Amidst the forests of southern Karnataka, along the majestically flowing river Cauvery, lies the Cauvery Fishing Camp. The place attracts nature lovers like bees to enjoy it wilderness and solitude. One of the best getaways from the busy day to day life, this place offers adventure, fun, calm and solace in equal doses to visitors.
Situated in the district of Mandya, it is located at a distance of 100 km from the capital city of Bangalore on the Bangalore-Kollegala national highway. From Hagalur, it is a 23 km drive to the fishing camp and the camp is maintained by Karnataka Jungle Lodges and Resorts.
Some Basics About the Fishing camp
The Cauvery Fishing Camp comprises of three camps - Bheemeshwari, Galibore and Doddamakali. While the Bheemeshwari and Galibore camps are meant for tourists, the Doddamakali Fishing Camp was developed more as an offsite corporate getaway.
All three sites are basically fishing and nature camps. The camp at Galibore lies at a distance of about 16 km from Bheemeshwari, while the one at Doddamakali lies at a distance of about 6 km from the same spot. These places are as primitive and rugged as possible, for you to enjoy your time away from the city.
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The camp can be reached by road or through a combination of air, rail and road travel, depending on where you are coming from. The nearest airport is the Bangalore International Airport and the nearest rail junction is in Mysore. You can take your private vehicles along for a better experience.
The camps have log huts and tent facilities. Though the facilities might look very primitive from the outside, inside the same you will definitely not miss the comfort of your home. The log huts and tents are very well maintained and at Galibore and Doddamakali, electric lights will not be available as the proceedings are dependent on hurricane lamps or solar lamps.
Best season to visit Cauvery Fishing Camp
The best season to visit the fishing camp would be between December and March.
Activities at the Fishing Camp
Fishing for the Mahaseer variety is the main activity here as such fish can be found in huge schools or populations. As the fish population is on the decline, visitors here use the Catch and Release technique in order to fish, as they catch their fish and later immediately release them, while keeping score.
Kayaking, trekking, coracle riding and mountain biking are some of the other activities that you can enjoy here. Along with these activities you can also enjoy watching around 95 species of birds, crocodiles, and turtles. This place is a wonderful getaway – one that you’ll enjoy if you’re an outdoor person.