Adventure / Trekking
At a distance of 6 km from Ramanagara Bus Stand, and 49 km from Bangalore, Ramdevara Betta is a serene hill situated in the Ramanagara district of Karnataka. Located on Bangalore - Mysore Road, it is one of the popular places for trekking near Bangalore.
Standing tall at a height of 3800 feet, Ramadevara Betta is a good spot for a quick one-day trip. The place also has relevance in Hindu Mythology. On the top of the hill lies small temples dedicated to Lord Rama, Hanuman, Ganesh, and Shiva Parvati. It is believed that Sugreeva established the idol after Lord Rama helped him in killing Asura Sukasura. This idol later was identified and renovated by Kempegowda, founder of Bangalore. Kempegowda also built a fort here, the remains of the Fort wall can be seen at various points. There is another attraction called Sita's Pond. No one knows how deep it is and why it is called so.
Ramadevara Betta is also popularly known for the location of Bollywood's most iconic movie 'Sholay'. This is the place that was converted into Gabbar's hideout and the movie's best scenes and songs were shot here. For several decades, the place is also home to Eygptian and white-backed Vultures. Thus, the area was designated as Vulture Sanctuary by the Forest Department in 2012. But sadly, there are hardly any vulture sightings because of the temples and the number of people visiting. The forest is also home to leopards, bears, and peacocks. However, the wildlife is more active after sunset.
There are about 450 steps for pilgrims to visit the temple. Visitors have to report to the forest department first and it is advisable not to venture out the trek on your own. The route to climbing the mountain may seem a little treacherous and can be done within half a day. Walking through the forest, listening to chirping birds, and the morning glow of sunrise everything was so perfect. The view from the top of the hill is breathtaking and the fresh, light breeze will relax your body and mind. The Palm trees in the distance sway harmoniously with the cool and calm gushes of wind against the clear blue sky. This location is best for a quick trip with your friends or family members.
Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM
Entry: Rs. 25 for Person