Nandi Hills

Why To Go

Nandi Hills, or Nandidurg, is a hill fortress in the Chikkaballapur district in the south Indian state of Karnataka. An ancient hill fortress built by the Ganga dynasty and later strengthened by the great Tipu Sultan. Carved arches, majestic pillars, beautifully painted walls and ceilings, shrines and monuments spread over the place make Nandi Hills mesmerizing and a hidden paradise.

 Nandi Hill is small hill hamlet situated at a distance of 60 km from Bangalore city at an elevation of 4800 feet. Sunrise at Nandi hills is a spectacular view and famous among visitors.

This ancient hillock is sweetly nestled between three neighbouring towns namely Nandi, Muddenahalli, and Kanivenarayanapura which is bounding this region from all the sides. This hill is the birth place of Arkavati River also. This river is one of the tributary of southern Ganga, Kauveri. Rich with bird life, the hills are a popular destination for birdwatchers, naturists and photographers. With several trek routes, the Nandi Hills are a famous trekking destination for tourists who love treks.

Travel Tips

This place can be visited at any season during the year. Though September to May is considered the best time to visit. Avoid monsoon as the roads become slippery . Summers can be quite hot. Visit early and return before sunset. If you are driving back after sunset, take extreme care in the steep roads and turnings. Plan to spend few hours at the top of the hill, relaxing in the lap of the Mother Nature. You will enjoy the park and beautiful view from the top. Heavy woollen clothes with adequate warm accessories are must during the winter time. Light cotton clothes are adequate during summer time. Tourists can take elderly people for this type of journey.

Things To Do

This nature’s treat can be enjoyed by spending some quiet lazy days. That made it a dear to those who want some tranquility in the arms of nature God. Paragliding is being offered now-a-days to those adventure loving fraternity. Trekking is yet another attraction for the adventure lovers. One must purchase local handicrafts from local markets.

Getting Around

The best way to explore this place is by walking. A stroll around the region will meet the desire of knowing this place in an intrigued way. Cycles can be hired for touring at this place also. You may also hire auto rickshaws and taxis to travel the nearby tourist spots.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

There are no airports directly connecting Nandi Hills. Nearest airport is at Bangalore, which is at a distance of 58 km, which is connected by several domestic and international carriers with all over the world on regular basis. It takes around 1-2 hours to reach Nandi hills from the airport via taxis, private cars. The nearest railway station is Chikkaballapur, from where you could drive; take a cab or a bus to Nandi Hills.

TRAIN

There are no railway stations at Nandi hills. The nearest one is at Chikkaballapur which is 24 km away only. This is connected by trains from Bangalore only Bangalore is connected with other parts of India on regular basis. From the station you may take a cab or a bus to reach Nandi Hills.

ROAD

The roads are connecting this place with other major southern cities of India on regular basis. Hired cars and public buses are available on regular basis. The hilly town is 60km from Bangalore.

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Surrounding Attractions

The summer adobe of Tipu sultan, Nandi hills is famous for its relation with the great legend. There is a Tipu’s drop from where he dropped the prisoners to death can be explored to relish the history. Tipu’s summer palace and fort provides an enchanting view also. There is horse way, secret escape route for the history loving tourists. Temples, namely GaviVeerbhadraSwamy temple is also a nice tourist spot. Sri Bhoga Narasimha temple, Sri Ugra Narasimha temple, Sri Yoga Narasimha temple are present for the strong devotees who can make a visit. This place has a house of Mahatma Gandhi who stayed once there. There are the dried source of rivers and a lake named Amruvath Sarovar which provides a charming appearance to the delight of the visitors. A garden maintained by Horticultural department is full of plants and their information to keep the visitors busy.
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