Nandi Hills Tourism

Nandi Hills Tourism

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  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Kolar
Nandi Hills, also known as Nandidurg, is an ancient hill fortress, which served numerous dynasties in the yesteryears. Located in the Chikballapur district of Karnataka state, the destination stands at 4,851 feet (1,479 metre) above sea level.

Tourists can reach the destination from the diverged road on the National Highway 7 after Devanahalli town. From the diversion, it takes a ride of 30 minutes (20 km) to reach Nandi Hills. The ancient fortress of Nandi Hills or Nandidurg is an anglicised form of Nandidurg and Nandydroog, lying at distance of 60 kilometres from the Bangalore city centre.

According to the legend, the name Nandi Hills originated from the shape of a hill, which resembles a sleeping bull. During Chola rule, it was known as Ananda Giri, meaning 'The Hill of Happiness'. Moreover, the place is associated with Yoga Nandeeshwara, who performed penance.

A 1,200 year old Dravidian Nandi temple positioned on the hill is one of the premier tourist attractions of Nandi Hills. One of the oldest temples of Karnataka was constructed in the ninth century, which is carved in the rock. The temple comprises two complexes, the first one features three deity sculptures and the other one houses a beautiful Kalyani pond.

The foundation stone of the temple was laid by the Banas in the ninth century. Thereafter, the Cholas constructed the roof of the temple in 11th century. The complex also features a marriage hall that was built by the Hoysalas in the 13th century. The wall of the complex was erected by the Vijayanagar kings. The highlights of the temple are the elegant stone carvings on the walls and ceilings.

In another historic event, the fort of Nandi Hills was attacked by troops of Cornwallis on 19 October, 1791 declaring war with Tipu Sultan of Mysore. Among major sightseeing attractions of the destination are Amrita Sarovar Lake, Tipu's Drop and Sir Mark Cubbon's bungalow.

During Dussehra, devotees visit in large numbers to pay homage at the historic temple. Besides, the festival is celebrated with pomp and show, featuring artistic performances by locals.

Nandi Hills has moderate climatic conditions round the year; therefore, it can be visited any time of the year. However, due to intermittent rainfall during June to August because of south-west monsoons, visit to Nandi Hills is not much favoured.


Nandi Hills is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Bangalore and Kolar.

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Abraham anthony

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  • Abraham anthony
  • 2 Reviews
  •  757 readers

"Out of Bangalore, get close to sky without internet"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I had a great time viewing the beautiful Bangalore from 4000 meters high. I was staying in Pine Top resort which has got an amazing view. What else can one ask when you wake up with a beautiful view from the hill top. Staying a step close to nature was its best part.
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Vinit Singh

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  • Vinit Singh
  • Lives in Gumla
  • 180 photos
  • 13 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
  •  7109 readers

"Nice place to see sun rise."

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 31, 2017
You enjoy the late night drive to the nandi hill. Will find lot of tea stalls on the way to stay for a while during your drive. You can drive till the top of the hill so not good if you are looking for some track it's not the right place. You can just have a nice view of sun rise with minimal effort. You can get snacks at the top of hill which make it even better.
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  • 4 votes

Rohit  Pathak

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  • Rohit Pathak
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 3 photos
  • 7 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
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"Wonderful place to visit for nature lovers"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 1, 2017
It is wonderful place to visit for nature lovers.
Best time to visit is before sun rise.
And if you can take some food stuffs with you.
Best place for photography.
You can also rent bike and car from Bangalore if you wanna drive and go yourself. You can also do trekking if you want so take shoes and stuff with you.
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Rohit  Pathak

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  • Rohit Pathak
  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Nandi hills"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 1, 2017
It is wonderful place to visit for nature lovers
Best time to visit is before sun rise.
And if you can take some food stuffs with you.
Best place for photography.
You can also rent bike and car from Bangalore if you wanna drive and go yourself. You can also do trekking if you want so take shoes and stuff with yoy
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Akamit

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"A very good place to enjoy at our weekend"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 12, 2017
The sunrise and a breakfast on a weekend is so great. And awesome experience with families to visit. The amazing clouds covered all the sides. The fresh air. Almost the heaven kind of feelings. A great place to visit again and again. Hills with crazy plants too.
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Ashish Gupta

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  • Ashish Gupta
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
  •  3346 readers

"Awesome Place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 24, 2016
I went once this place but it feels to be at this place every time. It feels you have reached heaven on the earth. Every place you will find clouds floating on your head. It's very cold here but it's too good to be here. And seeing sunrise makes you to stay here only.
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Dibyendu Ghosh

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  • Dibyendu Ghosh
  • Lives in Barrackpore
  • 59 photos
  • 15 Reviews
  •  15 helpful votes
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"A very famous place for sunrise view"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 5, 2016
Nandi Hills, a place at a distance of 70 km from Bangalore. A very famous place for sunrise. We left from home at nearly 3:30 am. But unfortunately that day was full of clouds. We were not able to enjoy sunrise. But yes the weather was awesome. It was like Ooty. Loved it. Will visit again.
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Anant Barjatiya

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  • Anant Barjatiya
  • Lives in Guwahati
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"Nandi Hills"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 21, 2016
Perfect destination for a day trip. It was last week, me & my friends decided for a road trip. We looked out for many places. Since it was the best, we decided to travel all way down to the Nandi Hills. It was 2 in the morning that we started. Must go to Nandi Hills.
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Atul Anand

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  • Atul Anand
  • Lives in Samastipur
  • 41 Reviews
  •  120 helpful votes
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"Nandi hills"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 10, 2016
Awesome place to spent weekends with friends. You will never want to leave that place and its surroundings is like ... You just want the time to stop there ...
Fresh air ... Out of the world landscapes ... Makes you feel like you are in heaven ...
Try to get there before 6 am and just wait for sun rise. You will fall in love with nature ...
No words to explain the feeling .. When. You see sun rises.
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  • Amit Bhattar
  • Lives in Surat
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  • 28 Reviews
  •  21 helpful votes
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 7, 2016
This is a kind of hill area near to Bangalore approximately 55 kms. Very nearby and a beautiful place for hangout. One of the best place to enjoy with friends for one day fun. No major food facilities are available. Driving is too much fun at this place.
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