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Published: January 11th 2016
With another episode from my Bangalore Diaries. This was my friend Kunche Swamy’s plan to go for a day out & he convinced some of his friends go for a mini-trekking and nature camp in Bheemeshwari. We set off early in the morning and hired Chevrolet Tavera for the same. It was enough for us as we were six guys in the team.
Bheemeshwari Camp is around 100 km outside the city of Bangalore. On the way, may be after an hour we had light breakfast and hot tea. Swamy was as usual excited about photo-shoot as long as any device captures his poses, and we clicked few standing in front of mountainous terrain. We were in the SUV more than 3 hours, When we were about to reach we had gone through a mini forest which was a pleasant breathing experience for us inside SUV. I was capturing some videos with my DigiCam while we all were belting jokes.
Once we reached, There were many boards with information and direction as it was a tourist spot and there were different camps as well. The landscape appears green as far as the eye can go, it is also armature
trekker’s delight. Blessed with lush greenery and the placid waters of the River Cauvery, the scenic place offers ample opportunities for nature walks and sightseeing
, and some adventure activities as well. First of all, you get lot of opportunity to spend some wonderful and fun moments with your friends through activities which involves some exercises
with ropes. You can indulge in a number of action packed adventurous activities to make the most of your trip. Some of the fun filled activities organized by Thrillophilia in Bheemeshwari and Muthathi include nature camps, cycling and rope activities.
After much fun, we took rest lying on the hammocks beside the river, then we decided to start our trek. I stayed ahead of the rest of the pack most of the trek to capture some pics of our team in action. We got to see some other team of girls and guys who were going with a guide on trek. We just followed them as we don’t have much time to enjoy the thrill of being misdirected. I think we also paid him some money.
The terrain was gentle and strewn with rocks but slopes slightly at places which lures in a lot of trekking enthusiast towards
Bheemeshwari trekking. It would be good to carry some snacks and water while you enjoy the trek. Trekking is an ideal activity
for a team outing in Bheemeshwari. While on one hand the picturesque surroundings provide relief to your tired body and soul. The trek along the River Cauvery is an enjoyable experience. Bheemeshwari trekking trails are frequented by many amateur and seasoned trekkers throughout the year. The pleasant weather and the beautiful ambience provide the perfect atmosphere for a trek. In general this trek is quite easy.
We had to cross a small quarry to reach the wide trek path which seemed well used and surrounded both sides with generous spread of trees. We came across new and old trees, After sometime , path became narrow and then we reached a small hill with bit of steep grassy climb to follow. Less than one hour's climb (including a break for photo poses) got us to top of hill where there was a high watch tower. Just trees and hills all around us with river flowing to our right. Few patches of red sand showed up and we tried to estimate where we had started from.
Once on top, The scene that
I saw was more or less similar with what I had expected it to be, Despite having been to western ghats and born and brought-up in a place (Kerala) where these kind of scenes are very much common, I felt every place has its own unique ways of appearance. My fellow trekkers seems to be overwhelmed by it. Indeed it looked straight out of big screen movie, the beautiful river Cauvery in the middle of the beautiful green hills, and the ideal backdrop for a brilliant weekend.
Descent was more of grassy landscape, some more dead and new trees and some thorny ones too. It got humid by then as well. Another 15 minutes and we were at rocky shores of Cauvery. We dipped our feet for some well-earned rest and spent lot of time playing by crossing stones set in water and reaching some far ones inside flowing water.
In less than an hour, we reached back the camp. After waiting besides the river on useful benches, we had our lunch - it was very simple but simply too fulfilling for our hunger. Normally if you travel across Karnataka, you get similar food which neither has
too much of sweet nor too spicy items included, In general people of Karnataka are not very fond of fishes in their daily food unlike keralites or Bengalis. Nevertheless to say we had our stomach full. Everyone wanted to laze around for a while so it was back to the hammocks for everyone.
Once we let the food settle it we were off for some white water rafting, so we grabbed our boats and paddles and pink colored life jackets. After a brief session with our guide about the techniques we were all in the water. I was not a complete swimmer, and some in the group did not know swimming at all. So being in the water was a little daunting as we heard underwater flow is more in that river. We were having a great time. When we finished the stretch we were picked up by the jeep waiting at the other end which took us back to the spot. In that open jeep I met one European who just joined Infosys Bangalore then as a part of their academic internship. I took some of his pic and mailed those to him as per his request.
Around 5:00pm, we left the camp and continued to Bangalore. I have heard Bheemeshwari Camp also offers overnight packages. You may choose to stay in the make shift tented- cottages or the log-huts and enjoy activities such as Fishing, white water rafting, kayaking, snorkeling etc. For anyone interested in adventure, this is one holiday spot which is not too heavy on your pocket. It’s an endeavor of the Karnataka tourism department to popularize Eco tourism by preserving the rich abundant gifts of nature.
All in all it was a good timeout. If you want to make it lot better, Communicate with respective officials in advance, KSTDC has already done with website and contact details !
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