Sakleshpura located in Karnataka is a hill-station nestling in the natural bliss cocooned within the Western Ghats mountain ranges. It is just next to the heaven with its pristine beauty that offers you a lifetime experiment. The slopes around are covered with coffee, tea, and spice plantations dispersing into the entire atmosphere a refreshing aroma. Here are the 12 best things that you can do in Sakleshpura.
Manjarabad Fort is located at a distance of 6 km from the Sakleshpur Bus Stand in Karnataka’s Hassan district. One of the best historical places in Karnataka, the star-shaped fort built by Tipu Sultan in 1792 is situated at a height of 3,240 feet. From the high altitude, visitors can get a clear and commanding view of the entire surroundings and can even see the Arabian Sea if the day is clear.
2. Sri Sakleshwara Swamy Temple
The Hindu Temple of Sakleshwara Swamy is located in Hassan district, Karnataka at a distance of 1.5 km from local bus stand of Saklespur. This oldest Karnataka temple is situated on River Hemavathi banks and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Facts indicate that the temple was constructed during the reign of the Hoysala Empire somewhere between 11th and 14 century.
The entire architecture of the temple is a testimony to the excellent craftsmanship and architecture of the Hoysala period. The temple is famous for gigantic Lord Shiva statue and rath yatra is organized every year in February on Purnima.
3. Magajahalli Waterfalls
Located at a distance of 21 km from Sakleshpur, Magajahalli Falls in Magajahalli Village in Karnataka’s Hassan district is a picturesque place. It is also known as Abbi Gundi Falls and Hanbal Falls. The water cascades from an altitude of around 20 feet and with lush greeneries around, it is just the best picnic spot you would like to visit repeatedly. The waterfall also offers an awesome view of the Pushpagiri Mountain range.
4. Camping in Sakleshpur, Chikmagalur
The campsite in Sakleshpur is at a high altitude and offers you an amazing experience with its lofty green hills full of pepper, cardamom, areca nut, and coffee plantations. Nature’s beauty here is untouched by urbanity but still, there are facilities that will let you enjoy your modern lifestyle. At the campsite, you can play games like badminton, cricket, and volleyball as well as indoor games like cards, carom, and chess. You can also choose the option of a campfire, nature walk, guided trekking and music for refreshing your mind.
5. Railway Bridge Trekking
Railway bridge trekking is a novel experience. The Railway Segment starting from Sakleshpur and leading to Subramanya road junction is well known among the trekkers and is famously called the green route trek. It stretches to 52 km and comprises of 109 scaffolds, 25 waterfalls, and 58 burrows. This trek offers a supremely beautiful view of nature.
6. Bisle View Point Sightseeing
Bisle View Point introduces you to the outstanding rainforests of India with the view encompassing the ranges of mountains around. It is also known as one of the 18 most diversified beauties around the globe with reference to blooming beauties. Due to sub-tropical weather and heavy downpour, the place has a variety of flora and fauna growing around. The Bisle View Point offers a beautiful view of mountain ranges of Dodda Betta, Pushpagiri, and Kumara Parvatha.
7. Ombattu Guddu Trekking
For youngsters who are always on the lookout for adventure and trekking expedition, Ombattu Gudda Trekking is just the right place. Ombattu Gudda means Nine Hills according to native dialect, Kannada and stands at a height of 971 meters from ocean level. Interestingly, the spot is located inside the Kabbinale Reserved Forest which gives you a chance to explore the wildlife during the expedition.
8. Temple of Halebid and Belur
Halebi is also called Dwarasamudra which means the gateway to the seas. Located in the Hassan district of Karnataka, this place near Sakleshpur previously was the capital city of Hoysala Dynasty. Belur located on the River Yagachi was also known as Velapuri, South Benarasi, or Dakshina Varanasi. The temples located in both Belur and Halebid have intricate carvings and splendid architecture and was build by Jakkanna Acharya, a famous architect of those times.
9. Hike to Agni Gudda Hill
Agni Gudda which means Fiery Mountain is known for iconic volcanic activities. It is one of the hot favorites among the Bangaloreans for trekking and outdoor camping. From the mountain, you can oversee rice terraces.
10. Kukke Subramanya Temple
This divine Hindu temple of Lord Kartikeya in Karnataka is surrounded by nature’s glory. Kartikeya is worshipped as Subramanya or the Lord of all serpents and hence the name Kukke Subramanya. The place finds mention in Shankaracharya’s Subramanya Bhujangaprayata Stotram as Bhaje Kukke Lingam.
11. Hemavathi Backwaters
If you are in Sakleshpura then you should never miss the experience of Hemavathi backwaters that offers a mesmerizing and massive view of Western Ghats, a partially submerged church, a star-like ancient fort, a sublime Tibetan hamlet, submerged furniture made from coffee tree and a rare Brahma temple belonging to 12th century attracting attention with its exclusive and detailed craftsmanship.
12. Hadlu Waterfall
The place offers a view of vivid biodiversity and is frequently visited by trek-enthusiasts from all over the country. The Hadlu waterfall is surrounded by icy waterfalls, thick woods, and rich plantation. Apart from enjoying the waterful, you can also enjoy a session of bird watching and trekking.
So, make time for Sakleshpura and enjoy the best of it. Happy Exploring!
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