We are road junkies is not news to the regular reader of the blog. While any kind of travel gives me kicks, road is where I belong and come to life. Every couple of months at best we all have this urge to take the car out and get going, sometimes even aimlessly.
Our last road trip was to the The Hills Resort, Sakleshpur. Sakleshpur is about 5 hours or so drive from Bangalore, we left a little after 7 am and with a breakfast break made it to Hills around noon
It broadly takes the Neelmangala, Hassan route and on that route, our favorite place to eat is Shark Food court. Totally melt in the mouth Thathe Idly (plate idly) with spicy chutney and sagu like sambhar. This is where we always stop and I strongly reco this place if you are taking that road. The service can get patchy during the peak breakfast hours but I have never had any complain with the food.
The hills is located much farther away from the Sakleshpur town and is remote with nothing near it for kms, just the way we prefer it. There is no cell phone signal let alone internet and that helps one completely wind down
It’s strange how life has come a full circle, from the point when the cell phones were cool and wanted to now when people (atleast us) want to get away from them to be able to really take a break. Shows much it has intruding into our lives and how we need a forced break from them to be able to enjoy other things in life like music and books
The resort has two kinds of accommodation, the wooden cottages and the Swiss tented cottages. We decided to stay in the tented accommodation since the child these days is obsessed with anything that has the name “tent” in it
We generally took it is easy for the next two, we are a laid back family when it comes to holidays and rarely do we go for “sight-seeing”. Numerous walks, some treks, little things on the way, that is what we enjoy the most. During this visit we went to an hour long trek which started from a 250 year old temple. The temple was recently renovated but it’s so remote and peaceful that I was surprised to find such an old temple there. Usually things like this make it to some list, one step in the temple and you still felt the calm may be because there were hardly people around
They also have cycles and stuff which you can borrow and take random rides on the roads close by. During one such ride we found an amusing ice cream cart. They make and package these ice creams locally and then sell it using these mobile vans, I think they have caught the nerve bang on specially for summer.
And what good is a vacation if we don’t talk about food I ask 🙂 Though honestly the food wasn’t the high point or the focal point of this vacation, I had the yummiest aloo bondas with slight drizzle on one of the evenings and a fabulous fish curry on another
O also found himself a football ground (originally estate’s coffee drying area I think)
all in all we had a fantastic short break from the hustle bustle of the city and considering it is just 5 hours drive, I think it is a no brainer of a holiday from Bangalore
You can book The Hills here, the rooms are in the range of 5000/day (for the wooden hut) and 7000/day (for the Swiss cottage) for a couple and includes all meals and accommodation.
PS: Pictures by iphone, should I send them for the clicked using iphone 6 campaign 😉