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Old 16th March 2009, 12:46   #16
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Nice write up ! Reminded me of the good old days when we used to take our bike and dash off to some place at the drop of a hat ! I remember that in the early 80's, we used to ride across the river (in the lean months) and get to Mekedatu ourselves. Have not been to Sangam / Mekedatu since more than 18 years now, must plan one soon ! Still have the bike that I made those trips in though (Yamaha RX 100) and it would be really nostalgic to do the same trip again !
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Old 16th March 2009, 13:20   #17
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Isn't it possible to go to Mekedatu without the bus? My memory is failing me, but 10-11 years back, me and Two friends did bike trip covering Talkad, Mekedatu, Shivasamudram and Somnathpur. Can't recall that we took a bus that time.
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Old 16th March 2009, 22:05   #18
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Isn't it possible to go to Mekedatu without the bus?
You have to cross the Arkavati river to reach till Mekedatu. When Arkavati is dry, vehicles can cross through sand and then you should be able to reach there in your own vehicle.

At this time of the year, yesterday when I was there, I saw people crossing the river on bike. The water is not that high, so bikes can cross the river at this time - should be careful not to allow water to enter your silencer.

Another option is to trek.It is around 4.5 Kms and easy to walk the distance if you have good company.
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Old 16th March 2009, 22:44   #19
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Some snaps - taken on 15th Mar 2009 - Sangama
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Old 17th March 2009, 09:52   #20
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Cute Kid ! Water level seems to be quite low at the Sangam.....
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Old 17th March 2009, 10:56   #21
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i have been there around 12 years ago - again, those were the biking days.
we used to park our bikes near the hotel, swim across - yes, used to be waist deep water - and then trek to Mekedaatu.
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Hey Guys

I am planning to go to mekedaatu this weekend. i am trying to include bheemeshwari as well. Hows the condition, is there water or is it really dry. Is it worth going for one day?
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Thanks isacm. Just did this trip today. We did chunchi fall also.

Roads are good through out except for a few patches here and there (Roads are getting repaired too). Doable by most cars. 2 to 2.5 hours one way.

The left turn from Kanakapura to Sangam - once you enter kanakapura town (you'll immediately realise this, the roads are bad) check out for the second circle. This road is the left from the second circle.

By the way the restaurant food was good. The local shops around have everything hiked up, so its better to carry your short eats and drinks.

We tried to checkout the fishing camp. But you cannot go in without a valid booking for it. The guards there told me that booking is possible from their office in MG road.

Isacm, if its ok for you I'll put up some pictures.
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Planning to go to Mekadatu on 18th Oct
Any suggestions on route with present rainfall. Any idea on water level there
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Planning to go to Mekadatu on 18th Oct
Any suggestions on route with present rainfall. Any idea on water level there
We went there 2 weeks back. The kanakapura road is really nice. Except for crossing the town. That is really in same mess.

The water level just reached the safe level and hence they started the coracle rides that day. I think it should be ok now to go since not so much heavy rain in these days.

Do update us.
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Just looked at this thread now. Have been to this place twice since 2007-2010. The water will never stop being refreshing.

Also folks dont get carried away by the width of the river at Mekedatu. The pressure is ferocious !!

No idea of the route status today.
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Default For guys who miss the turn within the city of Kanakpura.

if you miss the the left in Kanakpura, don't worry.

Keep on driving straight out of the city. This is NH209 and connects to Malavalli, Kollegal, Chamrajnagar, Coimbatore. So you'll keep on seeing milestones and boards with these names.

Keep a lookout for the famous yellow boards of Karnataka Tourism and you can see Mekedatu is shown straight. After some 10-20 Kms you'll see a road going in on the left side for Mekedatu. There is a KTDC yellow board just before the road, showing Mekedatu with a left arrow. Most probably the town with the left turn is called Sathanur.

There is a beautiful hill stretch just after Kanakpura and you can also see HUGE pipes bringing water from Cauvery to Bangalore.
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Nice pics.Seems the water is less.How abt after the rains?
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Nice pics.Seems the water is less.How abt after the rains?
The same place where people are sitting on rocks would be like this.

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Hey guys, this has brought back memories of a trip done around 13years, back then we had swam across to go to the sangamam, then it wasnt this crowded. When we went the we were the only ones there and it was more unspoilt then.Looking forward to going back there some time!
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