Doddamakali is one of the popular scenic destinations in Karnataka, known for its rustic charm and sylvan surroundings. It is situated 6 km upstream from the Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp, at a distance of 132 km from Bangalore.
Doddamakali is a popular location for corporate team building and weekend getaways from Bangalore. As it is isolated from the hustle and bustle of the city, this place provides a relaxing ambiance to its visitors. Situated on the banks of the River Cauvery, Doddamakali offers opportunities in wildlife sightings, bird spotting and many adventure and leisure-related activities.
Tourist Attractions In Doddamakali
Doddamakali is a heaven for the bird watchers, as they can spot water-based birds as well as land birds, including rare species like the black-bellied river tern, osprey, gray-headed fish eagle, honey buzzed, pied crested cuckoo, tawny eagle, pied kingfisher, spot billed duck, woodpeckers, etc. It is estimated that Doddamakali is home to more than 200 species of birds.
The region offers opportunities for taking up Jungle Safaris, wherein visitors can find mammals like wild boar, sambar, spotted deer, endangered grizzled giant squirrels, leopards, elephants, Malabar giant squirrels and jackals. Reptilian species like marsh crocodiles, turtles, chameleons, pythons, cobras, Russell's vipers, banded kraits and the endemic species of Leith's soft shelled turtles can also be spotted here.
Doddamakali offers angling opportunities to its visitors, as the river Cauvery slows down and collects into a large pool at this place. The Catch and Release' method is followed at this fishing camp and anglers can try their luck in catching Mahaseer and other local fish. Guides are also available at this place, so that even beginners can experience the joy of fishing.
And There's A Whole Lot More
Doddamakali is a favourite destination for adventurous tourists, as they can engage in coracle rides, kayaking and rafting on the river Cauvery. Mountain biking and trekking are also common at Doddamakali.
Tourists visiting Doddamakali often go for nature walks and visit the ruins of an ancient Shiva temple located nearby. The forests of Doddamakali are inhabited by the Soliga tribes, an aboriginal tribe that has been living here for centuries. Tourists often interact with the tribal people to learn a thing or two about their primitive survival skills. Doddamakali offers trips to nearby destinations such as the Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp, Mekedaatu waterfalls, and the Sangam and Simsha waterfalls.
Best Time To Visit Doddamakali
Doddamakali, located at a three-hour driving distance from Bangalore, can ideally be visited during the months of July, August and February. This place can also be visited during the post monsoon months when it will be covered with lush greenery.