Mekedatu, Karnataka, India
Mekedatu is a half a day trip from Bangalore. The story goes that at that point, a goat ( meke ) jumped ( datu ) across the Kaveri river to escape a chasing tiger. A herdsman who happened to spot the incident suggested the name, probably to his herdsmen chums. Whatever floats your goat, his herdsmen chums said to him having more important matters of their own to deal with.
Apart from tigers and goats, some boards claimed that a number of crocodiles also resided in the waters and that they fed on distracted swimmers and those who’d slipped on the rocks and fallen in the water. This must have contributed to the decision to make the surrounding area an alcohol-free zone. Before you start complaining, ask yourself if you would rather have lots of liqour chocolates or some regular chocolate.
Sangam From Bangalore, Google Maps showed one very round about way to directly drive up to the falls and another route which takes you till a point after which it’s a short wade / boat ride and a ticketed bus ride away. We chose the latter which brought us to a point upstream of Mekedatu with calm waters. This is where the Kaveri meets another river, Arkavathi. We arrived quite early in the morning and since we didn’t know what we had to do we took a small walk around and confirmed our hunch that there wasn’t much else to see.
We’d visited late in October. The timing might be relevant to the presence of a shallow stretch of water a little to the left of the entrance to the meadow. You could wade through it to get to the other side or just loll around for a while. The boatmen eventually wake up and begin work a little later in the morning which is when the sissies and the old people got across.
Mekedatu A dingy bus on the other side drives you till the specific point from where you can descend closer to the water. It’s just a rocky staircase which leads to a big rock. You can wander around and peer at things for a while by which time the bus would have completed another round and would be waiting to take some passengers back.
Originally published at thecomeonman.blogspot.com on March 23, 2017.