The Ramanagara Town .......
was ruled by the British Officer "Sir Barry Close", (1756–1813), in pre-Independence times, hence Ramanagara was earlier called as CLOSEPET. It was renamed as RAMANAGARA by the former Chief Minister of Karnataka State Sri Kengal Hanumanthaiah. The architect, builder and mentor of the present Bengaluru City Sri Kempegowda is from Magadi Taluk of Ramanagara District. The Ramanagara district which was part of the Bangalore Rural district was bifurcated and reconstituted in the year 2007 with the District Head Quarters at Ramanagara Taluk along with three other taluks viz., Channapatna, Kanakapura and Magadi. It has 130 Grama Panchayats and a population of 10,82,739 according to the censes of 2011. Ramanagara Town is situated along Bangalore - Mysore State Highway No.17 at a distance of 50 Kms from Bangalore. The town is located about 622.80 meters above the sea level and receptive of an average rainfall of 931.58 mm yearly. The Area is around 3,556 km (1,373 sq mi) The district has a population density of 303 inhabitants per square kilometre (780 /sq mi). Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 5.06 %. The Gross Domestic Product of Ramanagara is 4930.21 Crores. The Per Capita is Rs. 39472. Ramanagara has a sex ratio of 976 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 69.2 %.
Ramanagara district includes the Bidadi industrial area, which houses the manufacturing units of Toyota and Coca-Cola, and a 1400 MW combined cycle gas-based power plant. Ramanagara is also famous for its Huge Rocks. The famous hindi movie SHOLAY was shot in and around these hills and hence the name SHOLAY HILLS. The magnificent rocks of Handi-Gundi reserve forest in Ramanagara are very old and famous for landscape. The hill temples like Ramadevara Betta, Revana Siddeshwara Betta, Kengal Anjaneya Swamy, Abbur Sri Brahmanya Thirtha Brindavana, Maluru Krishna Temple, Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple at Magadi, Manchabele Dam, Harobele Dam Chunchini Falls, Mekedatu at Kanakapura, Savanadurga, Bevoor Betta, Thippagondana Halli Reservoir, Janapada Loka are well known. The Ramanagara district is also famous for traditional Channapatna Toys and sericultural activities and it has the largest market share in Asia. The Ramanagara district can be reached from Bengaluru, the Capital city of Karnataka State by Road and Rail within one hours time. The nearest airports are Mysore and Bangalore International Airports which are around 85 Kms in distance.
The Ramanagara district is the first district in the State to have Modern Office Buildings like Deputy Commissioner's Office Complex constructed on the lines of Vidhana Soudha, Mini Vidhana Soudha for Taluk Office, Kandaya Bhavana for housing various goverment offices, Panchayat Bhavana for Zilla Panchayat and it's sub-ordinate offices, Police Bhavana for Police Department and District Court Complex.