Sakleshpur Trip With Coffee Estate Stay

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  • 2 Days 1 Night
  • Group Size: 8 - 12
  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Distance : 225 KM

Overview

Hello Backpackers!

Sakleshpur which is almost a well-kept secret of Karnataka is actually the nearest hill station from Bangalore. Located at a distance of 220 Km from the city, Sakleshpur town falls on the Bangalore Mangalore highway. In this trip, we will explore deeper parts of this hill station tucked away in its coffee estates and spice gardens.

We will go on a trek through the rich meadows of Pandavas hill overlooking higher mountains and serene valleys of Sakleshpur. This 3 layered mountain presents exquisite sceneries on climbing up each level. On the way to the top, we will explore an ancient Shiva temple tucked in the middle of thick vegetation named Bettada Bhairaveshwara, a small forest pond with seasonal waterfalls. 

Taking a dip in the chilling waters of Habbi waterfalls formed by the Hemavathi river is another experience to look forward to. The brute force of waterfalls in the months of July/Aug may force us to take a dip in adjacent streams, with the levels of water changing every month.

The highlight of the trip is an evening ride to Devaramane. The freshness of moving fog and chilling breeze will add up to the glory in the monsoons.

The next day, we will visit a star-shaped Manjarabad military fort close to Sakleshpur town. This picturesque 18th-century fort with unique architecture is a must-visit attraction in Sakleshpur town. One can walk to each of the 8 edges of the star to have panoramic views of vast grasslands and misty mountains.

We will then take a pit stop at beautiful backwaters formed by the Hemavathi river originating from the mountains of Sakleshpur, which is a tributary of the Kaveri river. Here one can spot a church that is submerged in the waters (July to Nov), almost appearing like a sinking ship. As the water levels recede in later months, we can actually walk down to the church ruins and touch it.

If you are looking for a relaxing weekend trip to unwind and detox, Sakleshpur is the place for it. 

Highlights of the trip:

  • Hike beautiful 3 tired Pandavas mountain (5 Km – easy trek)
  • Dip Under Habbi waterfalls
  • Ride to Devaramane Hill Station
  • Star-shaped Manjarabad fort visit
  • Beautiful Hemavathi Backwaters with floating Church
  • Shravanabelagola hill hike (Optional)
  • Coffee estate Homestay (Camping + Rooms both)
  • Delicious Food (veg and non-veg)

Inclusions

  • Travel (Tempo or Mini Bus, Non AC)
  • Stay at our lovely estate homestay with rooms and tents (neat & clean washrooms)
  • 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch (Veg), 1 Dinner (Veg and Non-Veg)
  • Experience all the places in the Highlights section
  • Bonfire (weather permits)
  • Trip Leader(s)
  • A lot of action and entertainment!

Exclusions

  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Any misc. expenses not mentioned in the inclusions above.

Itinerary

Day 0 - Journey to Sakleshpur

  • Start from Bangalore, overnight journey to our homestay near Sakleshpur.

Day 1 - Pandavara Gudda Trek, Habbi Falls dip

  • Check in to Coffee Estate homestay cum campsite, freshen up.
  • Have Breakfast and grab your Lunch packet from the kitchen.
  • A long drive through the coffee estates to the base of Pandavara Gudda mountain, get set for the trek.
  • Enjoy the panoramic views of misty valleys and deeper mountains of Sakleshpur form the top. There are plenty of boulders at the top to sit and relax.
  • Return from the trek and break for Lunch near Bettada Byraveshwara temple.
  • Head to gushing Habbi waterfalls, play in the water.
  • Visit next destination – Devaramane – and enjoy a peaceful evening with enchanting views of western ghats covered in mist, and clouds playing hide and seek.
  • Get back to the homestay, have a hot tea/coffee in the cold evening weather, play some group games.
  • Campfire (weather permits) with delicious hot Dinner at the common area.
  • Music and social gathering in the night. Rest in your assigned tents or in the rooms.

Day 2 - Fort, Backwaters, Return journey

  • Pack your bags, say Bye to our estate stay, take a final round of pictures at the stay.
  • Head to the beautiful star-shaped Manjarabad fort, climb up to the edges, explore the place, take a lot of pictures here.
  • Take a pitstop at the vast stretches of Hemavathi backwaters and along with that, the floating Church – which appears like a sinking ship when the water levels are high in the reservoir.
  • Break for a quick Lunch at a restaurant.
  • (Optional place) Give an evening visit to Bahubali statue of sacred hill Shravanabelagola (about 700 steps). Immerse yourself at the peaceful setting.
  • Head back to BLR and reach by night around Dinner time.
  • Share your experience of a laid back weekend trip to Sakleshpur with your friends and colleagues.

Seasonal variations:

  • June to Sept (monsoon): Monsoons bring the best out of Sakleshpur, like any other hill station. It rains persistently, filling up the streams and creating mini-waterfalls everywhere. There will be plenty of water at Habbi waterfalls. This means we may have to take a dip in the adjacent streams instead of going right under the falls.
  • Oct to Jan (winter): Clouds will make way to clear blue skies. Nights will be colder. Plenty of water in the falls to take a shower. Best time for campfires.
  • Feb, May (summer): Dry climate, but pleasant weather. Water would dry up in the falls. We usually avoid organizing Sakleshpur post mid-Feb.

What to Expect

About Trip:
  • This trip involves basic facilities in terms of food, travel, and stay without any luxury, whatsoever.
  • This is a group trip with shared model. It may not suit everyone – especially for those expecting privacy and comfort. It best suits for people who wish to socialize.
  • Please do not book this trip if you are not okay with above points.

Travel:
  • Tempo Traveler or Mini Bus (with push back seats).
  • Note: This trip involves an overnight journey on a pushback Seater (not a sleeper or semi-sleeper).
  • We request you to book this trip only if you can handle slight discomfort (especially the last row of the vehicle).

Stay:
  • Estate Homestay cum Campsite – Rooms, Tents with beds, blankets, and pillows.
  • Separate for Men and Women.

Food:
  • 2 Breakfasts, 1 packed Lunch (Veg), and 1 Dinner (Veg & Non veg) are included.
  • Other meals are self sponsored
  • Please check the Inclusions, and Exclusions of Sakleshpur Trip package below for complete list of things included in your trip cost.
  • Women.

Trek:
  • Pandavas Hill Trek Distance: 5 Km (up & down).
  • Time taken: Usually 3 to 4 hours.
  • Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate.
  • Terrain type: Mountain climbing, Grassland.
  • Can beginners attempt this trek? Yes.

FAQ

Pickup/Drop Points

Silk Board / HSR Layout: 10:00 PM
• In front of Udupi Grand restaurant on Service road
https://goo.gl/maps/fNAsT9jPbgpDTarV8


Marathahalli: 10:20 PM
• In front of Mahindra Showroom
https://goo.gl/maps/ArLDJVvWQZMpXvrk6


Tin Factory: 10:40 PM
• Tin Factory Bus Stop towards HP petrol pump
https://goo.gl/maps/5WEvhNpkAFjJdNbv9


Goraguntepalya: 11:30 to 11:50 PM (based on traffic)
• Metro Station Bus Stop towards Hospital
https://goo.gl/maps/GXjxyMHhAm92

Things to carry

  • Toiletries, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste
  • A lightweight large Backpack for the trip (no suitcase, no trolley)
  • A small backpack for the trek, waterproof (to carry a water bottle, lunch packet, towel, etc)
  • Photo identity proof with address (Aadhar/Passport/Voter ID)
  • Poncho or rainproof jacket with a hood (from June to September)
  • Cap/Hat/Sunscreen (to protect yourself from the Sun)
  • Sunglasses (to keep your eyes fresh)
  • Power bank, charger, camera (if you wish to)
  • Proper water bottle for your trip. You may fill at our campsite
  • Disposable garbage covers (To separate used/unused, dry/wet clothes)
  • Good grip trekking shoes or sandals
  • Your personal medications, if any
  • Pair of water wear to take a dip in the waterfalls
  • Carrying a handwash/sanitizer/tissues will help during the trip
  • Carry your jerkin/sweater – it can get cold at night
  • Carry a lil bit of cash for Sunday lunch and misc. expenses
  • Don’t carry expensive items. You are responsible for your own belongings.

What's next after booking your trip?

  • A Whatsapp group shall be created on the trip day and Vehicle & Trip Leader details will be shared.
  • This trip involves traveling with strangers and night stays (if any). Please be mindful that:
    • It is mandatory to share your personal information with the team along with a copy of your government approved ID card.
    • You will need to share your co-traveler(s) details if you have booked more than one seat.
  • Live location of the vehicle will be sent in the group once it starts at the first point.

Terms & Conditions

  • The itinerary is fixed. No special requests to change itinerary/schedule shall be entertained. Do not give advice(s) to the Trip Leader(s) to change the itinerary.
  • Cooperate with the organizer(s) in following the schedule set for the day (especially getting up and getting ready in the morning). This will ensure travelers won’t miss out on the real fun part that is traveling.
  • Every traveler is responsible for his/her for your own safety. Don’t indulge in any illegal or silly activity that causes harm to you or fellow travelers.
  • Do not wander into the forest away from the designated trail for treks. There may be snakes, scorpions, and dangerous animals.
  • Unexpected situations: It may happen we do not cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary because of unpredictable reasons like bad weather, landslides, wild animal presence, abrupt blocking of sites by the police/forest department, delay in travel because of an issue with our group itself, traffic conditions, etc. In most cases, if the time permits, the organizer(s) will take travelers to an alternative place. But in some cases, we may have to skip a place altogether.
  • Absolutely no littering. We swear to protect our environment.
  • No alcohol & smoking during travel, treks, and other outdoor activities. There would be a separate window and space (usually at night) to have these at the campsite/homestay for interested people.
  • Travelers are expected to respect each other and help each other. Avoid discussing sensitive matters like sex, politics, and religion/caste/race.
  • Using foul or abusive language, eve-teasing, arguing with fellow travelers/organizer(s), and/or involving in the physical assault will not be accepted and will stand a chance of being deserted by the group then and there.
  • The event will stand canceled if less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek which will be informed 24 hours before the trip start time.
  • Every traveler is expected to sign a liability/waiver form given by the organizer(s) after boarding the vehicle. This liability form will discharge Muddie Trails of any unexpected incident like injury/death/theft etc.

 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation by Traveler

  • 80% refund/100% postponement if you inform about your cancellation before 48 hours of the event start time. An email has to be sent to muddietrails@gmail.com to raise a cancellation request.
  • No refund/postponing is allowed within 48 hours of the event start time whatever is the reason (Health, Accident, Covid, Family crisis, Office issue, or anything else).
  • No refund/postponing is allowed for partial payment – booking fee – which is done to book your slot.
  • No refund during/after the event.

Cancellation by Muddie Trails

Muddie Trails may decide to cancel the event if there are less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek.

What if we don’t get the minimum number of people for the trip?
We have 2 options in this case:
Option 1: Complete refund.
Option 2: Switch to any other trip of the same weekend or future weekends. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost.


Cancellation due to external factors

Muddie Trails may have to cancel the event in case of external factors that are beyond our control like Natural Disasters, Extreme Weather Conditions, Red Alerts, Political Disturbances, Bandh/Curfews, Local Issues, Road Blocks, Train cancellations, Covid-19 or any other disease outbreaks etc.

In these scenarios:

  • No Refund is allowed.
  • 100% trip amount can be used for any other new trip of the same weekend or future weekends. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost.
  • Once you confirm your participation on the new trip, all the above Cancellation policies will apply for the same.

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