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About Sakleshpur

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Base Station: Sakleshpur

Nearest City to Sakleshpur: Mangalore (151 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Sakleshpur: October to April

Peak Season: November to February

State: Karnataka | District: Hassan

Sakleshpur Weather: Summer: Maximum - 38° C and Minimum - 22° C
Winter: Maximum - 30° C and Minimum - 15° C

At a distance of 37 km from Belur, 44 km from Hassan, 62 km from Chikmagalur, 91 km from Dharmasthala, 151 km from Mangalore, 159 km from Shimoga, 163 km from Mysore and 220 km from Bangalore, Sakleshpur or Sakleshpura is a hill station in Hassan district of Karnataka. Situated at an altitude of 3061 feet, Sakleshpur is one of the best hill stations near Bangalore and among the must include tourist attractions in Karnataka tour packages.

Lies in the Malnad region, Sakleshpura is the gateway to Western Ghats from Bengaluru & Hassan side. The town is surrounded by lofty green hills covered with coffee, cardamom, pepper and areca plantations. It is a spectacular town tucked away in the Western Ghats on Bangalore-Mangalore Highway. The beauty of this hill station has even got the name 'Poor Man's Ooty'. Sakleshpur is among the major producers of coffee and cardamom output in India.

According to history, the region was ruled by the Chalukyas, Hoysalas and the kings of Mysore in yesteryears. It was during the time of the Hoysalas that the town received its name. Legends claim that the Hoysalas found a broken Shiva Linga when they arrived in the little town and promptly named it Sakleshwar. However, some locals claim that the town was so-named because it was extremely wealthy in terms of agricultural output.

This beautiful hill station is very popular for its fascinating mountains, scenic beauty and pleasant weather as well. Manjarabad Fort, Sakleshwara Temple, Agni Gudda Hill, Magajahalli Waterfalls, Betta Byraveshwara Temple, Hemavathi Dam, Pandavar Gudda and Agni Gudda are some of the popular places to visit in Sakleshpur. Besides, this lesser known hill station in the Western Ghats is famous for trekking activities in Bisle Reserve Forest Trail and Kumara Parvatha trail, in which one can explore the rich biodiversity of the place.

Mangalore Airport is the nearest airport which is at a distance of 162 km from Sakleshpur. It has well connected flights from Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Kochi, Trivandrum, Pondicherry, Goa, Kolkata, Dubai, Bangkok and Singapore. Sakleshpur Railway Station is well connected by trains with Bangalore, Karwar, Mangalore, Kannur and Kasaragod. Sakleshpur is well connected by bus with Bangalore, Chikmagalur, Hassan, Mysore, Shimoga, Mangalore and Karwar.

Accommodation options in Sakleshpur are plenty that range from mid-range hotels to homestays and resorts to budget hotels. Homestays in Sakleshpur are the best places for tourists to stay in to feel at home even on a vacation.

Sakleshpur maintains a cool and misty climate throughout the year but the best time to visit this quaint hill station is from October to April, when the climate is pleasant and is suitable for sightseeing. Besides, the city is famous for Sakaleshwara Swami's ratha yatra that takes place every year in the month of February (on Purnima).

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 08173
Languages Spoken: Kannada, English & Hindi
Major Festivals: Sakaleshwara Swami's Ratha Yatra
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How to Reach Sakleshpur

By Air

Nearest Airport: Mangalore - Mangalore Airport (162 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Sakleshpura Railway Station (1.5 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Sakleshpur Bus Stand (0 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Sakleshpur

Heritage

#6 of 14 Places to Visit in Sakleshpur

At a distance of 6 km from Sakleshpur Bus Stand, Manjarabad Fort is an ancient fort situated in Hassan district of Karnataka. It is one of the historical forts in Karnataka and among the best places to visit in Sakleshpur.

Situated at an altitude of 3, 240 feet, Manjarabad Fort is a star shaped fort built in 1792 by Tippu Sultan, the then ruler of Mysore. Built as a frontier to store ammunition, Manjarabad Fort was used as a protection for Tippu Sultan's army against the British. The fort, when built, was inspected by Tippu Sultan who then found it enveloped in fog and hence named it as Manjarabad fort. The name Manjara is the corrupted version of 'manju' which mean 'fog or mist' in Kannada.

This star shaped fort was built on the pattern of the military forts developed by the French architect Sebastian Le Prestre de Vauban. It boasts of an interesting octagonal design with eight walls. Built using large granite blocks and mud and surrounded by a deep moat, the fort has a parapet, .....

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Pilgrimage

#7 of 14 Places to Visit in Sakleshpur

At a distance of 1.5 km from Sakleshpur Bus Stand, Sakleshwara Swamy Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Sakleshpura town in Hassan district of Karnataka. It is one of the oldest temples in Karnataka and among the top Places to visit in Sakleshpur.

Situated on the banks of River Hemavathi, Sakleshwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Constructed between the 11th and 14th century, Sakleshwara Temple is a great remnant of the time when the Hoysala Empire was at its peak in South India. It is a beautiful temple that stands as a testimony to the excellent craftsmanship of Hoysala architecture.

Located at the entrance of the town, the temple is a very renowned place for pilgrims in the region and the town got its name due to this temple. The temple has a gigantic statue of Lord Shiva that captures the eye of everyone. The temple is famous for ratha yatra that takes place every year in the month of February (on Purnima).

Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM

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Waterfall

#9 of 14 Places to Visit in Sakleshpur

At a distance of 5 km from Hanbal and 21 km from Sakleshpur, Magajahalli Falls is a beautiful waterfall situated at Magajahalli Village in Hassan district of Karnataka. It is one of the picturesque waterfalls in Sakleshpur and among the best Sakleshpur Tourist Places.

Also known as Hanbal Falls and Abbi Gundi Falls, the waterfall falling from a height of about 20 feet and is a popular picnic spot in Sakleshpura region. Wrapped up under the lush greeneries, the whole place is filled with serenity and tranquility. Visitors can even get into the waters and enjoy themselves but need to be more cautious about the slippery rocks. Visitor can get a breathtaking view of the Pushpagiri Mountain range from the waterfall as it is situated just at the foothills of the mountain.

The best time to visit Magajahalli waterfalls is post monsoons and is dried up during summer and winter months.

Timings: 7 AM - 5.30 PM

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Pilgrimage

#10 of 14 Places to Visit in Sakleshpur

At a distance of 35 km from Sakleshpur, Betta Byraveshwara Temple is ancient temple situated near Mekanagadde in Sakleshpur Taluk of Hassan district, Karnataka. Surrounded by serenity, it is one of the top places to visit in Sakleshpur.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Betta Byraveshwara Temple is located atop Pandavar Gudda Hill and is considered approximately 600 years old. The temple is nestled in the beautiful Western Ghats and offers a panoramic view of the landscape. According to the mythology, the Pandavas in Mahabharata stayed here for a short while during their exile. Also known as Bettada Bhairaveshwara Prasanna Temple, this is an excellent tourist spot for those who like the calm and beauty of nature. One can see some big grinding stones at the temple.

An annual Abhisheka will be held once in a year in January month where all the people from surrounding places come here to take the blessings of Lord Bhairava. There are also many popular hills of Sakleshpur which are located .....

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Pilgrimage

#1 of 14 Places to Visit in Sakleshpur

At a distance of 100 Kms from Mangalore, Kukke Subrahmanya Temple located in Subrahmanya (or Kukke Subramanya) is one of the most famous temples in Karnataka and one of the important temples of Lord Subrahmanya (Lord Murugan).

This temple is famous for Sarpa Dosha. Lord Subrahmanya is worshipped as the protector of all serpents. The epics mention that the divine serpent Vasuki and other serpents found refugee under Lord Subrahmanya when attacked by Garuda.

Pilgrims visiting the Temple have to cross the Kumaradhara River and take a holy dip in it before entering the temple. According to Mythology, Lord Kumaraswamy killed the demon rulers Taraka, Shoorapadmasura in a war; and washed his Shakti Ayudha in this river (hence the river is named Kumaradhara).

Sarpa Samskara/Sarpa Dosha is one of the poojas performed at this temple by devotees to get rid of the sarpa dosha. Kukke subramanya can be reached by road from Mangalore and Bangalore.

Timings: 6:30 AM - 1:30 PM .....

Distance (From Sakleshpur): 75 Kms
Trip Duration (From Sakleshpur - Including Travel): 4-6 Hours
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Heritage

#2 of 14 Places to Visit in Sakleshpur

At a distance of 25 km from Chikmagalur, 40 km from Hassan, 165 km from Mangalore, 154 km from Mysore and 217 km from Bangalore, Belur is very famous temple town situated in Hassan District of Karnataka State. It is renowned for the grand Hoysala Temple dedicated to Lord Chennakesava, an incarnation of Vishnu. It is the best of three Hoysala temples nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Sites (other two being the temples at Halebid & Somnathpur). The Hoysala temples are known for minute & intricate carvings and sculptures with metal like polishing. It is one of the best heritage sites in Karnataka, situated on Bangalore to Chikmagalur route. Belur is one of the well known Karnataka tourist places and among the most popular tourist places to visit near Bangalore.

Belur was the early capital .....

Distance (From Sakleshpur): 35 Kms
Trip Duration (From Sakleshpur - Including Travel): 1-2 Hours
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Heritage

#3 of 14 Places to Visit in Sakleshpur

At a distance of 17 km from Belur, 34 km from Chikmagalur, 32 km from Hassan, 148 km from Mysore & 211 km from Bangalore, Halebidu is located in Hassan District of Karnataka State. Halebidu (or Halebid) is famous for the beautiful Hoysala Temples of Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara built in 1121 AD. It is one of the three Hoysala temples nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Sites, other two being the Belur temple & Somnathpur temple). The Hoysala temples are known for minute & intricate carvings and sculptures with metal like polishing. Halebidu is among the most popular tourist places in Karnataka.

Halebidu was the glorified royal capital of the Hoysala kingdom in 12th Century. Halebidu, which was previously called Dorasamudra or Dwarasamudra, .....

Distance (From Sakleshpur): 52 Kms
Trip Duration (From Sakleshpur - Including Travel): 2 Hours
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Hill Station

#4 of 14 Places to Visit in Sakleshpur

At a distance of 40 km from Kadur, 62 km from Hassan, 148 km from Mangalore, 178 km from Mysore and 240 km from Bangalore, Chikmagalur (also known as Chikkamagaluru) is a hill town located in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. Situated at an altitude of 3,400 feet at the foothills of Mulliyangiri range, Chikmagalur is one of the best hill stations near Bangalore and also among the most famous tourist places near Bangalore.

Situated in the Deccan plateau, Chikmagalur city belongs to the Malnad region of Karnataka. The Western Ghats start from this area. The Yagachi River is originated from the surrounding hills. Chikmagalur is famous for its serene environment, lush green forests and tall mountains. Baba Budangiri, Mulliyangiri and .....

Distance (From Sakleshpur): 62 Kms
Trip Duration (From Sakleshpur - Including Travel): Full Day
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Beach | City

#5 of 14 Places to Visit in Sakleshpur

At a distance of 345 km from Bangalore, 275 km from Karwar, 251 km from Mysore, 132 km from Coorg, 372 km from Goa, 413 km from Coimbatore, 420 km from Kochi and 682 km from Chennai, Mangalore (or Mangaluru) is an important port city on the west coast and the headquarters of Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka State. Located at the confluence of Nethravathi and Gurupura Rivers, it is among the popular Tourist places in Karnataka and one of the popular 2 day trip from Bangalore.

Lying between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, Mangalore is one of the major ports of India. The city derives its name from the local Hindu goddess Mangaladevi. The sultans of Mangalore built the city as a strategic ship building base. Today, the city is one of the major ports involved in coffee and cashew export.

Mangalore was occupied .....

Distance (From Sakleshpur): 151 Kms
Trip Duration (From Sakleshpur - Including Travel): Full Day
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Adventure | Nature

#8 of 14 Places to Visit in Sakleshpur

At a distance of 20 km from Kukke Subrahmanya and 55 km from Sakleshpur, Bisle Ghat is a ghat situated between Kukke Subrahmanya and Sakleshpura in Karnataka. It is one of the top adventurous spots in Karnataka and among the popular Sakleshpur Tourist Places.

Bisle is part of Western Ghats and situated in the border of Hassan district and Dakshina Kannada district. Bisle Viewpoint, about 5 Km from Bisle village, is popular as a view point to get the beautiful and astonishing views of three mountain ranges including Kumara Parvatha, Pushpagiri and Dodda Betta. The highlight of this point is that the view has a valley, with Giri River separating the beauty point and these mountain ranges. The forest department has erected a shelter here to sit and enjoy the view.
Besides breathtaking views, it is also a perfect destination for the trekkers. Bisle Reserve Forest is also situated here which is home to a variety of flora and fauna. The forest remains protected and unexploited as there .....

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