Bheemeshwara is famous for the Shiva temple ( Bheemalingeswara ) that is located inside the cave and also for the Waterfalls that is located in the temple premises. The place is often known as a nature lover’s paradise as the view treats the visitor’s eyes with mountains located in the Western Ghats as far as one’s eyes can see.
Legend has it that the Shiva Linga was placed in the caves by the Pandavas Bheema himself, during their 12-year exile. Later, a temple was built and was named Bheemalingeswara Temple in honour of the great Pandav Bheema. According to the legend, the Bheemeshwara Falls was formed when Pandav Arjuna was trying to get water from the rocks. The waterfall is located in close proximity to the temple. The presence of the waterfall near the temple gives its visitors a mesmerising view.
The temple is located at a distance of about 5kms from the Kogar-Bhatkal road. The travel begins with a delightful walk through the mud terrains of the forest and the final stretch is made up of stone paved steps. The difficulty in reaching the top of the hills is seen as one of the reasons for the spot to be less crowded, thereby, letting it’s few visitors enjoy its calmness and serenity without any disturbance.
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Bheemeshwara falls is one of the best spots to indulge in meditation as the location is extremely calm and peaceful. When sitting near falls, one can listen to the whoosh of the waters taking the dip from atop the hills, the sweet singing of the birds and the beautiful environment.
The other speciality about the falls is that the water in the falls never dries out. The falls is alive all through the year. On Maha Shivarathri a huge puja is offered to Lord Shiva by the local people. This is a ritual that is followed every year by the localities.
The falls is a calm and peaceful place without the disturbance of the usual crowd or the city.
The water in the falls never dries out. The falls is alive all through the year. The falls and the temple make its visitors like they are a part of a fairytale. The sunlight, the falls, the greenery around and the caves give the place a mystic beauty. The sight is such an amazing one that it has the ability to take away anybody’s gloomy mood away.
The temple premise is one of the best places to meditate. The calmness and serenity in the atmosphere give the perfect scenario to meditate.
The best time to visit the place would be during the months of January and after the month of July as this is the time when the falls can be seen to its fullest glory and beauty.
If one intends to travel by road, there are no direct routes to the falls. The nearest town is the Sagar Taluk, which is about 65kms away from the falls. Tourists will have to either take a taxi or take a bus which shuttles from Sagara to Bhatkal. These buses stop at Kogar Ghat if requested and then they are to trek their way through to the top of the hills to reach the falls. The trek is about 8kms long.
The nearest Railway Station to the falls is the Sagara Jambagaru Station, which is again located at a distance of about 65kms from the falls. The other Railway Station which is well connected to most cities in the Shivamogga (Shimoga) Station, which is located at a distance of about 140kms from the falls. Private taxis, to the falls, are available from both the stations.
The nearest Airport is the Mangalore International Airport, which is located at a distance of about 185 km from the falls.
Dabbe Falls– 16 km- The falls known for the loud, fast, icy cold water. It is required for people to trek their way through to reach the falls for about 6 to 8 km. The last 1 to 2 km is very steep and people enjoy their trek to the top as it is quite adventurous on its own.
Muppane Nature Camp – 39 km- The nature camp is located in the forest ranges that is situated on the backwaters of the River Sharavathi and is now taken care off by the Forest Department of Karnataka. The site is the spot for adventure lovers. It is located deep inside the thick forests and tourists are allowed to camp at the spot overnight.
Linganamakki Dam – 39 km-The dam was built in the year 1964 on the River Sharavathi and stretches to about 300 km2 and impounds about 4368 million m3of water. The main attractions of the Dam are the presence of facilities like bird watching, boating and scooting.
Jog Falls – 42 km - It is known as the second highest waterfall in the country. This originates from the River Sharavathi and falls from a height of about 830ft. The falls is a mighty sight to watch and provides its visitors with an amazing experience.
Siganduru – 42 km - It is a small village that is surrounded by backwaters formed by the River Sharavathi on three sides. It is famous as it houses the Sigandur Chowdeshwari Temple, dedicated to Goddess Chowdeshwari. The temple is said to have about 300 years of history.
Kodachadri – 50 km - The view of the Western Ghats from the Kodachadri Hills is an enchanting one. One can only see the never-ending Western Ghats from the top of the hills. Trekking one’s way through to the top of the hills is an adventure in itself.
Hidlumane Falls – 53 km - Series of six to seven falls that brings in a serene beauty of its own. On the way to the falls involves a trek through the Mookambika Reserve Forest.
Ikkeri – 68.8 km - An Historic town which has it’s origins back to the 1540’s to the 1640’s. It is a town of rich cultural heritage and historic importance. Ikkeri is also famous for the Aghoreshvara Temple, which is built with the mixed architecture of the Chalukya and the Hoysalas, Vijayanagara, the Karnataka Dravida style along with the architecture followed by the Deccan Sultanates.