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Sakleshpur Travel Diaries – Part1: Breathtaking Betta Bhairaveshwara Temple and mind-boggling Manjarabad Fort

The perfect time to plan the visit to the picturesque SAKLESHPUR,which totally happened unexpectedly. Almost all my travel plans are unexpected,and this trip will hold a special place in the books of my experience and memory 🙂

Early morning view
Early morning view

The budget trip for 2 days and 1 nights was accompanied withlovely friends which added spice to the trip. The plan was from Bangalore to Sakleshpur via Bus as the train tickets were not available due to the last-minute plans.The bus pickup was from Indira Nagar petrol bunk which is the general pickup points for most of the buses. Since the arrival time is early morning, wedecided to rest for few hours so that the travel tiredness do not stop us from cutting down the visiting spots. The time flew and within no hours we reached our destination “THE SAKLESHPUR” bus stand at 4:30 AM. When we got down from bus we were blank on how to proceed to Betta Bhairaveshwara Temple,an ancient temple situated near Mekanagadde in Sakleshpur Taluk of Hassan district.

Roads to Betta Byraveshwara Temple
Roads to Betta Byraveshwara Temple

As the public transportation are not running that early, we were bit worried, but Luckily we found a 24*7 working restaurant to enquire details. Surprisingly we came across a person who had been working in the restaurant, through him we could manage to get an auto to temple and back whichcounts to 80Km both the ways. Though the amount â‚č1200 told was bit high but was better than the charge told by the other auto drivers in the auto stand. After bargaining,we came to final amount of â‚č1000 and by overhearing our conversation with autoguy, two people came up who were also heading to the temple and clueless about the transportation. Thanks to the auto person who didn’t have any objection and the journey in the Tuk-Tuk started with 6 members and their baggage 😃😃

Betta Byraveshwara Temple
Betta Byraveshwara Temple
Front view of Betta Byraveshwara Temple
Front view of Betta Byraveshwara Temple

Since it was early morning we couldn’t enjoy the nature’s beauty but the chill breeze didn’t back off in accompanying us :). We had to halt in between as it was not safe to travel in dark and therefore wehalted in the road side near Abbey falls which was bookmarked to enjoy whilereturning. When the dawn neared, auto journey towards the temple resumed, enjoying the twisted roads and view of the paddy fields towards rightand left side of the roads.

Deity of Serpent in Temple
Deity of Serpent in Temple

Information from our travel that would help:

  • Distance From Sakleshpur bus stand: 40 Kms
  • Travel Duration in Auto (Including Travel): 1.5hours(includes the waiting time)
  • Transportation Options: Auto/Buses availabletill  Ÿth way, rest need to walk, please confirm before visit.
  • Activities nearby: Trekking to Pandava hill and Jenkal Gudda Hill
  • Timings: 6 AM – 8.30 AM
  • Entry Fee: No Entry Fee
View of Betta Byraveshwara Temple
View of Betta Byraveshwara Temple

When we reached, the 600-year-old ancient temple that is fenced by breathtaking hills all around and the panoramic view of the landscape surrounded by the serenity left us speechless. There are many other hills of Sakleshpur which are located nearby and provide options for trekking and sightseeing. Some of these hills which you can locate here are Pandavar Gudda and Jenkal Gudda. According to the legends, Pandavas in Mahabharata stayed here for a short while when they were Ă©migrĂ©. But during our visit, we couldn’t enter the temple as it was not open.

This is one of the most visited tourist spot while visiting Saklehpur. The calmness and beauty of nature was holding us back, which was not practically possible and had to tell good bye to the picturesque place and head to our next destination Manjarabad Fort.

Board directing to Waterfall
Board directing to Waterfall
Top view from waterfall
Top view from waterfall

Informationfrom our travel that would help:

  • Distance (From Sakleshpur Bus Stand) to Manjarabad Fort:  7Kms
  • Transportation Options: Auto/Cab/Buses needs to confirm
  • Timings: 8 AM – 6 PM
  • Entry Fee: No Entry Fee
Steps to Manjarabad fort
Steps to Manjarabad fort

 

View of Entrance of Manjarabad fort
View of Entrance of Manjarabad fort
Star designed in the ceiling near the entry gate
Star designed in the ceiling near the entry gate

While heading back we felt anunusual vibration in the air that reminded us to stop near the waterfall thatwas bookmarked while going to temple.Without spending much time we clicked some photos and headed to Manjarabad Fort which was just 7km from the bus stand.And there, we were in our second place in the checklist, the Manjarabad Fort which is also known as Nakshtrakotta. When we got downfrom Auto I was looking out for the big gates and forts but for our surprise wehad to climb approximately 250 steps to reach the fort and when reached, thestar shape ceiling in the entry says it all about the Nakstrakotta (means Starshaped fort) octagonal design with eight walls. It is said that there is a tunnel in the fort that leads to Srirangapatna.

View of Manjarabad Fort
View of Manjarabad Fort
Top view of Manjarabad fort
Top view of Manjarabad fort

After capturing few snaps,we winded up from Manjarabad Fort and headed to explore Sakleshpur

Let me know your review and experience if visited. Will be back soon with Sakleshpur Travel diaries Part 2. Until then happy blogging 🙂 🙂

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