The Rugged Terrain of Ramanagram
Blog :Bangalore - People & Place
Date: 8/6/2012 5:05:57 AM
The Rugged Terrain of Ramanagram
If you are an adventure junkie and looking for adventure in Bangalore, there are quite a few places close to the city which are ideal for an adventure break. One of these places is Ramanagram, a small village located very close to the city. It is well known for its rugged rock formations, as well as being the largest silk market in the south.
Ramanagram, also called as Closepet, is located about 50 km from the city of Bangalore. You have three options when it comes to travelling to Ramanagram. You can either take a train and get down at the Ramanagram station. All the major trains from Bangalore to Mysore and vice versa halt at the Ramanagram station. It is a short journey and should cost you around Rs 110.
Another option to reach Ramanagram from Bangalore is to take a bus. Regular buses ply between Bangalore and Ramanagram, and there are air conditioned buses available as well. However, if you are the more fun sort, you could always drive down to the destination yourself. The Bangalore- Mysore highway is in pretty good condition and you should have fun driving on it. You should get there in less than 2 hours if you leave in the wee hours of the morning.
What lies in store for you at Ramanagram?
The small village is a haven for adventure lovers. The natural granite formations of the place are ideal for adventure activities such as trekking, rappelling as well as rock climbing. In fact, the place is famous for being the shooting location of the blockbuster Bollywood film, Sholay.
There are quite a few rock formations you could try climbing here. The most popular of the lot is Ramdevara Betta. You will find the trek to the top of Ramdevara Betta quite simple. The trekking route is marked and you could go either take the stairs or reach the top in a more adventurous manner.
The trekking route to the top of Ramdevara Betta takes you through scattered greenery. You are also likely to find shepherds shepherding their goats here. The top of the hill gives you some amazing views of the valley and Savandurga, which lies closeby. It also has a small pond, flanked by temples on either side.
While one of these temples is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati, the other one is dedicated to Lord Rama. A number of pilgrims visit the temples throughout the year, which is what the stairs to the top of the hill are there for.
If you are like a little more adventure though, the hills on the sides of Ramdevara Betta can be quite a handful. Of these, SRS Betta and Thenginkal Betta are quite popular among avid trekkers. The rock faces are quite steep on these hills and there is hardly anything to hold onto. That’s why, you need special permission from the authorities for trekking on these hills.
Ramanagram also has some quirky named hills such as Gabbar ki Pasand and Rainbow Wall, which are exciting trekking trails. But trekking is not the only thing that you can do in Ramanagram.
The granite rock formations are ideal for rappelling and chimney climbing as well. Chimney Climbing is a sport where you have to utilize the space between rocks in order to make your way to the top. The sport requires high levels of fitness and can give you a nice little workout.
The place isn’t about adventure alone though
The small village isn’t about adventure alone though. While here, you shouldn’t miss a chance to visit Janapada Loka, which is the handicraft centre of the place. The place gives you a glimpse into the lives of the locals out there, and you could always pick some beautiful pieces of handicrafts as well.
And then there is the Silk Market to visit here, which is one of the largest in Asia. You can pick up beautiful stuff here which is made out of pure silk, such as exquisite Silk Sarees.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Ramanagram would be anytime it is not raining. In the monsoon season, you are likely to find the place all swampy and full of leeches, which make trekking very difficult indeed. The granite rocks become slippery too due to rain, which can be quite dangerous to climb. While summers are too bad a time, if you can, skip the summer months as well, since it can get quite hot during that time.