It’s that time of the year again, when Bangalore starts boasting about its amazing weather. Every single day, there are news about north Indian cities registering temperature in excess of 48-50* Celsius and at the same time, Bangalore has started to get cooler. It has rained a few times in last week and the much awaited, overcast and rainy season is back.
So this Sunday, just to feel a little relaxed and to explore a new place, I started with my Royal Enfield. With the kind of weather it was, nothing can get better than getting onto those awesome roads with a bike to explore a new place.
I did a bit of research online about my destination and I was all set. I started at 8 to have breakfast and continue it from there. As not a great fan of South Indian dishes in the morning, I thought to go to a McDonald’s to grab the tasty breakfast menu they serve.
Once I was done with the breakfast, the journey to conquer the road started once again. The route to Mekadatu and Chunchi falls goes through Kanakpura. Though, there is only a single road throughout the distance, it’s decent with not too much of traffic on weekdays or early on weekends. Overcast conditions added more to my joy and I was on cloud 9, enjoying the ride and the nature simultaneously. Art of Living was the last place on Kanakpura Road which I had explored, so everything after that was a new experience for me.
It took me around 80 minutes to reach Kanakpura at a decent speed. For Mekadatu and Chunchi falls, there is a slight left diversion from Kanakpura, State Highway 92. Once I took the diversion, the altitude started to increase and I went through some of the villages. The scenery around was even more awesome, with trees full of red leaves and flowers making it perfect for the eyes. The hills, trees on both sides of the road and huge green land, everything seemed just perfect.
There is a check point maintained by the forest department. They checked the luggage to make sure I wasn’t carrying any alcohol with me. That was still a bit before the actual destination. So further distance of 10 kilometers and I was at the destination. For Chunchi Falls, there is a left turn, a few kilometers before the Sangam, however, I thought to cover that later and went ahead.
The vehicle needs to be parked outside the gate. There are a few stalls selling normal snacks, so I refreshed myself and entered the place. The place is known as Sangam, because 2 rivers, Kaveri and Arkavathi, meet at that place. It seemed like a good place, with 2-3 feet deep flowing water. There were a great number of people doing all sorts of chores including bath, washing clothes, swimming and playing. Being a Sunday, the crowd was more than usual.
Mekadatu is around 4 kilometers from this place. The distance can be covered on foot or they even have a bus, which charges Rs 60 per person (both sides covered). Being almost end of May, the time when monsoon is much awaited, there was very less water and the mekadatu water falls was almost invisible. However, the rocks and stones, which have gotten into shape by the flow of water, made it an amazing view and I clicked some real good pictures of the place. There is no real good place to have lunch and I was aware of that, so I had a couple of burgers from McDonald’s which I had taken in the morning. Those burgers served as my lunch for the day.
After spending around an hour there, I started back to Sangam and then proceeded to Chunchi Falls. However, adding more to my disappointment, there was very less water, but the view was surely something to cherish.
Well, I was pretty exhausted by the time I finished with exploring Chunchi Falls. So I preferred starting to drive back. It was around 5 already and I had to be back before 8 to watch the much awaited IPL 2016 Final. 😀 . I started back and took a break in Kanakpura to eat. By that time, I was pretty hopeful of making it home before 8, but kudos to Bangalore traffic, which never fails to disappoint, it took me over an hour to cover the last 15 kilometers. I was back home by 8:30PM, cheering for Yuvraj Singh and Sunrisers Hyderabad and to make that a happy ending, my favorite team won the IPL 2016. 😀
Below List of points should help if you are planning for a Day’s outing near Bangalore.
- Places to See : Sangam, Mekadatu, Chunchi Falls
- Best Time to visit : Post Monsoon. July – February
- How to get there : Bus or Personal Vehicle. Direct Bus from Bangalore goes till Kanakpura and then there are local buses to take you to Sangam. For personal vehicles, there is a left diversion from kanakpura and you need to further drive for 30 kilometers.
- Things to do : Play in the water at Sangam, chill around. Take the bus or walk for 4 kms across the forest to reach Mekadatu and click some good pictures with the rocks and the view. Chill around under the trees, come back and check out Chunchi falls. Once you’re done, head back with a break at Kanakpura.
- Food and Beverages : Not much variety available and highly overpriced. It is advisable to take packed lunch and enough liquid items to survive the day. Also, notice your surroundings as there are many monkeys waiting to snatch that food from your hands.
Well, that’s all in this post. I really hope this was useful. Let me know your views in the comments section. 🙂