give some rest to the tired body and soul and to transport oneself to an altogether different and utopian world.

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Trekking Options In Bheemeshwari

From Bheemeshwari, one can trek to either of the three places- Chellurehill, Doddamkali and Galibore. The trek to Chellurehill is a 7.5-kilometre long trail and is a relatively easy one. The trek begins by crossing the Cauvery River and then passing through the breathtakingly beautiful Chellure Hills. The trek also includes a fun boat ride. The next trekking option is the trek to Doddamkali. Doddamkali is located 7 kilometres away from Bheemeshwari, deep inside the forest. This isolated place is ideal for bird watching, and also offers opportunities for fishing and rafting. The rugged terrain of the Doddamkali nature camp can be reached by trekking from Bheemeshwari. At this site, the majestic River Cauvery forms a pool, which is the ideal place for indulging in water sports. Galibore, 16 kilometres away from Bheemeshwari, and in the opposite direction of Doddamkali, is another trekking route. Galibore is surrounded by the tall Terminalia Arjuna trees and is a natural habitat for the fishes. The river here cuts through in the front and is bounded by hills on each side. Herds of elephants can be spotted near the banks of the river. Galibore is a 'catch and release' camp. This means that even if you manage to catch hold of a fish, you have to release it back into its natural habitat.

Essential Equipments For Trekking In Bheemeshwari

When you set out to trek, make sure that you have all essential items in your bag pack. These include a water bottle, energy bars, snacks, an electric torch, a medical kit and a good compass. It is also a good idea to carry an extra pair of clothes. Make sure that you are dressed in comfortable woollen clothes and proper hiking shoes. Do take a walking stick along.

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Best Time For Trekking In Bheemeshwari

Although a day-long trip to Bheemeshwari can be enjoyed anytime in the year, the best time to do so is in the months between August and February. During this period, the river is in full bloom after the monsoon, and the vegetation acquires a fresh appeal to it. This time is also ideal for bird watchers, as river terns, fishing eagles, woodpeckers, kingfishers and other species flock here in large numbers. Overall, the region is at its peak of beauty and the chances of trekkers sighting a great wild animal or two, or rare birds that dwell in the dense forest, are the highest during these months.

Stay Near Trekking

The Bheemeshwari Nature and Adventure Camp in Muthati is an ideal place to stay at. The camp offers well-equipped tented cottages (twin beds with attached bathrooms), luxurious log-huts on stilts, luxury cottages and a bamboo hut. Visitors have the option of choosing the kind of lodging that they find best. Other than trekking, adventure and nature enthusiasts can indulge in activities like coracle ride, bird-watching, mountain biking, zip line, rope walk, rafting and kayaking during their stay at this camp. A lot of other nature camps can also be found in Bheemeshwari. You can choose the one which suits you the best, and avail the different perks that they offer.

Tips For Visiting Trekking

1. Wear comfortable clothes. Avoid bright colours and stick to shades of green, grey, brown and black. The more you mix in with the background, the better it is.
2. Wear comfortable sports shoes as you will have to walk around a lot.
3. Avoid smoking. A mishappening can easily lead to a forest fire.
4. Since you will be spending a lot of time outdoors, do carry your sunglasses, sunscreen, hats, etc.

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