Ramanagara (known as Closepet, after Sir Barry Close (17561813), in pre-Independence times and retained in geology) is a town and a city municipal council in the Indian state of Karnataka.It is also the headquarters of Ramanagara district.
Ramanagara is also famous some of the World's oldest granite outcrops.
Some known hills in the region include the Revanasideshwara hill and Handigundi. These hills have been threatened by quarrying and also plans to carve these hills into statues. The region is covered in scrub forest and 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 bears.
Ramanagara hills have been the earliest rock climbing locations in South India. Those that are popular for rock climbing are; Ramadevarabetta, SRS betta and Thenginkalbetta.The region has several tall granitic hills which are famous for many short rock climbs, typically 1 to 2 pitches in length.