Sakleshpur Tourism
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Sakleshpur Tourism

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  • 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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Naveen

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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
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"Extremely satisfied at Sakleshpur"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Trip to Sakleshpur and our stay at Nyritvilla remains as a good memory in our hearts and we rejoice those moments by going through some of the awesome pictures that we took during our trip. We even got a new wonderful friend at NyritVilla (Satish - the caretaker of NyritVilla) who is still in touch with us.
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Bapu Patil

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"Train journey in Ghat section"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The photos which your seeing are taken at the place from Sakleshpur railway station to Kukke road, its really a very awesome place as there are 57 tunnels, 6 bridges & cool climate. Its best suggested to visit the place in winter season to view the scenery & enjoy the nature. There is direct train from Yeshwanthpur at 7:30 am.
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Tarun Guntha

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"A destination to escape the city fast pace life"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is one destination where one can escape from the fast paced City routine life. Very scenic a treat to watch the beautiful mountains with fog covering all around. Excellent weather and best part no pollution no traffic. Home grown food only makes it exquisite. Beautiful Place & worth travelling too.
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Guru Prasad

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  • Guru Prasad
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review
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"Sakaleshpur- The Green Valley"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It's located in Hassan district. The location fully covered with green valley. You can reach here by either road or Train. The train route of Sakleshpur is also known as green trekking route and good for trekking.

The resorts around the city are really good, but to reach there we should have private vehicle. Morning time the fog is awesome to see, the whole city will be covered with full fog. From Sakaleshpur you can also start Kumar Parvatha Trek from Somwar peth location.
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Guruprasad Shetty np

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"Splendour Sakleshpur , good for outing"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Sakleshpur is a riders, nature worshippers, trekkers heaven. Its a easy get away for Urban People to recharge their polluted souls and retain their sanity.

Time to Visit : Monsoon & Winter.

Must visit places : Donegal Railway Tunnel, Manjarabad Fort, Bisile Ghat, Pusphagiri hills, Green Route - Trek to Kumara parvatha. Osoor estate. You can also give a visit to - Dakshina Kannada, Madikeri, Chikkamagalur, and Hassan. Engage with life and enjoy life.
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Raghavendra  Rao

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"Best of Western Ghat Sakleshpur"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The town lies in the Malnad region on the magnificent hills of the biodiversity hotspot, the Western Ghats. It has a temperate climate surrounded with lofty green hills full of coffee, cardamom, pepper and areca plantations. Sakleshpur receives very heavy rainfall from the southwest monsoon. It is one of the places receiving the most rainfall in Karnataka

The primary mode of employment in the Sakleshpur region is agriculture. Crops grown include coffee, rice, pepper, cardamom, ginger and tea with coffee being dominant. The Manjarabad fort is located just outside of Sakleshpur on National Highway 48. The fort is reputed to have been constructed by Tippu Sultan, the erstwhile ruler of Mysuru as a strategic defensive location as it commands the approach to the plateau beyond Sakleshpur from the coast. It is also believed that he had constructed a tunnel from this fort to another fort in Srirangapattana near Mysuru. Jenukal gudda is the third highest peak in Karnataka, located at Maragunda 24km outside Sakaleshpura.
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Ashutosh Goyal

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  • Ashutosh Goyal
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"Sakleshpur an awesome place!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 30, 2015
This place is awesome. It is digitally disconnected from the world which makes it even better. It was raining most of time which made it very romantic. Place has a water stream going through it and many water sports activities around it. They organize trekking from there.
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Kavya kashyap

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"A pleasant place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 6, 2015
The place is good for a weekend and views are awesome. The wind is breezy and relaxing. The weekend is going to be rejuvenating and the views are valleys are breathtaking. It's a quite place and is not much crowded. So you get to have your own privacy, The nearby manjarabad fort is very nice for photography. The stay was memorable and a very excellent experience overall.
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Giridhar Gowda

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"Enjoy the ghats and fort"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 29, 2015
Had a memorable experience in Sakleshpur a small village in Hassan. 4hrs of journey from Bangalore, it's truly a delight to walk in the midst of the estates during monsoon. Manjarabad fort is an attraction in the city, but one can skip that and head towards Bisle Ghat and enjoy the nature's beauty.
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Manjunath

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"Overall, a nice place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 23, 2014
As already described, the total trip to Sakleshpur was very excellent and unforgettable. We enjoyed the nature beauty of western ghats and train route through the tunnels. It is enjoyable and better to go with family. Totally it was a nice trip. The estate is also very fine and enjoyed.
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