The history of this place goes as far back as Ramayana. It is believed that Rama along with Sita and Lakshama stayed here during their exile period.
Ramanagaram known as Closepet before independence has seen a great many rulers. It has been ruled by Gangas, Cholas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagara, Mysore kings, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. During Kempegowda rule the place was also referred to as Ramagiri and Ramagiridurga. The district is surrounded by seven majestic hills Shiamagiri, Yatirajagiri, Somagiri, Krishnagiri, Revanna Siddeshwara hill, Jala Siddeshwara hill and Sidilakallu hill. Thus Ramanagaram is a haven for rock climbers. Ramanagaram is also famous as the Silk City due to its silk cocoon industry
Ramanagaram shot into fame with the film Sholay in the 70s. But this small town just outside Bangalore has been the hub of silk-industry, rock climbers’ haven and home to several temples.