Sakleshpur Tourism
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Sakleshpur Tourism

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Sakleshpur Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
Located on the border of Bayaluseemae and Malnad, Sakleshpur is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Karnataka. Situated in Hassan district, the town lies on NH-48 and has an average elevation of 949 m.

History of Sakleshpur

According to history, the region was under the rule of the Chalukyas, Hoysalas and the kings of Mysore.

During the reign of the Hoysalas, a shivalingam was found in this town. However, the shivalingam found was broken, which was called as shakaleshwara. Since then, the town came to be known as Sakaleshwara among local residents. According to another legend, the town was known as ‘sakala aishwaryagalinda kudida pura’, which literally means ‘the place is home to all kinds of wealth’.

People & Culture of Sakleshpur

Besides, the town is also known for Sakaleshwara swami's ratha yatra, which is held in the month of February, every year on Purnima. Tourists travelling to the destination can also visit a newly constructed Shiva temple, which is known as Holemalleshvara. This temple is situated right next to the Hemavathi River in front of the famous Shakaleshwara Temple.

Things to do in Sakleshpur

Sakleshpur has several attractions like the Manjarabad Fort which was constructed by Tipu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore as a strategic defensive location. The Kukke Subrahmanya Temple is another attraction which is believed to be the residence of Lord Subramanyeshwara. Moodabidri is an ancient centre of Jain learning.

Sakleshpur is listed in the world as one of the 18 most diverse spots that harbour rich flora and fauna. The sub-tropical climate and heavy rains during monsoons favour the growth of several unique plant and animal species. Trekking is a popular activity in Sakleshpur. Tourists can scale the Bisle Ghat or trek up the Bisle Forest Reserve. For these activities and others, there are Sakleshpur packages which combine hotel stays and are preferred by many travelers.

Food & Shopping in Sakleshpur

Deriving influence from communities from the three neighbouring South Indian states, as well as the state of Maharashtra, the cuisine of Sakleshpur comprises both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies.

Traditional dishes include bisibelebath, jolada rotti, ragi rotti, akki rotti, saaru, huli etc. There are several restaurants and eateries on B.M. Road, Ashoka Road and near Sakleshpur Bus Station. Bakeries and food joints are clustered on Main Road, K.H. Road, Hethur and Vanagoor.

Since Sakleshpur is known for its plantations, tourists can buy coffee, rice, pepper, cardamom, ginger and tea. Highly demanded in domestic and international markets, coffee is the most popular purchase here. Another popular buy is wood carving.

Travelling to Sakleshpur

Sakleshpur is about 221 km from Bangalore. To reach Sakleshpur, tourists can drive down through Hassan and Ballupet. Mangalore, 100 km away, is the closest airport. The town has a railway station and has trains connecting it to Mangalore and Bangalore.

Sakleshpur is linked with Hassan, Kodlipet, Alur, Sanivarsante, Kurubathur, Bolgod and nearby places by an extensive bus network. Situated in the Hassan District, the bus station is operated by KSRTC. Between Bangalore and Mangalore via Sakleshpur, regular AC and non AC buses ply that are operated by the KSRTC. These buses also link the town with Hassan and Halebid.

Accommodation options in Sakleshpur

Accommodation options in Sakleshpur include lodges and resorts in the villages nearby. The most popular hotel options in Sakleshpur are homestays that are located near the Western Ghats. There are also hotels and resorts in Hassan.

The best time to visit Sakleshpur is from October to March.

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Sakleshpur Traveller Reviews

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Deepak Thandassery
  • Deepak Thandassery
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews

"Plantation Holiday"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Nov 27, 2013
Sakleshpur is a good place to visit if you like a plantation holiday but if you want to stay in a conventional resort then you can stay in nearby Chikmagalur.
Sakleshpur is only about an hours drive from Chikmagalur.
The view from a the Mulayanagiri Hills is awesome and you can visit Udupi and Dharmastala if you are religiously inclined.
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Neeta Mahajan
  • Neeta Mahajan
  • 5 Reviews

"Near but quite far from mad city rush"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Nov 12, 2013
Sakleshpur is known for its lush green nature and the wildlife. The purpose of the visit was to relax and get rejuvenated by spending quality time with the family.
The place also has lots of religious places around it and serves as a destination for pilgrimage as well.
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Holiday Day
  • Holiday Day
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 photos
  • 5 Reviews

"Experience Sakleshpur East"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 26, 2013
The specialty of this place is it is the eastern part, the other end of Sakleshpur, which is 24km from Hassan, it is 8 km from Gorur dam, and it is only 20 km from the Coorg border(shanivarasanthe). So u get to visit Sakleshpur and Coorg at one GO. There are very old temples of Hampi's style and a famous church of 1850 which is all within 10 km from this place.
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Mr vashist
  • Mr vashist
  • 3 photos
  • 2 Reviews

"Treak to trekkers and nature lovers"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Sep 25, 2013
Great place surrounded by coffee estates and Western Ghats. It is one of the best holiday destination. Accommodation facilities and road from Bangalore are good. This is one must visit place. Instead of visiting many times still I look forward going to this place whenever I think of holiday. This is the first place which comes to my mind. Being in Saklespur in rainy season is a life time experience.
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Mr gopal
  • Mr gopal
  • Heritage seeker
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  • 3 Reviews

"Of greenary and coffee estates"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 24, 2013
The place is full of greenery and coffee estates. One can visit Manjarabad fort, Bisle ghat which are nearby. Also places to visit are Kukke Subrahmanya temple, Belur, Halebidu. You can visit Shravanabelagola, Adichunchanagiri on the way if you are travelling from Bangalore.
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Hemant
  • Hemant
  • 3 Reviews

"Relaxing Sakleshpur"

  • Posted Aug 31, 2013
Its a place close to Bangalore and a good drive. If you aim to relax and take a break, you can visit Sakleshpur. There are a few temples and forts nearby to visit.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Pre-plan the meals. Finding a good restaurant is not very easy. Discuss with your hotel manager, etc to get details of good places, especially if you are travelling with children

Activities & things to do: Trekking, bird watching, visiting temples

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Road route from Bangalore is good. Trains are also an option. There are 2 or 3 good places on the route to stop by. Good to know about them before you start.
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Davis G
  • Davis G
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 14 Reviews

"A non-commercial destination in India"

  • Posted Aug 8, 2013
Sakleshpur is still not commercialized. There are lot of mud roads, streams of water, open grounds in between the hills, no cell coverage, no TV network. All these make Sakleshpur the ideal place for those who truly want a break from corporate life.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Not much to shop. You get food only within the resort/hotel/homestay you are staying at.

Activities & things to do: All the homestays offer lot of activities. Most of them have a natural pool or a stream going through the property, Bonfires are common. Also various levels of trekking is available.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: I traveller from Bangalore. Roads are very good till Hassan. After Hassan you can go at 40kmph. As you near your homestay you'll not get cell network. So be sure about the location.
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Deepak
  • Deepak
  • 3 Reviews

"Sakleshpur in Rains"

  • Posted Aug 1, 2013
Sakleshpura known for lush green coffee estates welcomes you with a smell of coffee along the way, there is a stretch of railway tunnels that lines the track from Sakleshpur upto mangalore.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Manjirabad Fort is must see.

Activities & things to do: Trekking, bird watch

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Ghat section, please be careful in your driving!!
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Abhishek umrao
  • Abhishek umrao
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  • 2 Reviews

"Excellent place"

  • Posted Jul 7, 2013
The place has good camping site, waterfalls, creeks, and dense jungle. If you love camping and trekking you will like this place, be beware of leeches though

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food u have to take along with you if you are planning on camping (obviously).

Activities & things to do: Waterfall, Camping, Trekking

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: U can go by car, but to the camping site rent a jeep after reaching sakleshpur or you can always walk or do trekking to the site
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Balaji singh
  • Balaji singh
  • 2 Reviews

"Nice Place to visit"

  • Posted Mar 22, 2013
travalling is good we enjoye the nature with lots of fun All my friend feel good

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Nice good see the place

Activities & things to do: Playing & Musinc fire Camp

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Roads are more curve must be take care
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