So me and my roommate came home on Friday and we both kinda hinted to each other that we desperately need to go somewhere this weekend. Somewhere out of the hustle and bustle of Bengaluru.
Sakleshpura had been on our minds for long hence we decided to leave for Sakleshpura the next morning. But our lazy asses still didn't start to plan for the trip, that is, until I decided to atleast google the route and places to visit. However I forgot to google the weather at Sakleshpura and I was going to regret that later.
Anyway, we woke up at around 5 AM on Saturday and packed a pair of jeans, a Tee, towel and a jacket. We left for Sakleshpura on our trustworthy Royal Enfield 350 cc classic at around 6 AM from Whitefield.
So, on Friday, I had prepared an itinerary as follows:
1. Manjarabad fort
2. Coffee estates / search for home stay
3. Bettada byreshwara / Bhairaveshwara temple - Abbi falls are on the way.
4.Jenukallu gudda (optional)
1. Hanbal falls / magajahalli falls
2. Belur - chennakeshava temple , hoysala emblem
3. Halebidu - hoysaleswara temple , archaeological site, jain temple , kedareshwara temple
Well, call it the luck being in our favour, everything went as planned.
After coursing through the National Highway 75, we reached Hassan and then We reached Sakleshpura. The first thing we had on our Itinerary was Manjarabad Fort hence we went straight to the location, thanks to Google maps. We parked our bike on the roadside. A flight of stairs led us to the fort. The fort is built shaped like a star unlike conventional round fortresses. The protruding corners of this star shaped fortress, I'm sure must have wreaked havoc on troops trying to storm the walls as there is no possibility for a blind spot where the attackers could have gained momentum. We started walking on the wall from one of the corners and got to see the scenic views from each and every corner until we came back from where we began. The fort was a treat to the eyes. After spending some time, we decided to descend and find a home-stay to spend the night.
We started towards Raxidi estate and on the way, we came across several advertisements for home-stays. We called all of them up and found availability at the Guddada Siri Home stay. The owner informed us in advance that we won't be able to get signal up there hence the only mode of payment there would be by cash. Otherwise we can pay through Tez. We decided to push our luck and check it out first before deciding if we should stay over there. So we started our journey on the stone-valley resort road. I was using Jio as carrier and my phone was receiving LTE signals till Habbi falls.
Guddada Siri is at a beautiful location. It is surrounded by lush green forests and coffee plantation. The way that leads to Guddada Siri can't be called a motorable road but if you have driving skills, you can take a four-wheeler to the resort. We pretty much got off-roading vibes on the way. We liked the location and since we didn't have cash, we traced our route back until we received LTE signal.
The price is on the higher side. We transferred ₹5000/- ( ₹2500.00 per person) via Tez to Ashish (9035337161) and came back. The staff is really polite and friendly. By the time we reached, it was 2:00 PM already. We changed our clothes as jeans and shoes were smeared in mud and we were soaking wet. We didn't see the sun or in fact, it never stopped raining while we were in Sakleshpura. The lunch was ready and we were served. The food was delicious.
We decided to play mud volleyball and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Zipline wasn't working. After playing for a while we took a dip in their unique infinity pool. The water was muddy but I can't complain as it was an outdoor pool and it was raining continuously.
Habbi falls is at a walkable distance from the resort. We went to the falls via a shortcut on foot.
After we came back, we were served snacks and delicious coffee. The staff started preparing for the bonfire and we took some rest. The rooms were neat and clean, I must say. And you get hot water 24*7. We played games to kill the time with fellow travellers. I gave archery a shot while my friend played badminton. At around 9:45 PM, we were served dinner. I loved the traditional 'Akki roti' which is a delicacy in this part of the state. We then sat by the fire for a couple of hours and discussed the plan for the next day. It was decided to go to the trek in the morning to the Jenukallu gudda peak and then come back to resort and check out. We would then go to Belur.