Cauvery or Kaveri, also known as the ‘The Ganges of the South’ is the longest river in Southern India that crosses three states and one Union Territory. The nature tourism enthusiasts highly revere Cauvery due to its vast journey from Kodagu district of Karnataka and end-point in the Bay of Bengal near Poompuhar in Tamil Nadu. Along the course of its 760 km long journey, Cauvery creates some magnificent natural islands and ecological points that will leave you speechless.
The easiest way to begin your exploration is by taking a Bangalore to Coorg taxi along the path of this pious river. The first place that you should visit is the Abbey Waterfalls in Kodagu district. Formed from several small streams, this beautiful waterfall goes on the meet the Cauvery River. The waterfall is situated amid beautiful coffee and spice plantations. Next along the route is the Bhagamandala pilgrimage site which is located at the confluence of river Kaveri and river Kannike with river Sujyothi meeting it underground making this place a ‘Triveni Sangam.’ There is a famous temple known as Sri Bhagundeshwara Temple at a short distance from the Sangam.
The most important pilgrimage site in Coorg is the Talacauvery situated 9 km further from Bhagamandala. Located on the Brahmagiri mountain ranges at altitudes of 1,276 metres, Talacauvery is the origin of river Kaveri. A square tank called Brahma Kundike or Cauvery Kundike is built at the place considered as the birthplace of river Kaveri. Renowned temples at Talacauvery include a Lord Agastheeshwara Temple, Lord Vinayaka Temple, and Shiva temple with an ancient Shivalinga. You can also visit the Cauvery Nisargdhama which is an island formed by river Kaveri. Efforts by forest department have transformed this place into a fantastic tourist spot.
If you are headed to Mysore via the easily available and affordable Bangalore to Mysore cabs, you would still have plenty of opportunities to explore the beauty of Kaveri along the way. Formed by river Kaveri, Shivanasamudra Falls is the second largest waterfall in India. River Cauvery splits at Shivanasamudra islands into two streams that fall at two separate places called Gaganachukki and Bharachukki. Notably, the viewpoints for both the waterfalls are 15km apart even though both streams are separated by a distance of only one kilometre.
For the history buffs, Talakadu situated at 49km from Mysore is temple town buried under the sand. At one point in time, this magnificent town was home to 30 temples. Today, only five temples can be seen here while the rest remain undiscovered. The temples boast of attractive architecture which is a mix of several dynasties that have ruled this town. The KRS or Krishna Raja Sagara Dam is built over river Kaveri and forms the major source of drinking water for Bangalore and Mysore. The locale of the dam is bestowed with stunning views that are a sight to behold.
Srirangapatna is a river island formed by river Cauvery located at barely 18km from Mysore. Srirangapatna has a rich historical and religious significance due to the fact that it was ruled by several dynasties over the years. The most iconic structure in Srirangapatna is the Ranganathaswamy temple dedicated to Ranganatha, a manifestation of Lord Vishnu.
The Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is another must visit place in Srirangapatna. Comprised of six islets on the banks of river Cauvery, this sanctuary is a home to several species of migratory birds such as Open billed storks, kingfishers, White Ibis, Cormorants, Herons, Egrets, etc. You will have to take a boat ride to reach the islets rich with these beautiful birds.
Although Srirangapatna is close to Mysore, you can also book a taxi in Bangalore to visit this magnificent island over a day trip.