1. Trekking on Jenukal Gudda Hill: The second highest peak in Karnataka, Jenukal Gudda or Jenukallu Gudda offers the most enchanting sunset views on Sakleshpur tour packages. The mountain is also known as ‘honey stone mountain’, and the trek to its summit extends for around 8 km.
The trail will regale your eyes with the beauty of luscious coffee plantations and the sparkling Arabian Sea on the horizon. The initial stages present a gradual ascent, but the final stretches are steep and challenge the adventure-seeker inside you. Experienced trekkers often club a hike to the nearby Deepadha or Diggallu Kallu peak that remains shrouded in mist.
Location: 40 km from Sakleshpur.
2. Hike to Agni Gudda Hill: Sakleshwar is famous for its diverse trekking trails and Agni Gudda is one such ‘trekkers delight’. Named as ‘Agni Gudda’ or the ‘Fiery Mountain’ due to its volcanic nature, the 3 km long trek from Agani Village is sure to inflame your exploratory spirit.
The activity requires moderate skills and is thus extremely popular. On the way, you can enjoy the mesmeric beauty of fertile green paddy fields and pastures that offer a welcome respite from grey cityscapes. You can camp on the summit to experience astonishing vistas of the unpolluted night sky or visit Manjarabad Fort.
Location: 25km from Sakleshpur bus stand.
3. Watersports at the River Hemavathi: Extremely popular among Sakleshpur tour packages are kayaking tours. Flowing through Sakleshpur, the beautiful River Hemavathi offers several spots for enjoying boating activities. Water sports enthusiasts can indulge in the thrill of kayaking.
Others can glide along the smooth waters in a banana boat. You can also dive into the river for an energizing swim. Several areas along the river provide opportunities for adventure sports like rope crossing over mangrove forests. Riverside homestays offer the unique experience of staying in tents by the river.
Location: Eastern part of Sakleshpur, about 83.6 km from the city.
4. Visiting the Manjehalli Waterfalls: Monsoons inject a new lease of life to the roaring waters of the 20-ft high Manjehalli Falls. Located in the foothills of the densely forested Pushpagiri Mountains, the soul-stirring tranquillity of this area is out of this world.
Also known as Abbi Gundi Falls, the site can be reached through a short but delightful 1-km stroll through Manjehalli Village offering peaceful green views of coffee cultivation fields. At the site, you can enjoy a half-day picnic or stay on at the camping facilities close to the falls. Guards on patrol ensure adequate security in the region.
Location: 8km from Sakleshpur.
Timing: 6am – 5:30pm.
5. Cycling at Bisle Ghat: If you are a cycling aficionado, you are sure to enjoy testing your endurance along the Western Ghats in the Bisle Village. After scaling the taxing uphill portion of the track, the gathering speed downhill gets your adrenaline rushing.
On your cycling tour booked from the various Sakleshpur tour packages, you can head over to the renowned Bisle viewpoint. Here, the entrancing vision of the three ranges Dodda Betta, Kumara Parvatha, and Pushpa Giri with the Giri River snaking across the valley will leave you spellbound. You can also explore parts of the biodiversity hotspot Bisle Reserve Forest and encounter the local fauna like peacocks and spotted deer.
Location: Bisle Ghat, 55km from Sakleshpur.
6. Adventure Camping: Dotted with roaring waterfalls and lined with lavish green plantations, this town is ideal for enjoying the fresh air and open nature through a camp stay. At the campsite, you can enjoy the bonhomie with your campmates on musical nights beside bonfires.
Games like mod volleyball, football and cricket provide hours of fun. Trekking, rope skywalk and stream walks are some other activities that you can try out at the adventure camps. Otherwise, you can challenge your friends to a round of indoor games like carrom or chess. Delicious meals are served at the campsites as well.
Location: Hanbal, Sakleshpur.
7. Trekking to Ombattu Gudda: A paradise for earnest trekkers, this trail that meanders through thick forests is best explored with a professional guide. From your base camp, you will walk towards the Kabbinale River and revitalize your energy with the awe-inspiring panorama of the mountains from the peak.
The length of the trek is 24 km with many gurgling rivulets cutting across the trail. It ends at Kalasa, and you can come across fascinating wildlife on the path. Trekking related Sakleshpur tour packages arrange for every necessary permit to ensure a hassle-free experience.
Location: Ombattu Gudda, Kabinhole Reserve Forest, 90 km from Sakleshpur bus stand.
Timing: 7am – 5pm.
8. Witnessing the folklores surrounding Kukke Subramanya Temple: This unique temple, dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Kartikeya or Murugan, is famous for the prayers offered to remove dangers from the snake. You can pay homage to Subramanya, the protector of serpents, in this temple, which is believed to be the Lord’s residence.
Shrines dedicated to Lord Ganesha and Goddess Saraswati are also situated here. You have to cross the Kumaradhara River on your way to the temple, which is believed to be the river where the Lord washed his weapon after killing demons in a war. The natural beauty of the locale is also riveting.
Location: Sullia Taluk, Dakshina Kannada District, Subrahamanya, about 73.8km from Sakleshpur.
Timing: 6:30am - 1:30pm, 3:30pm – 8pm.