Ramanagara, formerly Closet, is a small town on the outskirts of Bangalore. The distance between Bangalore, Karnataka’s capital city, and Ramanagara is approximately 50 kilometers. The name of the town comes from the nearby Ramagiri Hills, and the district (of the same name) was recently created from the Bangalore rural district. Ramanagara district is a lovely place with lots of flora and fauna, as well as hilly and flat areas. The large pieces of granite from the Lower Proterozoic era are a major geographical feature of this region. The district encompasses 3516 square kilometers, 699.46 square kilometers of which are forested.
The Cauvery, Arkavathi, and Kanva rivers also run through the district. The district contains 823 villages. Many people are surprised to learn that Ramanagara is a movie star. It is well-known for being the location of the Bollywood film “Sholay.” However, this was not the only film shot on location. David Lean’s film “A Passage to India” was also shot here, with the backdrop of rough-hewn boulders. If you visit Ramanagara, which is near Bangalore, you will be surprised to learn that there is more to do here than just go sightseeing. Some of them are
Ramanagara Night Trekking
A nighttime Ramanagara Trek is one of the most enjoyable things to do in the district. There are numerous local tour companies that offer day treks and hikes. However, because you are forced to look at what is right in front of you at night, you can appreciate the beauty of nature in great detail. As you make your way through the darkness, you can gaze up at the beautiful stars above. You can also set up camp with a bonfire to keep warm while enjoying the great outdoors. Trekkers can enjoy a beautiful view of the rising sun as its rays bathe the landscape in golden light as dawn breaks. More information and reservations can be found here.
At Janapada Loka, you can experience Karnataka’s rural ethos.
The Janapada Loka is a 15-acre campus that recreates Karnataka’s rural environment in order to preserve the state’s folk culture. This cultural center, located on the Bangalore-Mysore highway, about 4 kilometers from Ramanagara and 59 kilometers from Bangalore, is the brainchild of HL Nage Gowda, a civil servant and lover of Indian folk culture. The Janapada Loka, founded in 1994, is dedicated to promoting, preserving, publishing, and propagating the state’s indigenous folk culture. It provides a venue for rural artisans, musicians, and craftspeople to display and market their work. The Janapada Loka is open between 9.30 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Wednesday to Monday. It is closed on Tuesdays and other holidays.
Camping in Ramanagara
The Ramanagara Adventure Camp is a thrilling destination. The camp is located on the banks of Rangarayara Doddi Lake, about 35 kilometers from Bangalore, in the lush greenery of Ramanagra’s reserve forest, near the famous SRS Hills. You can go kayaking and boating on the beautiful lake, trekking and rappelling on the rocky mountains, and riding one of the longest zip lines on Kanakapura Road. Slacklining, the Burma Bridge, water rollers, river crossings, water zorbing, trampolines, rain dances, ziplining, swimming pools, paintball, carrom, table tennis, volleyball, cricket, and other activities are also available to visitors.
Take a walk through the Ramanagara Silk Cocoon Market.
The Ramanagara Silk Cocoon Market, located in Ijoor in the Ramanagara district, 40 kilometers from Bangalore, is one of Asia’s largest cocoon markets. The cocoon market, which spans two acres, is a great place to shop for traditional silk artwork. Visitors can also take a tour of the silk industry or stroll through the market to look at the cocoon vendors.
Biking at Mekedatu
Mekedatu is a great destination for those looking to get away from the concrete jungles. It is located in Kanakapura, in Ramanagara district, about 100 kilometers from Bangalore. After merging with the Arkavati River, the Cauvery or Kaveri River flows through a narrow and steep gorge. Karnataka is on one side of the gorge, and Tamil Nadu is on the other. Mekedatu, in addition to being a beautiful destination for nature lovers, has intriguing mythology behind its name.
According to one legend, a goat (Mike) disguised as Shiva leaped across the Kaveri River from one side of the gorge to the other. Strange, gigantic holes resembling hooves can still be found on both sides of the gorge where the goat is said to have leaped across the river. Trekkers will find a unique haven at Mekedatu because there is so much natural beauty to explore. Because the roads are almost completely deserted, biking has become a popular activity among visitors. Visitors can also visit the Chunchi Falls, which are about 17 kilometers away. Swimming in the waters of Mekedatu is not recommended due to the rough and strong currents.