Not all trips are always planned and not all trips turn out the way you planned. We decided to go to Coorg (hill station near Bangalore) for our friend’s birthday but due to sudden change of events that morning, we had to cancel and search for another location which was near to Bangalore and exciting at the same time. This was in the month of August. We jumped into the car not knowing where to go and decided to figure out the destination on the way itself. After a lot of research (about 10km worth of research) we decided to finally go to Bheemeshwari.
Bheemeshwari, a perfect destination for nature lovers and eco-tourists, is about 105km away from Bangalore. The drive for the last 20-30km was a very bumpy one but the destination was as beautiful as it could get. The ideal time for visiting Bheemeshwari is from July-October (just after the monsoons). We started from Bangalore at around 2P.M. in the afternoon and reached the place at 5:00 P.M. Our main motive was to go for white water rafting of Cauvery River. As soon as we reached, we were told that rafting was closed and it also needed prior bookings. The Bheemeshwari Jungle Lodge (bit expensive) was also full and there were no rooms left. The manager suggested us to take a room in the Hotel Mayura Gaganchukki shimsa (Shivanasamudra falls) handled by the KSTDC. The lodge was around 65km away and we headed towards it. This took us another 1-1.5 hours and we finally got a room and settled there by 9:00 PM. Since there was no other activity to be done there we ordered dinner and went to sleep.
The next morning, to our absolute amazement, we got up to this view (picture below).