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At the heart of western Karnataka lies a secret.

Nestled in the Western Ghats, Sakleshpur derives its name from an ancient shivling found in the area. It also means ‘place of great wealth and beauty ‘ and it certainly lives up to its name.

Traditionally famous for its trekking opportunities, Sakleshpur offers much more to its visitors. Amidst all the beautiful estates that make Sakleshpur account for a third of India’s cardamom production, the Sakleshpur Temple dating to the Hoysalas from the 11th Century is an experience that cannot be missed.

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Merely 230 km from Bangalore, Sakleshpur is easily reached by the superb Hassan Road in less than four hours – which means you can enjoy a marvellous drive on fast roads and indulge in the splendour of this vastly overlooked place.

Once you’ve experienced everything Sakleshpur has to offer you realise that there is so much more you can do. Its amazing proximity to numerous other travel hot-spots makes it an ideal base to holiday from. In virtually every direction there’s a place to visit and explore with just a one-to-two-hour drive.

To the south, Madikeri, at just 2 hours (98 km) away, is surprisingly close. An hour (60 km) to the north is Chikmaglur. Head westwards and Dharmasthala is just a 90 minutes (77 km) drive, while Shravanabelagola is just 2 hours (90 km) away to the east.

Sakleshpur is truly a convenient gateway to the many wonders Karnataka has to offer.