Place 2:Ramanagara

On the way to Mysore through SH 17, you get small town called Ramangara which is 50km away from Bangalore.  The town is famous for silk and it is called as ‘Silk Town’ and it also has Asia’s second largest cocoon market.  Apart from all these, this town is also famous for tourist spots and heaven for trekkers.  The town Ramangara is surrounded by seven hills, Shivaramagiri, Yetirajagiri, Somagiri, Krishnagiri, Revanasiddeswara betta, Jala siddeswara betta and Sidilakallu betta.  Of which two of the famous hill was Revanasiddeswara betta and Ramdevru betta.

Revenasiddeswara Betta

It’s a hill located at the scenic location of Ramanagara.  The height of the hill is around 3066ft above sea level.  View from top the hill is beautiful.  There are totally 3 temples on the hill, Renukamba temple at base, Bemeshwari Temple at midway and Reveanasiddeswara temple at the top.  On top you will also find Rama temple beside a small pond.  This place is rich in history, and history goes back to the period of Ramayana. Almost all age group people climb the hill to get the blessings of Shiva.   It’s a well known Shiva Temple in India.

Climbing the hill is not so difficult, as there is a proper arrangement from the government.  But the view from top of the hill is amazing.  You will really enjoy the view of many hills which surrounds Ramanagar.  If you are good at rock climbing, it can be done.  Overall it’s a nice place to go in bike for one day.

How to reach:

From Bangalore frequent KSRTC bus available to Ramangara.

The place is just 11km from Ramangara Bus stand.  You can get local bus which goes to kanakapura from Ramanagara, and get down at Averehalli.  From there you have to walk 2km to reach the hill.

Food:

No good hotel near the hill, but you can find hotels at Ramanagara Bus stand.

When to go:

Throughout the year.

Ramdevru Betta

This is another hill located before Ramangara Bus stand.  Its height is around 3000ft above sea level. It’s popularly called a “Sholey Betta” as an Hindi movie “Sholey” shot here.  As the name suggest, lord Rama temple present on top of the hill.  And also Parvathi temple nearby, and a Kalyana Mantapa built by Kempegowda.  Inside Rama temple there is an idol of Sri Ram, Lakshman, Sita, and Hanumanth in a single stone, which is the unique of this temple.  It’s popularly known as “Pattabhirama”.  Beside this temple there is pond called “Rama Thirta”.  Hisotry goes like this… temple priest said, this temple is nearly 1000 years old, and it was believed that lord Rama himself visited this place in his 14 year exile.  During this time there was a demon called “Kakasura” (kaka= crow) who was ruling this hill, and it was said that lord Rama killed kakasura here, and even today not even single crow fly near the hill! And the pond called Rama Thirta was also build by Rama, during their stay here.  And the deity of Sri Ram, Lakshamn, Sita and Haunman was believed that Sugriva installed here.

The hill is situated in the forest region.  There are nearly 350 steps to climb, to reach Rama Temple.  On the way you can find Anjaneya temple.  You can get the best view of surroundings while climbing the hill.   Beside the Rama temple, there is a way to go on top of the hill.  This route is little difficult to climb. But once you climb this, you can get a amazing view of Ramanagara town, and Mysore Bangalore high way, and other hills.  Beside the Ramdevru betta there is ‘Saptharushi hill’ i.e.  At different angle you will see small seven hills.  If you are good at rock climbing, its a good experience to climb this.  Including Hindi movie sholey, this hill was shot in one of the famous movie called “Passage to India”.

How to reach:

From Bangalore Frequent KSRTC bus available to Ramanagara.  From Ramanagara bus stand 5km, Auto Rickshaw available.

If you are going in bike, after you get welcome board to ‘Silky City Ramanagar’, take a right turn after you get Ramanagara Jail.  You will see a sign board of Ramdevra betta.

Food:

Hotels available at Ramanagara Bus Stand.

When to go:

Throughout the year.

Our Journey:

Suhas and I planned to visit these two places on October 21st Sunday.  I went to his home at 07:30am morning, It was drizzling outside, we delayed our departure for half an hour, and finally pulled his bike outside at 8am. Unfortunately bike did not start, self start was not working! Bike battery down, nothing much was happening with kick start.  Starting trouble!  After trying out for 15 minutes, we discovered that there was no petrol in bike!!  Taking my camera, tripod and our bags, we pushed bike to petrol bunk which was 1.5km from his home.  This was an exercising start for us.  After that, bike riding was smooth, we took NICE road from Magdi road, reached Mysore road, from there Ramanagara.  Nothing troubled us.  In one day we saw the places, took some good photos, videos, got to know many interesting fact about the places.  Over all it was worth spending one day for this place.

some of our photos..

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