The railway segment joining Sakleshpur and the Kukke Subramanya road junction is known as the ‘Green Route’. Located in the Western Ghats, Sakleshpur is a town with bountiful greenery. This route is located along the Hassan and Canara regions of the state of Karnataka.
You can start your trek either from Sakleshpur or Subramanya Road Station. The length of the trek is 53 km and your trail will comprise of 59 tunnels which are an absolute terrestrial abyss, 110 bridges and over 25 stunning waterfalls. The Green Route trek offers absolute wilderness to nature lovers and the lengths of the tunnels vary from few meters to over 600 meters.
The main trek begins from Donigal, a small railway station that lies 8 km after Sakleshpur along the Shiradi Ghats. The trek is also famous for its frequent encounter with wild elephants in the Gundya and Sakleshpur range.
Places to See Around Sakleshpur
- Kukke Subrahmanya Temple: Believed to be the residence of Lord Subramanyeshwara and his consort Vasuki, ancient shrines of Saraswati Devi and Lord Ganesha are also located near this temple.
- Bisle Ghat: You can enjoy scenic views of the surrounding mountain ranges from the Bisle Ghat. The Bisle Reserve Forest which borders the ghat is home to a vast selection of medicinal herbs, flora and fauna.
- Moodabidri: This is an ancient centre of Jain learning and a popular sightseeing attraction near Sakleshpur.
- Jenukal Gudda: Also known as the ‘Honey-stone Mountain’, this is the second highest peak in Karnataka. You can catch a glimpse of the Arabian Sea in Mangalore when the weather’s clear.
- Flora and Fauna: Sakleshpur’s Bisle reserve forest is listed as one of the 18 most diverse spots in the world. The forest is spread across nearly 3140 hectares of evergreen forest. The sub-tropical climate and heavy rains creates an enchanting environment for nature lovers as several unique plants and animal species flourish.
How to Reach Sakleshpur
- Get a direct KSRTC bus from Bangalore to Sakleshpur. Another option of getting to Sakleshpur is via Hassan.
- Reach Donigal Railway station (Approximately 6 hrs from Bangalore)
- Begin trekking early in the morning and reach Yedukameri at noon
- Go across the jungle and get to the BM Highway before sunset
- Board a bus to either Gundya or Sakleshpur and get a bus back to Bangalore or Hassan or Mangalore.
- Nearest Railway Station: Sakleshpur
- Nearest Airport: Mangalore
Where to Stay
- Devagiri Retreat, Heggadde Post, Sakleshpur Taluk, Hassan
- Rotti Kallu, Bilisere village, Sakleshpur Taluk
- Coffee Valley, Devalundkere Village, Near Hunbal, Sakleshpur Taluk
- Home Stay Jenkal, 7 Hodachalli Village
- Misty Hills Homestay, 62/3, Thonthalapura, Yeslur post
- During monsoons, be prepared for extreme rains and leeches; whilst in summer prepare yourself for hot and humid conditions. Never venture without a guide.
- Carry lots of dry food, towels, first aid kit, and an extra pair of footwear, glucose powder, fruit juices, torch and knives.
- Wear dull coloured outfits as elephants don’t like bright colours.