Belur Hoyasaleeshwara temple
Photo Credit: Belur Temple/Flickr

Sakleshpur – A Weekend Getaway Near Bangalore

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.

sakleshpur pond
Pond

Travel tips

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.

On the way to Sakleshpur
On the way

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.

Hemavathi river Sakleshpur
Photo Credit: Flickr

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.

Manjarabad fort top
One of the fort’s star end

Manjarabad fort

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.

Inside Manjarabad fort of Sakleshpur
Inside the fort

Hoyasaleeswara temple

Our next stop was the Belur temple called Hoyasaleewara temple, which was a wonderful treat to architecture lovers.

Belur temple Sakleshpur
Photo Credit: Flickr

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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For more wonderful getaways around Bangalore, check out my post, Top Weekend Getaways around Bangalore.

Sakleshpur roadtrip
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About Priyadarshini Rajendran 96 Articles
Priyadarshini Rajendran is a travel enthusiast, avid reader and a passionate writer. She has a few of her books published with more in the pipeline. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a software consultant taking breaks for her travels.

12 Comments Posted

  1. I have been thinking about visiting during monsoon season, primarily because it will be less expensive and I don’t mind the rain. I would be interested in visiting temples and the fort. Do you think it would be a mess during monsoon season or just pack a poncho and roll with it?

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