One of the closest trekking spots from Bangalore, the Ramanagara Trek is a great one-day activity for the weekend. It is a well known spot that is often referred to as Sholay Hills. The reason for the name, of course, is that it was featured in the huge Bollywood hit, Sholay, and you’ll find plenty of die-hard Hindi movie fans taking pictures every weekend.
Ramanagara is located just 50 kilometres away from Bangalore on the Bangalore-Mysore highway. A draw for all adventure seekers, it is a great spot for activities such as rock climbing, rappelling and, of course, trekking. It comprises several mountains - Ramgiri, SRS Betta, Kakasura Betta, Kapotagiri - and has the forest reserve on one side.
People with moderate fitness levels find it easy to trek and do other activities like rock climbing. Ramanagara is, in fact, considered to be one of the best places to go climbing in India.
A night trek at Ramanagara will allow you to witness some of the best views, from star gazing and warm bonfires to seeing dawn break. There are also plenty of different birds to spot.
Our package ensures a comfortable yet a exciting trekking experience. Even if you are a beginner, our guides will make sure you have an amazing and safe experience, with lots of information, great food, bonfire and fun activities.
Ramanagara Trek Overview
Location: Ramanagara District, Karnataka (on the Bangalore-Mysore highway)
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Distance from Bangalore: 50 kilometres
Famous for: Being featured in Sholay, landscape of granite hills, bird-watching, challenging but fun-filled trails
Trip Duration: One day
Trek Distance & Duration: 6 kilometres, 2 hours each way
Altitude: 746 metres
The trek difficulty is moderate with few slightly tougher points to get through. Those with intermediate fitness levels will find it easy.
How to reach Ramanagara Hills:
1. There are many private and government buses available, or you can even take rental cabs or taxis. The journey takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to cover the 50 kilometres.
2. There are around 11 trains from Bangalore to Ramanagara. The easiest and fastest way is to take the Chamundi Express from Bangalore. The journey takes approximately half an hour.
Ramanagara Weather Conditions:
1. The weather is tropical throughout the year.
2. The summer season, during the months of March to May, are a bit warm. Trekking during this season may be a bit uncomfortable.
3. The weather is usually more pleasant in other seasons.
The Ramanagara Trek Route:
1. The first entry point to the hills is through the Ramadevara Betta Vulture Sanctuary, you can go here with your vehicle.
2. After travelling half kilometre or so you will find a second entrance with around 400 steps leading to the Rama Temple and Rameshwaram Swamy Temple, where vehicles can be parked.
3. There are two ways to reach the temple. You may either climb 400 steps or you can trek after climbing 50 steps or so.
4. From here on, the route is straightforward. Just keep going up. The trek is fun and there are a few challenging points, but even beginners should be fine.
5. The top of the hill is around four kilometres from the temple.
Best Time To Trek
Trekking in Ramanagara is best during the months of September to February. During the summers it gets really hot and humid, making trekking difficult. During the monsoon the rocks get slippery which can lead to dangerous situations; hence it is better to avoid unless you are an expert trekker.
Trip Itinerary for Ramanagara Day Trek:
1. Leave Bangalore at 6 am and pick up passengers from four points in the city.
2. Reach the campsite by 8.30 am
3. Briefing about the activities and warming up for trek
4. Complete the trek around 11.30 am
5. Return to the campsite, freshen up and have lunch at 2 pm
6. Do kayaking and other outdoor activities.
7. Have snacks and tea at 4 pm
8. Leave to Bangalore at 5.15 pm and reach at 7.15 pm
Trip Itinerary for Ramanagara Night Trek:
1. Leave Bangalore at 10.30 pm and pick up passengers from four points in the city.
2. Reach the campsite by 12.45 am
3. Briefing about the activities and warming up for trek
4. Start the night trekking , bonfire and other activities like night rappelling at 1.15 am
5. Complete the trek and watch dawn break at 6.30 am
6. Return to the campsite by 8.30 am, freshen up and have breakfast
7. Leave to Bangalore at 9.45 am and reach at 11.15 am
Things To Carry:
1. Lots of water. At least 2 litres is recommended
2. Trekking shoes and a torch
3. Warm clothes
4. Insect repellent
5. Tissue paper
6. A light jacket or poncho if it’s the winter/monsoon
7. A cap and sunglasses (if necessary)
8. Dry fruits, energy bars (if necessary)
9. Power Bank
Inclusions & Exclusions
The package includes the following:
1. Transport from Bangalore to Ramanagara and back
3. Guides to take you up to the summit
4. First-aid support
5. Forest department permissions
This package does not include:
1. Meals on the bus
3. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
*Disclaimer: The information about the trek here is general. We request that trekkers refer to the details on the specific Event / Trek Booking page for specific detail.
Ramanagara Trek - Map Location
It is located around 50 kilometres from Bangalore on the Bangalore to Mysore highway.
3 Amazing Things to Do on the Ramanagara Trek:
Bird Watching: You can spot rare birds, including yellow-throated bulbuls and long-billed vultures.
Photography: The marvellous landscape, the mist, the flora and fauna are all great photo opportunities. Not to mention group photos with your trekking buddies.
Camping: Night treks are often organised on this route. If you enjoy this, pitch a tent, set up a bonfire, sing a few songs and maybe even cook a meal. This is the place to experience the great outdoors.
1. Should you have any ailments, do check with your doctor if your body is strong enough to do the trek.
2. Be sure to wear trekking shoes or footwear with good grip. Some of the steep trails make this necessary.
3. Bring along any personal medication as there may not be access to medical shops nearby.
4. Take rest the days before the trek as you will be walking/climbing for a while.
5. Wear comfortable clothing that is appropriate for trekking.
Treks Similar to Ramanagara Trek:
There are a number of places for trekking in Bangalore. Here are the top picks for adventure treks, similar to Ramanagara Trek:
- Kudremukh Trek
- Skandagiri Trek
- Makalidurga Trek
- Kopatty Trek
- Savandurga Trek
- Ramanagara Trek
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- Nishani Motte Trek
- Mullayanagiri Trek
- Tadiandamol Trek
- Kodachadri Trek
- Anthargange Trek
- Sharavathi Trek
- Kotagiri Trek
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- Bheemeshwari Trek
- Brahmagiri Trek
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- Kemmangundi Trek
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- Dudhsagar Trek
- Kundadri Trek
- Baba Budangiri Trek