At a distance of 5 km from Bheemeshwari, 90 km from Mysore, and 97 km from Bangalore, Muthathi or Muttatti is a settlement situated on the banks of the Kaveri river near Malavalli in Karnataka. It is one of the must-visit places near Bangalore, especially for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.
Muthathi is surrounded by a dense forest that is part of the Cauvery Wildlife sanctuary, with the Cauvery river flowing through it. River Kaveri and Hanuman temple are the main tourist attractions in Muthathi. The location has mythological associations with Sita, the wife of Rama and Hanuman. Once goddess Sita loses her nose ring while taking bath in the Kaveri river. Later, Lord Hanuman finds her nose ring in this place and returns it to her. Hence, Hanuman in this place is called 'Muthetharaya'. The village acts as a transit point and a stopover for folks that have a religious obligation and/or want to sacrifice animals.
The forest itself is quite amazing and the best time is to visit is in the early morning. It is quite an enthralling experience to see wild trees like 'Flame of the Forrest' bloom & the different hues of the leaves and topography during the summer months. It is home to a good number of bird species and wildlife, including Elephants, Langoors, Spotted deer, foxes, mongoose, Indian monitor lizards, and some reptile species. Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp is yet another spot near Muthathi.
The access to the river from the forest road has been cut-off with deep trenches. There have been too many cases of suicides and accidental deaths due to the whirlpools and sharp rocky riverbeds, so the forest department takes additional precautions to monitor the movement of people through the forest. Tourists can also try coracle rides but have to be careful as it is run by the locals. However, swimming in the river should be avoided in Muthathi, as there are many whirls and the water current is high. It is better to enjoy the scenery and have a pleasant time on the banks of the river.
Having declared the forest as a Cauvery wildlife sanctuary, the officials at the forest department check-post are on constant alert & do a thorough check of your vehicle. This is to ensure that visitors are not carrying banned substances like liquor, plastic, poaching equipment, etc. Visitors have to carry their food and water as there are not many good eateries in Muthathi or Bheemeshwari. Decent hotels are only available in Kanakapura and some eateries in Satanuru.
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM