Escapade: Bike ride to Sangam, Mekedatu


Planning a weekend is a very challenging task in every software engineer’s life. I just want to escape the weekends in and around Bangalore and explore the nature with lots of fun and adventure. I lead a life where-in normality is very boring and unorthodox. It was yet another weekend where we all room-mates were boozing and playing cards. That’s when Shrinivas told his plan to go to Mekedatu with his wife on bike. As soon as we heard the plan, we said lets go for it. As usual, there were some dilemma in the mind of couple of room-mates whether to go or not due to pending office work but we were destined to pull them to the ride. Then he explained the plan on what are the places to be seen there and when to start and all.

For me, it’s very more than 5 years that I haven’t been on bike ride (last ride being Dandeli with M.Tech guys), so I was excited and up for it.  We decided to leave early morning around 4.00 AM and meet at Banashankari Bus stop. As planned, we (Lokesh, Vijay, Ravi and Me) reached banashankari around 4.00 AM and stopped at roadside stall for tea and quick breakfast. In the meantime, Praveen and Roopa joined us there. We were waiting for Mr. & Mrs. Shrinivas to arrive in order to start our trip. They arrived after half an hour, we filled up the tanks and started our bike trip. The weather added glare to our drive as it was bit foggy and not to chilly. We drove around 50 KMS to stop at Sri Srinivas Sagar hotel, Kanakpura for breakfast. We had a huge breakfast and moved forward to the Mekedatu.

We reached Sangam around 9:40 AM and got into coracle ride to reach other side of the river to visit Mekedattu. After reaching the other side, bus was waiting for us to take us to the location. When we reached the location, there was a railing (kind of high point) to see the water flow as the road to go down was shut down. I was in such a disbelief by seeing this as many a people told me so many things about the place. The place was fenced so that no one can go down. We didn’t come this far to this from some high point, so we all found a way that will take us down. We managed to go down and climb the rocks to see the water to a closer distance. One thing which stood out is the impact of water on the rocks, it pierced through the stones in ways which describes why its so dangerous. We took pictures there and relaxed for a while.

After an hour or so, we moved back to the top where in few bunch of people were agitated that they were not allowed to go down as forest officials arrived at the place. We ignored those fellas and hopped the bus which dropped us back at Sangam. My friends decided to get drenched in water and cool themselves up. I was in no mood to get into water so I did what I loved most, took pictures of those moments.  After all the fun, we crossed the rivers and were hunger for food. We quickly went into the restaurant beside the river and ordered food.

After finishing the lunch, we started our journey back to Bangalore but changed our mind and decided to visit Chunchi falls. Its about 10 kms from Sangam. We clicked few group pictures near a beautiful landscape and moved ahead. It was around 3:00 PM when we reached Chunchi falls. We parked our bikes and trekked to a high point first to see the waterfalls. Then one of the local guy informed us that there is one more view point where in you can see it clearly. So, we trekked down a bit to check the view point. After reaching to the view point, few of the them wanted to trek down to the bottom so that they can get into water yet again. Few opposed but that didn’t matter, so we all trekked down to the bottom of the waterfall.

By the time, we reached the bottom, Vijay and Ravi were already in the waters relaxing themselves. We had this Bluetooth enabled speakers which we turned on and everyone around us started shouting and humming with the songs.  After a while spending there, we decided to go back. By the time, we reached the top,  everyone was so exhausted and thirsty to hell. We rested their for a while and walked back to our bikes. By the time, we were half way to Bangalore, it started drizzling. We stopped by at two places and then later point moved even when it was raining. It was around 9:00 PM by that we reached home.

It was a great ride after many years and it made much more special with the company of wonderful friends. Looking forward to many more escapades :).

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