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Best Experiences In And Around Sakleshpur

A hill station in the heights of Western Ghats of India, Sakleshpur is a small town located in the state of Karnataka. Famous for being surrounded by a surprising number of plantations of coffee, tea and spices, Sakleshpur’s economy thrives on these. Apart from that, with the recent development in the tourism happening around the town, places to visit in Sakleshpur have recently gathered a lot of fame for themselves because of their beauty and the kind of experiences that they harbour, both of which are unparalleled. 

Easily connected with Major cities like Bangalore and Mangalore, Sakleshpur has a bounty of beautiful places to see, both manmade and nature’s gifts. A prime example of that is the ages-old Manjarabad Fort constructed in the form of a star, which is also one of the prime tourist places in Sakleshpur. But that is not the only one, the list of names goes on and on as to where you should go to see Sakleshpur treating you with its best views of natural beauty, sometimes mingling with the manmade structures. 

The 600 year old Sakleshwara temple that sits on the river Hemavathi’s banks is a piece of fine craftsmanship in surroundings that are meant to take your breath away. And taking your breath away brings to mind the Bisle View Point, offering a panoramic view of the region and hills around, as well as the rainforests of the area. You can see as far away as the Pushpagiri, Dodda Betta and Kumara Parvatha Hills.

And no, the hill station is not just about the sights as there is a long list of things to do in Sakleshpur. The hill station knows how to live on the adventurous edge of life too. Sakleshpur is a heaven for trekking enthusiasts, and that is why this town has taken the definition of trekking to a whole new level by introducing something new like Railway Bridge Trekking. You can trek on the 52km long railway track (trek) between Sakleshpur and Kukke Subramanya road junction, which was closed down long ago. This unforgettable experience takes you through the scenes of at least 25 waterfalls.

And as far as the question of staying in Sakleshpur is concerned, nature stays in Sakleshpur are bound to take your breath away with their surroundings, features and comfort alongside the local hospitality that you will experience here. There is no one type in the places to stay in Sakleshpur and that is what makes it worth experiencing. So take your family, friends, or partner and come to Sakleshpur, and even if no one agrees, come solo. But do not think of missing out on so much fun.

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People Also Ask About Sakleshpur

  1. Which are the best places to visit in Sakleshpur?

    1. Sakaleswara Temple: One of the best places to visit in Sakleshpur is the Sakaleswara Temple. Built during the Hoysala period, this ancient temple is a marvel of architecture and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple features intricate carvings and sculptures that are sure to impress visitors. The temple also hosts a famous annual fair during Mahashivratri, attracting devotees and tourists alike.
    2. Manjarabad Fort: Manjarabad Fort, located in the scenic hills of Sakleshpur, is a popular destination for history enthusiasts and nature lovers visiting the town. Built during the reign of Tipu Sultan, this unique star-shaped fort is an architectural marvel that offers breathtaking views of the Western Ghats. Visitors can explore the ruins of the fort, which includes underground tunnels and chambers. The fort's lush surroundings and panoramic views make it a perfect spot for picnic and trekking. 
    3. Bisle View Point: When in Sakleshpur, take some time out to head to the Bisle View Point, which is a paradise for nature lovers and photographers. The point is situated in the Western Ghats and is a part of the Bisle Reserve Forest. It is also renowned for its breathtaking views of the Yenikallu Valley, complete with meandering streams and cascading waterfalls. Visitors can also explore the nearby forests and trek along the beautiful trails. Bisle View Point is the perfect place to relax and soak in the beauty of nature.
    4. Kukke Subramanya Temple: Another of the popular attractions located close to Sakleshpur is the Kukke Subramanya Temple, situated in the small town of Subramanya. The temple is believed to be one of the seven holy places created by Lord Parashurama and is dedicated to Lord Subramanya. The temple is surrounded by the picturesque Western Ghats and is known for its beautiful architecture and intricate carvings. Visitors can also witness the unique ritual of Sarpa Samskara, performed to remove the ill effects of snakebites.
    5. E Ayyappa Swami Temple: E Ayyappa Swami Temple, located in the heart of Sakleshpur, is a popular destination for devotees of Lord Ayyappa. The temple is known for its peaceful and serene atmosphere, and the idol of Lord Ayyappa is a sight to behold. Visitors can participate in the daily pooja and seek blessings from the deity. The temple also hosts various cultural and religious events such as Mandalam Pooja, Ayyappa Pooja, etc. throughout the year, attracting a large number of devotees. 
    6. Hadlu Waterfall: Tucked amidst the lush greenery of the Western Ghats is the scenic Hadlu Waterfall, one of the most beautiful attractions to explore in this quaint town. The waterfall cascades down from a height of 20 feet and creates a natural pool at its base, perfect for swimming and relaxing. The surrounding area is rich in biodiversity, with a variety of flora and fauna that includes rare species of birds and butterflies. Visitors can also trek through the nearby trails and explore the natural beauty of the region. 
    7. Shettihalli Rosary Church: Shettihalli Rosary Church, located in the small village of Shettihalli near Sakleshpur, is a great place for a day out from the town. Popular amongst history enthusiasts and photographers, this church was built in the 1860s by French missionaries, and now lies in ruins and partially submerged in the waters of the Hemavati River. The sight of the church emerging from the waters during the monsoon season is a unique and awe-inspiring sight. Visitors can explore the ruins of the church and witness the fascinating architecture and intricate carvings. 
    8. H.Jenukal Gudda: During your visit to Sakleshpur, don’t forget to visit H. Jenukal Gudda, also known as the Kudremukh peak. It is a popular destination for trekking and adventure enthusiasts in the region and stands tall at an elevation of 1,894 metres. One of the main attractions of H. Jenukal Gudda is the Biligirirangan Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Ranganatha. The temple is located at the top of the hill and offers visitors a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape. Apart from trekking, visitors can also indulge in activities like wildlife safaris, birdwatching, and camping. Visitors can also explore the nearby forests and witness the diverse flora and fauna of the region.
  2. What is the best time to visit Sakleshpur?

    Being a hill station, Sakleshpur in Karnataka has pleasant climatic conditions throughout the year. The greens keep the environment fresh and vibrant for tourists to visit in any month with an average temperature ranging around 22 to 23-degree celsius. Mid-May to October receives rainfall from the south ends with June being the wettest month that witnesses rainfall almost every day.

    Similarly, November to April barely receives any precipitation making these months dry. Sakleshpur holiday packages sell at peak during the months of October to March when the climate is dry, fresh and the region has no rainfall and thus, this period can be considered as the best time to visit Sakleshpur.

  3. Where is Sakleshpur located? How far is Sakleshpur from Bangalore?

    Sakleshpur is located in the Hassan district of Karnataka. To reach here from Bangalore, the total distance that one has to travel is 221kms.

  4. What all should I carry while visiting Sakleshpur for a vacation?

    Things that you should carry while visiting Sakleshpur-

    • Backpack with board straps
    • Sunscreen/cap
    • Track pants
    • Full sleeve cotton t-shirt (to avoid getting sun burnt)
    • Torch (with extra batteries)
    • Raincoat/Poncho
    • Personal Medication
    • Necessary toiletries
    • Shoes with a good grip
    • Sweater/Jacket
    • Insect Repellent
    • Any item of personal nature
  5. Is Sakleshpur a good weekend getaway option from Bangalore?

    Definitely. With a wide variety of activities and attractions in Sakleshpur, it is a must visit over a weekend from Bangalore. It is a small hill station that you can easily cover over the duration of a weekend.

  6. What are the different activities one can do in Sakleshpur?

    If you are looking for some really amazing things to do in Sakleshpur, you are looking in the right place. With some of the most scenic and unique treks that you can find in the region, adventure is defined at these places-

    And speaking of spots for sightseeing and camping, Sakleshpur is famous for these places to visit

    Prasanna Rameshwara Temple, Devarunda

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  7. What is the ideal duration for a holiday in Sakleshpur?

    For the best experience of the region, a weekend is more than enough for covering Sakleshpur on your holiday.

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    Waterfalls in Sakleshpur

  8. What are some famous tourist attractions in Sakleshpur?

    Following are some of the most famous attractions in Sakleshpur that you must cover

    • Manjarabad Fort, the star shaped fort
    • Sakaleshwara Temple
    • Magajahalli waterfalls
    • Hadlu Waterfalls
    • Pandavar Gudda
    • Agni Gudda
    • Mookanamane waterfalls
    • Betta Bhairaveshwara Prasanna Temple, Mekanagadde – Maragunda
    • Prasanna Rameshwara Temple, Devarunda
    • Railway Bridge Trekking
    • Bisle Ghat Trekking
  9. What all trekking options we can find in Sakleshpur? Is it a safe destination for trekkers?

    One of the best things to do in Sakleshpur is to take on the beautiful treks in the hills and evergreen forests of this place. Following are some names that you must definitely try your hand at-

    • Railway Bridge Trekking
    • Bisle Ghat Trekking
    • Ombattu Gudda Trekking
    • Murkannu Gudda And Hadlu Waterfalls Trek
    • Jenukal Gudda Trekking

    Yes, Sakleshpur is a really safe destination for trekkers, with all the standard precautions that one must take while trekking.

  10. Which are some famous places to stay in Sakleshpur?

    Like any destination in the naturally beautiful region of western ghats, the best options of stay in Sakleshpur are the resorts, homestays and camps, all of which, you must try your hand at. Following resorts are some of the best

    • Stone Valley Resort
    • The Hills Resort
    • Jenukallu Resort
    • Baalecool Nature Resort
    • Eka Resort

    Some good example of Homestays here are-

    • Kesinamane Homestay
    • Stream Edge Homestay
    • Kadumakki Homestay
    • Brindavan Homestay
    • Ashirwad Estate and Homestay

    And if you wish to camp in the nature, you can try to pitch your tent here-

    • Farmer’s Son Camping Ground
    • Eka Resort
    • Stream Edge Homestay
    • Jenukallu Resort
  11. Which are some good homestays options in Sakleshpur?

    Homestays are the perfect option of staying in a destination that is famous for the loving and caring people and their hospitality, and Sakleshpur is no exception there. Following Homestays are some of the few that you shouldn’t miss-

    • Kesinamane Homestay
    • Stream Edge Homestay
    • Kadumakki Homestay
    • Brindavan Homestay
    • Ashirwad Estate and Homestay
    • Sirimane Homestay
    • JappadhKallu Homestay
    • Koffeewoods Homestay
  12. Which all restaurants are must to visit to taste local cuisines of Sakleshpur?

    To enjoy the local taste of Sakleshpur, which is famous for the nearby Coffee, Tea and Spice plantations, you must definitely be hitting these places

    • Nyritvilla Homestay in sakleshpur
    • Ossoor Vegetarian Restaurant
    • Mythri Restaurant
    • Surabhi's Nx
    • Imperial Heritage
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30 December 2015
The home stay was truly blissful and serene and we enjoyed this place a lot.
The place is so beautiful... Met a lot a nice people.. Staff was very helpful
The package Thrillophilia provided was nice including stay, food, and activities as well. The location of the homestay was amazing, amidst the lush green coffee plantation. I love the food here & we also had amazing nature walks by the property. It’s so well maintained with courteous well-trained staff. We also had fun playing the rope games, mud volleyball, the bonfire, and the music at night were also amazing!!
High on Hygiene. Courteous staff. Amazing food. Great getaway to just laze around. Family get-together,Overall experience has been excellent. Will visit for sure
The location of this stay is so amazing, the views from the room are so scenic and beautiful, the food was delicious and the stay was very comfortable, the pool was clean, proper hygiene maintained at the stay. We had so much fun playing outdoor games, a bonfire with music in the evening made the entire stay experience memorable!!
18 February 2021
Very nice experience staying in the property. The arrangement was proper, food was very good, staff were courteous and helpful. The activities were nicely organised. Everything was very smooth The beauty of nature is also very pristine and serene. Perfect for a weekend getaway
20 January 2021
This is one of the best resort with good facility. Road access is also good. Food could have been better.. As it says homestay but food is not homely. Swimming pool and artificial waterfall is good. Nearby river is in walkable distance New rooms are good but maintenance is bad
This place is a estate with a private water stream, mud volley ball and rope activities. Food is just awesome, I suggest you to opt for inbuilt food option while you book (6 stars if I have to give). I had good experience with rope activities and zip lining. Water stream has great ambience. If you are group of 6+ you should try playing mud volley ball. Place is very calm and serene. Staff are very courteos and friendly, they listen to all your requests and will try to do their best. Though there is a trek near by but it is only for beginners. Rooms ambience and beds maintainance could have been better. Its a great experience on whole. I should say thrillophilia gives the best price for this place with smooth booking.
Amazing location, scenic views, peaceful environment, nice ambiance, the rooms were spacious and clean, great hospitality, the food served was amazing. We had an amazing time at the stay, the activities included in the stay package were superb. we enjoyed the zip lining activity and trekking. Thanks Thrillophilia for the wonderful experience!!
I went to Sakleshpur with my friends and we had such an amazing time there, The stay was so beautiful, the rooms were cozy and comfortable, the staff was very helpful and kind, The activities included along with the stay were so amazing. Thanks, Thrillophilia for Instant booking confirmation and such a great experience.

How to Reach

  • By Air: You can reach Sakleshpur through all major cities in India and outside. The nearest airport is the Bajpe Airport (IXE) in Mangalore, which is at a distance of 101 kms from Sakleshpur. After getting off here, you can easily take a bus or book a cab to Sakleshpur. Flights can be availed on a regular basis from the Bajpe Airport.
  • By Rail: The nearest station is Sakleshpur (SKLR), located within the city. It is very well – connected to all major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, etc. via regular trains.
  • By Car/Bike: From Bangalore- Bangalore is situated at a distance of 223 kms from Sakleshpur. The fastest way to reach Sakleshpur from Bangalore is by making a small road trip in a car or a bike. The distance can be covered comfortably within 4 hours and 30 minutes.
  • From Chikmagalur- Located on the north side of Sakleshpur, Chikmagalur is a little above 60 kms away. If you are going by car or a bike, it should take you about an hour to reach your destination.
  • From Mysore- The distance from Mysore to Sakleshpur is about 151 kms which can be travelled within 3 hrs and 30minutes approximately if you are going by car or a bike. There are plenty of car rentals available and around travel, booking should cost you around Rs. 2100.
  • By Bus: From Bangalore- Buses ply regularly from Bangalore to Sakleshpur. A distance of 223 kms is usually covered in approximately 5 hours. You can opt for regular or Volvo buses and the fare is generally around Rs. 600.
  • From Chikmagalur- Though technically speaking, Chikmagalur is only a measly 41 kms from Sakleshpur, the curvature of the road makes the total travel distance a little more than 60 kms. The Government, as well as Private buses, can be easily booked at the bus stand. Most buses maintain a steady pace and cover the distance in 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • From Mysore- Buses can be booked at the bus stand on the day of travel itself. Buses usually take about 3 hours to 3.5 hours to reach Sakleshpur.

Best Time To Visit

  • Tucked away in the soft green mountain ranges of the Western Ghats lies a serene hill station, in the state of Karnataka, called Sakleshpur. The long ranging slopes are covered in numerous tea and coffee plantations that boast of a pleasant and soothing weather all throughout the year.
  • This beautiful place is brimming with easy trails that take you through the well-known Bisle Reserve forest which is home to a few unique species of flora and fauna, including the Pagoda flower, also known as Rakta Pushp, which flowers only in the wet seasons of June and July.
  • November to April (Winter) - Known for its salubrious weather, Sakleshpur maintains a cool and misty climate all year round but we consider the best time to visit this cosy hill station is from November up until April, when humidity levels are low, making for a comfortable travel experience. But do keep in mind that peak seasons bring in crowds from in and around the area, so plan in advance and make prior hotel reservations for a hassle free trip.
  • June to August (Monsoon) - Alternatively, if you are die hard fan of the rainy season and do not mind the slightly clammy weather or a few puddles, you should totally plan your trip somewhere between June and August, the wettest months of the year. So if you have made peace with these two little problems and have finally arrived in Sakleshpur, the majestic hills will greet you with a picture – perfect, lush carpet of greenery making you forget all your troubles at once and the smell of coffee in the air will make you want to never leave this place.

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