Mekedaatu is located in the Kanakapura Taluq, which is around
4 km from Sangama. Sangama is the place where the rivers Kaveri and Akravathy
merge. This place is famous and attracts a huge number of visitors who book Karnataka tour packages. Mekedaatu
is located downstream from Sangama.
Mekedaatu derives its name from a traditional story. It is
said that a long time ago, a person traveling through the forest saw a goat
being chased by a tiger. Reaching a narrow gorge through which the Kaveri River
flows out forcefully, the goat, in a desperate attempt to save itself, leaped
across and reached safety on the other side. The tiger abandoned the chase.
This led to this place being named Mekedaatu, which means a goat’s leap in Kannada.
One version of the legend says that the Goat was Lord Shiva
Himself in disguise. On both sides of the gorge, there are strange holes that
resemble a goat’s hooves, though much larger than the footprint of an ordinary
goat. Hence, it was believed that a divine goat made the leap.
Since this ancient incident, the gorge is sad to have
widened, so no goat can really leap across it. Here, the river Kaveri runs
through a deep ravine of Granite Rocks. At nearby Sangama ‑ the confluence of
the Akravathy River with the mighty Kaveri, the river reaches a width of 150 m.
Just a little downstream, at this place, that huge volume of water is forced
out through a gorge that is just 10 m wide. Hence, the waters flow down at a
Located around 90 km from Bangalore, Mekedaatu is very near to
Sangama and can be visited on taking up holiday tours from Bangalore. Sangama is a popular tourist spot accessible by the picturesque tree-lined
Kanakapura Road. It is easy to get buses to Sangama from Kanakapura. From
Sangama, you can hire a taxi to cover the distance to Mekedaatu, or you can
just walk 3.5 km downstream to reach the ravine.
You then have to walk down a
rocky path to view the gorge. It is a narrow and deep passage through which the
river gushes out with mighty force. This magnificent spectacle is breathtakingand should not be missed when on your holidays in South India.
Mekedaatu has no hotels or restaurants and you
have to carry your own food and water when you plan a trip here. The nearest
hotels are at Sangama.