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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.
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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, ancient hill fortress just 10 Kms away from Chickballapur
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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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Q. What is the preferable time to visit Nandi Hill? Please give a plan about one day plan for Nandi Hills with witnessing sun rise. Tell me is it secure to a bike ride from Tin factory to Nandi Hill in morning time?


6 years ago
Nandi Hills is great to enjoy a picnic on weekends and especially in during the winters. The roads are bike friendly so you can take your bikes out for a soothing ride. You can leave Tin Factory earl (Read More)y morning at about 4:30 AM and take the route from Baiyappanahalli through Devanahalli and further to reach Nandi Hills to witness the sunrise. You can take a leisure time on the hill in the morning and then visit the Bhoga Nandeeswara Temple. The evenings can be spent enjoying at the local food joints.
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Q. How could I reach Nandhi Hills by 6:30 am if I do not have a personal vehicle? Are there any cheap ways of transport to Nandhi Hills?

Rajat Jain

6 years ago
Since you haven't specified where exactly you're coming from, I am assuming it's from Bangalore. Anyway given that, traveling to Nandi Hills that early is a bit of a task since the buses only start r (Read More)unning at around 7:30 or 8 because it is a relatively short distance. and the cabs would turn out to be a bit expensive if you're traveling alone.
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Q. What's the best plan for a one day gateway to Nandhi hills from Bangalore? Planning to travelling with wife and kid. Suggest a itinerary. What time to start?


6 years ago
You need to start early in the morning around 5 from Bangalore to Nandi Hills. That is the perfect time to visit the place if you want to witness the sunrise. Also, the weather is the most suitable d (Read More)uring this time. There are a number of stay options available in Nandi Hills if you are planning to spend a day there.
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Gyaneshwar Tiwari

on Paragliding 6 years ago
I have not seen paragliding or heard near nandi hills, this is fake

P.S seshan

2 years ago
The place is good but the people out there like shops car parks and guides loot tourist. The car park fees are included in entry ticket yet there are two men sitting in car park come n ask again for (Read More)money when our car leaves asking for tip. The shop which serve tea n drinks if u buy some items they will charge extra 5 to 10 rs over n above the bill

Prateek Chauhan

6 years ago
Bring packaged food since options to eat at the top of the hill are limited. Try to return before sun set. It gets dark pretty quickly after the sun set and driving in the dark can be quite risky. Th (Read More)ere are sharp turns and steep sides without fences.
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