Bheemeshwara Temple & Waterfall
At a distance of 41 km from Jog Falls, and 140 km from Shimoga, the Bheemeshwara temple & waterfall is a sacred pilgrimage site situated at Bheemeshwara village near Kargal town in Karnataka. Situated on Bhatkal - Siddapura Highway, it is one of the scenic places to visit near Shimoga, and among must-include places in Jog Falls packages.
Sri Bheemalingeshwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the ancient temples in Karnataka. According to mythology, the Bheemeshwara temple was constructed by Bheema, the second among the Pandavas, by bringing Shivlinga at the place, during their 14 years of exile and was established by Dharmaraya, the elder brother of Pandavas on the auspicious day of Maha Shivratri. There is a waterfall next to the temple called Bheemeshwara falls and is believed that the waterfall formed when Arjuna used his arrow to extract water from the rocks for puja.
The specialty of Bheemeshwara waterfalls is that the water never dries out throughout the year. On Maha Shivarathri, there will be a big Puja offered to the Lord by the local people every year. The lush green forests, blue skies as far as the eyes can see, and silence so resounding that you can hear your own breath, surely invite any heart wanting to lose itself in the lap of nature.
The Bheemeshwara temple and waterfalls are about 2.5 - 3 km from the main road. This distance is accessible via a slushy mud road not suitable for normal cars. One can hire a 4x4 jeep or hike. On the way to the temple, you can view the beauty of 'Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary'.
Timings: 6 AM - 5 PM