27 January 2013
We had to beat a hasty retreat during our visit to this place last year. I, my wife and kid had just started our climb to the hill when a monkey came very near to us. Aware of their menace, we had not carried any food items. But this monkey was more technical!! It tried to grab my camera. When I tried to shoo off, it turned ferocious by standing on its two legs with hands spread out to attack. The situation was dangerous as my daughter stood next to me.
|View from the base of the hill|
All this happened in a split of a second and the next moment I had kicked the monkey hard on its belly. The strong kick with heavy shoe made the monkey somersault several times before escaping a fall from the cliff. It ran away as it lost its courage.
|Revana Siddeshwara Betta|
All this scared my daughter a lot. No amount of convincing would make her move up. She is a small kid and is quite natural for her to behave in that way. So we decided to cut short our climb and return back.
Few months had passed after this incident. It was a boring Sunday and we decided to complete this uncompleted trip. My daughter with experience had now learnt that the monkey could be handled with a good stick!!
|Steps to climb up|
Revana Siddeshwara Betta is about 60km from Bengaluru. It is 13km from Ramanagar on Ramanagar-Kanakapura road.
The place is very popular among locals who come to offer prayers in the Temple situated on top of the hill. Luckily very people were seen on that day.
|A lake seen from the top|
At the base of the hill are some Temples and guest houses. There is a road that goes to the middle of the hill and rest of the journey must be covered on foot.
The path initially winds around the hill and then suddenly climbs up the monolith. The steps carved from rocks and the railings ease the climb. Else, this steep climb would be very risky on the hill.
It took just around 20 minutes to climb to the top. Not a difficult one at all. Sri Revana Siddeshwara Temple is situated on top of the hill perched on a cliff. I could see many elderly people and people with infants climbing up and offering prayers here. Seems to be a very sacred place for locals.
|Revana Siddeshwara Temple on the top|
A good place to spend an evening. But it gets very crowded during festivals and auspicious days. Keep that in mind before heading out to this place.
|Road that leads to middle of the hill|