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Monsoon road trip from Bangalore 1 – Meadows and Backwaters in Sakleshpur!

Written by Poorna & Brinda

Monsoon road trip from Bangalore 1 is an opportunity to explore Sakleshpur which is nothing but spectacular in this season.

The best way to enjoy the beauty of monsoon in western ghats is to go for a road trip. Being close to hills, Bangalore is blessed. If you are a road tripper like us, it is time to get out and drive in the hills. This is the first of five monsoon road trips we will be presenting, which you can comfortably do. Basically a weekend drive to rejuvenate, we have made sure that these monsoon road trips does not cover more than 350 KMs a day.

In this monsoon road trip from Bangalore 1, we want you to get enthralled by spectacular Sakleshpur! The western ghat region of Sakleshpur is well known for the coffee estates, pristine forests, streams and waterfalls and of course lovely meadows!

The Plan

This is a overnight road trip from Bangalore. After completing day 1, you need to stay for the night around Sakleshpur which has numerous home stays/resorts.

The Complete Circuit

Bangalore – Hassan – Shettihalli – Magge – Yaslur – Changadahalli – Kudrasthe – Hongadahalla – Kaginahare – Hethur – Sakleshpur (night halt) – Manjarabad – Hassan – Bangalore

Day 1 Plan – Beautiful backwaters and mesmerising meadows

Route – Bangalore – Hassan – Shettihalli – Magge – Yaslur – Changadahalli – Kudrasthe -Hongadahalla – Kaginahare – Hethur – Sakleshpur (Your place of stay)

Route MapGoogle map link

Distance – 318 KMs

Road Condition – Very Good. For few KMs near Hongadahalla the road is patchy.

The Itinerary

6.30 AM – Leave Bangalore. Hit Bangalore – Tumkur road. If you are near NICE road take it and exit at Tumkur road to join the highway.

8.30 AM – Stop for Breakfast at Swathi Delicacy on the highway before Yedyur. We recommend this place because the food is excellent and coffee is to die for. They have car service if you don’t want to go inside. Make sure you order for Masala Dosa. The restaurant also has clean rest rooms.

9.15 AM – Depart Swathi. Head straight to Shettihalli church. Take Hassan  bypass road and take the third left turn on the bypass road after you see a junction with a signage for “Gorur” (this is second right turn). This road will take you direct to Shettihalli.

11.15 AM – Reach Shettihalli. Continue on the highway and you will see the backwaters. If the water level is less, you will see mud tracks going up to the waters. Go ahead and take the vehicle close to water. If the water level is high and if it is raining heavily, avoid taking the car. Park the car on the highway and walk up to the bank of the river and enjoy the panoramic view of the backwaters with church half submerged. If the water level is less, then you can go and visit the church. More details about church on Wiki link here.

Please click on the pictures to see them in larger size.

Monsoon road trip from Bangalore 1 Shettihalli church

Shettihalli Church in the backwaters of Hemavati River. A lovely Gothic church built by French missionaries, it got submerged when Gorur dam was built in fifties. It emerges out of water in summer.

Monsoon road trip from Bangalore 1 Hemavati backwaters

Our XUV enjoying a lonely moment on the backwaters of Hemavati!

12 PM – Proceed towards Kaginahare. Make sure you eat something on the road either in Yaslur or Kuduraste for your lunch. This is a lovely monsoon drive in the hills, green fields, meadows….. Enjoy the winding roads and beautiful vistas on the way.

Monsoon road trip from Bangalore 1 sakleshpur

A typical monsoon landscape in Malnad. Fields, forests and streams in between……and of course mist!

Monsoon road trip from Bangalore 1 Sakleshpur

On the way to Kaginahare. A lovely lake and meadows surrounded by forests!

2 PM – Reach Kaginahare. Enjoy the lovely meadows. Spend half an  hour here. One can climb up the small hillock which has ruined fort if time permits.

Monsoon road trip from Bangalore 1 kaginahare

Kaginahare – This is an amazing spot. Lovely stretch of meadows with small hillocks in the background. When we were there few weeks back, there was a small pond as well!

2.30 PM – Depart for Sakleshpur. Enjoy the drive. Notice lovely meadows and lovely landscape on the way.

Monsoon road trip from Bangalore 1 sakleshpur

Lovely meadows between Yaslur and Hethur….

3.45 PM – After Hethur, once you cross Eka Resorts, stop your car for a spectacular meadow and lovely valley. Spend time here to enjoy the lovely landscape.

Monsoon road trip from Bangalore 1 sakleshpur

The piece de resistance! Mesmerising meadows and valley after Eka Resorts!

Monsoon road trip from Bangalore 1 sakleshpur

4.30 PM – Depart for your place of stay. There are many lovely home stays and resorts around Sakleshpur. You may take an hour or more than that to reach the home stay depending on where it is located.

6 PM – Reach the home stay/Resort. Enjoy the evening.

Day 2 Plan – Visit Magnificent Manjarabad fort and return home

Route – Sakleshpur ( your place of stay) – Manjarabad – Hassan – Bangalore

Route mapGoogle map link

The Itinerary

10 AM – After late Breakfast check out the Home Stay/Resort. Drive to Manjarabad fort.

11 AM – Arrive at Manjarabad fort. Explore the lovely fort for an hour. This is lovely hill fort built by Tipu Sultan. For more details click here – Manjarabad fort in Wiki

Monsoon road trip from Bangalore 1 Manjarabad

When you google for Manjarabad fort in Google earth, this is how it looks! Isn’t it amazing? read about it in the Wiki link.

Monsoon road trip from bangalore 1 Manjarabad fort

Interiors of the fort…best seen in Monsoon

12 PM – Depart for Bangalore.

1 PM – If you are feeling hungry, eat lunch at any of the restaurants immediately after Hassan. There are many choices here for vegetarians/Non Vegetarians/ Fish lovers etc. Pick your choice. If not, drive to Swathi Delicacy for a nice meal.

2.30 PM – Have late lunch. If you have finished your meal at Hassan, then stop over at Swathi Delicacy for an excellent Filter coffee!

3.30 PM – Depart for Bangalore.

5.30 PM – Arrive at NICE road junction on Bangalore – Tumkur highway.

Travel Tips

a) The monsoon road trip from Bangalore 1 goes through some of the spectacular regions of Western ghats. The roads are winding and curvy after Hassan. Drive safe.

b) Since the route goes through small towns and villages, you will not be seeing any decent restaurants. The best place to eat something on the way is Kudrasthe which is a major junction in the area.

c) The roads will be wet. Make sure your car has good tyres.

d) Do not enter into any stream/backwaters.

e) There are many home stays/resorts around Sakleshpur. Pick one and stay for the night.

f) Carry umbrella/rain coat.

g) Carry a good camera and a binocular.

Next in the seriesThree waterfalls and rolling Hills!

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Poorna & Brinda

We are Brinda and Poorna from Bengaluru, the “Silicon city” or “Garden city” of India.

We travel together. We caught the travel bug 20 years back. On our honey moon, we traveled over the sea, in the train, by bus and in an aircraft! Our adventures probably started in that year. It continues, ever since.

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