Ramanagara - History, Timings & Entry Fee

Adventure / Trekking

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Distance (From Bangalore City Railway Station): 54.5 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): Full Day

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 54.5 km from Bangalore City Junction and 95 km from Mysore Junction, Ramanagara is a town in Karnataka. It is also the headquarters of Ramanagara district. It is base for few good short trekking trails near Bangalore.

Ramanagara is famous for its silk market, giving it the other name of Silk town. The Ramanagara district is surrounded by seven majestic hills Shivaramagiri, Yatirajagiri, Somagiri, Krishnagiri, Revana Siddeshwara hill, Jala Siddeshwara hill and Sidilakallu hill. The town has an Agrahara on the left bank of the Arkavati with a temple of Arkeshwara built in later Vijayanagara style. The temple is said to have been renovated by Krishna raja Wodeyar III.

Ramanagara is one of the most popular trekking spots around Bangalore. The highest elevation is over 3,000 feet and the treks here are of moderate difficulties. It is home to some highly endangered species of birds such as the Long Billed Vulture and Yellow Throated Bulbul.

Another Famous hill at Ramanagara is Ramagiri hill, the shooting location of the famous film Sholay, which is about 4 km from Ramanagara. The top of the hill has an ancient Pattabhi Rama temple. The climb is not very strenuous and there are nearly 450 steps to reach this lovely temple. This is one of the most popular places for trekking in Karnataka. The Revana Siddeshwara Betta (3066 ft) Trek offers a breathtaking view of the valley. The Revana Siddeshwara Betta and the Ramadevara hills are the most popular destinations for trekking in Ramanagara.

Adventure enthusiasts can also engage in the challenging and rewarding sport of Rock Climbing in Ramanagara. Over here, two types of rock climbing can be enjoyed: Pitch Climbing and Bouldering. Bouldering is recommended for beginners and groups that are not experienced. Pitch climbing is more difficult with participants having to climb rocks that have a height of over 30 feet. Chimney climbing is a very interesting rock climbing variation that sees the person having to squeeze through small areas in order to get to the top.

Janapada Loka and Kanva reservoir are the nearby attraction of Ramanagara. Kanva Reservoir is located 12 km from Ramanagara. Located halfway between Ramanagara and Channapatna, the reservoir is named after Sage Kanva who was believed to reside in the area during the Ramayana era. The reservoir was built across river Kanva in the year 1946. It is an ideal spot for camping with good fishing spots and bird watching outposts.