In Search of Sholay at Ramanagaram

A long drive out of the city found us at the location which is known as the place the epic Bollywood movie Sholay was shot, Ramanagaram – a land of seven hills. Ramanagaram is a small town known for its silk industry on the Bangalore- Mysore route. Movie aficionados know the town as Ramgarh where Veeru met Basanti, Gabbar ruled over scenic rock formations and dacoits went looting villages on horses. Another notable movie that was shot in these locales was David Lean’s movie ‘ A Passage to India’.

Boulders which give Ramanagaram its uniqueness
Boulders which give Ramanagaram its uniqueness

Temple on Ramadevara Betta

Temple on Ramadevara Betta , do you recognize it from Sholay

Ramanagaram has a temple on top of Ramadevara Betta, where most people who go searching for ‘the place Sholay was shot’ find themselves. Ramadevara hill is a sanctuary for long billed vultures. The scenic view from atop the mountain is quite refreshing with tall boulders emerging from the local shrubbery. The temple makes for a good trek and there are other trekking routes around Ramanagaram.

Lord Shiva in his mountain abode
Lord Shiva in his mountain abode
400 Steps they said. Halfway on the verge of giving up an old lady egged me on
400 Steps they said. Halfway on the verge of giving up an old lady egged me on

The temple on top of Ramadevara Betta is a steep climb of 400 steps which seems like forever to climb but actually takes only about half an hour to go up and climb down. The boulders provide great backdrops for photos and the terrain is much more greener than you would remember in the movie. While we were climbing up a group of boys came asking for the spot Sholay was shot and asked if this is Ramgarh. A lone priest at the base of the temple corrected them that Ramgarh exists only in the movie. I wonder how much of the movie fame rubbed off on the residents as the priest later turned to a lady sitting nearby and exclaimed, ‘hindi movie’!

The temple with a loneliness as an appeal
The temple with a loneliness as an appeal
Some brilliant colours
Some brilliant colours

After the climb, we drove to Kamat’s Loka Ruchi near Janapada Loka another attraction nearby and indulged in some authentic snacks. Kamat’s is pretty well known for travelers on the Mysore Bangalore route as it offers some authentic dishes such as akki roti, Mangalore bhajji, Mudde Idly which is idli wrapped and steamed in a leaf. There is also the allure of good filter coffee which happens to be my favorite indulgence.

Kamat's Loka Ruchi
Kamat’s Loka Ruchi
Mudde Idli an authentic offering
Mudde Idli an authentic offering
The perfect accompaniment to coffee - Mangalore Bhajji
The perfect accompaniment to coffee – Mangalore Bhajji
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8 thoughts on “In Search of Sholay at Ramanagaram

  1. My favourite weekend getaway from Bangalore, as it should be, considering I’ve seen Sholay 34 times! We went as a group of 5 and posed for some madcap photos – with me as Gabbar and the others under attack of my bullet belt πŸ˜›

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  2. I’ve only seen Sholay once, so I don’t really recognize any of these iconic spots, but I think it was mostly devoid of all the greenery I see in your pictures; as though it’s a different place altogether!

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