Ramanagara is situated at a distance of 50 KM from Bangalore city. Previously it was called ‘Closepet’. Later it was renamed as Ramanagara which was derived from Ramagiri hill near the town. Ramanagara is a newly carved out district from Bangalore Rural District, Comprising of four Taluks, viz. Ramanagara, Channapatna, Magadi & Kanakapura. The District is bounded by Bangalore Urban District in the North and Mandya District in the South, Bangalore Urban District and Tamilnadu in the East and Tumkur District in the West.
The District has flora and fauna, hilly and plain area. Granites are a major geographical feature of this region and are from the lower proterozoic era..The total Geographical area of Ramanagara District is 3516 Sq. Km., of which 699.46 Sq. Km. is Forest Area, and having 823 villages. Cauvery, Arkavathi & Kanva are the three rivers flowing in the District. Commercial crops like Mulberry, coconut, cocoon production, Ragi, Toor Dal (Togari bele), Mango and groundnut are the main crops of the District.
Ramanagara District is known for Mulberry, Silk Weaving, Milk and Toys. Ramanagara houses one of the biggest Silk Market in India, giving it the name as “Silk City’’. Ramanagara District has an industrial area, housing well known and big Industries such has Toyota, Coca-Cola, Bosch etc., The Channapatna is known as `Toys City’ of Karnataka as it houses many Industries producing wooden toys which are very famous for their marvelous carvings and paintings . Magadi has a rich heritage of ‘Magadi Kempegowda’. The river Cauvery flows through Kanakapura Taluk and a tributary- Arkavathi river, joins at a place called Sangam. The people take a holy dip in this place and believe that it will purify their Karma.