How do you feel about a sudden trip, which you didn’t plan but just happened? I think, this type of quick getaways are very much ideal for relaxing your overworking brain. You cannot be the organizer in every trip, sometime you just need to lay back and enjoy the ride. Let someone else take charge for once.
After playing the role of an organizer in my last Pune trip, I was happy to join my husband on his friends weekend-trip to Sakleshpur. A hill-station clad in absolute serenity, Sakleshpur is cocooned in the mountain ranges of Western Ghats, in the state of Karnataka.
A perfect weekend gateway, this hill station is also lovingly known as ‘Poor Man’s Ooty’, that is forever dressed in fog and mists. It is 230 km from Bangalore, 125 km from Mangalore and about 55 km from Hassan.
Many buses are regularly available from Bengalore to Hassan.
Our journey was fun filled with long due gossips and chit chats. We spent a night in a home stay in Sakleshpur.
We visited Manjarabad fort on our way to the homestay. It is a key place to visit in Saklespur. Arranged on a hillock, the fortification is on one level, unlike the different fortresses, which are multi-level. From the fortification, visitors can get a perfect view of the Western Ghats. Out of the many chambers in the fort, some were utilized to house the horses. Certain chambers served for the soldiers as kitchen and bathroom. One can also find a tunnel in the fort that leads to Srirangapatna. From top, this fort raised by Tipu Sultan, looks like a 8 pointer star.
The highlight of my stay was the campfire at night. For the first time, we roasted a whole chicken in fire, playing music and cards all night long.
Devarunda Prasanna Rameshwara Temple
We started our day 2 by visiting Devarunda Prasanna Rameshwara temple, Devarunda is short in Kannada is for “Devaru Ida Jaga” (the abode of Gods). It is also known as Dakshina Kashi. This temple complex houses the gods Rameshwara, Veerabadreshwara, Byreshwara, Channakeshva, Parvati, Ganapathi and is very revered. The temple is said to be over a 500 years old, is undergoing a makeover with newer constructions coming up within the complex.
Abbi falls or Manjehalli falls is preferred and frequented by a hundred tourists round the year for its attractive cascading falls, which makes it the key features of the place. We had a gala time playing in the waterfalls.
Sakleshwara Temple, Bisle Viewpoint and Agni Gunda hill are some of the places that I missed visiting during this trip but they are worth checking out too. I would like to visit them next time when I am here. Overall, this trip was a nice distraction from my mundane life.
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