Location : 98 kms South of Bangalore

The Cauvery River squeezes through a deep and narrow gorge over which a goat could leap. That’s how Mekedatu (pronounced Maykay Daatu) got its name. Just 3 km from this spot is Sangama, the confluence ofCauvery and Arakavathi where there is a temple dedicated to Sangameshwara.

We had decided about the trip just a few days in advance and still it became a reality without any hassles like people dropping out at the last moment, that’s the beauty of planning a trip with likemindedpeople: we were only twopeople, on my trustworthy Suzuki Fiero.

We left Bangalore around 8:30 AM, had Breakfast on the way in Adigas restaurant on Kanakapura road.

My bike

fiero bike
The plan was initially to go to Shivanasamudram, which changed when we reached Kanakapura after considering the time taken to reach Kanakapura and also taking a look at a milestone put up there, which read 70 more Km’s to Shivanasamudram (140 more Km’s roundtrip, our already sore butts were not ready to take this kind of journey). We just decided to give a visit to Mekedatu which is just 20 Km’s from Kanakapura. 



One of the incentives of going on a bike, stop anywhere to catch sceneries like this.

Preferred mode of crossing the river

sangama mekedatuThis would have been my preferred mode of crossing the river if I had not in my possession all this electronic gadgets.

At this point two rivers Arakavathi and Cauvery meet hence the name Sangama.

Mekedatu is approximately 4 kms from this point. One can choose between a shabby Bus or walk the entire distance, we choose the latter and enjoyed the scene all along the way.


bus mekedatuThe road goes along the river and we could join the river at any point of the journey. 

A result of one of those deviations from the main track

mekedatu river

Bark of a tree

mekedatu tree


One side of the rocks is this peaceful stagnant water, and the other side..

mekedatu water force..is this gushing, deafening, unstoppable force of water.

The projection from which the goat was supposedly jumping, I would like to see that Goat jump now.

goat leap mekedatu

On our way back, we could see an almost perfect sunset, well I disagree with it, all sunsets are perfect just one more of those perfect sunset pictures.

sunset mekedatu
Date: 13th August 2005
Categories: Mekedatu

Anoop Hullenahalli

An Electronics Engineer working on wireless embedded systems for a living. Traveling, photographing and sharing my experiences here at ANUBIMB helps me unwind and break the monotony of life.


Anonymous · 22 Jan ’06 at 8:49 am

Antediluvian rock formations, white water, din of a cataract and silence.Right out of a Coleridge dope trip.<>Gorgeous<> place.-G

Rohini · 30 Jan ’06 at 5:06 am

Absolutely stunning. The sunset scene is quite wonderful!

anoop · 30 Jan ’06 at 5:16 am

G: yes G, but can U write in plain English, for the benefit of everyone. Indeed a superb place, when shall we visit it again :).Rohini: all sunsets are perfect! U should visit this place, preferrably on bike..

Anonymous · 29 Apr ’06 at 5:41 pm

Stunning Sunset

Anonymous · 29 Apr ’06 at 5:43 pm

Bus Ride will be really bad & when it will come out in pieces is anybody’s guess

Scarlett O'Hara · 23 Aug ’06 at 9:47 am

Oh my God.. such awesome pics.. I was googling Mekedatu and came to ur blog. Thanks for all the info about this place!!!

anoop · 23 Aug ’06 at 10:04 am

smiling girl: yes, its a very good place. ideal to visit on a mo-bike.

Anonymous · 13 Nov ’06 at 9:34 am

First off, thanks for posting those wonderful pics. I almost felt like being there. Am a die hard nature lover. Got 2 small kids. How easy / tough is the journey for this party of four on a four wheeler?

anoop · 15 Nov ’06 at 2:04 pm

anonymous: you are always welcome. You can take your 4-wheeler until the sangama. The road from kanakapura was not that good when i visited it, now it may have improved. From Sangama, you will have to take a coaracle(small round boat) to cross the river, or if the river level is low, one can cross on foot.

syed ahamed saqi · 16 Mar ’07 at 7:59 pm

Hi anoop..my jaw dropped the moment after seeing the fotos… awesome.. i have a query , how did u link the fotos from fotobucket to blogger, can u please let me know .. have u worked upon them or they are just natural fotos straight from the memory card kya ??

anoop · 17 Mar ’07 at 6:30 am

syed: after uploading the photo in photobucket, copy the link generated and paste it while editing your post, select the links that are generated for livejournal,etc – which are the links for the full resolution of the uploaded content.No, I have not digitally altered the photos of Mekedatu other than cropping and resizing.

Anonymous · 15 Jun ’07 at 6:47 pm

Guys!! Thanks for the stunning photos and description.We are a group of 10 going tomorrow morning @ 06:00 (5 bikes) Hope will be able to see similar views as u guys got… Hope we will have a blast like u ppl, Hay do u guys still drive and travel? If yes Lets go out sometime.. I heard there is lot more to explore in this area…

Anonymous · 13 Jul ’07 at 12:09 am

Amazing pics. NIce cam dude.

Sriki · 7 Mar ’08 at 2:52 pm

What an awesome pictures those were. Anoop, which cam did you use to capture this. Whats the mode and resolution. I am planning to go there tomorrow. thanks in advance.

anoop · 7 Mar ’08 at 7:08 pm

sriki: I had used Canon powershot S2IS for taking those photos. Its a 5 MP camera. most of the snaps are taken in landscape mode. have a nice time in mekedatu.

Janhavi · 11 Mar ’08 at 4:11 pm

Your pics are really amazing!! I’ve visited the place, if only just once, and I simply loved it!

Rani Sowmya · 12 Mar ’08 at 5:02 am

Beautiful Pictures.. Your digital eye revived some fond memories.. 🙂

Sandeep · 20 May ’09 at 4:53 pm

Nice pics bro….
It’s attracting me now

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