Set amidst the tall granite hills and lush green surroundings, Ramnagaram is a popular weekend getaway for the people in Bengaluru. The landscape surrounding Ramnagaram will seem familiar to anyone who is into Bollywood movies because it appears so frequently in the iconic movie Sholay. The old granite formation and boulders are where most of this movie was shot thus immortalising these hills forever.
Ramanagaram is also known as the Silk Town and Silk City as it is a very important place for the production of silk. The silk produced here forms the input for the famous Mysore Silk. Ramanagaram is also famous for its Ramdevarabetta Vulture Sanctuary where one can spot critically endangered vultures in their natural habitat. Janapada Loka is an organisation here which has been very influential in promoting various art and cultural forms including dance and music.
The Ramadevarabetta and Savandurga hills are also favourite spots for rock climbers and trekkers since many trek routes start from here. These hills are also some of the unique bird habitats in India since many birds that live in dry rocky habitats like vultures can be spotted here very often. There are also many temples and caves peppered along these hill ranges that you can explore on foot or by car.
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