Sakleshpur is a popular yet offbeat hill station in Karnataka flanked by the Western Ghats. There is something for everyone, from the dense rainforest, hiking trails, historical temples and an old fo (Read More)rt, mountain peaks and waterfalls.

Here is the list of 17 Things to Do in Sakleshpur

1. Explore the Manjarabad Fort

Explore the Manjarabad Fort
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Manjarabad Fort stands at an elevation of 3240 ft on the outskirts of Sakleshpur. The star- shaped fort was built by Tipu Sultan as a protection. The fort is a must visit to witness the grandeur of Islamic-style architecture.

2. Pray at Sakleshwara Temple

Pray at Sakleshwara Temple
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Famed for the annual rath yatra in February, the Sri Sakleshwara Swamy Temple  is one of the oldest in the state. Visit anytime between 6 AM and 6 PM and you can explore both the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Hemavathy River by which the temple is constructed.

3. Camp Under the Stars at Agni Gudda Hill

Camp Under the Stars at Agni Gudda Hill

The Agani Peak in Agni Gudda or ‘fiery mountain’ (for its volcanic nature) is accessible from Agani village by a moderate 3 kilometres trek of one hour and from the summit, you can have the clear view of the green pasture lands and plains filled with paddy fields. You can pitch your tent and camp overnight at the summit.

4. Biodiversity at Bisle Reserve Forest

Biodiversity at Bisle Reserve Forest
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Located at a distance of around 65 km from Sakleshpur. The Bisle Reserve Forest is a biodiversity hotspot. During the monsoon season, this forest looks splendid covered with mist and the dews that settle on plants make them look stupendous. If you want a bird’s eye view of the place, do not forget to go to Bisle View Point.

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5. Mesmerising Manjehalli Waterfalls

Mesmerising Manjehalli Waterfalls
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Manjehalli Waterfalls is 20 ft long Waterfall nestled between the lush green hills at a distance of 8 km from Sakleshpur. Also known locally as Abbi Falls cascading from 20 feet are best visited during monsoon but you have to be careful while taking a dip in the gurgling stream.

6. Kukke Subramanya Temple

Kukke Subramanya Temple
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The Kukke Subrahmanya Temple is a famous Hindu temple that is located in Karnataka, India. Lord Kartikeya, who is the lord of all serpents, is worshipped here as Lord Subrahmanya; and the temple provides tranquillity and peace like no other. It is  surrounded by lush nature on all sides.

7. Green Route Trek

Green Route Trek

The one you must visit is “The Green Route Trek”. It is situated on railway tracks and is 56 km long starting from Sakleshpur to Kukke Subrahmanya. On the way you will not only encounter lush green trees and plants but 58 tunnels, 109 bridges and 25 waterfalls. But a prior permission from the Forest Department is important.

8. Trek to Jenukal Gudda

Trek to Jenukal Gudda

From Pandavar Gudda or the Betta Byraveshwara Temple, you can trek to Jenukallu Peak, the second-highest in the state. Also known as ‘honey stone mountain’ or “Hodachalli”, Jenukal Trek of 8 kilometres will challenge your skill and treat you with the coffee plantations, green woods and the views of the Arabian Sea.

9. Watch Sunset from Pandavar Gudda

Watch Sunset from Pandavar Gudda
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Pandavar Gudda has enormous relevance to Hindu mythology. It is believed that the Pandavas stayed here during their exile. This is currently one of the more popular treks in Sakleshpur. Located right next to the massive Jenukal Gudda, visit here if you wish to have a beautiful view of the sunset and sunrise.

10. Homestay - A Serene Experience

Homestay - A Serene Experience

Everyone is preparing a 'To-Do' list for post Coronavirus time and we recommend you should add staying at one of the homestays in Sakleshpur to it! There is no better way to say I'm going out than actually being in the outdoors of the forests and jungle.

11. Sakleshpur Lake Park

Sakleshpur Lake Park

Nestled in the Belur area of Sakleshpur, the Sakleshpur Lake Park is one of the must-visit amusement parks in Sakleshpur. This holiday retreat is the ideal amusement park, requiring an entire day's visit. The Ayyappa Swami Temple, one of the most significant temples of Sakleshpur, is nestled inside the park premises. Tourists can enjoy a beautiful evening in this park by strolling through the sunset and having a spiritual experience at the temple.

12. Trek to Ombattu Gudda Hill

Trek to Ombattu Gudda Hill

The Ombattu Gunda trekking trail is also popular as the Nine Hill trek because of the nine domes of the hill that are visible from afar. It is nestled in the borders of Hassan and Chikmagalur of Karnataka and is elevated at 970 meters above sea level. The Kabinhole Reserve Forest is home to the loved trekking trail; make sure to halt by the crystal clear waters of the Kabinhole river and soak in the beauty of the lush green trees around!

13. Visit Temples of Halebid and Belur

Visit Temples of Halebid and Belur

About 37 kilometres from Sakleshpur, Belur was earlier known as Velapuri according to the ancient inscriptions, and with its marvellous temples, it earned the name Dakshina Varanasi (South Varanasi). The Hoysala Temples with intricate carving and polished metalwork are dedicated to the incarnation of Lord Visnu, Chennakesava.

14. Tour the Plantations at Raxidi Estate

Tour the Plantations at Raxidi Estate

Raxidi Estate located at a distance of 10 km from Sakleshpur is a place where coffee and different spices are cultivated. Take a tour around the green plantation where a sweet fragrance floats in the air. Interact with the cultivators and get to know about the onerous tasks that they perform.

15. Indulge in Water Activities at Hemavathi Dam

Indulge in Water Activities at Hemavathi Dam

The Hemavathy River, a tributary of the Cauvery River is originated from the Western Ghats at an elevation of 1219 meters. Flowing on the eastern Sakleshpur, Hemavathy River is famous for kayaking, swimming, boating, banana-boat riding, rope crossing and even a peaceful picnic at the lush garden on its banks surrounded by lush forestry.

16. Stay in the Midst of Nature at Machaan Plantation Resort

Stay in the Midst of Nature at Machaan Plantation Resort

Located amidst lush greenery, this beautiful resort in Sakleshpur is a perfect place to rejuvenate yourself away from all the stress and the crowd of the city. Relax in your spacious and impressive accommodations with a private balcony from where you can enjoy the view of the mountains or dive into the rooftop outdoor swimming pool, or enjoy a delicious meal at the on- site dining option.

17. Visit the Donigal Small Falls

Visit the Donigal Small Falls

The Donigal waterfalls are the secluded, nonchalant cascades of freshwater flowing through these hill rocks of Sakleshpur. Visible from the highway, these waterfalls are a visual retreat. The hill-town of Sakleshpur is a visitor's favourite for its lush green hills, crystal clear waterfalls and trekking trails. The water falling through rocks creates a pool at the foothills, so the tourists can enjoy soaking in the cool cascades.

This post was published by Avneet Kang

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