Mekedatu Tourism
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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.

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Akshatha Bhat
  • Akshatha Bhat
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"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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Gowtham Chakkrapani
  • Gowtham Chakkrapani
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Exotic place to chill out from your busy week"

  • Posted Oct 30, 2012
Getting into kanakapura road to reach kanakapura and take a left deviation frm the highway to sangama. On the way, you will cross silk weaving women working on their cucoons. The last 3 km is amazing to drive the thrill of few hair pin bends. Park your vehicle in sangama and find if you can walk through the river. We dont need any boats as Green house effect is already started and now our globe is left with very less water resource that everyone knows.

This has excellent remebrance of rocks with holes created by water in our past ages. Beware of drunkyards if you are going on weekdays. Check your fuel guage in kanakapura before you start your journey to sangama.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Just one restaurant is available and there are few shops for buying your snacks at sangama.

Activities & things to do: Cross river through slippery rocks, play in water, climb on top of the bus to have your trip adventerous, step down into valley and walk thro the rocks to see the narrowest part of cauvery river.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Bike is risky and beware of cars turning crazy in bends. Happen to see 3 accidents on our way.
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Mohan  Bhargav
  • Mohan Bhargav
  • Lives in Gwalior
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"Mekedatu - A quick getaway option"

  • Posted Aug 27, 2010
Goat's leap, as the translation goes, is a benign name for a spot as dangerously exciting as Mekedatu. There's not much in terms of activities here - so it's best to go with little expectations and have a moderately good and quick getaway for a day from Bangalore.

Just 100kms away, Mekedatu is a deep gorge where the Kaveri gushes away between a narrow gap in the rocks. More treacherous than you would imagine, the actual point is not for the reckless or the faint-hearted. There is precious little in terms of infrastructure for viewing or safety...so you are pretty much on your own.

To complete the randomness of the Mekedatu experience, a wade (in summers) through knee deep waters of the Sangama (confluence) of the Kaveri and Arkavathy rivers, or a boat ride gets you to the other side. A bumpy ride in a sad old bus across 3kms, and you have reached the spot itself.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There are just a few hawkers near the falls. Proper restaurants can be found only near the parking area. It's recommended you carry food with you.

The actual spot where the gushing waters can be seen is a risky area. While the sight is awe-inspiring, it's fraught with danger. One wrong step can be fatal. Those with more than the usual stock of adrenaline and those who are the trigger happy kind need to exercise extra caution. Keep a close watch on kids, hyperactive or otherwise.

Nothing to shop, as such...which can be quite a relief sometimes!

Activities & things to do: Watching the mercurial waters is the activity here. Of course, it's not easy to find the best spot to watch the action. If climbing cliffs and a penchant for exercising restraint are your strengths, you would have had a good time in Mekedatu.

And a word on the journey from the river bank to the falls. If you are the outdoor type, you wouldn't mind doing the 3km walk. The setting is nice but for the dust raised by the rickety buses when they pass you by.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Just 100kms from Bangalore, Mekedatu is a practical choice for a day's outing. The easiest way out of the city might be the Kanakapura road. Parking is available at the Sangama. When the water level is low, two wheelers can reach the other bank. In the summers, you will also find hordes of tourists wade through the water to begin their 3km ride (or walk) to their destination.

The mini-buses you find across the river are straight out of a Malgudi episode. They are so rickety that you'd want to get down and walk. We did. The walk isn't killing and getting glimpses of Kaveri and the company of friends can liven up things.

Remember to exercise due caution once you reach the cliffs. The lack of safety measures on the part of the authorities sticks out more than the rocks around!
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harishree
  • harishree
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Mekedhathu falls"

  • Posted Jan 5, 2010
Its famous for waterfalls. Best is to carry your own food and play stuff. You have to cross a river in boat and then go in jeep or bus to the hill top which is 3o mins travel.Water falls look beautiful and if no water,then the rock structures are amazing.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Chunchi falls are also on the way back to mekhedathu. Its also beautiful. There are no big shops ,so u need to carry ur stuff. Maximum of 1 restaurtant available.

Activities & things to do: all group activities

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Groups are preffered.
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