Sakleshpur or Sakleshpura is a hill station town in Hassan District of the South Indian state of Karnataka. It is a beautiful town located in Western Ghats on Bangalore ‑ Mangalore Highway. Sakleshpur is located on the border of Malnad and Bayaluseemae in Hassan district. It receives heavy rainfall from the southwest monsoon and because of the temperate climate; this place is blessed with huge amount of coffee, tea, cardamom, and pepper plantations. In fact, Sakleshpur Taluk reports for around one-third of cardamom production in India.
It is located at an average elevation of 949 metres (3,113 feet). Since it has temperate climate on the Western Ghats, it is suited for growing Cash crops. Coffee growers from the neighbouring villages throng to sell coffee at Sakleshpur. Sakleshpur is located in the Western Ghats, a mountain range that stretches from Kerala to Gujarat. The southern range, which includes Bisle reserve forest and the region around Sakleshpur is listed as one of the 18 most diverse spots in the world in terms of flora and fauna.
Manjarabad fort is in Donigal on NH 48, 7 km from Sakleshpur. Donigal is a famous spot with Sakleshpur railway track trekkers and Lorry drivers. Manjarabad fort is located just outside of Sakleshpur on National Highway 48. The fort is reputed to have been constructed by Tippu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore as a strategic defensive location as it commands the approach to the plateau beyond Sakleshpur from the coast.
Kukke Subrahmanya Temple
Lapped in the luxurious abundance of the beauty of the nature the village of Subramanya lies in the Sullia Taluk in south Kanara with a sancity which very few places can boast of. The temple is situated in the heart of the village. Nature reveals herself in all her unhidden beauty in the rivers, forests and mountains which the temples is surrounded by
The Bisle reserve is a rainforest area which is close to Sakleshpur (Sakaleshpura) Taluk. Bisle village adjoins this forest to the east. The thick forest is home of king cobras, tigers (rarely seen), kadave (a kind of deer), peacocks, numerous species of birds, deer, brown fox and fish, not to mention a number of flora and fauna which can only be found in this region of Western Ghats.
The “Agni Gudda” as you would have guessed by now means “Fiery Mountain” for legendry volcanic activities in this region.This location has been an all-time favorite with the youths from Bangalore for trekking, and outdoor camping. The mountain provides a great view of the surrounding rice terraces and a good spot for picnicking and outdoor camping.
The Jenukal Gudda (Honey-stone Mountain) is the second highest Peak in Karnataka. The place is known as “Hodachalli”. The place is very calm and lush green surrounded by thick jungle and coffee estates and is truly a great trekking place. From the top of Jenukal Gudda on a clear day, one can see the coast of Arabian Sea in Mangalore.
“Pandavar Gudda” as the name suggest it is mythology. It’s said that the pandavas had stayed during their vanavas and we can see the stone grinding. The place is true naturalistic as it is located inside the Western Ghats. The rainy season here is unbelievable and one must experience it. This place is not much discovered and we wish it remains the same.