This is a description of our trip to Mekedatu and Sangam. Mekedatu means “Goat’s Leap”. The rocks are too close that even a goat can leap in between. Sangam is the meeting place of rivers Arkavathy and Cauvery and another mythical river which is no longer visible.
It is 95 kms from Bangalore. Public transportation is scare but it is available. We started at 8am on Friday 21st March, 2008. It was drizzling from early morning and the climate was lazy and chill. A typical English weather – that was my hubby’s remark about the weather. Our Journey started from R.T. Nagar, Bangalore. We moved via Brigade Road, touched Bannerghatta Road and proceeded to Kanakapura Road and then towards Sangam. Sangam is around 35 km from Kanakpura. Roads are not really good. Patch work is going on. We reached Sangam at 11am. Had tea from the one and only restaurant – Coconut Tree. Parked our vehicle inside the restaurant compound and walked to Sangam. There were lots of monkeys loitering around ‘Coconut Tree’. Kids enjoyed watching them- old, young, big, small, jumping all around.
On approaching Sangam, a big red warning board welcomed us. Beware of crocodiles and undercurrents. Please avoid swimming and advised us to take the advice of local residents. People who have neglected this warning had not returned alive. My son got scared when I read the warning about crocodiles. He didn’t get down for quite a while. We had to carry him. We crossed the river. It had knee depth water. But during rainy seasons, we have to cross the river in a boat. A minibus was waiting on the other side for the travellers to be taken to Mekedatu.
Mekedatu is around 3-4 kms from sangam. The route is rocky and winding. We could get a glimpse of the forest and the rocky river. The river was getting narrower and deeper as we proceeded towards Mekedatu. Within 20 minutes we reached the spot. Then it was a downward journey. Few rock cut steps were there. But they got narrower as we went down. The surrounding rocks were smooth and slippery. To get a clear view of the river, we had to climb the rocks. The river was flowing with all its might. The scene was alarmingly exotic. We started climbing back. On our way, one family was carrying their shoes in a plastic carrier bag and it invited some monkeys which tried to snatch the bag.
We had lunch from the Coconut Tree and again went to Sangam. Kids played in the river and others swimmed and had a gala time till evening. Our journey back to home started at 4pm from Sangam and we reached Bangalore at 9pm (courtesy to the bizarre traffic in Bangalore).
It is indeed a great place to visit with family and friends. An ideal daytrip location to visit in Karnataka, India. It is a nice picnic spot typically during winter season when the water recedes. Those who like adventure can try trekking/rope climbing. I am not sure if that is permitted here by the authorities. You need to check it. It would be advisable to be careful while walking on the rock and not to venture too much on the edges. One thing I did not like is that the place is littered with plastics and broken alcohol bottles. Make sure to carry water and food which are not readily available. Few shops located around the Sangam charge more for water and beverages. It is also advisable to leave the place before dark.
Nearby places to visit include Chunchi falls, Muthathi village in Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, Galibore fishing camp and Jungle Lodges at Bheemeshwari