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Nandi Hills

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"Hillocks borrowed from heaven"

Nandi Hills Tourism

Located around 60 kilometres away from Bangalore, Nandi Hills is one such tourist spot that has gradually been discovered by visitors over the years and has now become a well-known weekend getaway.

Featuring beautifully carved arches and majestic pillars with intricately painted walls and ceilings, Nandi Hills is scattered with shrines and monument and is surrounded by mesmerizing views, making this place no less than a hidden paradise.  Situated at a height of 4851 feet above sea level, you can see a convoy of weekenders from Bangalore during early hours catching the glimpse of sunrise.

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Trekking in Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills are a famous trekking spot. There are several trek routes, through the Nandi hill, to suit the ability and strength of different kinds of trekkers, from beginners to experts. There is a simple rustic way up the hills for beginners. For mid-level trekkers, there is a steep trek up the Channarayana Hills. This is a strenuous route. For the extreme enthusiasts, there is a multi-terrain trek circuit through grasslands, rivers, rocky ways and paved roads.

More About Nandi Hills - History and Places of Interest

Once used as the summer retreat of Tipu Sultan, Nandi Hills finds its place in history as being reminiscent of the reign of Tipu Sultan, and the Tipu Sultan trail is a famous historical attraction of this place. 
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The most well-known spot in this trail is Tipu’s Drop, a 600-metre-high cliff which was used during Tipu’s reign to hurl prisoners down to their demise. Another must-see attraction is Tipu’s Summer Residence, which was named by Tipu himself as the Tashk-e-Jannat, meaning ‘the envy of heaven’.
Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple (Source)

Nandi Hills is home to quite a few temples, and one such temple that you must visit is the Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple in Nandi village. Dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consorts Nandi and Parvati, this temple is one of the oldest temples in the area and is a beautifully designed work of architecture.
Cycling in Nandi Hills (Source)

Nandi Hills is a haven for cyclists, and the lofty altitude coupled with the fantastic terrain and the spectacular landscape makes cycling at Nandi Hills a complete adventure in itself. Paragliding is also very famous in Nandi Hills and is a must-do activity for adventure lovers.

Suggested Itinerary for Nandi Hills

Day 1- Arrive at Nandi Hills. Visit Bhoga Nandeeswara Temple. Return to hotel.
Day 2- Early morning trek over the hills. End day at local food joints and handicraft stores.

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Nandi Hills, Karnataka
Nandi Hills, ancient hill fortress just 10 Kms away from Chickballapur
Early morning view of Nandi Hills

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FAQs on Nandi Hills

What is famous about Nandi hills?

Great trekking destination. Surrounded by natural beauty.

What is not so good about Nandi hills?

Can be flooded during monsoons.

Who should visit Nandi hills?

Located near Bangalore, Nandi Hills are a great getaway for adventure lovers, mountain lovers and all those looking for a pleasant weekend getaway.

What is the best time to visit Nandi hills?

The weather here is pleasant all year round but September to May is the best time to visit Nandi Hills. The remaining monsoon months are less advisable due to rainfall as the road could be slippery and it gets difficult to climb up the hill. Afternoons could be sweltering during summers, so plan your trip either early in the morning or late in the evening. It is best to reach Nandi Hills around 5:30 to catch the beautiful sunset. 
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What is the local food in Nandi hills?

There are a number of restaurants and dhabas in and around the hills that serve popular cuisines. One must try the local Chaat. One might also want to travel to nearby cities for a more flattering range of options for food. You might find here, local dishes such as Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Akki Roti, Jolada Roti, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Kesari Bath, Ragi Mudde, Uppittu, Vangi Bath and traditional and local sweets like Mysore pak, Chiroti etc .
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What is the best way to reach Nandi hills?

The nearest railway station is at Chikkaballapur (9km), and the nearest airport at Bangalore (58km), from where taxis are available to Nandi Hills. Buses are also available from Bangalore and most neighbouring cities. You could also hire a cab or self-drive as well. 

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What are the things to do in Nandi hills?

The top things to do in Nandi hills are Paragliding in Nandi Hills, Tipu's Drop, Tipu's Summer Residence, Cycling/Biking, Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple, Amrita Sarovar. You can see all the places to visit in Nandi hills here

What are the places near Nandi hills?

The top places near to Nandi hills are Bangalore which is 44 km from Nandi hills, Chikballapur which is located 24 km from Nandi hills, Nrityagram which is located 32 km from Nandi hills, Anthargange which is located 51 km from Nandi hills, Kolar which is located 48 km from Nandi hills

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beaulah sahana 1 year ago
A breathtaking place during the day and a curfewed place as it gets dark. There is police patrolling in the evening throughout the place due to the various tragedies that have occurred in the past. Might not be advisable to visit in the evening or night times. A great ride or drive to the place otherwise.
Ken Chiramel 1 year ago
A favourite haunt of most Bangalore residents, Nandi Hills is one of the first suggestions that crop up when people think about going for a nice drive early on Sunday morning. 50 kms away from the bustling heart of the city, well-paved and maintained roads lead the entire way up to the top of Nandi Hills. It offers a welcome reprieve from the heat of the city with its cool weather and sweeping vista views. For the more adventurually inclined travellers, a well-defined trail leads one from the base of the hillock right up till the top. The early morning trek that culminates in watching the sunrise from the peak of Nandi Hills is one that is always spoken fondly of by trekking enthusiasts. However, the route by road, with its winding, serpentine paths is also one not to be missed and is so well-known of that it has been known to get clogged with traffic during public holidays. A small establishment serving tea, coffee, and ice-cream along with a bevy of other refreshments rests at the top of the hill, adjacent to a car-park and restrooms.
harshitha k p 1 year ago
Heaven for Bangaloreans. Milky white clouds of Nandi Hills will make you get lost in its beauty. Perfect place to visit in a day. Tippu's drop is the most famous spot in Nandi Hills. Bhoganandeshwara temple is a must visit place in Nandi Hills. This place is often filled with the crowd during weekends.
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