SAKKLESHPUR

       Sakleshpur is a hill station located in Hassan district. A biodiversity hotspot nestled in Western Ghats, Sakleshpur has a salubrious climate and the landscape is stunning as it is surrounded with lofty green hills of coffee, cardamom, pepper and arecanut plantations. It is one of the most dramatic natural spectacles on the planet. Sakleshpur is 40 km west of Hassan in Karnataka and sandwiched between two other famous coffee plantation areas of Coorg and Chikmagalur. As far as the name of the town is concerned, it is believed that a broken Shivalinga was found in this town in the past which was called as Shakaleshwara. Another theory is that Shakaleshwara means a town with all types of wealth, such as spices, river and salubrious climate. This lesser-known hill station of Karnataka offers a refreshing getaway from the busy city life. Its rich biodiversity, temples and forts make the place a great tourist spot.

        Sakleshpur has verdant green surroundings and has some excellent trekking trails. Jenukal Gudda, the second highest peak in Karnataka is located at Maragunda, 24km outside Sakleshpur. It is said that on a clear day, you can get a glimpse of the Arabian Sea coast in Mangalore from the top of this mountain. Another place for trekking, picnics, and outdoor camping is Agni Gudda (Fiery Mountain) and the surrounding rice terraces here make for a compelling sight.

         Another place to trek is in the Bisle Ghat or Bisle Reserve Forest. The Green Route “Trek on the Railway Track” is a stretch of track from Sakleshpur to the Subramanya railroad station and used to be popular as well but is currently not allowed so make sure you do not trek on the tracks.