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Sakleshpur - The Green Route Railway Trek, Waterfalls, Jungle Adventures and Much More

The breathtaking images of picturesque railway route from Sakleshpur to Kukke Subramanya captivated us to go for this trek. We had been planning to do "The Green Route trek" - that's what it is called, from last few months and then finally the day has come and we started for our journey to Sakleshpur - also referred as "Poor Man's Ooty".

We read some news about the ban on trekking in western ghats. But we were not sure if it is really banned. Before the conversion of the railway line from meter gauge to broad gauge along the Sakleshpur railway line in Karnataka’s Hassan district, it was one of the most sought-after trek routes.
Sakleshpur Trip
1, 2, 3 - Smile

Sakleshpur Trip
1, 2, 3 - Smile
We started our journey from Bangalore on Friday evening, had dinner enroute in a dhaba near Hassan and reached Sakleshpur at around the Midnight, Checked into Hotel. Next morning, We talked to some local people and We came to know "The Green Route" Trek is banned for sure. But, still we went to the donigal Railway station, 8 kms from Sakleshpur, and tried asking for permission from the station master. We didn't get the permission but found out a hack to fulfill our quest for this trek.
Sakleshpur Trip
Freshness

Sakleshpur Trip
Road Closed

Sakleshpur Trip
Donigal

Sakleshpur Trip
Jungle Adventures

The Green Route
The Green Route

The Green Route
The Green Route

The Green Route
Tunnel on the Way
We entered on the trek from some village - crossed few tunnels, waterfalls - one side of the railway trek is deep valley and other side is mountains with thick forests. In the middle of the nowhere - enchanted with the beauty of Western ghats we were caught by RPF patrol team. When we saw them coming towards us in their track inspection Vehicle, we were like dumbstruck. There is a saying in Hindi "Marta kya na karta" (When in deep crisis, one resorts to all means---fair and unfair). We gathered our courage and started performing "The Great Indian Drama" Live in front of the RPF personnels, to rescue ourselves. Somehow we managed to save our ourselves from landing up in Jail. They left us with a warning and we returned back from that point. One thing to remember is - trekking is banned in this route and you might land up in jail if you go for trekking here.

Manjarabad Fort
Manjarabad Fort

Manjarabad Fort
Manjarabad Fort
Next point of interest was Manjarabad Fort, built by Tipu Sultan in 1785. It a star-shaped fort, with a hillock in the centre and eight corners. There are stairs to reach to the fort and It offers superb views of the place. This fort is maintained by archeological department.
Enroute Bisle Ghat
Enroute Bisle Ghat

Bisle Ghat View Point
Bisle Ghat View Point

Bisle Ghat View Point
Bisle Ghat View Point
Next day we went to Mallalli Falls and Bisle ghat. Bisle ghat is protected reserved forest, is listed as one of the 18 most diverse spots in the world in terms of flora and fauna. The view point offers amazing view of the Pushpagiri Hills. Kumar Parvatha - the toughest trek of South India, is one of the hills in Pushpagiri.
Mallalli Falls
Mallalli Falls
Bisle ghat has one more interesting place - The Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal Ridge. The ridge is the point in the mountains that determines which way rivers or streams are likely to flow. It is said that this stone was laid by the British. British officers on their topographical survey of the Western Ghats found that it was the point where rain water splits and reaches two different seas. The rainwater from the series of hills and mountains to the left of this point flows towards the west drainage basins that feed into the Arabian Sea while water from the eastern side drains into the Bay of Bengal.
Ridge
Arabian Sea - Bay of Bengal Ridge

Comments

  1. What an amazing tour, Your images saying your trip story.
    Thanks for sharing

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  2. Nice & amazing trip! Images shows you had a fun on this trip.

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