On the banks of the river Kaveri, about a 100 odd kilometres from Bangalore lies the tiny village of Muthathi. Offering a beautiful backdrop of the blue river flowing past, and various activities such as coracle rides, fishing, trekking or just a plain old picnic, it is a relief from the humdrum city life.
Before I went to Muthathi, I didn't know what a coracle was, but crossing the river on those tiny shell like boats, was not what I'd expected. It was fun though, and the villagers manning those boats have a habit of turning it round and round right in the middle of the river to show off. There was a fishing camp nearby but prior permission is needed for that.
Our next destination was Chunchi waterfalls, but when we reached Mekedatu, the waterfalls were nowhere in sight. We kept walking for a while, and slowly the magnificent gorge through which the river had carved its path came into sight. The view is totally breathtaking. So we spent a lot of time taking pictures and climbing the rocks and saw the waterfalls only from a distance.
After spending considerable time satiating our thirst for pictures, we left for Kaveri Sangam. At Kaveri Sangam, the Arkavati merges with the Kaveri and the river is shallow enough to cross on foot. We all rolled up our jeans and waded through the water to reach the slippery rocks in the middle of the river. As the sun set, its light seemed to cast a spell over the water.
1. These places are close to each other and can be covered i 1 day from Bangalore. However, we left around 6.30 in the morning and came back around 11 in the night.
2. As a group of about 15 people, we had hired a minibus which worked our really cheap for us. Private vehicles would be the easiest way to get there.
3. It would be advisable to pack food and take it with you as eating places are not easily available
4. The river near Muthathi is dangerous with many deaths being reported. So swimming is prohibited. Also, it is not a very heavily inhabited or touristy area.
5. This is an old trip from 2011 so conditions may be different now.