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Ramanagara is the silk city of Karnataka which was back then known by the name “Closepet”. Ramanagara, being just 60 kms from Bengaluru is a popular weekend destination for people in Bengaluru. Ramanagara is known to be the largest producer and manufacturer of silk cocoons in all of Asia. Interestingly, about close to 50 tonnes of cocoons arrive at the town everyday at the Silk Cocoon Market. They supply their raw materials to Mysuru out of which the famous Mysuru Silk is weaved.
Located right next to Bengaluru, Ramanagara is popular for rock climbing, Asia’s largest monolithic hill at Savandurga, South India’s longest zip-lining at a private resort, dolls of Channapattana, scenic locations such as Mekedatu and several temples.
Ramanagara Chamundeshwari Karaga is a popular festival, usually held in July. Nadaprabhu Kempegowda was born in Magadi and Kengal Hanumanthayya, late Chief Minister of Mysuru was born in Kengal,Ramanagara district. Besides tourism, Bidadi in Ramanagara is also an industrial hub. Toyota cars, SUVs and MPVs sold in India are made in Bidadi. A unit of Coca-Cola is also situated in Bidadi.
Ramanagara is also a perfect stopover enroute to Mysuru/Kodagu from Bengaluru. Thatte Idli at Bidadi is a must try breakfast delicacy in Ramanagara which one must try and relish. Try enjoying the Idli with sambar dip and you might as well get addicted and feel full at the same time.
Most importantly, fun fact, the famous Bollywood movie SHOLAY was shot around the hills of Ramanagara and that’s how it started gaining more tourist attraction as well.
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- Ramadevara Betta Vulture Sanctuary: Forests around Ramadevara betta are declared a vulture sanctuary. Birds, particularly giant vultures are spotted here.
- Mekedatu: Mekedatu is a scenic tourist spot in Karnataka where Kaveri River passes through a gorge quite deep but so narrow, even a goat can jump across. Mekedatu attracts nature lovers as it is located deep in the forests providing excellent respite from city life, without being too far away from Bengaluru.
- Sangama: River Kaveri and river Akravati merge at Sangama. Sangama is 3 kms upstream of Mekedatu.
- Janapada Loka: 10 kms from Ramanagara, Janapada loka is an open air theatre, museum and art gallery showcasing folklore and culture.
- Revanasiddeshwara Hills: Revanasiddeshwara betta (hill) is a lofty conical granite hill south of Ramanagara. Revanasiddeshwara Hill is 3300 ft above mean sea level and has motorable road till the top. Bhimeshwara temple is said to be the oldest temple in the hill. Has an inner sanctum with brick and mortar shikhara in Vijayanagara style. Revanasiddeshwara shrine on top of a huge boulder is the main place of worship on the hill. View from top is mesmerizing.
- Veerabhadraswamy Hills: Adjacent to Revanasiddheshwara hills five more hills named after Veerabhadraswamy are also popular. These can be accessed via villages near them such as Kotahalli, Nelehalli and Achchalu.
- Kanva Reservoir: Kanva Reservoir is 10 kms from Ramanagara city and is an ideal picnic spot
- Tippagondanahalli: Large reservoir near Magadi town, currently closed to tourists for maintenance.
- Savanadurga: Savanadurga is Asia’s largest monolith hill, 50 kms west of Bengaluru city. Savandurga, along with nearby attractions in Ramanagara and Magadi, makes an ideal adventure filled day trip from Bengaluru. History of Savandurga dates back to the 14th century, where Hoysala king Ballala the 3rd is said to have named the hill Savandi. Later Savandurga was under the command of Kempegowda, Tipu Sultan and the British.
- Manchanabele Dam: A reservoir built for irrigation purpose, 18 kms from Ramanagara, ideal for picnic and popular because of its scenic location.
- Ramanagara Rock Climbing: Ramanagara district is known for its giant rocks. Ramadevara betta in Ramanagara attracts adventure seekers and rock climbers. Rock climbing and rappelling activities give a sense of adventure and test one’s endurance and fitness levels. Several travel companies operate guided tours and rock climbing expeditions to Ramanagara. One can sign up for such activities as rock climbing cannot be done alone or in small groups without expert help and supervision. Check https://www.wandertrails.com/activities/ramanagara-trek
- Longest Zip Lining: Shilhaandara Resort in Ramanagara offers South India’s longest Zip line adventure and other activities such as ATV Ride and team building activities.
- Golf: Play golf at Ramanagara’s Eagleton Golf Resort, rated one of the best in India and only golf course in South India to be listed in the Rolex Top 1000 Golf Courses of the World.
- Wonderla Theme Park: Wonderla is a popular theme park and recreational activity centre on the outskirts of Bengaluru in Ramanagara district. Wonderla is a family destination for a day full of fun rides, water games and adrenaline pumping high thrill rides.
- Coracle Ride at Mekedatu: Visitors need to take a coracle ride in Sangama to reach Mekedatu, a scenic spot where Kaveri River is so narrow, even a goat can jump across.
- Adventure Sports and Games: Private operators such as Eagles Unbound organize ATV Rides, Zip lining, team building activities, obstacles course etc. https://www.eaglesunbound.com/
- Channapattana Toys: Channapattana is a taluk in Ramanagara district of Karnataka. Channapattana is also known as “Gombe Nadu '' or land of the toys because of its popular toy making industry. Channapattana is home to hundreds of small scale industries and artists specializing in making wooden toys and dolls. Channapattana toys have secured a GI (Geological Identification) tag. Ivory wood, Rose wood, teak wood, pine and sandalwood are used in toy making. Vegetable based natural colours are used on Channapattana toys, making toys safe for use by children. Visitors are encouraged to visit toy shops or manufacturing units and encourage local craft by purchasing toys or dolls that appeal to them. Chennapattana is also home to Varadaraja temple, Prasanna Sri Rama temple, Lakshminarayana and Nilakanteshwara Temples and Timmapparaja Urus Mansion.
- Fever Pitch: An outdoor adventure sports location near Magadi, 38 kms from Bengaluru. Offers ATV rides, Kayaking, watersports, camping experiences, team building activities etc https://www.feverpitchholidays.com/
- Kabbalamma Temple: Kabbalamma temple is a locally popular temple in Kanakapura taluk of Ramanagara district. Kabbalamma temple, located at the foot of a vertical steep hill, was built during the Vijayanagara empire. Deity in Kabbalamma temple is referred to as Kalikadevi. Kabbalamma temple design is of Vijayanagara style with square pillars. The annual fair of Kabbalamma temple is held during Shivaratri (month of February).
- Ramadevara Betta Temple: Most popular spot in Ramanagara, located inside the Ramadevara Betta Vulture Sanctuary, requires climbing 400+ steps. Houses shrines of Lord Rameshwara and Parvathi. After visiting the temple and pond, hiking around the rocks gives captivating views of the surrounding.
- Magadi: Magadi is a taluk and temple town in Ramanagara district. Founder of Bengaluru city, Kempegowda was born in Magadi. The name Magadi was derived from ‘Maha Gadi’ or ‘grand border’. Magadi town was formed in the 12th century during the Chola dynasty. Magadi is popular for its Ranganatha Swamy temple. Ranganatha Swamy temple in Magadi has an idol of Lord Vishnu in standing position. Ranganatha Swamy Temple was built in the 12th century by king Raja Rajendra Chola. Temple was further enhanced during Vijayanagara kingdom. The two gopuram (towers) of the temple complex were contributed by King Krishnadevaraya during the 16th century.
- Kengal Anjaneyaswamy Temple: 10 kms from Ramanagara, Kengal Anjaneyaswamy temple was built during the period of Karnataka’s 2nd chief minister, Sri Kengal Hanumanthaiah.
- Dodda Mallur: A village in Channapattana Taluk, popular for temples of Aravindavalli, Sri Ramaprameya Swamy, and Ambegalu Navaneeta Krishna. Dodda Mallur village is located on the banks of Kanva River, 3 kms from Channapattana.
- Devara Hosahalli: Home to Vijayanagara era Prasanna Anjaneya temple
- Brahmanipura: Home to Vijayanagara era Anjaneya temple, 5 kms from Chennapattana.
- Harohalli: Home to Arunachaleshwara, Krishaswami, Basaveshwara, Bhimeshwara and Anjaneya temples.
- Honganur: Home to Nagaswamy, Kodi Bhairava, Anjaneya, Lakshmi, Koladamma, Gopalakrishna, Maramma and Ishwara temples.
- Jalamangala: Home to Lakshmi Narayana temple built in later Vijayanagara style and another Narayanaswamy temple said to be from Kempegowda era.
- Kallahalli: Popular for Vijayanagara style Srinivasa temple.
- Kengal: Birthplace of Kengal Hanumanthayya, late chief minister of Mysuru was born in Kengal, a town 3 kms from Chennapattana. Kengal is home to Anjaneya temple, Venkataramana and Shani temple.
- Kudlur: Home to Mangaleshwara temple and Sri Rama temple. Kudlur was a popular town during the Chola era.
- Sugganahalli: Home to Narasimha temple of Vijayanagara era.
- Bevooru: Ancient Jain center and popular for pottery and toys. Thimmappana Betta near Bevoor has a 16th century Venkataramana temple. Bevoor is also home to Usalamma Chowdeshwari, Sri Rama, Maramma and Kempamma temples.
- Bidadi: Toyota Kirloskar Motors, makers of Toyota cars and SUVs have their plant in Bidadi. Bidadi is also home to several other industries