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Go Rappelling in Ramnagaram

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 3 months ago

Among climbing destinations in India, Ramnagaram features right on top with its rock formations and challenging terrain. Here’s more about the town that’s a haven for the adventurous at heart…


Ramnagaram is famous for its unique rock formations, and it’s a well known spot among adventure enthusiasts. It is a town that lies 48 km away from Bangalore, and it is also the administrative headquarters of the Ramnagaram district and a popular place to holiday in Karnataka.

Lying more than 2450 feet above sea level, it is one of the biggest silk cocoon markets in the country. There is a beautiful temple located in this town as well. It is the Arkeshwara Temple on the banks of the Akravati River and is famous for being built in the Vijayanagara style.


The Rocks in Ramnagaram

Ramnagaram has a special connection with the film industry as Ramadevarabetta hill was one of the locations shown in the famous movie Passage to India. The hills of Ramnagaram were also served as the location for the popular Hindi film, Sholay. 

The granite hills here are considered to be among the oldest in the world. There are two rock formations around this town, the Anna-Thamma on one side and the Hani-Gundi on the other side, worth seeing. 

The hills here are ideal for rock climbing and rappelling activities, and Ramnagaram is increasingly becoming a popular adventure sport destination. The most favored hills for climbing activities are SRS Betta, Ramadevarabetta, and Thenginkal Betta.

These hills with their tall, compact granite faces offer many options for short climbs, in varying ranges of difficulties. Measured on the American scale of rock climbing levels, these hills vary from 5.8 to 5.11. If you’re a free climbing enthusiast, you can’t do much along these hills as they have a smooth surface.

Some of the interesting climbs here have very intriguing names like Gabbar Ki Asli Pasand, Rainbow Wall, and Anna-Thamma. You’ll need to obtain a permit from the Forest Department in order to climb these rocks.


Temples for the Pious

On top of the Ramdevarabetta hill is a pond, with temples on either side of it. On one side is the Rameshwara temple, formerly called the Thrayambakeshwara temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Adjacent to this temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva’s consort Parvati.

On the other side of the pond is a temple dedicated to Sri Rama. The sanctum contains beautiful idols of Sri Rama, Sita and Hanuman.


The Road to Ramnagaram

Bangalore is the nearest city to Ramnagaram, and it lies less than 50 km away. The town lies on the Bangalore Mysore Highway, so it easy to reach the town from either of these cities through buses that cover the route. Ramnagaram has a small railway station and trains running between Bangalore and Mysore stop here for a little time. The nearest airport is located at Bangalore and numerous tour packages from Bangalore are available.

You can even take a road trip in a private vehicle if you’re planning on having some fun during your trip. This is an ideal way to visit Ramnagaram – so pack up and scale the rugged terrain!

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