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Adding to the lure of Bheemeshwari is a fishing camp, on the banks of the Cauvery, one which abounds in Mahseer
| Kabini | What's in for Kids |
| Eco-Trekking | Reaching there | Accommodation |

If you have a relaxed holiday in mind, and would like to show your kids what eco-tourism really is!!  Bheemeshwari and Kabini on the periphery of the Nagarhole National Park, might be the place for you. One of the oldest National Parks in India, Nagarhole (literally, ‘Serpent River’) was created in 1955. The park was once maintained as an exclusive hunting preserve for the Mysore royal family. Though, Nagarhole in itself make for an exciting wildlife tour, but it is the two places (Bheemeshwari and Kabini) on the fringes of the wildlife sanctuary that make for an exciting holiday with the family.

Here (in Bheemeshwari) lush forests lie sheltered by steep valleys crisscrossed by numerous streams, a virtual haven this is, for the variety of birds one gets to see - Herons, the Ibis, Cormorants & Kingfishers. Herds of elephants, deer’s, wild boars are seen roaming the area of the National Park. Then, there are the regulars – wild monkeys, jackals, crocodiles, otters, and, if you’re lucky, you might even spot an occasional leopard on the prowl.

Adding to the lure of Bheemeshwari is a fishing camp, on the banks of the river Cauvery, one which abounds in Mahseer- the finest game fish ( that weighs 45 kg). A stay at the Fishing Camp - in comfortable tents equipped with all basic facilities like cots, mosquito nets, shower, toilet and even a kitchen.- has to be the fun thing for kids, and a place where everyone in the family gets to try his luck with angling.

For fishing, the best time to visit is between August and February. Temperatures hover around the 30 degree C mark during the day in winters and 10 degree C in the nights. The weather is mild in the winters and the place is more comfortable in the outdoors that time of the year.

What's in for kids there
  1. Hop on to a Jeep for jungle safari
  2. Try rock climbing
  3. Take an elephant ride in the jungle
  4. Take guided jungle walks
  5. Glide along the water with the thick jungles all around

Kabini, nestled in the southern fringes of the Nagarhole National Park is a little further away from Bangalore and closer to Mangalore. Kabini is one of those perfect getaways for nature lovers, the kind of wild-life haven parents would love to show to their kids, instead of taking them to the city-zoo. The breathtaking location of the place, with the tranquil backwaters of the River Kabini forming the backdrop, presents an ideal setting for an enjoyable family vacation. Jeep safaris into the forests, elephant rides, boat and coracle rides, guided treks, white-water rafting, kayaking, canoe tours, elephant interactions, water sports, snorkeling, para-sailing are all but means to explore the varied flora and fauna of the region.

Kabini is pure elephant country, so expect to see numerous herds at a time. That elusive tiger sighting is what always haunts you as you roam through the verdant jungle here.

Eco-Trekking from Bheemeshwari

To Chellurehill: An easy walk across water, hills and involving a boat ride and a river crossing, is what this eco trek is. To start the trek one has to cross the river Cauvery, following which one has to go around the Chellure hill and to finish one has to get back to the start point – i.e. the Bheemeshwari elephant camp. The trek takes up an entire day and the distance covered is 7.5 km.
For details contact Deputy conservator of Forests, Cauvery Wildlife Division, Kanakapura, Ph: 080-7522537

To Doddamkali: Just 7 km away from Bheemeshwari,  Doddamkali is located deep in the forest. It is an extremely isolated place, abounding in natural beauty. Camping is required.

To Galibore: It is 16 km in the direction opposite to that of Doddamkali from Bheemeshwari. An excellent habitat for fish, this place is, and is used as a base for people into angling.

A visit to the Shivanasamudra Falls which fall down from a height of 75 m into a deep gorge, is recommended.  These look their best during the monsoons.

Accommodation options in Bheemeshwari & Kabini

Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp: Tucked away from the milling crowds, yet close enough for you to reach, this camp offers a slice of nature that is entirely unique, one in which you can totally feel free! Home to the great ‘Mahseer’ - the finest & the largest tropical sporting fish known to man.

Kabini River Lodge: Once the hunting lodge of the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore, Kabini River Lodge is today rated by the British Tatler’s Travel Guide as one of the top 5 wildlife resorts in the world. The breathtaking locale with the tranquil backwaters of the River Kabini presents an ideal setting.

Orange County, Kabini: Built in authentic Kuruba village style. Each palm-thatched hut at the resort comes fitted with all the luxuries you could hope for including its own plunge pool or Jacuzzi in a private, open-to-sky courtyard.

Reaching Bheemeshwari & Best time to go

By Air & Rail: Both the nearest airport & the nearest railway station to Bheemeshwari are at Bangalore. This proximity to Bangalore city makes Bheemeshwari easily accessible from all over India. For Kabini, the nearest rail head is Mysore Junction.

By Road: You can reach Bheemeshwari by driving a mere 100 kms from Bangalore city. This comes to about 2 to 2.5hrs of drive time. Take National Highway 209 to Kanakapura and further onto Sathanaur and Halagur village. KSRTC buses are available daily to Kabini from the Central Bus Stand in Bangalore. Driving directions from Bangalore to Kabini
Driving directions from Bangalore to Bheemeshwari

Best time to visit Kabini: Best between September and May. For wildlife sighting it's November to June
Best time to go to Bheemeshwari: For the best time is October to mid-April; camps are open all year round.

About Nagarhole: Nagarhole Information & Fact File
Altitude 177 meters
Summer 33 (Max) & 25(Min) Degrees Celsius
Winter 20 (Max) & 14 (Min) Degrees Celsius
Best time to Go May – October
Monsoon June to September
Summer April –May
Winter November - February
Clothes Cottons throughout the year
Nearest Airport Bangalore, 234 km
Nearest Railway Station Mysore,  94 km
Bus Station Kutta, 7 km
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Two Health Centers are with emergency facilities are available

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