Being 30+ is so liberating.. I was really tensed about turning 30 last year .. n Hubby had gone out of the way to make it special..This year I wanted my birthday to be peaceful ..and something that celebrated us. [more so because Lil P is at my mom’s enjoying her holidays..]
Someone suggested Sakleshpur and off we went to the land of rolling hills .. Since it was a last min booking we had to book a one night stay at Rottikallu resort and another at Jenukallu resort.
It was so much fun at this place.. really friendly staff, a homely atmosphere, and quaint rooms. The whole setup is so basic n yet cozy. I loved the banana leaf malnad special meals and the guzzling stream that runs bang in the middle of the resort. They have some fun stuff there – some rope swings to swing between banks, feet touching the stream.. being kids again. n Those lazy tubes.. ahhh bliss.We splashed around like little children.. . enjoying some shade under the jamun & mango trees. The treks were awesome.. some of the best views n trekking spots can be reached from here. Awesome, awesome food.
One word of caution though – Its tough if you take small kids here. No room service, no restaurant, no fan or mosquito nets in the room.There is no mobile network coverage either.
Its a trekkers paradise. I believe you can spot many birds here too. The waterfall, temple n fish breeding ponds are nearby and you will need half a day by car. . Early morning treks are best and its really misty. Majarabad fort is after sakleshpur and can be viewed on your way back to Bangalore. [There are more than 280 steps to climb]
- Fill up Diesel at Kunigal. In case of emergency, you get loose diesel at Sakleshpur Town.
- When you go visiting Bettada Bhaireshwara temple, carry a bread loaf with you. Its really fun to feed the fish in the pond nearby.. those catla fish jump a foot out of water to catch the crumbs. I’m sure Lil P would have loved this.
- Don’t forget to take your binoculars and a camera with a good zoom.
- In May, carry a good sunscreen, torch and mosquito repellents at all times. The heat is high, and there are frequent power cuts.
- This region records some of the highest rainfall in India and might not be visitable during the monsoons.