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While the pesky pandemic has been stressful for many, quite a few have taken the risk of travelling out of the country. And, some of us just prefer a weekend getaway close to home.

I don’t think I’ve reviewed any of the resorts I’ve been to in the past but just felt like writing about the wonderful experience we had at Machaan.

So, a bunch of us drove from Bangalore to Sakleshpur to spend the weekend at Machaan Plantation Resort. We all needed a break from the daily (500+ days) cooking and cleaning routine. Some of us took our kids along while some decided to have a honeymoon weekend away from theirs. A couple of us were also working from there during the day.

Sunny and cloudy in a day at Machaan


Machaan Plantation Resort is a picturesque resort cushioned by a 100-acre coffee plantation property around it. It is located in Sakleshpur, Karnataka, India, which is approximately a 5-hour drive (250kms) from Bangalore. The main attraction here is the view of the lush green hills which have a misty look when it is about to rain at the resort. The hills are green under the sun and spooky when they are covered with dark clouds. The night sky is amazing.

When the weather is good, the resort encourages visitors to try the starter trek called the MPR View Trek; a beautiful trail lined with trees and woods on both sides. As it rained every now and then, we did not go on the trek or jump in the pool. We had our own events lined up during the evenings, so, we skipped singing by the bonfire, too.

Just posing by the pool

The resort currently has an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant, a lounge, a garden and a scenic walking path. The auditorium was under construction, so, our events were held in the restaurant area.

The closest airport is the Mangalore International Airport.

COVID-19 UPDATE: The staff is masked at all times. They wash their hands and sanitize public areas regularly. Also, as an extra precaution, their temperatures and symptoms are checked every morning.

At one of our events


When we visited, we booked all the 4 structures which had 4 detached rooms each. One such structure was allotted for those of us with kids, so, our little ones (aged 5-10) had a ball of a time together. The rooms are air-conditioned and spacious with two beds or a queen-sized bed and a sofa-cum-bed; good for at least 4 people. They also provide extra bedding, if required. I loved that each room had its own sit-out balcony.

Each room would cost you around Rs 12,000/- per night (inclusive of taxes).

My lunch!


For lunch and dinner, they served good (vegetarian and non-vegetarian) local dishes, other Indian foods and special meals for kids. The breakfast was South Indian, but they prepared omelettes for those of us who needed it.


To book, call +91 8970 33 55 44 or email them [email protected] or you can directly visit Machaan Plantation Resort, Nelagalli Village, Devaladakere Post, Hanbal, Hobli, Sakleshpur, 573165.

The dark clouds over the hills


The resort was a wonderful place to spend time in but perhaps they could include a few more activities for the times when the weather decides to make trekking and lighting bonfires impossible. The food was good but the quality could be looked into, especially as they cater to large groups. We spent a lot of time in the restaurant, with no disturbances from anyone. We danced and sang like crazy till the wee hours of the night. All in all, it was a wonderful weekend getaway after a long time.

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  1. Wonderful review. How I itch to travel freely again

  2. I like the name, Machan. It seems to be a great weekend getaway from Bangalore. Your picture by the pool is Hawt! Bless you…keep smiling always

  3. Leha says:

    Wonderful review. The resort looks dreamy and heavenly. Perfect getaway.

  4. Cloudy day in Sakleshpur is looking much better… thanks for both the pictures/images. Now, I too will plan my trip only in Monsoon.

  5. Shalini says:

    Glad to know about this place and the resort. Thank you for sharing such amazing pics!

  6. The place looks like a perfect getaway from the hustle bustle of daily lives. Will keep it in mind.

  7. jayshree says:

    Love the scenic view of this resort

  8. Ah! I just love this one! And the villa looks so dreamy

  9. Sayali Bedekar Patil says:

    I love that property. Now I want to go again 🙁

  10. Get aways….!! Music to my ears. my kids would love a get away away from home its been quite a whie since they havnt been any place. this seems to be one of the best hill getaway

  11. Looks like you all had a great time. The pics are lovely.

  12. Satabdi says:

    I just want to drop everything and visit this place. Sounds so tempting!

  13. Karnataka has so many resorts by the hills. I don’t know when I will tick them off from my bucket list.

  14. The siriusgram says:

    Omg so scenic!!!! Will add this to my list 🙂 thanks for the review

  15. Suchita Agarwal says:

    There is a Machaan in Pune as well and for a moment I thought you had driven from Bangalore all the way to Pune! Sounds like a perfect place to get away from the four walls that now, sometimes, feel a bit much – even to an introvert like me.

  16. Aesha Shah says:

    Next time I am visiting my parents in Banglore, I am definitely going to Sakleshpura.

  17. Happy to know about this resort. Will try to plan a trip.

  18. Milan Singhal says:

    Sakleshpur is on our travel itinerary for a long, let’s see when we get a chance to visit. Shall consider the place.

  19. Jayanthi says:

    We have visited Sakleshpur but have not visited this resort…hoping for a vacation soon! Thanks for the lovely post that is tickling my travel senses! 🙂

  20. Cindy, your photos are so mesmerizing and the climate there is perfect for a weekend gateway. Seriously, the monotonous life has taken a toll on all of us.

  21. This looks like a beautiful place. The pics remind me of our Kerala trip. I am surely bookmarking this for the future when we can travel.

  22. Yesha says:

    This sounds so beautiful and cosy and a perfect getaway. Thank you for sharing!

  23. Srikanth says:

    Have heard a lot about Sakleshpur in Karnataka, thanks for the resort recommendations, will plan my roadtrip from Hyderabad sometime here…

  24. Pratibha says:

    I am yearning for a getaway. I am hoping a trip will happen soon.

  25. So tempted to visit this place after looking at your photos and reading about your experience.

  26. Neha Jain says:

    This place looks really good. Its good you got some time out out of your daily routine.

  27. Harshita says:

    such getaways are so needed for the times when mind and body are weary. Your pictures looked amazing!

  28. Love everything about this resort. So fresh, green and the food looks so delectable too! Just the break you needed!

    • Ginia says:

      Sounds like a lovely roadtrip and getaway that you had. Travel makes the mind fresh and its specially needed now after the COVID scare that we all had.

  29. matheikal says:

    That seems a tempting place.

  30. jenifer says:

    I also had a recent getaway near home and it was a rejuvenating experience. The resort looks so good and the weather added the charisma to it.

  31. Debdatta says:

    This looks like it could be a good spot for a solo trip – just to relax!

  32. Richa Mina says:

    seems like you had an amazing getaway. Can’t wait to travel myself, Thanks for inspiring us to pursue the passion of travel with precautions obviously.

  33. Deepti says:

    The resort sounds like an interesting getaway, especially in Covid times when one is hard pressed for places that provide the right kind of security and privacy. Thanks for sharing all the information with us.

  34. Samarpita says:

    Lovely property, I have heard a lot about Sakleshpura

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