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Best Time: October to March, May-June Read More

Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport Check Flights

"Poor Man's Ooty"

Sakleshpur Tourism

The popular yet less-crowded hill station in Karnataka flanked by the Western Ghats is Sakleshpur where there is something for everyone, from dense rainforest to derelict railway tracks for hiking, from historical temples to age-old fort and from mountain peaks to waterfalls.

For history buffs and architecture enthusiasts, Sakleshpur has the celebrated Manjarabad Fort which tells the tale of vigorous Tipu Sultan and the Bettada Bhairaveshwara Prasanna Temple along with Pandavar Gudda which has a mythological significance of the Pandavas staying here during exile.

With mountains come the excellent opportunity for moderately easy treks that take a few hours to reach the summits like the Agni Gudda, Jenukal Gudda, Ombattu Gudda and Pandavar Gudda.

Be it for the significant agricultural products or for the discovery of a jyotirlinga by the Hoysalas, the sleepy town Sakleshpura earned its name rightly as it is no less verdant than Ooty.

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The story behind the name of this hill station is very intriguing. Between the 10th and the 14th century, this region was ruled by the Hoysalas. During their reign a broken Shivalingam was found and it was named Sakleshwara. After this incident the neighboring villages started calling this place Sakleshpur and the name stuck. Another story tells that the place was also called “sakala aishwaryagalindaa kudida pura”.

Tips For Visiting Sakleshpur

1. Since the region is immune to rainfall, do not forget to pack umbrellas and raincoat.

2. Avoid wearing fancy footwear instead wear comfortable shoes because you will have to walk a lot.

Flora and Fauna

Boasting of rich biodiversity, Sakleshpur is home to many plants and animals including some of the endemic and endangered species. This place is one of the 18 most diverse spots in the world when it comes to flora and fauna. Elephants, deers, king cobras, tigers, Kadave are some of the animals that can be stopped easily. The reddish-orange pagoda flower which is locally called Ratha Pushpa is a beautiful flower that can be seen hanging from the trees in bunches.

Trekking in Sakleshpur

Since Sakleshpur is a hill station what better activity to indulge in than trekking? This hill station is the best place for trekkers since it provides with ample trekking routes, both long and short.

1. The 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. There are various homestays on this trekking route to relax.

2. Bisle Ghat Trek

A trek amidst this ghat which is replete with flora and fauna will leave you enchanted. During the the possibility of a tiger or a king cobra passing by you is high. The trek is full of flourishing trees adorned with colourful flowers.

3. Ombattu Gudda Trek

Ombattu Gudda which translates to nine hills is an amalgamation of nine bumps that completes to form a mountain.the rocky surface and the rugged terrain of this place makes it an enthralling spot to trek. The mountain is an an elevation of 971 meters and the view from top is impeccable.

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What's Great?

Biodiversity at Bisle Reserve Forest, architecture of Manjarabad Fort, rath yatra at Sri Sakleshwara Swamy Temple

What's Not So Great?

Monsoon showers followed by roads getting closed due to fallen trees, almost no water in the falls during summer

How To Reach Sakleshpur

By Air: The nearest airport from Sakleshpur is Mangalore International Airport located at a distance of 138 km. From there cars can be rented to reach the hill station.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is the Sakleshpur Railway Station located at a mere distance of 2 km from the hill station.
By Road: There are many buses at regular intervals run by KSRTC bus service which connect major cities like Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore and Hassan to name a few. You can also rent cars or take your own cars to reach Sakleshpur. From Bangalore the distance that needs to be covered to reach Sakleshpur is 221 km and from Mangalore it is 130 km. The roads are free of potholes and easy to drive on.

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