Short & Beautiful drives from Bangalore - Kadamane Estate, Sakleshpur

If you're looking for some good drive circuit, off-road fun and forest drive trails around Bangalore, this is a post you'll love to read. There are a loads of short drives from Bangalore where you can spend a weekend or couple of days for a short break from maddening life in Bangalore. We explored one of them few weeks back and it was a wonderful retreat and great fun drive. We wanted to spend couple of days out of Bangalore and being a driving enthusiast, we wanted to explore a circuit that can fit into our requirements for offloading trails and nature drives. So we researched and got to know of a great place called "Kadamane Estate" through our one and only human GPS, Mr. HVK. He knowing me and my interests, suggested this place and as I trust him well, I went ahead and booked this place for a couple of nights.

The wait started and before the D-day, we got all the packing etc. done so we are ready for the trip. On the D-day, we started around 6am from Bangalore towards our destination. The drive is pretty smooth till Hassan and then you get into villages where the roads are somewhat bad and bumpy but not back breaking like in Bangalore :) Anyway, we decided to go to Shettihalli church that was on the way to our final destination for the day and spent some time there for family photoshoot.

Shettihalli Church

The route we took (click on image for google map)

Farmlands at the Shettihalli church site

Farmlands and the river Hemavati

Farmlands at the Shettihalli church site

Farmlands at the Shettihalli church site

After a good photoshoot, we proceeded towards Kadamane Estate, Sakleshpur. It took us almost 2 hours from Shettihalli church to reach Kadamane Estate. The roads we a bit of village roads and at the end became exciting. We had to cross one check-post in-between where we were asked where are heading and only after ensuring that we have a booking at the Kadamane estate, we were allowed to get through. Our host suggested one route and told us not to take the route suggested by Google Maps at the end 11kms but somehow we fell pray to Google and literally ENJOYED the trail Google suggested to the core. It was a narrow forest trail the only a JEEP with 4x4 capability would do easily and we just LOVED driving on that trail with our darling Raakshas SUV.

The route we took to Kadamane from Shettihalli Church (click on the image for google map)

Drive towards Kadamane ...

The drive to Kadamane

Excellent mud trail towards Kadamane

After getting down from the trail, we had to drive another 20mins to reach the Kadamane Estate entrance. The weather that day was very warm around 33 degrees Celsius and felt like we made a mistake to come there. Anyway we didn't had a choice so just proceeded to the bungalow where we had our accommodation booked. We had to make an entry at the gate for going to the Sinnadorai bungalow (yes, thats the name of the bungalow) and then drive for few minutes to reach the place. The drive is good through the tea estate and gives a very good view and feeling to be in nature.

The view of Kadamane tea factory

Office @ the Kadamane estate entrance

The main entrance and the reception area at the Kadamane bungalow

After reaching, I called up the manager (Radhika, a wonderful, sweet lady who manages the estate) and informed that we have arrived. We were greeted well by the staff and offered iced tea which was yummy. After the check-in formalities, we were shown our cottage that was just 200 meters away with a big lawn and a wonderful view of the tea estate. Wow!