A stunning destination in the Western Ghats of India situated in Karnataka. Its scenic beauty, lavish green meadows, lush green coffee plantations, mesmerizing mountains, and all time pleasant romantic weather conditions make it an ideal holiday destination.
For Sakleshpur, legends believe that, when Hoysala’s arrived in this little town, they found the broken ShivLinga here, and after this little town promptly named as Sakleshwara and later renamed as Sakleshpur. On the other hand, some locals say that the town was named as Sakleshpur because it was extremely wealthy in terms of agricultural output with all types of wealth, such as the river, coffee, cardamom, pepper, hill station, and education. It counts as one-third of Cardamom production in India.
In February (on Purnima), each year a beautiful “Ratha Yatra” takes place, which is a must see when you visit in Sakleshpur.
Sakleshpur is the perfect unplugged destination for those who want to break away from the idea of a conventional vacation. Sakleshpur is the perfect combination with Scenic Beauty, lush green coffee plantation, fascinating mountains with lots of adventurous activities and Camping, cycling and trekking and much more things which could be in your bucket list.
During Monsoon time, always be prepared for intense rains and lots of leeches, and in summertime be preparing for the heat and humidity conditions, carry enough water which will keep you hydrated and never ever venture without hiring a guide.
Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Shakleshpur:
1. Manjarabad Fort
A stunning fort within the heart of the Mountain in Hassan District. An amazingly designed star-shaped fort was built by Tipu Sultan in 1792. During an inspection by Tipu, he observed that the whole place is covered with fog which in Kannada known as Manju, he felt that no name would suit it better than Manjurabad. The trekkers have to take muddy roads for a few meters then a perfect concrete road will greet them.
2. Sakleshwar Temple
Situated on the banks of River Hemavathi, it is one of the oldest temples in Karnataka. It is located on the entrance of the village and the town got its name due to this old temple. The big statue of Lord Shiva attracts to everyone. The timing of the temple is 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Mainly, if you are visiting at Sakleshpur in the month of February (on Purnima especially) then you enjoy here the famous Ratha Yatra.
3. Bisle View Point Sakleshpur
It is a beautiful spot and the part of Western Ghats. With the stunning scenic view and loving trek way for the adventurer, this is the reason it is also known as Trekker’s Paradise. This Bisle point is full of various kinds of species of Flora and Fauna. This place has the major number of wildlife in the entire Western Ghats Region.
4. Manjehalli Waterfalls
A beautiful picnic spot with a stunning scenic view and just 1km away from Manjehalli village. You can’t enter at the spot after 5:30 PM. The main issue is the slippery big stones, so be careful.
5. Ombattu Guddu Trekking
Literally know as Nine Hills, a stunning trek way but difficult one, it is because of its nine domes of the hills which can be visible when you reach to the top. Located at Hassan district and a good option to be chosen among the other treks.
6. Agni Gudda Hill
One of the stunning peaks at the distance of 25km from Sakleshpur with a lush green view of Valley. Agni Gudda means the Fiery Mountains; this is called so because of its extreme volcanic nature. The trek way is 3km from Agni Village; hardly take 1 hour to reach. Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM.
7. Temple of Helibid and Belur
Helibid, literally means ‘the old city’ and Belur is known as Dakshina Varanasi or can say South Banaras. Both are two different places but referred as if they are one. The architecture of both temples is famous for their South Indian Architecture. The temples are built by Jakkanna Acharya. It has so many beautiful pillars with different – different designs. The timing of Halebid is 10 AM to 5 PM and it is closed on every Friday.
8. Hemvati Dam
Also known as Gorur as it is situated in Gorur in Hassan district. One of the famous picnic spots in Hassan. This dam is built across the river Hemavathi in 1979. It offers a beautiful scenic view with lush green garden, a perfect place to hang out with friends in the evening.
Things to do in Sakleshwar
1. Cycling Tour in Bisle Ghat
Download a map as in the hilly area network doesn’t work, get a bike and plan with friends, hire a guide and be a freebie to explore Sakleshwar.
2. Trekking and Camping
Mostly Railway track from Sakleshpur to the Subramanya Road is perfect for an Adventurer and it is perfect for camping and trekking both. The trek is about approx 55 km and blessed by so much natural beauty and manmade things like 58 tunnels, 109 bridges, and about 25 stunning waterfalls.
3. Last but not the least ACLAT Meadows
Sakleshpur meadows are quite special. Especially during Monsoon. Situated in the Western Ghats near Sakleshpur in Hassan District. The Western Ghats also is known as Sahyadri (Benevolent Mountains) it is a mountain range that runs parallel to the western coast of the Indian peninsula, located completely in India. Listed as one of the most diverse sights for flora and fauna both in the world and UNESCO World Heritage Site as well, it is ranked eighth in the “hottest hotspots” of biological diversity in the world. It has over 7,402 species of Flora, 1,814 species of non-flowering plants, 139 fauna, 290 freshwater fish species, 508 bird species, 179 amphibian species, 6,000 insects’ species and; we can say that many undiscovered species live in the Western Ghats.
Accommodation in Sakleshpur:
If you are planning for Sakleshpur than be ready for an unplugged stay too with lots of stunning scenic beauty of Sakleshpur . In this perfect destination, you can choose from many options between Luxury and Budget in Shakleshpur Homestays, resorts, camping and trekking groups that provide good services with handsome packages and trekking facility too.
Best time to Visit:
Sakleshpur is the entire time weather destination, but the best time to visit Sakleshpur is October to April when the climate is pleasant and is suitable for sightseeing. As it is a hill station so avoid going at the time of Manson but for the adventure lover, it is an adventure activity too because they never make a plan. Right!
How To Reach Sakleshwar
1. By Air
The nearest airport is the Bajpe Airport (IXE) in Mangalore, 101 km from Sakleshpur. After you can easily take a bus or book a cab to Sakleshpur.
2. By Rail
The nearest station is Sakleshpur (SKLR), located within the city.
3. By Bus
To and from buses are available which is usually covered in approximately 5 hours. You can opt for Public or Volvo buses, which has generally around Rs. 600 fares.
4. By Car/Bike
NH-48, connects Bangalore and Mangalore, where Banglore is 225km and Mangalore is the 103km distance from Shakleshpur.
- Found of going offbeat rides than opt for jeeps and SUVs for Sakleshpur.
- Don’t go alone; hire a local guide along with the group to avoid risks from wildlife and natural calamities. Sakleshpur is the home of Cobras so be careful.
- And yes don’t dare to go without any forest permission or by local help.
- This is not a properly settled town so carry an offline map for direction
- Carry enough cash, there are no ATMs.
- And last this is carried BSNL network instead of other networks, it is available in most areas.