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Manjarabad Fort 26 Kms
Manjarabad Fort was constructed by Tipu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore as a strategic defensive location. The fort served this use because it commands the approach to the plateau beyond Sakleshpur from the coast. Situated on a hillock, the fort is on one level, unlike other forts, which are multi-level.

Only source of water in the fort are cross-shaped pits with steps leading into them. The fort is located just outside Sakleshpur on National Highway (NH) 48. Work on the fort commenced in 1785, and ended in 1792. The star shaped fort was also used to store the ammunitions, during the reign of Tipu Sultan. Its strategic location enables soldiers in the fort to see the British army coming from Mangalore.

 

Bisle Forest & Game Sanctuary - 30 Kms
Located in the Hassan district in Sakleshpur Taluka is a small village by the name Bisle. The village has a reserve forest by its own name and it is known to be one of the most beautiful rains forests of India. The Bisle betta is not very from the village and it’s a spot to view the mountain ranges in that entire region. When here, one can see the mountains Kumara Parvatha at 1319 m, Dodda Betta at 119 m and Pushpa Giri at 1712 m. The valley that is formed as a result of the mountains is a mind boggling view. Staying here in the forest department accommodation also makes this place even more interesting to enjoy. Some fun activities one can do here are go for an off road drive in a Jeep, trek on the western ghats and picnic in the natures lap. The devagiri retreat is 2 hours away from the main village. The best time to be here is post monsoon and early winters.

 

Gavi Gudda -5 Kms
Located in the Hassan district in Sakleshpur Taluka is a small village by the name Bisle. The village has a reserve forest by its own name and it is known to be one of the most beautiful rains forests of India. The Bisle betta is not very from the village and it’s a spot to view the mountain ranges in that entire region. When here, one can see the mountains Kumara Parvatha at 1319 m, Dodda Betta at 119 m and Pushpa Giri at 1712 m. The valley that is formed as a result of the mountains is a mind boggling view. Staying here in the forest department accommodation also makes this place even more interesting to enjoy. Some fun activities one can do here are go for an off road drive in a Jeep, trek on the western ghats and picnic in the natures lap. The devagiri retreat is 2 hours away from the main village. The best time to be here is post monsoon and early winters.
Belur & Halebid - 40 KMS

The temple complex comprises two Hindu temples, the Hoysaleshawara and Kedareshwara temples and two Jain basadi. In front of these temples there is a big lake. The town gets its name from the lake, Dwara samudhra which means entrance from ocean. The two Nandi statues which are on the side of the Hoysaleshwara temple are monolithic. Soap stone or Chloritic Schist was used for the construction of these temples. However a number of sculptures in the temple are destructed by invaders. So the temple is incomplete. Halebid means old abode. There is an archeological museum in the temple complex. The Hoysaleswara temple, dating back to the 1121 C.E., is astounding for its wealth of sculptural details. The walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of depictions from Hindu mythology, animals, birds and Shilabalikas or dancing figures.

 

Agni Gudda - 10 KMS

The “Agni Gudda” or Parvat as you would have guessed by now means “Fiery Mountain” for legendry volcanic activities in this region. This scenic spot is only around 1 hour drive from Homestay.

This location has been an all-time favourite with the youths from Bangalore for trekking, and outdoor camping. The mountain provides a great view of the surrounding rice terraces and a good spot for picnicking and outdoor camping.

This spot also has been recorded on various South Indian and Bollywood movies.

 

Shravanabelagola - 80 KMS

Shravanabelagola is a Jain pilgrim destination located in the Hassan district of Karnataka state, Southern India, at an altitude of about 3350 feet above sea level. The town is wedged between two rocky hills- Vindhyagiri and Chandragiri. It is at a distance of It is 11 Km from Channarayapatna, 52 Km from Hassan town, the headquarters of the Hassan district and 157 Kms from Bangalore. There are good roads from Bangalore and Mysore to Shravanabelgola. There is a tank in the midst of this town called "Belagola" In Kannada (the state language), 'Bela'means white and 'kola' means the pond, an allusion to the beautiful pond in the middle of the town. Shravanabelagola is a holy place for Jains. Their Guru is residing here in a Mutt. There is a Sanskrit Patashala to study Sanskrit and Shastras.

 

Dharmastala - 80 Kms

The village is known for its Dharmasthala Temple which houses the shrine of Shiva,Manjunatha, Ammanavaru, Chandranath and the Dharma Daivas (Guardian Spirits of Dharma) namely Kalarahu, Kalarkayi, Kumaraswamy and Kanyakumari.The temple is unusual in that it is run by a Jain administration and poojas are conducted by Hindu priests of Madhva order. Lakshadeepa- the festival of lights is the annual festival of Dharmasthala comes off in November–December.On an average the flow of pilgrims is about 10,000 people a day. A mechanised kitchen provides free food for all pilgrims and there are guest houses with modern amenities.

Dharmastala represents religious tolerance. A Jain Tirthankara is worshipped beside Daivas and Lord Manjunatha (Shiva). The priests are Vaishnavite Brahmins and the guardian of the temple a Heggade (Jain).

 

Sringeri - 90 Kms

Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankara Bhagavatpada established the first of the four Amnaya Peethams1 at Sringeri more than twelve centuries ago to foster the sacred tradition of Sanatana Dharma. Hallowed for all times by Sage Rishyashringa who stayed and performed Tapas here, Sringeri attracted the great Acharya with a remarkable sight.

Tradition has it that after the Acharya had dispersed all the non-Vedic creeds prevailing in the country, He was on the look-out for a convenient and holy place where he could establish an institution to spread the truths of Advaita Vedanta. When the Acharya came to Sringeri, he saw an unusual sight on the banks of the Tunga. A cobra was seen spreading out its hood over a frog in labour pains, to give it shadow from the scorching mid-day sun. Struck with the sanctity of the place, which could infuse love between natural adversaries, the Acharya chose this very location to establish His first Math.

 

Subramanya - 130 Kms

According to one Mythology, after killing the demon rulers, Tharaka, Shurapadmasura and their followers in a war, Lord Shanuka reached Kumara parvatha with his brother Ganesh and others. He was received by Indra and his followers. Indra being very happy prayed Lord Kumara swamy to accept and marry his daughter Devasena for which the Lord readily agreed. The divine marriage took place on Margashira shudha shashti at Kumara parvatha. Gods like Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra and many other deities assembled for the marriage and coronation ceremony of Shanmukha for which waters of several holy rivers were brought. With these waters of Mahabhisheka fell down to form a river which was later known by the popular name Kumaradhara.

 

Gorur Dam - 60 Kms

Gorur is located around 22 km from Hassan and the place has a dam that is built across Hemavathy River. This bridge forms a reservoir which is named Hemavathi Reservoir and makes a great place for picnic. The place also has the temples of Paravasudeva and Yoganarasimha. 

 

Mangalore - 140 Kms

Tulu Nadu consists of two districts i.e. Dakshina Kannada ( D.K.) and Udupi district. Once upon a time dakshina kannada was vast district with eight taluks. From August 1997 this was bifurcated into D.K. and Udupi districts. D.K. presently consists of five taluks viz. Mangalore, Bantwal, Puttur, Sullia, Belthangady taluks where as Udupi district consists of three taluks viz. Udupi, Kundapur and Karkal. These two districts together are called as Tulunadu, since the most popular language in these regions is TULU.

 

Bettada Byraveshwara Temple - 4 Kms

Lord Bhairaveshwara Temple which is around 700 years old near Hanbal in Sakaleshpur. This temple is situated at a very high altitude and inside you feel like being in an A/C room. The temple is situated in a very strategic position where it is surrounded by hills in all directions. Platform around the temple is constructed so that people can go around the temple. It is constructed with completely with stones including the tower and the crown (Kalasha). You can also see in the picture how rain water outlets have been provided at the roof of the temple. Towards the right are few plastic pipes which might have been provided recently, but towards the left you can see the stone-made rain water outlet.

 

 
 
 
 
Being a passionate cook, I have written about 387 vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes all of which are tried and tested by my mother and I. As a Kannadiga I have compiled the recipes in Kannada lending it an original touch...
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