Mekedatu, in Kannada means Goat’s leap, which is situated 98kms south of Bangalore. River Cauvery flows into a deep and narrow gorge, so narrow, that a goat could leap over it and that is how it got its name. When reaching the gorge the river flows ferociously onto the rocks sculpting them into some amazing shapes. The best time to visit the place is during October to December.
Picture1 – Sangama
Drive through Kanakpura from Bangalore to reach Sangama, the vehicles have to be parked at Sangama, which is the confluence of river Cauvery and Arkavathi. Here there is a temple dedicated to Lord Sangameshwar. We have to wade through Sangama to get to the other bank. From here we have to travel 3 kms uphill in a rickety bus on an almost non existent road to reach Mekedatu.
Picture2 – Rickety Bus
You can also trek following the river to reach Mekedatu. The scenic beauty is breath taking and worth all the difficulties faced to reach the place.
Picture3 – Mekedatu
Take a lot of precaution while climbing down to see the gorge as the rocks are very slippery. It is best to carry food and snacks as there are only a few dingy snack shacks near Sangama, where surprisingly you get some refreshing tea.
Picture4 – Deadly Rocks
Visit Chunchi Falls, which is nearby.
Type of Place: River Gorge
Situated: 98Kms from Bangalore
Transport: Taxis, Private cars and Buses
Rest Rooms: Not Available
Places to Stay: Not Available