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Emo

Emo3.9/5

25 reviews

Coracle Ride

One Sunday morning when we 4 friends had nothing to, we thought of visiting a place nearby to while away a few hours. So, after go ogling for half an hour, we decided on this place Sangama-Mekedattu on the Kanakapura road. It is roughly a 100 kms from Bangalore on the Kanakapura road. There are directions throughout the road and so you would not miss any turns. We reached the place around 10. 30am. The place is pretty decent. There were not much people around even though it was a weekend. We parked the vehicle and walked towards the Sangama River. On both sides of the roads there were stalls, where people were selling fried fishes. After entering we booked a coracle ride and went to the other side of the river, which is a 10 minutes ride. After that we booked a bus for Rs 50 per person and after a back breaking bus ride of 25 mins we reach Mekedattu. This place has huge rocks and there were groups of people playing in the water. It seemed dangerous though . After spending a good one hour, enjoying the nature and clicking a few pictures we left from there, in the same bus which had brought us there . . Time to be spent: 2 hrs max. *You do not have place to change your clothes, so think twice before jumping into the water . *Wear good shoes which have a good grip, its slippery there . *There are places where you can grab a bit or there is a restaurant present there too .

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Suhasinigk

Suhasinigk4.3/5

11 reviews

Scenic place, good for a days trip

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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Recommended Duration in Mekedatu

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Mekedatu Overview

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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Mekedatu, Karnataka

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Gyaneshwar Pardhi

Rocks in Mekedatu
Mekedatu, Karnataka

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Vikram Gowda

Mekedatu, Karnataka
Mekedatu, Karnataka

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Vikram Gowda

Mekedatu, Karnataka

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