Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bheemeshwari - Muthathi

We went for another photography trip to a lake near Halagur, as it had rained heavily the previous day, our car was not able to go in the slush. As a result, we headed on to Bheemeshwari ( cauvery wildlife sanctuary) and Muthatti.
On the way , we could spot a Pheasant tailed Jacana. It was a first timer for me :)
The drive is beautiful, as it takes us along the Cauvery river and the forest is amazing. At the entrance of the sanctuary, we saw a herd of Chital (Spotted deer).

Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp - Bheemeshwari Fishing and Nature Camp is within your reach. If you want to enjoy the fascinating combination of nature and adventure with peace and serenity, come to this fishing and nature camp nestled along the Cauvery, the most majestic and sacred river of South India. All you need to do is to take a 100-km drive from Bangalore via Kanakapura.

AT Bheemeshwari Fishing and Nature Camp, you can hang out with more than 200 species of birds such as gray headed fish eagle, pied crested cuckoo, darter etc. You can even spot deer, jackals, the highly endangered grizzled giant squirrel, the leopard and elephants there.Also, if there is one thing that has been attracting people to the camp over the years is the mighty Mahseer, one of the largest fresh water sport fishes. Some have even landed 100 pounds and heavier Mahseer in this stretch of the river.

River Based Activities: Revitalize yourself by spending time with the refreshing Cauvery. Dip your feet in the pristine waters and you can feel the travail of city life fading away. Accompanied by guides, you can try a hand at joy fishing. Or, just ride down the Cauvery in a coracle and let the serenity and breathtaking natural views overpower your mind and thoughts.

Land Based Activities: Take the excitement to the next level by trekking around the Basavana Betta. The 6-hour trek will offer you a panoramic view of the Cauvery flowing through the valley below. You can also opt for short-distance treks early in the mornings.

Getting there

Bheemeshwari is located 100km away from the tech city of Bangalore, off the Kanakapura-Kollegal Highway. About 15km past the town of Kanakapura, you have to turn left at Sathnur and take the Muttathi Road. After 5-km drive from Muttathi, you will reach Bheemeshwari Fishing and Nature Camp. Welcome to the world of calm environs and adventures.

Activities at glance

  1. Angling
  2. Trekking
  3. Bird watching
  4. Joy Fishing
  5. Star gazing
  6. Coracle riding

    Cauvery the goddess of Life is the most worshipped river in the siuthern states of Karnataka and Tamil       Nadu.
Cauvery is a sacred river of southern India, rising on Brahmagiri Hill in the Western Ghats in Coorg district of Karnataka state, flowing in a south-easterly direction for 475 mi (765 km) through Karnataka and Tamil Nadu states across the Deccan Plateau, and descending the Eastern Ghats in a series of great falls. Before emptying into the Bay of Bengal south of Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, it breaks into a large number of distributaries forming a wide delta. Known as "Daksina Ganga" (Ganges of the South), it is celebrated for its scenery and sanctity, and its entire course is considered holy ground. 

Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of 100 km from Bangalore in the districts of  Bangalore and Mandya. It is spread around 102.59 sq. km. River Cauvery forms the northern and eastern boundary of the sanctuary. Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary attracts nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers.


Calotes is a lizard genus in the draconine clade of the family Agamidae, containing 24 species. Some species are known as forest lizards, others as "bloodsuckers"due to their red heads, and yet others as (namely C. versicolor) as garden lizards. They are geographically restricted to South Asia, Myanmar, regions ofSoutheast Asia, and an introduced population in Florida. The greatest diversity of the genus is from the Western Ghats and Northeast (India), Myanmar, and Sri Lanka.
Calotes is distinguished from related genera in having uniform size dorsal scales, and lacking a fold of skin extending between the cheek and shoulder, and in having proportionately stronger limbs than Pseudocalotes. Compared to BronchocelaCaloteshave a proportionately shorter tail and limbs.

We headed on towards Muthathi. The place is around 5kms from Bheemeshwari, The Cauvery is continued in this stretch also.
There is a very famous temple of Muthathiraya Swamy (Lord Hanuman) at Muthathi, and hence the name Muthathi is given to the place.
It is believed that Dr. Rajkumar ( the great actor of Kannada film industry) was one among the thousands of  devotees to the Lord here.

Muthathi is a small village on the bank of Kaveri. The road to Muthathi runs along the river, and you can stop at places to spend time on the river bank or dip your feet in shallow waters. The village and the approach road are within the boundary of Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary.

Expect to sight some wildlife if you are lucky, which includes chital, sambar deer and even elephants.Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is home to rare and endemic grizzled giant squirrels. The region is also rich in bird life. Take Kanakapura road out of Bangalore till you get to Satanur. Turn left at Satanur and drive for another 30 minutes to get to Muthathi. There is no food and accommodation avaialable at Muthathi. Pack your own food and plan to return by the end of the day.
This is not the original temple at Muthathi. This was shot while returning back from Muthathi to Sathanur. But this temple is  also dedicated to Lord Anjaneya swamy

While returning back, we saw an unique  activity of butterflies near a small pond . It was very interesting and we could spot more than 10 species of butterflies. We spent quite good time with it by watching its unique activities.
Mud-puddling is the phenomenon mostly seen in butterflies and involves their aggregation on substrates like wet soil, dung and carrion to obtain nutrients such as salts and amino acids. This behaviour has also been seen in some other insects, notably the leafhoppers.

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) are diverse in their strategies to gather liquid nutrients. Typically, mud-puddling behavior takes place on wet soil. But even sweat on human skin may be attractive to butterflies. The most unusual sources include blood and tears 
This behaviour is restricted to males in many species, and in some like Battus philenor the presence of an assembly of butterflies on the ground acts as a stimulus to join the presumptive mud-puddling flock
In tropical India this phenomenon is mostly seen in the post-monsoon season. The groups can include several species often including members of the Papilionidae and Pieridae.
Males seem to benefit from the sodium uptake through mud-puddling behaviour with an increase in reproductive success. The collected sodium and amino acids are often transferred to the female with the spermatophore during mating as a nuptial gift. This nutrition also enhances the survival rate of the eggs
1. Common Leopard : The Common Leopard Phalanta phalantha is a sun-loving butterfly of the Nymphalid or Brush-footed Butterfly family.
The Common Leopard is a medium sized butterfly with a wingspan of 50–55 mm with a tawny colour and marked with black spots. The underside of the butterfly is more glossy than the upper and both the male and female are similar looking. A more prominent purple gloss on the underside is found in the dry season form of this butterfly.

Common Leopard

There are around 6 to 7 species of butterflies in this picture.
They include : Common Emigrant, Pioneer , Gull , White orange tip , Lemon pansy , Pea blue , Spot swordtail.

              Photography in progress
Spot swordtail
" You can see a small drop of liquid which is excreted from its thorax "
During mud puddling , this is a frequent procedure which has to be observed
Spot Swordtail Graphium nomius is a beautiful butterfly found in India that belongs to the Swallowtail family. One of the grandest sights is a host of Spot Swordtails mud-puddling or swarming around a flowering forest tree.
The Spot Swordtail gets its name from the beautiful line of distinct white spots along the margin of its wings.

Generally found in deciduous forest areas, among bushes with lesser secondary growth. Locally abundant below 3000 feet and less common above this level. Generally stays close to hilly and forested country.Shy and wary. Flies close to the ground . Has a dodgy and fast flight, especially when disturbed. Often visits flowers. Spot Swordtails may be seen to cluster around flowering trees. They are fond of Gmelina arborea, a deciduous tree from dry areas. Large numbers can be seen settling on damp roads and wet patches, especially in hot summers. Basks close to the ground, with wings partially open or completely spread. Known migrant in Sri Lanka.

After taking beautiful break in a great patch of forest, we decided to return back to Bangalore , as there was a home in Bengaluru.
Trust me , after seeing such beautiful places , returning back is a quite disappointing moment to all Nature Lovers.

While returning , we spotted 
Grey Hornbill  : The Indian Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros birostris) is a common hornbill found on the Indian subcontinent. It is mostly arboreal and is commonly sighted in pairs. They have grey feathers all over the body with a light grey or dull white belly. The horn is black or dark grey with a casque extending up to the point of curvature in the horn. They are one of the few hornbill species found within urban areas in many cities where they are able to make use of large avenue trees

After a beautiful Sunday (in forests ) , we feel MONDAY is BAD :) :) :)

Thank you


  1. What a delight to view your work done with true your LOVE for nature.
    Wish I could have done this trip with you, young Arjun.
    Much love to your most repected parents from Bernardete and Mario... your sevants in COLD COLD Canada.

  2. Lovely and well written blog . Keep up the good work :-)

  3. Well written blog. Very nice pictures.

  4. Very nice blog,good notes and also images, well done. I just missed the group picture here :( like our last trip to nandihills...though myself satish are in one of the images.

  5. superb pictures and lots of information about River Cauvery was really good, keep it up boy

  6. Brilliant Snaps :)

    Riding the last 20kms was seriously heaven :D
    ^ our visit to this wonderful place !!


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