A weekend getaway at Ramnagaram
A small district in Karnataka, Ramnagaram is known for its rocky outcroppings and lush green surroundings. Earlier called as Shamserabad, during the ruling of Tipu Sultan, Ramnagaram finds its origin from the once existed village Ramnagiri at the foothills of Ramadevarabetta. This town has an Agrahara on the left bank of the Arkavati with a temple of Arkeshwara built in later Vijayanagara style.
People of Bangalore often come here for weekend getaways for its surroundings are very calm and quiet. The beautiful hills of Ramnagaram are covered with scrub forest or granite deposits. These challenging rocky hillocks are ideal for rock climbing or mountain climbing and are hence an essential destination for rock climbers. Ramnagaram is home to many endangered species like the yellow-throated bulbul and long-billed vultures found in Ramdevarabetta Vulture Sanctuary.
Famously called The Silk City, Ramnagaram has one of the biggest silk markets in Asia and also one of the biggest cocoon marketing centre. The silk produced here is used as raw material for the famous Mysore silk. One can witness the culture of this place by visiting Janapada Loka, an organization that promotes various art forms including dance and music.
What to Expect
Ramnagara is a town and a city municipal and city municipal council in the state of Karnataka. Being the headquarters of Ramnagara district, the town was known as Shamserabad when Tippu Sultan ruled and later changed into Closepet after the name of Sir Barry Close during pre-Independence. The district has four different Taluks namely Ramanagara, Kanakapura, Channapatana and Magadi. This district is famous for its sericulture and thus goes by the name of silk city. There are many places to visit such as the Vulture Sanctuary, Janapada Loka, Sangam and Mekedatu etc. People can also opt for many adventure sports such as trekking, hiking rock climbing etc.
Top things do in Ramnagaram
How to reach
Ramnagaram is a small district in Karnataka and is well connected by road and railways. It doesn't have its own airport but Bangalore is the closest airport. Ramnagaram is easily accessible and there are buses to and from this city.
How to Reach by Flight
Ramnagaram does not have its own airport but the closest airport is Bangalore airport. The district is 50 km away from the main city and there are busses accessible from the city and frequent very often to Ramnagaram.
How to Reach by Train
Ramnagaram is connected to most major cities by railways and makes it convenient too. The southern cities are at a distance of 12 to 14 hours by train.
How to Reach by Bus
There are many buses operating from the main city of Bangalore to reach Ramnagaram.
How to Reach by Road
The roads connecting cities to Ramnagaram are well developed and can be used easily. However, if the drive becomes over 10 hours, it is advisable to take railways instead. Bangalore being the closest metropolitan city, has access to busses towards Ramnagaram. Taxi services are a little weak but if you own your car, driving there would be enjoyable.
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Drink and Dine
The food options here are very limited and it is advisable to carry food from home or make arrangements to get some cooked for yourself. However, if you travel to nearby cities you will find many South-Indian delicacies such as dosa, Bisi Bele batgh, idli, vada, sambhar, rasam,kerasi bath, Mysore pak etc.
- Trek through the Ramadevabetta Hills where the iconic Bollywood movie Sholay was shot.
- 30-minute climb to Ramdevra Temple.
- Visit the Ramnagara hills for rock climbing and other adventure sports.
- Bird watching in Ramdevarabetta Vulture Sanctuary, for you to set your eyes on the most exquisite range of birds and vultures.
- Janapada Loka is an institution known for the artefacts representing the folk culture of Ramnagaram.
- Experience the culture and lifestyle of the local people here.