Ramanagara is a town and is located in Karnataka. It is approximately 50 km southwest of Bangalore. Formerly it was known as shamserbad during the time of tipu sultan. The place is surrounded by rocky hillocks on Bangalore – Mysore Highway. The average elevation is 2450 ft and the district has 4 taluks namely Magadi, Channapatna, Kanakapura and Ramanagara. The population,as per the 2001 census,shows as 79,365. The average literacy rate is higher than the natonal rate at 63%, There are numerous educational institutions like Ghousia College of Engineering and Government engineering college, Jnana Vikas Institute of Technology (JVIT), Government Law College, M.M.U. College of Pharmacy(MMUCP), Government Women’s Polytechnic, Shantiniketan Group of institution, B.S.V.P (Bharatiya Samskriti Vidyapitha) Vasavi vidyaniketan, etc.
The famous hindi movie SHOLAY was shot in and around these hills,The district includes the Bidadi industrial area, where the manufacturing units of Toyota and Coca-Cola is located. The magnificent rocks of Handi-Gundi reserve forest in Ramanagara are very old and famous for its landscape. The district is famous for its Channapatna toys and sericultural activities. There are a few well-known hill temples like Kengal Anjaneya Swamy temple, Abbur Sri Brahmanya Thirtha Brindavana temple, Maluru Krishna Temple, Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple at Magadi etc. The hill temples like Ramadevara Betta, Revana Siddeshwara Betta also are well known. Ramanagara can be reached from bengaluru by road in one hour. The nearest airports are Mysore and Bangalore International Airports.