Nandi Hills Tourism

Nandi Hills Tourism

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  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Hill
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.

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Nandi Hills Traveller Reviews

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Shikha  Sharma

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  • Shikha Sharma
  • Lives in Noida
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  • 66 Reviews
  •  75 helpful votes
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"The best sunset view point" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It's around 4500 Km above mean sea level. But its such a beautiful place that you will feel like to stay there forever. There is one temple on the Nandi hills of Lord Shiva and Parvati which is hundred years old and its sculpture is outstanding. Best way is to plan a sunset and sunrise view picnic on Nandi hills. It's really awesome place with cold breeze and water. But be aware of monkeys they are really dangerous. One Tipu lodge is there for there you have to book online to stay there. It's the Great Tipu Sultans memorial. Must visit but for girls its not safe alone. Do visit in group.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A day trip to nandi hills" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I had been to Nandi Hills on a wet morning in September 2014. The distance from Bangalore to Nandi Hills is around 55 kilometers. The road is quite motorable, as there is an expressway on NH 7 leading to the historical place of Nandi Hills. The nearby must-visit attractions include muddenahalli which is incidentally the birth-place of Sir M Visvesvaraya. The Tippu Drop which is unfortunately a suicide point for many youngsters is worth a visit along with the Tippu Fort. Also, one should definitely visit the place where Gandhiji had stayed in Nandi hills during the indian freedom movement and the guest house nearby where one can stay overnight which is rented out at a reasonable rate.
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Pooja Raval

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  • Pooja Raval
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Drive up the road to Nandi Hills"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Away from the hustle bustle of Bangalore city, lies this beautiful hill well within reach of just 1-1. 5 hrs. The best way to reach this destination is self drive from Bangalore. Why I insist on self-drive is for the convenience of time and stops you can make during the trip. Ideally you should start in the middle of the night to reach Nandi hills perfectly at the time of sunrise. That's what most travelers do. And on your way back, you can munch on the amazing parathas from Indian Paratha Company for breakfast. The clean air, pollution free surrounding and noise free Nandi Hills is sure to refresh you after a tiring week.
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  • Lives in Chandigarh
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"Nice Day trip Destination"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
If you want a One day trip, If you want to experience uphill driving, If you want to feel fresh then NANDI Hills is the best and easy to approach destination.

There are no so many points or places to visit at Nandi Hills but I suggest everyone to experience the view from the Skywalk (which is not completely opened).

On the way to Nandi Hills, I saw many people were stopping me at different places to buy Grapes from them. There is a Average Restaurant at Nandi Hills where you can have some South Indian snacks but the best thing about this Restaurant is its location. Take a corner seat and enjoy the food and outside view.

It is a family place and you can enjoy by playing games and enjoy uphill walk. Also there are some Machaan type Huts but walk there carefully.

I suggest people to go there early in the morning and when you feel the climate conditions is better.
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Pratik Mohapatra

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  • Lives in Pune
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"Pleasing experience of sunrise"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
If you want to soak in gorgeous sunrise views on a hill top, view in awe as the clouds change colour from grey to orange red to milky white; if you want to chill in the lap of nature, amid long trees, wooden cabanas, and beautiful flowers and temples; just go to Nandi Hills. You'll find monkeys, parrots and other birds and a clean natural place away from pollution.

There is no food available over there, however there's food joints and a good restaurant just as you return back to the connecting highway. You can do activities like trekking, sight seeing, and nature walks here. This is a 4 hour paradise for nature lovers. If you like quiet surroundings, don't go there on weekends, its fully packed with local visitors.
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Asif Karikal

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  • Asif Karikal
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"A nice place for couples and families"

  • 7/7
  • Posted May 13, 2015
Nandi hills is located at outskirt of Bangalore, its very closer to Bangalore airport. A nice place to visit if you have come down to bangalore, best time to go around 4:00 am in the morning, so that you can see the sunrise. A nice place for couples and families.
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Pranith Praveen

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  • Pranith Praveen
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
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"An amazing place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Apr 23, 2015
The hills are awesome. Filled with trees and plants. Away from the pollution of the city. The animals are beautiful. The birds are spectacular. Climbing up the hills was fun. I advise the travelers not to visit during monsoon as it rains a lot. Trekking was fun. Climbing is tiring so bringing a few bottles of water would help.
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Shinto K anto

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  • Shinto K anto
  • Lives in Thrissur
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  • 24 Reviews
  •  55 helpful votes
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"Night drive to Nandi Hills"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Apr 9, 2015
Even if we (Bangaloreans) had visited this place plenty of times, there is something magical about it which drags us back here on cold Sunday mornings. Reach here by 5'0 clock. Don't be late. Its totally worth it :) First rays of sun coming through thick freezing mist. All in one package to kick off a wonderful day or wrap-up an after party drive from Bangalore.
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Prasoon Mruthyunjay

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Most exotic place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2015
Nanadhi Hills in Southern Karnataka is just far way from the metropolitan city of Bangalore. It is one of the most exotic place and a wonder experience to go over the hill/top which is also better known as Tipu drop or the suicide point. Travelling to this place is really fun filling.
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Akshatraj Adig

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  • Akshatraj Adig
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A trip to remember"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 11, 2015
We had been to nandi hills in the bikes!!!!. It was really exciting road trip to all of us. Me along with my other 7 friends went to Nandi hills last month. It was an amazing experience. We started at 5 in the morning from bangalore with 4 bikes. Morning weather was boosting energy to our ride. We reached there by 6. Sun was rising at that time. We got that beautifull view from tippu drop. All of us played in the park like small kids and it was fun. Nandi hills is real gift to us from nature. And it was our first road trip of year, And opening of our road trip was excellent.
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