Mekedatu/Sangama is a place about 100 km from Bangalore where river Kaveri meets Akravati.
Started around 6:30 am from Indiranagar with no specific destination in mind. Headed towards the Kanakpura. This road is medicinal – curvy, scenic and a welcome change from the city buzz! The whole route (up until Gundulpet) is rustic and spotted with attractions all through. Kept riding till Malavalli. Stopped there for a quick bite and started riding back. During the onward ride, had spotted this sign board directing towards Sangama. This deviation too doesn’t disappoint – equally beautiful and good roads. The 6 km within ride once you enter the forest area, unfortunately, ends too soon! The road leads to Sangama – the meeting point of the two rivers.
The place, at this time of the year, is nothing special. Should probably visit sometime after the rains and it should be magical! The water-levels now are low and the water itself did not look all that clean. From Sangama, a 4km trek would take you to Mekedatu (buses are available and coracles too when the water levels are high). Being in my riding gears in the scorching heat, I gave up the idea of taking that trek. Spent some time lazing around Sangama. Had a tea and decided to ride back. If fish is your thing, you get it in plenty here… fresh and spicy!
Road Conditions: All good roads with low to moderate traffic. Lots of lovely curves and shades make it worth a ride. Be cautious when inside the forest area, though. The ghat-like sections have sand/gravel in all corners – be as upright as possible in safe speeds!
Incident of the day: While returning, almost as I was approaching the city limits, the cops pulled me over for “overspeeding”!! They showed a pic (an awesome shot, I must say) which claimed that I was riding at 75kmph. The speed limit was 50kmph. They slapped me with an INR 300 fine, which I paid up without any further questions. It was of course a safe speed in that stretch. I could easily spot people without helmets passing by, probably riding way faster than 50kmph – none of which justifies my act, though! Being in proper gears doesn’t help in such situations, I guess! The sad part of it was the cops themselves asking folks to leave their helmets (as a security) and ride up to the nearest ATM to withdraw money! The primary purpose of such check-points should be to ensure safety, not collect money.
Any ride journal is incomplete without pictures. Well, this is an incomplete journal for sure! 😉