SAKLESHPUR TOURISM | TOURIST PLACES TO VISIT & TRAVEL GUIDE TO SAKLESHPUR
#14 of 33 Places to visit in Karnataka
Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days
Nearest City to Sakleshpur: Mangalore (151 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Sakleshpur: October to March
Peak Season: December to January & May to June
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 in Karnataka 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).