Nandi Hills Tourism

Nandi Hills Tourism

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Nandi Hills Info

  • 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.

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Nandi Hills Traveller Reviews

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Atul Anand

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  • Atul Anand
  • Lives in Samastipur
  • 41 Reviews
  •  35 helpful votes
  •  8498 readers

"Nandi hills" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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

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  • Amit Bhattar
  • Lives in Surat
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  • 21 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  2340 readers

"Nice place to visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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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Vivek khurana

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  • Vivek khurana
  • 10 photos
  • 12 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  2694 readers

"A Perfect Day Out Place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Out of Traffic crowded Bangalore city, provides the perfect destination for day out. Scenario views on the way and lonely roads to the destination makes it worth to go. Good place, best to go at early morning to enjoy the sunrise, gives away the beautiful view. Can be enjoyed with the groups to have fun out of the place or can go in couple to enjoy the place. Bangalore rainy weather makes it worth to go and enjoy the drizzles.
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Ajith G a

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  • Ajith G a
  • Lives in Bengalooru
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  • 42 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  16419 readers

"Good Place for a one day trip but too crowded!!!"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Nandi Hills is very near to Bangalore and is a famous destination for a one day Trip. But the place will be too crowded on Weekends. The drive from main road upto the Park Entry gives a different experience. The car can be parked at the Ticket purchase point or it can be taken still further upto Restaurant.

There is a temple at the top of the hill. There are also few restaurants near to parking lot. Try visiting on a weekday if you want some peaceful time.
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Yash Golwara

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  • Yash Golwara
  • Lives in Patna
  • 43 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  22 helpful votes
  •  2726 readers

"Must visit place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This was my first outing after a long hectic living in city. Bangalore, a highly populated area non-curable in its pollution was really pinching me. But a small break in those romantic sensation was really refreshing for me. The historic hill station has the ruins of Tipu fort. Built as a fortification in the wars against the maratha and the British. We can experience the embrasure and loopholes for placing cannons in the fort. But the beautiful locale and the enchanting atmosphere bely the character of the fort and turned Nandi hills into a popular hill resort. From Bangalore it is 60 km hardly 1 hour journey if we start at morning.

Surely best time to go to Nandi Hills during early morning by 5 clock to experience sunrise. There are three bridle paths leading to the top offering interesting trekking. From Nandi hills we can view Bangalore and its an awesome feeling. The tremendous wind will feel like very much relaxing. Top it is better to bring some food and drinks. It is very difficult to get parking at the weekend as it's too crowded. To enjoy pollution free city and to experience a bird's eye view Nandi hill is very good option.
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Biswajit Das

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  • Biswajit Das
  • Lives in Cuttack
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  5539 readers

"A very good destination for bikers"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
A very good place for people staying near Bangalore and also for bike lovers. You would love to see the beauty of the nature if you go there on winter sessions early morning. You will enjoy the place if you are traveling in a group. All over it will be a good experience for those who are new to Bangalore.
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Sri Sukesh

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  • Sri Sukesh
  • Lives in Kanchipuram
  • 1 Review
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"Awesome experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 3, 2016
Better visit it in winter, you can experience a peaceful sunrise and the trip to hill, if you have bikes better go for it with friends but don't forget helmet, there will be checking even at 3:00 am. I will tell you a place which no one mostly wont see they just rush for sunrise spot. Near ticket counter spot while entering to that way go to the end there will be small gate jump off it and go near cliff. There you will realize why people gave this place nandi hills. Look wise it will be like kailash Lord Shiva place. You can see full clouds and in between you can view small hills. Don't miss it.
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Mithun Pai

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  • Mithun Pai
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 14 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
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"The quick getaway"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 28, 2016
Nandi hills is the favoured destination of all Bangaloreans looking for a quick getaway at almost any time of the year. It's located about 60 kms from Bangalore city and takes about an hour or so to reach.

You take the international airport road out of Bangalore and follow it past the airport. You take the deviation of the highway past devanahalli town. Once off the main highway you have to take a further left off the main road to head towards Nandi hills. After the left you proceed straight till you reach a dead end and take another left, follow this road till you see a bull statue on the right after a few km's and here you need to take a right, and you start the climb up the hill.

There are a lot of things you can do at Nandi hills, there are temples you can visit, you have museums and for a great view, you head to Tipu drop. There are adventure sports available here like para sailing, rock climbing etc.

You can go here just for a drive or a ride, a day's picnic or chose to stay over at the government bungalows, although for this you need to book the place while in Bangalore itself.

Food and drinks are available here, so you don't need to carry much of anything. Don't forget to carry your camera, there are some gorgeous pics you can take.

Carry a cap or an umbrella cos it can get very hot at the top when you are walking about. They do also allow you to drive in, but there is some extra charge for it, you can purchase the tickets once you reach the top.

A lot of people also visit at night, but you are not allowed up the hill at night, so you can go towards Nandi hills at night, but only for the thrill of the drive, if you are a little adventurous, you can find a couple of secluded places to park your vehicle and spend some time, although this is not really a great idea.

So overall a nice place to spend a day or a few hours away from the noise and traffic of Bangalore if that's what you are inclined to.
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Vivek Tripathi

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  • Vivek Tripathi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 34 photos
  • 11 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  5197 readers

"A breathtaking place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 9, 2016
Its best for watching sunrise and sunset! People prefer sunrise. The hill is awesome you dont have to trek also. There is a proper road to reach the top. Although if you want to trek, you can but only few places in between the way. There is Tipu's Fall there, the suicide point. Its awesome, no restrictions.
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Bivash Barua

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  • Bivash Barua
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 4 Reviews
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"A great view from Nandi Hills"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Feb 22, 2016
Our trip to Nandi Hills was a success as we could see the ideal sunrise for which this place is famous for. Nandi Hills is hardly 60 kms from Bangalore, but we have started early at around 12 am. On the way we took halt at airport and few other places before reaching Nandi hills. One should reach the ticket counter by 5:30 am. The ticket counter opens at 6 am and you have to purchase ticket to enter the location. Ticket cost is Rs 10/ person and Rs 50 for camera. After purchasing the ticket we started for the actual spot which is around 1 km from the ticket counter.

We reached the spot by 6:15 am and were mesmerized to see the view. The view was great with clouds covering the entire city and only the far away hill top was visible. We were waiting for the sun to rise and finally the sun rose at sharp 6:40 am. This is the view we were waiting for!! The sun rose out of nowhere from the clouds and is a treat to watch. I have seen many sun rises in the hill stations but believe me this view was unique. Overall we were very happy with this experience and we have started our return journey by 7:30 am.

We will consider ourselves lucky to see this view without waiting much as sometimes the sunrises late and people have to wait for hours.
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