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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Around Bangalore: 5 - Sangam

Destination: Sangam

      * South, South-west of Bangalore, on Kanakapura Road, turn left at Kanakapura.
      * Kanakapura to Sangam 33 KM.

Type of place: River, greenery, small hillocks.

We visited last on: 22/Oct/07, Mon.

Suitable for: A day trip.

Best seasons to visit:
      * Summer may be dry, and heavy rainy season may not be suitable to get into the river.

      * 96 KM from City Railway Station.
      * 88 KM from Central Silk Board, Hosur Road.

Route maps on Google
      * From City Railway Station, Click Here.
      * From Central Silk Board, Hosur Road, Click Here.

Timings: Open only during daylight timings.

Weekly off: None.

      * Kanakapura (33 KM before Sangam) en route has some restaurants.
      * It may be better to carry food, snacks, juice and water along.
      * There are a couple of restaurants at Sangam as well, so, they come in handy.

      * The drive from Bangalore had scenic agri-farms and lakes. Now they are all almost gone.
      * The 33 KM from Kanakapura to Sangam was nice through village roads and agri-farms.
      * The river at Sangam has small hillocks all around giving a nice scenic view.
      * Many people try to cross the river by hip-deep walk in the water. Very risky. Do not do it.
      * While we were there, we watched from the distance, an accident scene, two people drowned.
      * They was a big group who tried to cross by walk in the water, and were pulled in to the current.
      * You can get a coracle ride and cross over to the other side of the river. We did that.
      * After you cross over, there are some jeeps or there is a mini bus that takes you to Mekedatu.
      * Mekedatu is about 5-6 KM from there. The mini bus was in a very bad maintained state.
      * We did not venture into the Mekedatu trip. We just sat there, ate our packed food we carried.
      * And then we took the coracle ride back to the main side.

Travel Tips
      * It is a narrow road from Bangalore. Start say by 7 AM, and have a steady and peaceful drive.
      * There are a lot of rough rocks in the the river, so watch-out when you get in.
      * Some times there is warning about crocodiles in this area, so beware.
      * We carried our food from home, ate en route.
      * Carry change shorts, towel, drinking water, and umbrella also if needed. 



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Note: This is a series where I post details and tips about some day-trip locations around Bangalore. You would note that, the date of our visit to some of these places was quite some time back, so some of the detail need not be currently valid. However, I think the major part of the information will still be useful to readers. Do check around by phone or other means about these places to know the latest details and then make your plan. Enjoy your travel. Have fun.

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