Hemavathi Backwaters, Sakleshpur Overview

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.

A half-submerged church and an old Brahma temple dating back to the 12th century with intricate architecture are the hidden gems of this place. You will be stunned to know that coffee trees are used to make furniture in this place, so make sure to check them out.

During monsoon, you should visit Hemavathy Reservoir and the dam known as ‘Gorur Dam’ that was built in 1979, around 66 kilometres from the Sakleshpur bus stop. The 4692 meters long and 58 meters high dam looks majestic when the six huge radial spillway gates are opened to let the gushing water of the 8501 hectares reservoir flows down while in the early morning, you will spot various endemic birds.

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The remnants of a Gothic church named as Settihalli Rosary Church can be seen during low tide on circular small boats or coracles. The Church was active till 1960. Built-in 1860 by wealthy owners of British estates and French Missionaries, this “floating church” is visible during November through May as it is partially submerged from July through October.

Only 10 kilometres from the bus stand, the Hemavathi backwaters offer breathtaking views of the Western Ghats, the Manjarabad Fort, the Settihalli Church, the coffee plantation, a Tibetan hamlet and the Brahma Temple from 12th century with exquisite craftsmanship.

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