Ramanagara - Fun things to do here on a weekend drive

1st Apr 2021
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The hilly landscape and relatively untouched nature makes Ramanagara a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle we live in. Ramanagara is home to some of the world's oldest deposits of granite and other rocks. This place is only 65 kms from Bangalore.

Not just this , Ramanagara is also become my hometown post marraige. But I got this opportunity to explore this magnificent town like never before during Covid - lockdown as I got stuck here for more than 15 days. I kept going back for more and this place has never failed to surprise me.

Things to do at Ramanagara

Visit the local silk cocoon market : Located in Ijoor of the Ramanagara district, 40 kms from Bangalore, the Ramanagara Silk Cocoon Market is one of Asia's largest cocoon markets. Everyday, this market sells about 50,000 kgs of freshly cultivated cocoons. Spread across two acres, the cocoon market is a great place to shop for traditional silk artwork. Visitors can also take a tour of the silk industries located here, or stroll through the market and check out cocoon vendors. The Ramanagara Silk Cocoon Market is open throughout the day and there is no entry fee.

Go farm hopping : From coconut farm to papaya, banana, mango , grapes, jackfruit, you will find all kindsa farms here. My favorite pastime whenever I come here is to loot relatives farms of my fav fruits 😀.

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On the way to Ramadevara Betta

Trek at any of the Betta ( hills) :The town gets its name from the Ramgiri Hills or Ramadevara Betta, a hillock outside the town, which has a Rama shrine atop and a fenced-in natural pond. The history of this place goes as far back as Ramayana. It is believed that Rama along with Sita and Lakshmana stayed here during their exile period. Locals say that Kakasura a demon was smitten by the beauty of Sita and took the form of a crow and began pestering her. When Rama came to know about this, he threw grass at the crow which turned into an arrow blinding the crow. The demon then pleaded with Rama to forgive him. Rama asked the demon to never visit the hills again and the conspicuous absence of crows here even to this day, They also say that even today you can see Rama's footprints preserved here. Ramadevara Betta, Thimmapana Betta, Revanasiddeshwara Betta are few of the unexplored hills near Ramanagar.

Grab a Ferrer Rocher shake at Rasta Café : A happening café near Ramanagar which is pet friendly 🐕 and offers some mind blowing shakes and food. Drop by to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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Stay at any of the beautiful resorts : Ramanagar hosts a blend of resorts surrounded by nature and lot of activities to keep you occupied. Few mentioned below :

Go on a coracle ride at Mekadaatu : Located in Kanakapura of Ramanagara district, and about 100 kms from Bangalore, Mekedatu (which literally means 'goat's leap' in Kannada) .Here, the Cauvery or Kaveri river flows through a narrow (about 10 mtrs wide) and steep gorge after it merges with the Arkavati river. On one side of the gorge lies Karnataka and on the other lies Tamil Nadu. According to mythology, a goat (meke), who was Shiva in disguise, leapt over the Kaveri river from one side of the gorge to the other. Coracle rides are a highlight in this place.

Binge at Taj biryani Paradise: Bang on Ramanagar main road, 5 mins away from city center is Taj Biryani located. The specialty of this place is drool worthy biryani and hot kababs. Must try !

Watch sun paint the sky into different hues : Sunsets as early as 5.30 pm here. Spend your evenings watching the sun go down the hill and the sky turn into different hues as the sunsets. This is an experience one should not miss.

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