Experience the Ultimate Long Weekend Getaway in Sakleshpur from Bangalore

Bangalore to Sakleshpur Road Trip – A Serene Getaway for Nature Lovers

Bangalore to Sakleshpur road trip is a scenic journey that takes travelers through the lush greenery of Karnataka’s Western Ghats.

Last year at the very start of monsoon we wanted to go for a trip with Rim Jhim barish and beautiful green valleys. The Best place to visit during the first showers of monsoon is the lush green Sakleshpur.

The distance between Bangalore to Sakleshpur is 222 km which can be covered comfortably in 4 hours. The monsoon & the winters are the best months to visit Sakleshpur.

Sakleshpur is a hill station located in the peaks of Western Ghats, Karnataka. It is famous for its coffee plantations, tea estates spices etc. It is well connected to other tourist destinations & cities like Mangalore, Chikmagalur etc.

Plan Your Sakleshpur Vacation

If you’re a fitness freak and wanted to go for an amazing treks and trail walks, its best to plan your visit during September to March.

Green Route Trek (Sakleshpur Rail Trek)

Nature walk at its best Railway Trek from Sakleshpur to Kukke Subramanya

On the first day we went for Green Route Trek.

The length of the trek is around 52 km which comprises 58 tunnels, 109 bridges and about 25 waterfalls. Green Route Trek is famous for its mesmerizing view of the Western Ghats, enchanted waterfalls, lush valleys, ancient tunnels and old railway bridges that come along the route. Most of trekkers starts from Sakleshpur and continues till Yedakumari which is around 22 km distance.

Best things to enjoy in between the  Green Route Trek are a visit to Mallali Falls, enjoy the beauty of Bisle Forest Reserve.

Location: The trek starts from Donigal Railway Station and ends at Yedakumeri Station.

Important and mandatory items to carry
  • Strong water-proof backpack

  • Water bottles, extra pair of socks, under garments, t-shirt etc

  • Water proof jacket, sleeping bag and sleeping mat

  • Toiletries, tissue papers and news papers

  • A torch with two new batteries and a small knife

  • Energy drinks and chocolate bars

Which are the best places to visit in Sakleshpur?

Embark on an unforgettable Bangalore to Sakleshpur road trip and discover the best places to visit in Sakleshpur, from the stunning Kukke Subramanya Temple, Manjarabad Fort to the breathtaking Bisle View Point etc.

Our second day attraction was the Manjarabad Fort and on the way back we visited Sri Sakleshwara Swamy Temple.

Manjarabad Fort
Scenic view of Manjarabad Fort nestled in the lush green mountains of Sakleshpur

Credits – Navaneeth Ravi

Manjarabad Fort Manjarabad Fort is one of the unique forts constructed in shape of a STAR in 1792 by Tipu Sultan the ruler of Mysore. The view from the top can be overwhelmed as this fort is located at an elevation of about 3200 feet above sea level.

  • Timings: 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM

  • Distance from Bus Stand: 6 km from the bus stand

Sri Sakleshwara Temple
Beautiful Sri Sakleshwara Temple showcasing traditional South Indian architecture with intricate carvings and colorful decorations


Sri Sakleshwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and this temple is located on the banks of River Hemavathi. This beautiful temple is an excellent craftsmanship of Hoysala Architecture constructed by Hoysala Empirors between 11 & 14th centuries.

  • Timings: 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM

  • Distance from Bus Stand: 1.5 km from the bus stand

Day 3 we planned to view some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Sakleshpur first in our list was Manjehalli Waterfalls and Second waterfall we visited was the Hadlu Waterfalls.

Manjehalli Waterfalls
Manjehalli Waterfalls cascading down the rocky terrain amidst the serene natural surroundings of Sakleshpur

Manjehalli Waterfalls Manjehalli Waterfalls or the Abbi Falls in Sakleshpur is 20 ft long waterfall nestled between the lush green hills at a distance of 8 km from Saklespur.

  • Timings: 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM

  • Distance from Bus Stand: 6 km from the bus stand

Hadlu Waterfalls
Hadlu Waterfalls - a picturesque natural wonder in Sakleshpur

Hadlu Waterfalls is one of the popular trekking destination and it’s an unforgettable trek through the lush coffee plantations. We had a great time walking in between the coffee plantations and the rustic aroma of coffee flowers blooming.

  • Timings: 07:00 AM to 05:30 PM

  • Distance from Bus Stand: 6 km from the bus stand

On Day 4 we decided to go to the famous temple Sri Kukke Subramanya Temple and Dharmasthala Temple.

Kukke Subrahmanya Temple
Kukke Subrahmanya - a revered Hindu temple nestled amidst the scenic Western Ghats of Karnataka, known for its rich mythology and spiritual significance

Credits – Wikimedia/Mallikarjunasj

Kukke Subrahmanya is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya (Lord Karthikeya) in the village of Subramanya, Karnataka. This temple is famous for practices related to Naga Dosha. Kuke Subrahmanya Temple is one of the famous and richest temples of South India.

Distance from Sakleshpur to Kukke Shree Subrahmanya Temple is around 60 km and travelling takes around 90 minutes via Bandadka – Bengaluru Road.

Kukke Subramanya Temple Details
  • Entry Fee – Free

  • Kukke Subramanya Temple Timings – 06:00 AM to 08:00 PM

  • Nearest Railway Station – Subrahmanya Road Railway Station

  • Nearest Airport – Mangalore International Airport

Dharmasthala Temple
Dharmasthala Temple - a sacred abode of Lord Shiva in the Western Ghats, known for its intricate carvings, towering gopuram, and spiritual significance

Credits – Krishnaveni Srinivas

Sri Kshethra Dharmasthala Sri Manjunatha Swamy Temple is an 800-year-old is located in the temple town of Dharmasthala in Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva (Manjunatha). 

Sakleshpur to Dharmasthala Temple distance is 77 kms. Dharmasthala does not have a train station, and the nearest railway station is Mangalore, at a distance of 57 kms from Dharmasthala.

Dharmasthala Temple Details
  • Entry Fee – Free

  • Dharmasthala Temple Timings – 06:30 AM to 02:00 PM and 05:00 PM to 08:30 PM

  • By Road – Dharmasthala Temple is connected with major cities of Karnataka

  • Nearest Railway Station – Mangalore Railway Station

  • Nearest Airport – Mangalore International Airport

How to reach Sakleshpur?

  • By Road: Sakleshpur is connected with major cities of Karnataka

  • Nearest Railway Station: Sakleshpur Railway Station

  • Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport