Ramanagara, famously known as, ‘Silk City of Karnataka’ holds its importance since ages. Located 50 km away from the IT hub Bangalore, Ramanagara is a municipal district of Karnataka. The history of Ramanagara is as intriguing as the city itself, formerly known as Shamserabad under the rule of Tipu Sultan, the place still has the reminiscences of the ruler.
The Ramanagara district of Karnataka contributes diversely in the form of culture, economy, nature, and adventures. Home to seven hills Jalasiddeshawara Betta, Shivaramagiri, Krishnagiri, Revannasiddeshwara Betta, Sidilakallu Betta, Yatirajagiri and Somagiri, this place transcends you through time and takes you on a escapade from the chaos of daily life. Visiting Ramanagara can be just more than sightseeing. There are a plethora of activities that you and your folks can dwell into. Here is a list of things that you can do, while going to Ramanagara.
Camping at Ramanagara with adventure activities
Ramanagara is well acquainted with greenery and the serene lake amongst the tall cliffs makes it a perfect destination for camping. You can spend the day exploring the rocky terrains and camp near the lake which you can book in advance, camps are usually available in single,double and triple occupancy. One can indulge in various adventurous activities like kayaking, canoeing and boating in the calm waters of the lake. Games such as Water Volleyball, Indoor games, Raindance, Slacklining and Paintball. You can also go cycling or biking around, they are easily available on rent. One of the most fun-loving activities that you can do is ziplining over the Kanakpura road. You can spend the evening by having tea and snacks with your family. The timings of the camp are 4pm to 10am.
Bird Watching at Ramadevarabetta Vulture Sanctuary
Spread over 346.41 hectares. This land is home to some of the rarest species of the vultures. Situated above the Ramadevarabetta Betta, this place was established in 2012. Being native to this place for several years, the recent decline in the population of vultures alarmed everyone. After repetitive issues raised by the environmentalists and activists regarding the endangered species of vulture. Some of the species of vultures that you can see are Egyptian Vulture, Long-billed and white backed. This place is a paradise for birdwatchers and people who want to spend some time in nature’s paradise. The Ramadevarabetta Vulture Sanctuary is open from 9:00am to 4:30pm. You can reach the Sanctuary by taking the Mysore Highway which is 4 km from Ramanagara. The nearest airport to the Sanctuary is Kempegowda International Airport and the nearest railway station is Ramanagara.
The trekking in Ramanagara is quite fascinating but what makes it worthwhile is the night trek on the Ramanagara hills. The timid lights of the city across the forests and the endless sky with the sparkling stars will enthrill you completely. You can spend the night trekking along the SRS hills and campfire during the night. The sunrise being the first thing to witness along with sunshine turning everything golden as far as your eyes can see will make all the efforts rewarding.
You can book a night trek with trekking companies in advance to avoid any hassle. It would be best to reach Ramanagara by evening so as to begin with night trek timely. Some of the most iconic scenes of the legendary movie, Sholay were shot on the Ramadevarabetta hills. You can indulge in rock climbing to the top of ‘Sholay Spot’ where you can enjoy the aesthetically picturesque landscape of the place.
Wander through Silk Market of Ramanagara
Holding the tag of Asia’s Largest Cocoon Market, the Ijoor district of Ramanagara is a must visit during your visit. From basic processing of silk threads to manufacturing handloom silk products, you can experience and witness the silk industry as an insider. You can see various cocoon wenders selling freshly cultivated cocoons everyday. You can also visit Silk Industries and treat yourself and your loved one with traditional silk products. Famously known as the ‘Silk City’ this market is spread across two acres of land. The market functions as the main commercial hub for the silk industry and supports the livelihood and art of innumerable craftsmen. You can visit the market anytime of the day and the best way to reach there is through the road.
Ramanagara is a perfect hub for nature lovers, family retreats, and solo travellers. This place is surely a weekend fatweway from the hustle of the city and does rejuvenate you mentally. Visiting Ramanagara will be a memorable experience for you and your loved ones for the years to come.