7 Awesome Destinations to Visit in Sakleshpur (Karnataka)

Last Updated on by Akshay Negi

A poem gets born,
When you discover offbeat paths…
Therefore wanderlust says:
The lust of traveling to a new place can never be resisted.

When was the last time you headed out to a hill station when it did not involve office work? Couldn’t recall? We thought so! Your travel bucket list should be occupied with more memories so that you could manifest the rejuvenation. If you are looking for an exotic holiday destination that is way more epic than the usual choices, plan your visit to Sakleshpur.

Situated 220 km (approx.) from Bangalore, Sakleshpur is yet unexplored. But this hill station in Karnataka should be explored if you are looking for a serene yet offbeat getaway in Karnataka. This place is surrounded by slopes that are dotted with tea estates and spice plantations. If you are itching for a vacation outside your house where lush greenery would be your backdrop, Sakleshpur is the place to go!

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Why is Sakleshpur Worth A Visit?

If you are looking for a much-needed break in the foothills of the Western Himalayas, Sakleshpur is the place to go! Tourists call Sakleshpur the “Poor Man’s Ooty” because it has every element of it. Whether you love trekking across lush green hills or scale the coffee plantations, this less explored hill stations in Karnataka serves all your purpose. Other experiences you could have in Sakleshpur include temple exploration, enigmatic fort visits. There are hoards of gushing waterfalls in Sakleshpur for the nature lovers.

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Here we have done the hard work for you, so you don’t have to! Check-out our compiled list of cool 7 best places to visit in Sakleshpur. Happy exploring, travelers!

1. Manjarabad Fort in Sakleshpur

Everyone will tell you in Sakleshpur to visit Manjarabad Fort as it boasts sweeping views of Western Ghats. This majestic fort was built by Tipu Sultan between 1785-1792 to store arms and ammunition. This fort’s design is made up of Octagonal shape, which in the King’s era provided a shield to his army against Britishers. Manjarabad Fort is a must-visit place in Sakleshpur for those who are a historical buff. This fort showcases the brilliance of Islamic architecture. There are many chambers and tunnels within the fort to see for tourists.

Trip duration: 1-2 hours (approx.)
Opening timings: 8 AM – 6 PM
Distance from Sakleshpur bus stand: 6 km (approx.)
Best time to visit Manjarabad Fort: February-June
Nearest railway station to Manjarabad Fort: Hassan Junction
Nearest airport to Manjarabad Fort: Mangalore International Airport

2. Bisle View Point

Even if you have visited viewpoints earlier, we strongly suggest you unlock enigmatic Western Ghats views from Bisle View Point. This place provides the perfect respite from the humdrum of monotonous life. Upon reaching there, you will see the spectacular views of three mountain ranges like Doddabetta, Yenikallu Betta, Kumara Parvatha, and Pushpagiri. Reaching the summit requires hiking. Throughout your expedition, you will have the chance to spot the diverse flora and fauna. Bisle View Point will leave you speechless if you are a nature lover.

Bisle View Point


Entry fee: Free
Opening timings: 9 AM – 5:30 PM
Distance from Sakleshpur bus stand: 60 km (approx.)
Best time to visit Bisle View Point: September-March
Nearest railway station to Bisle View Point: Hassan Junction
Nearest airport to Bisle View Point: Mangalore International Airport

3. Jenukal Gudda Hill

Touted to be the second highest peak in Karnataka, Jenukal Gudda Hill attracts trekking enthusiasts. This place listed itself as one of the top sights in Sakleshpur. From here, you will get to see the spectacular views of the Western Ghats. If you are hunting on an adventure, Jenukal Gudda Hill trek takes you through lush green landscapes. It is suggested to stay there till the sunset if you are traveling with your spouse. Sunsets here are magical.

Jenukal Gudda Hill

Trip duration: 4-5 hours (approx.)
Opening timings: 6 AM – 6 PM
Distance from Sakleshpur bus stand: 95 km (approx.)
Best time to visit Jenukal Gudda Hill: October-March.
Nearest railway station to Jenukal Gudda Hill: Alnavar and Tavargatti.
Nearest airport to Jenukal Gudda Hill: Mangalore International Airport.

4. Sakaleswara Temple

Sakleshwara Temple is a perfect example of top-notch craftsmanship of Hoysala architecture. It was constructed between the 11th-14th century when the Hoysala empire was at its peak in South India. Sakaleswara Temple is positioned along the Hemavathi river banks, and you can enjoy breathtaking views of the nearby landscape. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and houses the giant statue of Lord Shiva. If you plan to visit Sakleshpur, make sure you visit this temple to awaken your spiritual enlightenment. Sakaleswara Temple is considered the epitome of spirituality for pilgrimage.

Sakaleswara Temple

Trip duration: 30-40 minutes (approx.)
Opening timings: 6 AM – 6 PM
Distance from Sakleshpur bus stand: 650 meters (approx.)
Best time to visit Sakaleswara Temple: February-June
Nearest railway station to Sakaleswara Temple: Hassan Junction
Nearest airport to Sakaleswara Temple: Mangalore International Airport

5. Manjehalli Waterfalls

This 20 ft towering waterfall near Bangalore will surprise you with its hiking ability. Manjehalli Waterfalls is a perfect place for a picnic and provides travelers with the opportunity to marvel at the nearby Pushpagiri Mountain Range’s spectacular views. This gurgling waterfall is set between the emerald green hills, and you can swim in the falls for a rejuvenating experience. If you love easy trekking, this enchanting waterfall takes you through the charming Manjehalli village. You will be passing through coffee plantations and meet with the locals during your hike. Did we mention that Manjehalli Waterfalls is a retreat for shutterbugs too?

Manjehalli Waterfalls

Trip duration: 2-3 hours (approx.)
Opening timings: 6 AM – 5:30 PM
Distance from Sakleshpur bus stand: 21 km (approx.)
Best time to visit Manjehalli Waterfalls: July-September
Nearest railway station to Manjehalli Waterfalls: Hassan Junction
Nearest airport to Manjehalli Waterfalls: Mangalore International Airport

6. Hemavathi Reservoir

It is an outstanding dam that was constructed in 1979 across the Hemavathi River. Due to the green garden adjacent to it, a perfect picnic spot, Hemavathi Reservoir is considered one of the best tourist places in Sakleshpur. You must visit Gorur Dam (locals call it) to witness the water gushes down with full force. This place is home to many unique birds that can be seen on an early morning walk. So if you love bird watching, Hemavathi Reservoir is a must-visit place.

Hemavathi Reservoir

Trip duration: 30-40 minutes (approx.)
Opening timings: 6 AM – 5:30 PM
Distance from Sakleshpur bus stand: 72 km (approx.)
Best time to visit Hemavathi Reservoir: October-March
Nearest railway station to Hemavathi Reservoir: Hassan Junction
Nearest airport to Hemavathi Reservoir: Mangalore International Airport

7. Ombattu Gudda Hill

A must visit place for trekkers enthusiasts in Sakleshpur, Ombattu Gudda Hills is a must-visit place to go in the Western Ghats. Literally translated into Nine Hill, a famous trekking place is a cluster of beautiful streams cutting across the green valleys. Ombattu Gudda Hill’s base camp is at Kabinhole Reserve Forest – a – perfect place to spot the unique animals and birds. If you consider yourself an adrenaline junkie, Ombattu Gudda Hill calls you!

Ombattu Gudda Hill

There you have it, the best places to visit in Sakleshpur for nature and peace lovers. Let us know about your experiences, or if some sights are missing from this list, in the comments section below. We hope this list provided you with enough travel inspiration and you bookmarked these places to your Sakleshpur bucket list after reading this. There are so many reasons why you should visit Sakleshpur. Sakleshpur has been crowned one of the best offbeat places to visit near Bangalore with its stunning landscape beauty, ancient temples, incredible natural trails, and never-ending adventure.

Sakleshpur Travel Questions and Answers

Q. How many days do I need to explore Sakleshpur?

To explore Sakleshpur, you need at least 3-4 days. It is the ideal duration to enjoy your holidays in Sakleshpur.

Q. Which is the nearest airport to Sakleshpur?

Mangalore International Airport is the nearest airport to Sakleshpur, which is at a distance of 98.8 km. However, other airports near Sakleshpur are Kannur (117 km), Mysuru (155 km), Bengaluru (210.3 km), Kochi (316.7 km), and Goa (343.3 km).

Akshay Negi

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