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Mekedatu, Kanakapura

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  • We decided to visit Mekedatu at around 10:00 am in the morning and started at 12 and reached by 3 on 10th Oct 2016. We had nice lunch @ Gokul, Kanakapura and from there to Sangama. Road is curvey but ...  read more »
  • As already mentioned by others in this blog , this place is risky to swim and so take care. New things I found : 1. Good place to visit with family and kids . Even during less monsoon rain, water is w...  read more »
  • First the Route: Go from Kanakapura 29 km to Sangama. Dont go the other Google Maps way, which goes towards TN, crosses the river and will take you more than 100 km extra. Place: Too DANGEROUS. Never ...  read more »
  • Mekedaatu- Be sensible, save your life. Rather than waterfalls, one can say that the insanely beautiful Mekedaatu is a place where the suddenly-gone-mad River Cauvery is driving vigorously like a Formula 1 car being driven through an unpaved, rocky mountain road descent, fast and furious! It flows through a long gorge, around 30-40 feet at its narrowest, ready to knock away anything that comes in its way. No mercy. Such is its power when it hits all the smooth round stones, boulders, rocks and pebbles strewn around. Through centuries of water drilling, there are beautiful small round pits everywhere, naturally formed, with the mortar and a pound action. Many such mortar stones have been stolen away. I've been here many times since my childhood. Some of my best photographs have been the ones taken here. The rock formations, its contours, the textures, set in very beautiful greenery of forest land and the water surfs, with some earthly colours, all provide great photo-ops, awesome backgrounds. If you love yourself, you cannot miss this place. But if you love your family, don't take them here- it's highly risky and dangerous! It's recommended to travel here with your enemy! ;) When we are on the rocks near the water, we dream dreams that we normally can't when we're sane enough. We tend to transport ourselves into a totally different planet, with different minds. All kind of good and bad thoughts tend to flood us. The winds push us towards the water. There's some curse that asks you to die, die, die... People have suicided, leapt to their deaths, been pushed, have lost balance and fallen off... but yes, death is inviting- freely. SO BE VERY CAREFUL ON YOUR SAFETY. Life just comes once, this once! The way to Mekedaatu from Bangalore is filled with rustic scenery. The last time I went, we visited a village near Kanakapura that specialises in natural silk rearing. We find many cocoons in a spiral basket kept vertically all over the place. The homes are neat, having cow manures spread across rooms to disinfect it. On the way, we pass-by Chunchi Falls area, a 3-4 km deviation, with a small canal/dam. It's scenic at the Falls. Some brave people do take bath. The drive itself is pleasant, especially if you have an open-roof car- roadster-type, to enjoy the vast meadow lands. Once we reach the Sangam area, there is no more option to travel in your own vehicle, but park it there. Then cross over the Arkavathy River that came all the way from Bangalore and Nandi Hills to meet you here! Keep your car key safe, maybe locked on to your belt. The River can be crossed in knee-deep water in Summer, but you need a coracle boat ride other times when the water level is higher. Further downstream, this River meets the Cauvery River, which is deeper, fuller, and ferocious. So don't get trapped in the Cauvery. It's safe to play in the Arkavathy River area. Earlier we used to walk around 45 minutes to cover the approx 4 km route from Sangam to Mekedaatu. Recently we hired a God-knows-when-it's-made Jeep, paying Rs. 250 to visit Mekedaatu. The vehicle was rusty, pre-1947 AD, very slow, but powerful, most comfortless, bumpy, stone-age wonder. It still runs! :) There's another cheaper similarly bad glass-less bus service. It's free massage for your back! The Government of Karnataka dares to run such buses, and still calls it Incredible India! There are no toilets, no facilities on the Mekedaatu side. We were countered by certain drunk elements. My military friend had to flash his gun to scare them away. My recommendations: The Government's Tourism Ministry: 0 stars Mekedaatu place itself: 5 stars Scenery: 4.5 stars Safety: 1 Facilities: 0 Not Recommended for families.
  • Sri ganapathy sachchidananda swamy birth place.
  • Be careful because rocks r skiddy while walking,very dangerous place
  • Really nice ... a perfect drive from bangalore ... just 100 kms... get into the safe water at sangama and be very careful on the rocks at mekedatu... not a good spot for family and childrens but sure u wud love the place if u wanna hangout with ur friends.
  • Listen people! You might not be aware of this, but Makedatu is a very dangerous place. If you think your life is precious, or you don't want to lose your friend forever, I would request you not to go there. The rocks are slippery. It is just 4 feet shallow water, but it is very deceiving as it has taken the life of 100's of people in the past years. The water current is very fast, and you can drown in minutes. Just a slip might be fatal. Also, there are hardly any warning signs. If you have to go there, please make sure you carry all the safety equipment and please read up all precautions!
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