Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Revanasiddeshwara Betta is one of the well known Shiva temples in India. It is situated above 3066 feet above sea level and very near Ramanagara town. It is a very popular place for rock climbing and trekking. The Rama temple is beside a small pond on the top. The place is rich in history right from the Gangas to Kempegowda and Tipu Sultan. The view from the top of the Hill is really amazing.

There are totally 3 temples on the hill – at the top is Revannasiddeshwara betta, midway is Bheemeshwari (named after the pandava Bheema) and Renukamba temple at the base.

History of this Place

It was that time when bhakti (devotion) towards lord Shiva had dwindled on earth, and also numerous sects had sprouted with no strong focus on bhakti. Lord Shiva himself noticed this lapse among people and he called Renuka the chief of gana's.

Shiva ordered Renuka to take incarnation on earth, with the sole intention of spreading bhakti. At first Renuka did not like this idea, but upon persuasion by Shiva, he agreed. Lord Shiva bestowed his Gangaadhareshwara and Chandrashekhara amshas onto Renuka. Thus, with the blessings of lord Shiva, Renuka emerged from the Somashekhara linga near Hyderabad's Kolli saakshi kshetra, and became known as Revanasiddeshwara.

According to Indian mythology Revavanasiddeshwara preached "Patsala lingaanga saamarasya tatwat" to Agastya Maharshi. He also visited Sri Lanka as per Vibhishana's advice to King Ravana, he installed three crore of shivalingas. In this way he even convinced several kings and emperors across Indian States to spread shivabhakti.

Revanasiddwshwara, during his Mission Shivabhakti campaign, once lived on a mountain at Averahalli near Ramanagara in Karnataka. That place is even now known as a holy shivakshetra [Shiva place]. Finally when he was in kolli saakshi kshetra again, as per lord Shiva's wish, he became lingaikya and reached Kailasa, the abode of lord Shiva. The place where he did anushthaana in Avarehalli is known as Revanasiddeshwara Betta (hill).

Revanasiddeshwara hill is one of the well visited Shiva temples in India. For thousands of bhaktas the temple situated on the hills is a popular, serene, divine destination of Lord Shiva.

Best time to visit: Jan to Dec

How to get there : 60km from Bangalore, on Mysore Road, near Ramanagara town.


Innovative Film City is situated around 35 km from Bangalore on the Bangalore- Mysore highway. Set against mountains with a lake to add to its environs, this attraction works on the premise that films are a great crowd-puller in India.

The attractions are many: Innovative studios, mock sets, a Ripley's Believe It or Not museum, 4D theatre, a toddler's den, an 18-hole mini golf course, old-world talkies where the audience sits on sand/wooden benches/folding iron chairs to watch movies. There’s also a retail park, built to depict a typical Victorian setting, an entertainment district, food court and themed restaurants.

Special Attributes
A host of entertainment possibilities under one roof.

The site is very peaceful and free of irritants.

Dressing restrictions
No such restrictions

Buses plying to Mysore would take you there. But find out before hopping in.

Enjoyed by

Mostly indoors

Avoidable Season
The monsoon

Restrooms, restaurants, games state-of-the-art recording facilities

Things Not Allowed
No such restriction

You could spend an entire day here.

Type of site

Monday, January 9, 2012


Wonder La being one of the largest water park in India extended over 82 acres of manicured gardens and landscape space situated between the picturesque hillocks near Bidadi on the Bangalore-Mysore highway. This spanking amusement park is located less than 30 kilometers from Bangalore city center. Wonder La is among the most exciting and breathtaking place to go for an unforgettable journey with families and friends.



A very old temple called Mukthi Naaga which is located at Ramohalli, towards Kengeri about 20 Km from Bangalore bus stand. There is belief that the people who have Sarpadosha and who are not able to go to Kukke Subramanya, can go to this place to recover from their "dosha".
You will not get any shops/hotels to eat in normal days.

There is no bus to the temple but you need to walk about 3-4 km from the main if come by bus. The road is good now with tar for driving.

There is official website for this temple where one can find complete details.


Big Banyan Tree, located at Ramohalli is a popular picnic spot. It is situated at a distance of about 28 kilometers west of Bangalore. A major attraction here is the 400 year old giant Banyan tree which sprawls over an incredible 3 acres.

It seems like ‘Mother Nature’ have bestowed all her love to this garden city of Bangalore. This is especially felt when you see the gigantic banyan tree spread over almost three acres of land. All is that ‘You’ must not miss a visit to this place to have a look at the tree.

It is the fourth largest Banyan tree in India and is over 400 years old. It is totally fenced and protected and maintained by the Government. One can walk around it or drive around it as it spreads over 3 acres. We are allowed to walk within the fence to enjoy the shady environs of the huge branches. Just above our heads, the towering branches give only the hint of the bright sunshine as the green leaves cover up the sky.

The tree is literally growing and spreading its branches and lateral roots. It is believed that the tree symbolizes the trinity Brahma (roots), Vishnu (stem & bark) and Maheswara (branches).

A Shiva temple is located within and many devotees perform their pujas. The tree is worshipped by the villagers and special pujas are also performed on auspicious occasions.

Dodda Allada Mara is a treasure of biodiversity as it harbors different species of birds, bats, mynahs, squirrels, and insects within its massive canopy. It is also home to several monkeys. This is truly a heritage tree!


Manchinbele is a small reservoir, 40kms from Bangalore. This dam is build for the irrigation purpose, now it also provide water to the Magadi Town, this Dam is build across the river Arkavathi, the land which covered for irrigation under this project is called "Thore saalu" because all the villages comes on the two sides of river arkavathi, in kannada "thore" means river and "saalu" means line. This place is good for your week end refreshment, also a well known film shooting place. Many adventurous activities such as Kayaking are carried out here. This place is a good weekend getaway.


Savandurga hills are located at an altitude of 1226 m above the sea level. These hills are considered to be one of the largest monolith hills in India. They serve as the base for pilgrims who come to visit the Savandi Veerabhadreshwara Swamy temple and Narasimha Swamy temple, situated at the base of the hills. Savandi Veerabhadreshwara Swamy temple and Narasimha Swamy temple are also quite popular amongst rock-climbers, cave-explorers and adventurers. The dry deciduous forest surrounding the hills is home to the endangered Yellow-throated Bulbuls, Sloth bears, Leopards, etc. Even the flora of the Savandurga Hills is quite varied, comprising of over 59 tree and 119 shrub species.This is one of the best place for Trekking in Bangalore.

More adventure sports activities at Savandurga:

Trekking at Savandurga:

Since Savandurga hills are located at an altitude of 1226 m above the sea level, it is very adventure and thrilling to do trekking at savandurga.

Rock Climbing at Savandurga:

There are huge rocks at savandurga which are very fun to climb with group.Rock climbing is one of the Simple adventure activity

Nature Walk at Savandurga:

Savandurga is located in the greenery of nature which gives pleasure to walk in Savandurga.

Thrillophilia offers various customizable tour packages for your holiday adventure.

Check various other adventure packages for your tours around bangalore , which are the best places to adventure around bangalore.

Savandurga is also one of the best place for corporate outing.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


If you’ve watched Sholay or David Leans’ A Passage to India, you’ve already seen Ramanagaram or the Land of the Seven Hills. Less than 50 kilometer (31.25 miles) away from Bangalore on the Bangalore-Mysore Highway, this town is famous for a number of things apart from being a movie locale: the huge rocky outcrops that are every rock-climber’s dream come true, the silk market - one of the biggest in India (it’s also called Silktown), historical temples nestled in the hills, and the stone and granite quarries.

The town gets its name from Ramagiri Hills or Ramadevara Betta which finds a mention in Valmiki and Thoravi Ramayan. This particular hill resembles a lingam when viewed from the east, Ganesha from the west, a serpent from the north and Lord Hanuman from the south. The other hills that make up this town are Yatira-jagiri, Somagiri, Krishnagiri, Revannasiddeshwara Betta, Jalasiddeshwara Betta and Sidilakallu Betta.

Those that are popular for rock climbing are; Ramadevarabetta, Sri Revanna Sideshwara (SRS) Betta and Thenginkalbetta. Grades vary from 5.8 – 5.11 American with 1 to 2 pitches. Some well-known climbs include Gabbar Ki Asli Pasand and Labour Pain on Wanakkal Wall, UIAA and Kalia on the Rainbow Wall and Darkness at Dawn and Black Diamond on the Anna Thamma Rock.

There aren’t too many organized treks conducted here. Most of it are individual or group initiatives. But the forest department insists on a permit to climb here. These are available only on weekdays from the forest office close to Ramanagaram.

The forest around the famous SRS hills is home to threatened bird species such as the Yellow-throated Bulbul and Long-billed Vultures. The hill is today one of the few locations in south India where Long-billed Vultures nest. The region is also home to numerous sloth bear.

Along with the rocks and hills, the Closepet granites are an interesting geological feature in this town and are said to have evolved from the Lower Proterozoic era (a major division of geologic time spanning from 2500 to 543 million years from the present era). This belt of rocks extends from north to south for about 50 kilometer and has younger potassic granites. The block to the west has low grade granite-greenstone belts with iron-manganese ores and to the east are younger gneisses of granitic and granodioritic composition with gold-bearing schist belts.

For ages, Jains, Shaivites, Vaishnavites, Veerashaivas and Muslims have been living together in harmony. That, perhaps, is because of Ramanagaram’s varied history. It was ruled by the Mauryas (268-372), Gangas, Cholas, Kalyani Chalukyas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagar kings, Yelahanka Naadaprabhus, Mysore kings, Hyder Ali and finally Tipu Sultan reigned here.

Among these is the fort built by Kempegowda in 1530 AD called Ramagiri Durga. Tipu Sultan strengthened the fort and made it a storehouse of his arms and ammunition in 1791 A.D, around the third Mysore War. Then there’s the Kharkhaane Bande. This hillock is about 3066-foot above sea level and has 450 steps and three doorways leading to the rock carvings of Venugopal, Ganapathi, Maruti and Garuda and many inscriptions.

On top of Ramadevara Betta is a pond, the Rameshwara shrine on the right and Parvathi temple nearby. On the left of the pond is the Sri Rama temple with Navaranga statues of Vaishnavite style. The yogic postures of Saint Ramanujacharya and Nammalwars are seen here. It is believed that Kempegowda found hidden treasure in the rock, Homiakumbhi Bande, which is behind the Sri Rama temple. This place is called the Naidile Theertha. Saint Ramanujacharya is said to have visited all of these places.

The town is dotted with many mosques and dargahs – the Nalbandwadi Mosque, Mehaboobnagar Mosque, Motinagar Mosque, Ijur Mosque and Hajinagar Mosque. The Peer Hazrath Phiran Shah Wali Dargah, near the Arkavati Bridge, has lakhs of people thronging its portals in the month of Jamadi-ul-Aval. The place is known for Qawali performances.

Special Attributes
Ramanagaram is often referred to as a Mecca for rock-climbers. Apart from its famous landscape, there are many temples, mosques and dargahs here. It also boasts of one of India’s biggest silk markets.

The site is peaceful, and free of irritants.

Dressing restrictions
Dress in whatever you find comfortable.

This town lies on the Bangalore-Mysore Highway, around 50 kilometer from Bangalore city. There are frequent buses and trains to take you there.

Enjoyed by

If you are planning a day visit, be prepared for a bit of heat in the afternoons.

Avoidable Season
Open through the year

Basic, prepare accordingly

Things Not Allowed
No such restriction

Carry water, en route there are many food joints and if you plan on rock climbing or rappelling ensure you carry a first aid kit. If you plan to explore the numerous hills of Ramanagaram, it’s better to do so in a group. Can ask around and have a local to guide you through.

Type of site
Activity, nature

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