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-By Jayanthi Mahalingam
The Kaveri in Mythology
The Kaveri in Kodagu
Meet the Kodavas
The first Tributary
The Kaveri Enters Mysore
An Ancient Dam
Visweswaraya's Dream
A Dream Fulfilled
Mysore's Guardian Angel
In Tipu's Domain
The Great Temples
The Shifting Sands
Sand Covered Temples
Shivasamudram
The Goat's Leap
The Kaveri in Tamil Nadu
The Last Island
An Outpouring of Music
The Temple Trail
Journey's End

 

The Goat's Leap

After leaving Shivasamudram, the river receives a tributary called the Arkavati at Kanakapura, about 113 km from Bangalore. It rises in the Nandidurga Hills and the Chamarajasagar reservoir which supplies water to Bangalore city is built on it. The sangama or confluence of the two rivers occurs in a thickly-forested area which is well-known for its silkworm-rearing farms. Hundreds of cocoons can be seen growing on large bamboo screens all along the route.
The Kaveri's course becomes tortuous and the water plays hide-and-seek like a truant child! It can be glimpsed in snatches, glimmering between boulders of fantastic shapes, or suddenly disappearing down a deep cleft, only to re-emerge some distance away. More distracting than the Kaveri itself is the surrounding boulder-strewn terrain. The colours of the stones range from blue and pink to black and white. The constant friction of the moving water has sculpted them into weird shapes, like elephant's feet, giant vessels and perfect spheres, smoothened to a glass-like sheen.
In the midst of the swiftly-flowing river is a rocky recessed pool, locally known as Hannadu Chakra. Any object that falls into this whirlpool is believed to go round twelve times before being sucked out of sight beneath its unknown depths.
About 5 km from the Arkavati sangama is the famed Meke Datu, Kannada for Goat's Leap. The Kaveri hurtles 18 m down a cleft in two pillars of rock, one of which is broken. The gap is reputedly narrow enough for a goat, and a very nimble one at that, to jump across to the other side!


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