Mekedatu, an interesting sightseeing location along river Kaveri in Kanakapura Taluk is basically the region where Arkavati merges with Kaveri. The exact place is called Sangama and is visited by locals and tourists from near and far. At a distance of about 3.5 kilometers downstream, Kaveri meanders its way through a narrow and deep gorge that is presumed to be wide enough for a goat to leap across. In Kannada, 'Mekedatu' refers to the 'goat's leap'. However, this is but a myth.
This scenic spot can be reached from Bengaluru via Kanakapura and is about 100km away from the capital city. It is said that long ago, the local herdsmen had seen a goat jump across the waters of the Mekedatu in a single jump, while being chased by a tiger. He had managed to save his life by crossing over the raging waters below. As the tiger was scared to replicate the goat’s feat, it had abandoned the chase, thus letting the goat go. Ever since, the area where the goat had leapt has been widened through erosion but retains its name. It is believed that the goat was Lord Shiva in disguise.