Let me go through our trip to Sangama and Mekedatu.
Sangama is the place where river Arkavathy, a tributary of Cauvery joins the main river. The river then flows towards Tamil Nadu.
We, myself and my friends, started from Bangalore around 7 30 am in a Qualis. We stopped in Kanakapura (around 60 km from Bangalore) for breakfast. I don't remember the name now but I guess it is Ratna or Geetha Upahara or something like that near Mysore road deviation.
After hot idly & vadas we started with new enthusiasm and reached Sangama around 10 am. By that time only one troop apart from us was there playing in the river waters. There we played in waters for an hour and crossed the river which was only upto knee high for 4 km trip to Mekedatu.
The bus journey from Sangama to Mekedatu is one that everybody has to experience. One can't find any place, rod, or whatever part inside the bus which is not rusted! Around 10-12 mins of way goes beside Cauvery river, a good one to watch. Occasionally spotted deers are seen here, which was once a hub of tigers, around 50 years ago.
In Mekedatu monkeys come and pull from your hands if you have any food stuffs or drinks. They don't have any fear of human race. Water dashes in between the rocks on which you can't stand firmly for longer time, for sunrays make it hot enough. We spent around 2 hrs there busily taking photographs in different angles possible.
While we were waiting for the return bus, a monkey was sitting like a yogi - doing meditation. I suppose he can understand English also, for when we scolded him, he backed off! We headed back to Sangama in the same unforgettable journey. It costs Rs 25/- for one sided journey or Rs 40/- if taken for return trip also between Sangama and Mekedatu.
There is nothing in Sangama to have proper food. We can get lussey, banana, and fish, thats it. There are a few hut like shops selling these. We ate grapes, orange, biscuits, drank maaza etc., that we had taken with us.
We started around 3 pm from Sangama to reach Chunchi falls on our way to Kanakapura, which is roughly 10 km from Sangama. I am from Malnad region of Karnataka and to be more specific, World famous Jogfalls is just 10 km for me and I have been there more than 50 times. For me Chunchi falls or the scenary in its vicinity was nothing enthusiastic. There one thatha would be sitting to collect parking fee of Rs 20/- to park under a tree. He takes us towards the bottom of the falls, and one can almost say he is a guide. We thanked him and paid Rs 20/- (he won't ask, we only paid looking at his enthu in 70 years of age).
We repeated our stop at the same hotel in Kanakapura where we had breakfast in the morning, this time to have Masala Dosa, which was good anyway. We reached Bangalore around 6 30, need not to mention that we played Antakshari game, memory game + so many others apart from pulling each other's leg for just any reason!
But A nice trip though.