Sakleshpur is a beautiful hill station nestled in the magnificent Western Ghats in Hassan, Karnataka. It is sandwiched between the famous coffee estates of Chikmaglur and Coorg in South India.
No wonder Sakleshpur is so green throughout the year with its own coffee, cardamom and pepper plantations. It is about 220 kms away from Bangalore and a great place to go on a weekend trip from the city.
Best time to visit: This place is pleasant year-round. Post monsoon, the months of October-December are best for trekking and it is wonderfully green all around.
How to get there: From Bangalore, you can either hire a van for a fun-filled road trip, which takes about 4 hours or take a train to Sakleshpur (Train numbers: 16515, 16517, 16523).
Things to do: Hemavathi River, Coffee, Cardamom, and Pepper plantations, Bisle ghat viewpoint, Trek on the near by hillocks, hills and mountains, the start shaped Manjarabad fort, Hoysaleeshwara(Belur) temple.
My Sakleshpur experience
As I went in the dry season, the area was not as green as it would get in monsoon. But the trip was wonderful nevertheless.
We hit the road early in the day and enjoyed lots of photo stops on the way. The beautiful Hemavathi river looks so picturesque that one can click a photo and make wallpaper out of the scenery.
Bisle ghat viewpoint offers magnificent views of the surrounding mountains including the impressive Kumaraparvata, which is a trekker’s dream destination.
There used to be a fantastic scenic railway track trek open to public. But in 2007, the track became operational again and is used by Indian Railways, so the scenic trek is not possible anymore.
But, not to worry, there are many thrilling hills and hillocks dotting the area from which you can choose and go trekking.
The formidable fort of Shakleshpur called Manjarabad fort is a star-shaped fort designed for offering top-end protection.
Though it is not really well-maintained, it is very informative and history lovers must visit this fort. In monsoon, the fort is even more greener.
Our next stop was the Belur temple called Hoyasaleewara temple, which was a wonderful treat to architecture lovers.
We hired a guide who explained the magnificent history of the temple. We saw many stone sculptures beautifully carved in this ancient temple. The pond in the temple is very lively in monsoon and has abundant water in other seasons also.
All in all it was a wonderful road trip with so much fun and frolic.
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