Sakleshpur Tourism

Sakleshpur Tourism

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Most travellers know about the Railway Trek or the Manzarabad Tipu fort in Sakleshpur. The Western ghats beyond Sakaleshpur throw up many unexplored gems. While the trek along the railway tracks is very popular, there are many more attractions amidst nature. From temples to waterfalls to green paddy fields to coffee trees to small streams, catch nature at its pristine best. The freshness of the air, the misty hills, the aroma of coffee plantations, the gentle swaying trees, the chirping of birds,360 degrees of greenery, etc. add up to a very pleasant experience. These unexplored attractions are:
(a) Betta Byreshwara Temple-2.5 kms
(b) Manjehalli Water Falls-6 kms
(c) Devarunda-5 kms
(d) Devalkere-8 kms
(e) Jenkal Gudda-8 kms

Betta Byreshwara: This ancient temple is said to be over 600 years old. It is atop a hill and overlooks the entire valley. Stand there and get mesmerized by the glorious views of the hills in the Western Ghats and the valley and wonder how someone thought of building a temple here. God Byreshwara seems to stand guard over the entire valley. There is a nice motorable road, though steep, leading to the temple. One can also climb up to the temple through steps that have been built.

Waterfall at Manjehalli: Just about 1 km from the village Manjehalli, if you listen carefully as you drive past, you will hear the gurgling sound of a waterfall. If you climb down into the underbush, you will find a very nice waterfall cascading for about 20 feet in its glory. If you happen to be there immediately after the monsoon season, the rush of water will be at its peak. Watch out for the slippery stones, but this could be a nice picnic spot if you want to take a short break.

Devarunda – Dakshina Kashi – Abode of Gods
Devarunda is short in Kannada for “Devaru Ida Jaga” (the abode of Gods). Also known as Dakshina Kashi, the temple complex houses the gods Rameshwara, Veerabadreshwara, Byreshwara, Channakeshva, Parvati, Ganapathi, etc and is very revered. The temple said to be over a 500 years old, is undergoing a makeover with newer constructions coming up within the complex.

In the village of Devalgere, there is a relatively newer Amruteshwara temple. Surprisingly, this temple has been built in the traditional Kerala style. Amruteshwara is another incarnation of Lord Shiva. The view of the paddy fields from this temple is as if God himself laid out a green carpet on Earth.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Have akki roti and other local delicacies at Sakleshpur.

Activities & things to do: Visit a coffee plantation
You could stay at any of the many resorts in the area.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: There are trains to Sakleshpur from Bangalore and Mangalore 3 days a week. It is also only a 4 hour drive from Bangalore. So, get out on a weekend and enjoy the hills, greenery, waterfalls and the fresh air.
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Sakleshpur Traveller Reviews

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

"Plantation Holiday"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 5 months ago
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....... More
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Neeta Mahajan
  • Neeta Mahajan
  • 5 Reviews

"Near but quite far from mad city rush"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 5 months ago
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....... More
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Holiday Day
  • Holiday Day
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 5 Reviews

"Experience Sakleshpur East"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 6 months ago
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....... More
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Mr vashist

"Treak to trekkers and nature lovers"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 7 months ago
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....... More
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Mr gopal

"Of greenary and coffee estates"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 7 months ago
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....... More
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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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