Ramanagara is a place in Ramadevara Betta Hills, also known as Sholay Shooting Spot, is a renowned tourist destination just outside of Bangalore, Karnataka. The location gained prominence after it’s used in the world-famous Hindi movie ‘Sholay.’ Since then, it has also been referred to as Ramgad. The hills are a popular escape first from the city, in terms of providing incredible views of the township below. There are also various activities available at the location, such as trekking, rock climbing, and more.
There are also a wide range of bird species to be found here, making it a perfect location for birding. The location, which is also popular with photographers, may be reached by climbing a staircase of around 400 stairs from across a woodland. There is also a little Temple at the summit that you can visit.
Night Trekking In Ramanagara
One of the most entertaining things to see in the area is to go on a Ramanagara hike at night. There are numerous local tour companies that provide day treks and hikes. However, because you are forced to stare at what is right in front of you at night, you can enjoy the importance of nature in great detail. As you make your way through the darkness, you can glance up at the gorgeous stars above. You can even set up camp with a bonfire to keep warm while enjoying the great outdoors. Those looking for a more challenging night might go to Sri Revana Siddeshwara Betta (SRS hills), which is noted for rock climbing and rappelling. Trekkers can enjoy a beautiful glimpse of the rising sun as its rays flood the area in golden light as dawn breaks.
Rock Climbing On The Famous Sholay Hill
Once a peaceful neighbourhood, the Ramadevara Betta Hills (betta meaning hills in Kannada) have grown in popularity as a result of the numerous film shoots that have taken place here over the years. This hill, which is situated adjacent Sugganahalli as in Ramanagara district approximately 48 kilometres from Bangalore, rose to prominence when it was utilised as Gabbar Singh’s refuge in ‘Sholay.’ Ever since, these Ramanagara hills have been dubbed the Sholay Hill. The Ramadevara Betta Hills are also one of the best sites in Ramanagara to go rock climbing. It’s public and available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The hills are also included in the famed Ramanagara walk, which takes travellers through some of the most scenic areas of the district.
Stroll Through The Ramanagara Silk Cocoon Market
The Ramanagara Silk Cocoon Market is among Asia’s largest cocoon trading platforms, situated in Ijoor, Ramanagara district, 40 kilometres away from Bangalore. These supermarkets sell approximately 50,000 kg of freshly produced cocoons each day. The cocoon market, which spans two acres, is an excellent place to find authentic silk artwork. Tourists can also take a guided tour of the silk industry or wander around the market to see the cocoon dealers. There is no entrance fee to the Ramanagara Silk Thread Market, which is open all day.
Biking, Trekking At Mekedatu
Mekedatu is a wonderful getaway for anyone wishing to get away from the metropolitan cities. It is nestled in Kanakapura, Ramanagara district, around 100 miles from Bangalore. After merging with the Arkavati river, the Cauvery or Kaveri river flows through a slender and rugged canyon. Karnataka is on one side of the gorge, and Tamil Nadu is on the other. Mekedatu has a fascinating legend behind its name, in addition to being a great location for nature enthusiasts. According to one legend,Shiva, dressed as a goat , hopped from one side of the gorge to the other across the Cauvery river.. On both sides of the gorge, where the goat is said to have leapt across the river, weird enormous holes resembling hooves can still be found.
Birdwatching At The Ramadevara Betta Vulture Sanctuary
The Vulture Reserve of Ramadevara Betta is placed close to the Sri Pattabhi Rama Temple on the summit of the Ramadevara Betta. In Ramanagara, this is a must-see attraction. Three of India’s nine vulture breeds can be seen in their native environment here. Regrettably, many species are on the point of becoming obsolete. The white-backed, Egyptian vultures, long-billed, have been roosting in the Ramanagara betta for generations, despite the fact that the vulture sanctuary was established in 2012. Following much outrage from conservationists and ornithologists over the decline in the vulture population, an area of 346.41 acres was established as a conservation area for the birds. The monastery is open from 9 a.m. with an admission fee of INR 25 per person and separate parking fees.