Mekedatu(The Rocky encounter)

I heard a lot about Mekedatu, before we decided to go there. This is one of the best, one day trip destination from Bangalore. And offcourse who doesn’t like to visit such a quickly reachable place to rejoice and unwind oneself from the day today work pressure.

I asked my friend Chandru, whether he would also like to join us for the trip. After his confirmation, we all – meaning his family and my family – set ready to go for the trip to Mekedatu one weekend.

About Mekedatu:

Mekedatu means Goat's Leap in Kannada. This beautiful rocky place is near Kanakapura, in Ramanagaram district. Here the Cauvery river jumps in to deep narrow gorge over which even a goat can leap. One can drive only up to Sangama. After this you can cross the river in coracle (circular boats) or by walking if the water level is low. From here you can go to Mekedatu by, the only available bus which is 4km away from here.

Sangama is a place where Cauveri river from Shimsa flows further to meet Arkavathi which comes from Ramanagaram side.

The name "Mekedatu" comes from an incident which is believed to have been witnessed by herdsmen in that area a long time ago. It is said that a goat being chased by a tiger made a desperate attempt to save its life by leaping from one side of the gorge and managed to cross over the raging river below, whereas the tiger did not attempt to replicate this feat, and abandoned the chase.

More info: Mekedatu

We left Bangalore one Saturday around 8’O clock in the morning. As it was peak hour in the city it took nearly 45 minutes for us to reach KR maket. From there we boarded one bus to Kanakapura. Kanakapura is a major junction point to visit few tourist places nearby namely Mekedatu, Bheemeshwari, Chunchi falls, Muthathi and Shivanasamudra.

When we reached Kanakapura it was nearly 11’O clock. We all were very hungry as we didn’t have any breakfast in the morning. We had our breakfast from one hotel inside KSRTC bus stand itself. There are very few hotels in this place and this one was good among them. When we stepped out of the hotel, we came to know that we just missed Sangama bus. And the next bus to Sangama was 2 Hours later. As there was no other option we had to chose auto-ricksahw to go to Sangama. Sangama is 34 Kms away from Kanakapura. It took nearly 50 minutes to reach Sangama.

The way to Sangama is very scenic with cultivation of fruits, vegetables, paddy and different types of nuts on both sides of the road. When we reached Sangama a big entrance to the place welcomed us. The board on the entrance read as “Hotel Mayura Sangama” from KSTDC.

Sangama Entrance
Sangama Entrance

We had to pass through the hotel to reach the river. The flow of water was not so heavy and was about 2 to 3 feet in the river. First we decided to cross the river by walk. But soon we felt that the water is very muddy, so we took another option of crossing the river by coracle boats to go to the other side.

Our team at Mekedatu
Our team at Mekedatu
Sangama river - Coracle boats
Sangama river – Coracle boats
Mekedatu-Sangama-bus
Mekedatu-Sangama-bus

From here Mekedatu is 4km away. And there is only one bus that travels in this route. The condition of the bus was so bad that it reminded us about the old age bullock cart ride. We enjoyed it more. You can find few wild animals in this route. If you are a photographer I’m sure that you will enjoy it. Finally we reached mekedatu by bus.

As we landed in Mekedatu we saw one shack infront and also few people selling eateries and drinks inside. we went there and had some snacks to get some energy.

Shack structure in Mekedatu
Shack structure in Mekedatu

Beware! There are lot of monkeys waiting to trouble you and snatch food items. After some time I got ready to shoot some pictures. As my friend with his wife went to the riverside posing for the camera, suddenly one pair of monkeys rushed and threatened them, making them move away from that place. And nicely those monkeys sat on the rock posing straight to my camera where these guys were supposed to sit. I took that snap and all the people around started laughing! After that monkeys made their way for us to take some pics. That was awesome experience!

A pair of monkeys at mekedatu
A pair of monkeys at mekedatu
My friend Chandru & his wife
My friend Chandru & his wife
Me & my wife at Mekedatu
Me & my wife at Mekedatu

There were flight of steps leading us down to the river. Becarefull! this place is full of rocks and stones. Anytime you you may slip.

Steps leading down to the river
Steps leading down to the river

We roamed around this place and took some nice pics. This is where the two rivers Cauveri and Arkavathi meet together. The flowing water here eroded all the rocks on their way and created a variety of rock structures and shapes. We climbed up the big rockline to come close to the river and took some pics.

Our Group close to the river
Our Group close to the river
Big rock at Mekedatu
Big rock at Mekedatu
The river photo with full view
The river photo with full view
The raging river at Mekedatu
The raging river at Mekedatu
The eroded rock structures in the river
The eroded rock structures in the river

We moved with caution as the force of the water was simply terrifying. We Continued further and reached one big tip of rock where the water splits by hitting a boulder on which we were taking photographs. We spent around two hours there. Many people visit this place during weekends and it’s safe. You will feel completely relaxed in the arms of the nature. Finally we came up climbing the steps. And few minutes later the bus came and we went back to Sangama. There we found a place where the level of the flowing water was very low. So we decided to take bath there. The water was so fresh that we completely lost our tiredness and started feeling fresh and much relaxed after. It was almost 3:30 when we finished our bath. We crossed the river by coracle boats and came back to the place where KSTDC hotel is there.

Crossing the river at Sangama
Crossing the river at Sangama

We had a nice food. And while we were having lunch the bus from Kanakapura side came. We finished our lunch and got into the bus. As our bus started moving, the beautiful “Mekedatu” started vanishing from our sight part by part. After some 40 minutes we reached kanakapura and it was around 5:30 in the evening. We could see many KSRTC buses waiting to go towards Bangalore.

we all had coffee before leaving the place and got into one KSRTC bus to leave for Bangalore. When we reached back home it was around 8’O clock in the evening. While coming we had our dinner from one Nalapaka hotel, which is our favourite one.

The next day was again a regular sunday for us.

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