Ramnagar: The village from 'Sholay'


Everyone loves movies and likes to watch different genres - action, suspense, drama, horror, comedy, etc. No wonder we have so many series running on OTT platforms. I remember most commonly played games in school and college amongst friends during recess used to be "Identify the dialogue, from a movie". The last time I saw a meme, it was on Karan Johar (the popular Indian director) which read “Arrey O sambha, Kitne admi the” (Translation... hey Sambha how many people were there?)


Can you guess the dialogue?


Yes!! The dialogue is from the movie "SHOLAY"


Probably of many things people remember from the movie, apart from its dialogue, its villain GABBAR and the friendship between Amitabh and Dharmendra (Actors) is the place” RAM NAGAR” the village, the movie context was set.


Ramnagar the village That was

as famous as the movie plot

“Ramanagara” is a small town approximately over 50 km from Bangalore city (India Capital for the state Karnataka). The production house of the movie had to build a road from the city highway to this beautiful town, to make commutation easy for the crew and stars to the location.


The Caves, The Deep Valleys, and Gabbar


The villain GABBAR's hideout place in the movie was on a hilltop, surrounded by big rocks and scarce vegetation. It looked like an abandoned den, befitting for Gabbar’s mighty dacoit force.


Today after five decades of the movie, the place has still preserved the way then and is named “Sholay hilltop” with the rich green forests and rugged terrain. This untouched terrain surrounded by many hills and has wide-open spaces flourishing with natural beauty. The place offers to the adventurist the opportunity for spectacular trekking opportunities. There are tourist guides who charge approx. INR 1200 For trekking and for site seeing.


The five main resorts here are Shilhaandara Resort, Vana resort Bangalore Day out, Eagleton resort, club magnolia resort, Hill view resort, and the average daily stay could cost you anything between INR 800 to INR 1500 per adult.

Apart from this place you can also go trekking for Skandagiri, Kudremukh, Savanadurga, Kunti Betta, Chikmagalur, etc nearby Bangalore city.


Ramanagara also is known as the land of seven hills which are Yatirajagiri, Shivaramagiri, Somagiri, Revannasiddeshwara Betta, Krishnagiri, Sidilakallu Betta, and Jalasiddeshawara Betta.


If you are planning for over a weekend at this place, the site offers you with many more picturesque landscapes.


MEKEDATU

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It is a beautiful site where the Kaveri river flows through a deep and narrow gorge which is approx. 67 km from Ramanagara and 97 km from Bangalore city.


NIGHT TREK IN RAMANAGARA


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If you are a nightcrawler then you can take your nightlife excitement to another level with a night trek in Ramanagara. This is the place where rock climbing started and it is a trending weekend escape where you can do camping and adventure activities. With the night trek, you can enjoy the sunset and twinkling of stars which takes you to another world with the beauties of the sky. This will make you mesmerize.


If you are a nightcrawler then you can take your nightlife excitement to another level with a night trek in Ramanagara. This is the place where rock climbing started and it is a trending weekend escape where you can do camping and adventure activities. With the night trek, you can enjoy the sunset and twinkling of stars which takes you to another world with the beauties of the sky. This will make you mesmerize.


RAMADEVARA BETTA VULTURE SANCTUARY


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It is India’s only vulture sanctuary. It is one of the most visit tourist places in Ramanagara. In this sanctuary, you can watch the white-backed, long-billed, and Egyptian vultures are rare species. It was built in 2012 and notified as an ecosystem-zone. There are three species out of nine found here. It is approx. 82 km from Ramanagara and approx. 67 km from Bangalore city.


JANAPADA LOKA


Bayalu mandira, Source: https://ramanagara.nic.in/


It is located on Bangalore- Mysore highway which is just 53 km away from Bangalore. Janapada Loka translates to Folk World which promoting and preserving folk art and culture. The museum reflects 5000 folk artifacts and is divided into different segments. There is a variant of Karnataka’s art and antique collection from three decades.


KANVA RESERVOIR


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It is a man-made artificial lake formed by the river Kanva and it is 15 km long and it covers 776 hectares. This lake is made for irrigation project but now it is a famous tourist attraction and also it attracts bird watchers and adventure seekers. It is situated 10 km from Ramanagara and 60 km from Bangalore. On the end of a dam, a fisheries training center located, and also 3 km away a temple dedicated to Purushithama Tirtha Gavi has situated.


Let’s do some Business!


Ramanagara is well known for sericulture and nicknamed as a silk town. It has Asia's largest cocoons market. There is a scope for development in silk and silk product. In this district, you can start a service enterprise in automobile, wooden toys, and Engg. Enterprise.


As a traveler, you can explore Asia’s largest Cotton Market.


RAMANAGARA SILK COTTON MARKET



This market is located 40 km away from Bangalore. It approximately 50000 kg of the cocoon sold daily and it is freshly cultivated by the farmers. It is the most revered tourist place in Ramanagara which is sprawl over 2 acres. You can also shop traditional silk artwork and visit the silk industry.


CHANNAPATNA



It is known as the "Town of toys". This town is not only a trending hotspot of India but also gained importance in the world of manufacturing and creative wooden toys. Even one can see in the road artist craving toy from the wooden. It is just 16min away from Ramanagara which is approx. 13 km.

 

By Ishtiyaque Rannani.

(August 2020)

 

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