Saturday, September 05, 2009

Nature’s call

Nature’s call


Shailesh ShrivastavaFirst Published : 04 Sep 2009 05:37:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 04 Sep 2009 08:54:55 AM IST
BANGALORE: Almost every Bangalorean dreams about staying in a small house near a river, surrounded by nature, where he or she can feel relaxed. If that’s your dream too, Cauvery Nisargadhama is the place for you. Cauvery Nisargadhama, an island formed by the river Cauvery, is maintained by the state forest department.
The island, full of green foliage spread around 25 acres, is around 220 km from Bangalore, 90 km from Mysore and just 30 km from Madikeri.
To enter this beautiful area, you have to cross a 90 m long hanging bridge across the river Cauvery. As you proceed, some paintings on wood and the statue of Cauvery grab your attention.
Once you start walking through thick bamboo grooves, you could hear crickets chirping and small monkeys showing their gymnastic skills. After walking for about ten minutes, you will reach the famous Deer Park and Elephant Mounting Point, from where you can go for an elephant ride.
Nisargadham has some cottages along the riverside which are worth staying for a day or two, but need prior booking. The river is fenced at most of the places but the boating point is accessible at places where it is shallow.
If you are a nature lover, walk by the river to see beautiful sandalwood and teak trees and, of course, bamboos.
Initially it will feel a little scary if you are alone, but after some time you will start liking it. You can reach the rocks in the middle of the river and feel the stream passing you by, and so does the stress.

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