A pleasant little hill station tucked away in the Western Ghats, Sakleshwar offers a refreshing getaway. The town lies at an elevation of 949 meters and is easily accessible as it is located on the Bangalore-Mysore highway. Sakeshwar is a part of Hassan district and is a major producer of India's coffee and cardamom output.
Sakleshwar was under the rule of the Mysore kings. Before that it had seen the reign of the Hoysalas as well as the Chalukyas. 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.
Sakleshwar has a rich biodiversity and one of the popular activities for tourists is trekking. The Bisle reserve forest trek as well as the Kumara Parvatha trek can be rewarding for they give a glimpse into the varied ecology of the area. Even if you are not an enthusiastic trekker, a walk around the picturesque town can be very rewarding.
To reach Sakleshpur, you would have to take a train to Hassan, 35 kilometers away. The nearest airport is the one in Mangalore.
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The place can be visited any time of the year except during monsoon season.