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1Disconnect and seek yourself at Sakleshpur
Disconnect and seek yourself at Sakleshpur

Underrated and under-explored, Sakleshpur in Western Ghat getaway disconnects you from the toil of daily life and brings you closer to the ways of the soul.  Trek the surrounding rainforests, try your hand at farming in a homestay, visit a historic fort or just relax in the serenity, you will learn something new about yourself.

Kavya: The place is good for a weekend and views are awesome. The wind is breezy and relaxing. The  views of the valleys are breathtaking. It's a quite place and not crowded. So you get to have your own privacy, The nearby manjarabad fort is very nice for photography. The stay was memorable and a excellent experience overall.


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2Coffee estates and a little bit of history transit in Sakleshpur
Coffee estates and a little bit of history transit in Sakleshpur

Along the NH48 to Mangalore, you pass through Hassan and reach the Ghats with this quaint little coffee market, Sakleshpur. Stop for a piping hot coffee and some bajjis while you are treated to spectacular views of coffee estates. You then ride through dense jungles of the ghats and might want to stop at the Manjarabad fort, a fort used by Tipu Sultan. 

Guruprasad: 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.

Enjoy the views and learn more about what goes onto your morning cuppa! 


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Ravikumar D

Ravikumar D5.0/5

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Sakaleshpura-The Gateway to Western Ghats.

Sakaleshpura is a Town in Hassan district of Karnataka State. Sakaleshpura is the gateway to western ghats from Bengaluru & Hassan side. It is the main city on National Highway. One can reach Sakaleshpura by bus and train, yet there are plenty of buses to Sakaleshpura from Bengaluru, Hassan, Mysuru and Mangaluru but trains are limited to 2 daily from Bengaluru towards Mangaluru and Karwar via: Mysuru (night train) and Shravanabelagola (Day train) and both trains will enter Hassan.
One can enjoy the beauty of western ghats in day train from Sakaleshpura to Subramanya Road section with stoppage in Yedakumari a small hilly station.
Trekking is available from Sakaleshpura but beware of wild animals. We feel the real heaven when train goes through the thick forest and coffee, Pepper plantation. By roadways also we can enjoy the sceneries of Western ghats with curved roads.
For accommodation there are many Homestays and Resorts with reasonable prices. Family, Couples, solo, group, friends all can enjoy here. One must visit the Munjirabad Fort, shooting spot and many other places.
While driving your vehicles be careful in hairpin curved roads. Wish you a happy, safe and comfortable journey.

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Rajkumar Singh

Rajkumar Singh3.6/5

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The breathtaking images of picturesque railway route from Sakleshpur to Kukke Subramanya captivated us to go for this trek. We had been planning to do "The Green Route trek" - that's what it is called, from last few months and then finally the day has come and we started for our journey to Sakleshpur - also referred as "Poor Man's Ooty".
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Sakleshpur Overview

History of Sakleshpur

Located on the border of Bayaluseeme 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. 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 and Culture of 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 Subramanyeswara. 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 and 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.

Things To Do in 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 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, Karnataka

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Sakleshpur, Karnataka
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Sakleshpur, Karnataka
Sakleshpur, Karnataka

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Sakleshpur fort
Sakleshpur, Karnataka

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