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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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Karthik B

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  • Karthik B
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review
  •  67 readers

"Literally on cloud 9" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We had started to Nandi Hills on a bike at 4. 30 in the morning. The last 7 kms are hilly roads. The ticketing counter opens at 6 AM. Make sure to catch your place in the queue well before. Weekends are crowded. The place is good for a group hangout /lovers. During certain parts of the year, one can see the clouds below our feet level. The scenery is good.
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Susheel Raheja

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Day trip from busy Bangalore!" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Nandi hills is located 60 kms from Bangalore. View from the hills is spectacular a perfect location for a day's break from your busy life in Bangalore. The drive is very good it takes approximately 1-1/2 hour from Bangalore. There is a temple on top. If you can reach top within 6. 30 morning you can experience beautiful sun rise & morning fog. Food is available on top but there's a very good restaurant at the foot of the hills called Sinchana palace & there's a bakery near the hotel.
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Ankith Kith

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  • Ankith Kith
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
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"Sunrise Paradise!" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
One of the very popular destination near Bangalore, 'The Nandi Hills'. Its exactly 40km from Bangalore( Yelahanka to be precise) We can go there either by owning a vehicle or a cab! Public transport isn't much convenient to reach.

Best time to visit this place is early in the morning. As many nature lovers gather to enjoy the early morning sunrise. There will be a huge crowd. It is one of the best place to capture the sunrise in Bangalore. Everyone who visits should visit Nandi Hills. The place is also covered with tall trees and the Tippu's summer rest house is another attraction there. Carry eat-ables and be aware of the monkey thieves. As its common to find no keys in every hills. It is one of the best place for Photography, Couples, and for youths for a one day trip near Bangalore.
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Praveen Kumar

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  • Praveen Kumar
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 1 Review
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"Perfect place for summer vacation" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This place is very clean and silent. You can do worship and also here is the most amazing view seeing from top of the hill. If you are like a traveller, you must visit this place, you will find most beautiful thing of your life. Here seeing the hills kept you busy. These hill never will take you away from that top point, you will like to see it continuously. This scene will attract you more than any scene.
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Ayush Nandakumar

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  • Ayush Nandakumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  •  1 helpful vote
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"Nandi hills - the anyday getaway" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I have been to Nandi hills 3 times now. The first time was to catch the sunrise. A bike, 2 guys, 4 am kick-off and 530 am at the top. It was freezing cold, we had gone around winter. The drive up the mountain curves was amazing and the Yamaha R15 did not let us down. We spent a couple of hours at the top before heading back. Good place for photography and just to enjoy the cold breeze. The next two times were by car to catch the sunset. There is nothing much on top so carry your own food and water. A lot of chai/eating joints another base of the hill. Lot of ideal walking & sitting spots but if you want isolated spots away from the crowd you'll have to explore a bit. I'm not giving my spots away.
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Amrita Nair

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  • Amrita Nair
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Add this to your bucketlist if you visit Bangalore" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Located around 60kms from Bangalore, Nandi hills is a must visit place if you want to experience sunrise. Located far from the hustle bustle of the city the place is a perfect place for family get together. Don't forget to visit the nandi temple located on the top of the hill along with beautiful garden which attract lot of bird watchers and you can also indulge in some nature walk early morning. The best time to visit is between 6-6:30am when you can actually witness the beautiful sunrise but if you plan to visit on weekend make sure you reach early otherwise chances are that you would get stuck in traffic and long queue for ticket that you might actually miss the chance of watching sunrise. Eating options are widely available once you reach the hill top and yes beware of monkeys which you would find in abundance there but they are very friendly! The best way to experience is ride out on a bike with your friends and you will have one of the best memories to take away. So don't miss out the chance to experience something heavenly. Happy journey!
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Ranish Bera

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  • Ranish Bera
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"Picturesque Destination Nandi Hills"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We started at 4:00 am in the morning to see the sunrise from Nandi Hills. The road to Nandi Hills was covered with thick fog, slowing us down, but we were enjoying the morning chill and fog. We reached at 6:00, but the crowd prevented us to get into the top of the hill. We had to buy tickets. Once we reached the top, all the pain of travelling in fog and waiting on queue for ticket vanished. The picturesque view of fog covering roads and cool breeze made us feel tranquil. Recommended for bike rides and trekking.
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Vyshakh  Ramachandran

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  • Vyshakh Ramachandran
  • Lives in Kannur
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"Nandi Hills- Morning destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Located only 60-65 km from Bangalore city. Best possible way to enjoy this travelling experience would be on a bike. Sunrise view is a must view. Better to visit the place in the morning 6 or so. It would take two or three hours to visit the whole place. Happy travelling :)
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Sagar Vidya

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  • Sagar Vidya
  • Lives in Nellore
  • 2 Reviews
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"For a relaxation day"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It's really good have to visit its near to Bangalore around 56km from hebal flyover. We need to go early morning around 6 O'clock there you will get everything in the hill like breakfast and lunch. If you want to stay also there are some private hotels near to the Nandhi hills.
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Lipsa Pany

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  • Lipsa Pany
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"Scenic and short break from regular life"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Enjoyed the bike ride, the way up is beautiful. I have gone twice during winter and it feels really nice. Cold wind, warm sun and gossip with friends, during rainy season it will be foggy and misty. I loved when we had gone then, it felt romantic but these days the place is really crowded. It feels like visiting mall in Bangalore.
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