Mekedatu Tourism

Mekedatu Tourism

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  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Waterfront
Mekedatu, popularly known as Goat’s Leap, is a renowned picnic spot, which is situated about 90 km away from Bangalore. This spot is from where river Cauvery after its confluence with river Kollidam at Sangama, flows through a deep and narrow gorge. This gorge is believed to be so narrow that a goat can even cross it in one leap. Originally, the gorge at Mekedatu through which the river Cauvery flows, is made of hard granite rock and is 10 m wide.

According to the legends, once a herdsman in that area saw that the goat, which was being chased by a tiger, leaped from one side of the gorge to another. However, tiger did not make any attempts to cross the gorge and abandoned the chase. Since, then the place is popular among locals as Goat’s Leap. Over the course of time, the point from where the goat jumped has become wide due to the continuous erosion caused by the river Cauvery.

Mythological stories popular among the locals tell that the goat (meke), which leapt across the Cauvery was Lord Shiva in disguise. It is also believed that the strange holes, which can be seen on both rocky precipices of the gorge, can only be made by divine goat. Besides this narrow gorge, tourists visiting the place can see a temple dedicated to Sangameshwara at Sangama.

Located upstream on the river Cauvery, Shivanasamudra Falls, the second largest waterfall in India, is another popular attraction among the tourists. Nearest airport, which can be used to reach the destination is Bengaluru International Airport. Tourists can also reach the destination from Bangalore City Junction Railway Station.

Nearest bus stand, which can be used to reach Mekedatu is a Sangama. This station is served by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses from Kanakapura. The best time to visit Mekedatu is from October through March.

Mekedatu is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Salem and Vellore.

Best time to visit Mekedatu in the next six months

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Mekedatu Traveller Reviews

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  • Tourist
  • Suhasinigk
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 13 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  24 helpful votes
  •  74 readers

"Scenic place, good for a days trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 3, 2017
We went to Mekedatu on a bike trip from Bangalore. It's a 190km drive from Bangalore and good to go during early morning. The place was very beautiful with Scenic surroundings enroute. The place is also referred to as sangama. A small river has to be crossed in order to reach the other side of the bank and take a bus to the hill top where you can witness the wonderful river Kaveri flowing through a deep and narrow gorge. There is a coracle service that helps us cross the river and it starts at about 8- 830AM. There is a bus service to the top with reasonable ticket price. These services are closed after 5-530PM. The bus ride is of about 10 minutes. Upon reaching the top one can reach the rock boulders between where the river flows by foot. There is only one shop here on the top that sells limited items. The place where the coracle service is has a small area full of shops where one can buy snacks and juices to consume while on the hill top. Once on the hill top there is nothing much to do but click more pics, enjoy nature at its best and be careful not to slip from any of the rocks as the river is not too deep, yet flows over a rocky bed and can be fatal.
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Vikram Gowda

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  • Vikram Gowda
  • Lives in Channarayapatna
  • 7 photos
  • 1 Review
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"Good place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 12, 2016
It's very near to Bangalore to visit frequently and it is nice to spend few hours in weekends. It's cool place and prefer to visit during December month so we can enjoy water. The river shaping the landscape is another attraction and to get involved in tourists activity like swimming, catching fishes and to make camp beside.
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Sulav Kumar

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  • Sulav Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 45 Reviews
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"Good but best for a night camp"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Dec 16, 2015
A small offbeat destination located about 120 km from Bangalore. River Cauvery flows through this place but not in its full strength. The place is quite with a small restaurant while serves average food. The best and only way to enjoy this place is night camping. The sound of river water cruising through the rocks is one of its kind. The camping location is about 3 km from the main location. So, nothing must to do but camping experiences can be epic - with your group and a bonfire.
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Shridhar1 Rao

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  • Shridhar1 Rao
  • Lives in Bengalooru
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"Awesome destination to spend a night in"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 30, 2015
The special thing here is the fast flow of water at Mekedaatu and came flow by the same river at Sangam. During night it is very peaceful except the constant sound of the fast flowing river. I would recommend you to visit during november to fully enjoy the place.

We played in the river at Sangam whose width is 80m. The water is crystal clear but there are currents at deeper ends. There is only one hotel nearby maintained by the government where the food is average to say the least. There are no shops available. Hence carry the thing you like from Kananpura itself. Trekking on the nearby hill and enjoying swimming in the cool water are the things we indulged in. I would recommend you to spend the night for the sunrise and also make sure to carry blankets and water bottles as it can get pretty cold during night.
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Rohit Ak

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  • Rohit Ak
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 29 Reviews
  •  36 helpful votes
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"Beautiful escape from city life!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 29, 2015
Mekedatu is a beautiful place near South Bangalore. Its a gorge where a river cuts through the hills making it a scenic place. A journey from Bangalore to Mekedatu will being to you many spectacular views and many beautiful small villages. You can cross the river in a boat at certain places but beware of water currents and crocodiles. There are a few hotels just beside the river which serve you with a hearty meal, roadside fish fry is popular among the people of this place but definitely visit it during the monsoon during early morning between 7-9 where the mist rolls over the lush green scenary. It is about 70-80 kms from Bangalore.
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Shankara Rao

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  • Shankara Rao
  • Lives in Bengalooru
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"Visit for the thrill of playing in fast as well as calm waters"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 26, 2015
Visit for the water and scenic beauty. There is not much of hiking and would require a complete day of enjoyment. There are very few buses so use your own vehicle. There are no dhabas in this place. Hence pack your food from home. There is an opportunity for rock climbing at Mekedatu and swimming in water at Sangam. Make sure to carry lots of water and high grip shoes.
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Shankar Rao

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  • Shankar Rao
  • Lives in Bengalooru
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"Mekedatu-Best for a weekend stay"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 2, 2015
An awesome place to spend the weekend in. The speed and flow of the water amazes and intimidates you. The river shrinks from a breath of 80m to 9m in a fraction of a few km and the flow is amazing to watch. But less hotels nearby and have to travel through boat and bus to reach Mekedatu from Sangam. You can enjoy water in Sangam.
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Mohit Gupta

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  • Mohit Gupta
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  405 readers

"Good destination with beautiful river"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Oct 15, 2015
It's yet another tourist destination but a good one at that. The river is simply beautiful but being known to many people is pretty crowded which contradicted the whole point of me going there. There is a path in the jungle, where the bus drops you to the river which I suppose is the best spot. Though there were stairs to go down you aren't actually allowed to go there.
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Soumyajit Kundu

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  • Soumyajit Kundu
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Cool destimation near to Bangalore"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Mar 26, 2015
Although you can visit the place in a single day, I strongly recommend to stay back for a night. The KSTDC Hotel is the only place to stay and its location is quite good. Nice big, clean rooms. Good scenic view and a great sit-out where you can spend chatting in the dark night.

One more thing we saw lots of shooting stars sitting at that place. As it was a Sunday night so we were the only people staying and the silence was thrilling, with occasional calls of foxes, may be hyenas :). We even went for a walk at night. A bigger group would have even more fun.
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Akshatha Bhat

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  • Akshatha Bhat
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Beautiful but risky"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Sep 9, 2013
Mekedatu is 5 kilometers from Sangama. Though the place is extremely beautiful with cauvery water and granite rock formations, the place is fraught with danger.

There is no safety warnings whatsoever and many many people have died here it seems and just the day before we reached one guy fell of from the cliff and died ..

But there are no warnings no signboards noting about the risks here..

In Sangama ,everyone asks for money .. for no reason whatsoever..

This is one place which is extremely beautiful but risky..

Take photos with care do not walk very near to the cliff.. Or play around..
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