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.
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.
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
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
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!