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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Anu Naik
  • Anu Naik
  • 51 photos
  • 4 Reviews

"Nandi Hills, nice place to hang out" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Awesome Place to hang out with friends, family and couples. Sun rise is something one should not miss, early morning ride would give the awesome feeling, no matter with whom you go. Over it is a place worth to spend the day and time.
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Ashwin Rao
  • Ashwin Rao
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 6 photos
  • 3 Reviews

"Be careful of the monkeys"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
If you are looking for a weekend getaway, then this place is ok. But I would prefer traveling here between October and February. There is no must visit place here, depends if you want to walk to every nook and corner or not. Food is an issue here, you wont get much options here, and anything that you carry with you too are not safe. Primarily, because of the monkeys. They will snatch anything and everything from you. Have a stone or a big stick with yourself if you want to protect your belongings. For those who stay, mayura pine top is the only option for dinner, which closes at 7:30pm.
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Siddharth Shanbhogue
  • Siddharth Shanbhogue
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 photos
  • 1 Review

"A short relaxing trip to cloud 9"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Oct 21, 2013
One of the most beautiful places I've been to! Just over 80Km from RVCE (65-70 from Center of City), this is a beautiful place to visit. The star attraction is the amazing view, and the Old Nandi Temple, and the fort ruins.
There are some pretty awesome viewpoints here, and they have maintained a good level of security as well. The high iron railings are enough to deter anyone planning to go ... er ... gliding down.
There are about 8 to 10 points with breathtaking views here. But apart from that and the old temple and a park, there isn't anything else.
Had to leave by 4AM (from RVCE) to get there by 5:40AM to catch the sunrise. Sadly, they had shut the gates and opened them only at 6:00.
Make sure you get there as early as possible. After 8:00AM, the sun starts making it's presence felt, and all the mist begins to evaporate, leaving you with a pretty plain (yet wide and spectacular) view of the landscape. I guess Sunsets would also be great to watch here, but that's for another time.
Word of Caution: Bring your own Food. The food here SUCKS, is costly and is ridiculously low on quantity (thanks to KSTDC, who is managing it).
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Nittin Mittal
  • Nittin Mittal
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 136 photos
  • 139 Reviews

"Into the clouds..!!!"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Sep 30, 2013
One of the best places near Bangalore that I have been to. It took me 3 hrs to reach there from Bangalore on cab. The gate opens early morning at 5:45 am.
After reaching on the top there is entry fee. Once you reach the top you can feel yourself completely covered in the clouds. The sun rise has a very different feeling when you are in the clouds. We saw the sun rising from the clouds, suddenly after which every thing was visible as the clouds are very feebly present after sunrise. Once the clouds are gone you can see the houses from the top made at the nearby villages. The view is superb.
There is a nice restaurant on the top which serves awesome south Indian breakfast at very reasonable rates.
Suggestion - Plz carry warm clothes along with you. As the weather is super chilled out there. Try to reach the place before sun rise. After the sun rise the view is totally different.
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Subrahmanyam Chillakuru
  • Subrahmanyam Chillakuru
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews

"weekend Relax"

  • Posted Jun 19, 2013
Its located near by 50 km from Bangalore. weekend can get more relaxation. can go by family, couple, school children.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Karnataka state has started the hotel in nandi hills.also bar is available, no shopping, we can get grapes while traveling to nandi hills.

Activities & things to do: Bike riding can enjoy group games, like tug of war.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Can go by bike, car, bus its available from Majestic. (50 km from Bangalore).
Be care while traveling to bike full of ghat section.
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Sasi Ratan
  • Sasi Ratan
  • 2 Reviews

"Awesome Place"

  • Posted May 7, 2013
Paradise on earth, for those who seek the 'special' place to spend with a special someone or who just seek peace and quiet.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Rooms at the corner are usually bigger with the same price. However, it'll be a bit noisy

Activities & things to do: The best Lobster Dinner Cruise & Pirate Show of Cancun.This ship will take you on a piratical Life-Time cruise.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: How to reach, travel warnings etc: as we tavel from B'lore so , beside railway station i found majestic busstand from there i got bus to nandi hills at 8 am , we rech in nandi hills in 2 or 3 hours
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Chandra shekar Biradar
  • Chandra shekar Biradar
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 6 photos
  • 2 Reviews

"nandi hills review"

  • Posted Apr 12, 2013
it was very good , and there is a fort and temple in nandi hills, the good thing is its very pleasent area without noise , there were many monkeys , but they didnt harm as we can feed monkeys with biscuts or watever u give they eat , there is small childrens park

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: food is not so good , there is only one restourant which serves the food , hotel mayuri, and u find some icecream shops, if u staying for one day then u have to adjust for food watever availbe or make arrangment by own, some limited dishes is avalble and for sight seeing the sinerise and sunset is very beutifull from nandi hills

Activities & things to do: nothing great

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: as we tavel from hyderabad so i book the ticket from hyd to manglore then i got down by 7 am in banglore, beside railway station i found majestic busstand from there i got bus to nandi hills at 8 am , we rach in nandi hills in 2 or 3 hours,
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  • gyaan
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"awesome trip with friends in bike"

  • Posted Apr 12, 2013
Nice place to see sunrise between clouds, awesome blowing air and very near to bangalore . we started early morning around 3 o'clock reached there 5:30 morning before sunrise.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Better to keep something for breakfast and water. This is hill station we didn't find nice place to eat there while coming we took breakfast in nandi village.

Activities & things to do: just enjoy the clouds and sun rise not more to do . can take lots of pictures in different different nice background .

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: we went by bike . lots of other people came by taxi also but you will enjoy more if you go by bike .
Be careful while driving the bike road is good but have so many turnings .
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  • Rohit
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Nandi hills"

  • Posted Mar 20, 2013
It is a good place where one can forget his/her routine and enjoy the climate. at times it gets chilly during night. that is the best part.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: food is not gud as they served cold dal, rice was not cooked properly. we ordered dal the first servicing was good and again we ordered dal and in not time it was served. i think if they improve on food i bet this will be the best place to go from bangalore which is not far away.

Activities & things to do: not much activities are there but there is playground where adults and kids can play. but the problem is monkeys

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: take the new airport road from hebbal and one has to go past the international airport on the way to hyderabad. it is about 70 kms from bangalore.
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Vishal Kg
  • Vishal Kg
  • 2 Reviews

"Trip to Nandhi Hills"

  • Posted Dec 5, 2012
Resort is located in one of the best views of the mountain.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Nandhi hills is one of the best location in bangalore to be visited.

Activities & things to do: Visiting Nandhi hills in Bike will give a different experience overall

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: you have to come in your own vehicle, preferred Bullets.
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