We planned our trip to Bheemeshwari Fishing and nature camp located approximately 120km from Bangalore. Based on the banks of the majestic and sacred river “Cauvery”, this camp offers a slice of nature that is charming and picturesque. This camp is also renowned as a home to great ‘Masheer’- the finest & one of the largest fresh water sport fish known to man.
We started our journey around 6.00AM on 15th Nov’09. We took the Bangalore-Kanakapura-Sathnur –route to reach the camp. It was a long exhausting four to five hours drive with one hour spent only hunting for a place for breakfast. Except for the efforts to find breakfast which were in vain, which I believe was our stupidity, the entire drive was awesome. The last thirty minutes drive through the woody landscape amidst the forest was really refreshing. We had booked our stay with Jungle Lodges and Resort.
With our growling tummies we simply dumped our luggages in our log hut and headed straight to the ‘Ghol-ghar “ (name of their dining place). The lunch was awesome with home cooked kind of mutton curry and egg curry. There were couple of veg dishes also for the losers which I never even looked at… :P.
With a quick nap of thirty minutes around 4.30 PM we headed for a ride down the Cauvery in a coracle. The coracle ride amongst the serenity of nature and a breathtaking sunset across the river was an awesome experience that we can treasure in our memory lane forever. We also had our very first escapade with the live crocodile just 10 feet away from our boat. To be true, it scared the hell out of us. Thanks to the guide, who helped to drive away the crocodile.
After the ride, we tried our hands at joy fishing. Priya was lucky enough to catch two Masheer in her first two attempt of fishing itself. The first Masheer weighed around 1pound and the second was even bigger which weighed around 2.5 pounds. Our guide said that some of the guests have landed 100 pounds and more Masheer as well. With no luck on my side, I continued to build castles on the river bank. Thanks to Priya, I was bit lucky since she allowed me to take a picture with her caught “Masheer”. “Masheer” caught is duly released back into the waters to ensure that this endangered species is conserved.
Evening, we preferred to spend quiet time alone, relaxing on the hammocks fixed just outside our log huts. The night was spent relaxing on the sandy riverbank besides the warmth of the campfire drinking beer and relishing barbeque.
In conclusion, I would love to have all my birthdays fall on Friday the 13th, if Priya can plan such exciting weekends ahead of it. Thanks Priya!!!