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Mekedatu is a scenic tourist spot in Karnataka where Kaveri River passes through a gorge quite deep but so narrow, even a goat can jump across. Mekedatu attracts nature lovers as it is located deep in the forests providing excellent respite from city life, without being too far away from Bengaluru.
River Kaveri and river Arkavati merge at Sangama. Sangama is 3 kms upstream of Mekedatu (6 kms by road).
Mekedatu can be visited between 8.30 AM and 5.30 PM on all days. Boat and bus services stop after 5.30 and the public are not allowed to stay back in Mekedatu.
Mekedatu and Sangama may be inaccessible during monsoon months due to dangerous water levels. October to March will be the best season to visit Mekedatu. Beware of slippery surfaces and sharp rocks. Swimming is not recommended in the region.
How to reach Mekedatu:
Mekedatu is 100 kms from Bengaluru and 112 kms from Mysuru (Mysuru airport is the closest but visiting via Bengaluru is likely to be more practical). Public transport is available till Sathanur (30 kms from Mekedatu) from where taxis can be hired to visit Sangama/Mekedatu. Alternatively one can reach Sangama and from Sangama reach Mekedatu using a boat ride and bus ride
Places to stay near Mekedatu:
KSTDC runs Hotel Mayura Sangama Mekedatu at Sangama. Galibore Nature Camp operated by Jungle Lodges & Resorts is 9 kms from Sangama.