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A Road Trip from Bengaluru to Mekedatu

By Siji Ram

Over a lazy weekend, a trip to a serene location would bring all your tired cells back to life. Mekadatu which means Goat's Leap in Kannada, near Bengaluru, is one such place that you should visit over a weekend, after a week of meeting deadlines and working under stress.

Route to Meketadu

(Bengaluru - Kanakpura - Sangama - Mekedatu) Around 100km
To reach Mekedatu, you have to first reach Kanakpura which is around 60km from Bengaluru city. Public transport is available till Kanakpura, from where you can avail cabs or private vehicles to reach Sangama which is located around 30km from Kanakpura. From Sangama, Mekedatu is just 4km away. Let's take you through a virtual tour!

Mekedatu

The Goat's Leap!
Photo Courtesy: Karthik Prabhu 

A major point while visiting Mekedatu is Sangama. Sangama is a breathtaking sight with the confluence of river Cauvery and river Arkavati. During summers, one can easily cross the river, whereas in monsoons you need to be careful as the rocks tend to be slippery and the water flow would be heavier too. Do follow the signboard there that warns you to be safe and be cautious of the crocodiles. However, Sangama is enjoyed during both summers and monsoons. Coracle rides are done during monsoon to cross the river.

Mekedatu

Can you hear the gurgle?
Photo Courtesy: Karthik Prabhu 

Once you cross the river, Mekedatu is less than 5km from there. Though there is a bus that takes you to Mekedatu, it is better to go by foot as the trek to Mekedatu is far more fulfilling than hopping into a crowded bus which apparently is the only bus that shuttles between Sangama and Mekedatu.

Be careful about the uneven rock surfaces as you walk to Mekedatu from Sangama. Mekedatu is a beautiful place where river Cauvery flows between huge rocks. The current is high here, and is believed to have crocodiles in it, hence be alert about the same. The sight is a visual treat if you are a nature lover. After having taken in some fresh air and beautiful visuals, you can return before dusk.

Mekedatu

The rock formations at Mekedatu
Photo Courtesy: Thejaswi 

Some tips to follow:

  • Pack your own food as the place hardly has any eateries
  • Be careful about the current of the river, both at Sangama and Mekedatu
  • Be cautious about the crocodiles through your journey from Sangama to Mekedatu
  • Take a private vehicle or hire a cab, this will make your trip easier

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