RAPPELLING IN BANGALORE
Bangalore offers a lot of places where one can go and trek. There are more than 10 places around Bangalore in a vicinity of less than 70 kms which offer interesting opportunities to trek around and explore. Along with trekking, rappelling has also become very popular.
Rappelling is nothing but a way to move down from a steep rock with the help of ropes and other gears. Rappelling is an activity that can give you those adrenaline rushes. There are several types to it but the most common is to stand vertical to the wall while you are tied with ropes, harnessed properly and you descend down manoeuvring the rope movement. It is a very interesting technique to learn and once you have done it you will want to do more and more of it again.
Rappelling does require high measures of safety. The ropes have to be tied rather protectively and with precision. In Bangalore you can try rappelling at Coorg, Makalidurga, Manchinbele, Ramnagaram and Dandeli.
Ramanagaram (48 km from Bangalore) situated in a valley surrounded by rocky hillocks was a sub-divisional headquarters from 1884. It became a taluk headquarters in 1928, and the place was named Ramanagaram in 1949 . It is the biggest cocoon marketing centre now. It is spread on either banks of the Arkavati and the old bridge connecting the town was built by Sir Barry Close, the Resident at the Royal Court of Mysore. Hence, the place was named as Closept, as mentioned in Persian as well as Kannada record, erected by Diwan Purnaiah in 1800. The township was also founded around the same time for greater security of the high road, which then passed through a wild forest route.
The present name, of Ramanagaram finds its origin from the once existed village Ramagiri at the foothills of the Ramadevarabetta. The present town has an Agrahara on the left bank of the Arkavati with a temple of Arkeshwara built in later Vijayanagara style. The temple is said to have been renovated by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III, facing west and has a Garbhagriha, a spacious Navaranga and has an inner Prakara. The Linga was reinstalled about four years ago. The annual Jatra is held on Phalguna Shuddha Poornima, when more than 2,000 people assemble. Beside this temple, to the left, is the Prasannambadevi shrine and to the right is another small shrine of Venugopalaswamy.
Manchinbele is a small reservoir, 40kms from Bangalore. This dam is build for the irrigation purpose, now it also provide water to the Magadi Town, this Dam is build across the river Arkavathi, the land which covered for irrigation under this project is called "Thore saalu" because all the villages comes on the two sides of river arkavathi, in kannada "thore" means river and "saalu" means line. This place is good for your week end refreshment, also a well known film shooting place. Many adventure sports such as Kayaking are carried out here. This place is a good getaways from Bangalore and also best place for corporate team outing Bangalore.
Makalidurga is a hill fort situated at the village by the same name. It is 60km from Bangalore and 10 km after Doddaballapura. The fort at the summit has an old temple of Shiva with Nandi and it is believed that Markandeya Rishi performed penance here.
Makalidurga located around 60 km from Bangalore near Doddaballapur offers various options to visitors like bird watching, Trekking, Rappelling and allied activities. Makali Durga (fort) stands atop a huge granite hillock, huddled up amidst the chains of mountains, formed like a valley closer to Ghati Subramanya, a well-known pilgrimage center. It has a fort on top, at the height of 1,350mts. There is a temple of lord Shiva.