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.

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Travellers from Bangalore, Hyderabad

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  • Akamit
  • 1 Review
  •  48 readers

"A very good place to enjoy at our weekend" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
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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Mamta Gupta

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  • Mamta Gupta
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
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"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
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  • 15 Reviews
  •  12 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
  •  39 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

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  • Amit Bhattar
  • Lives in Surat
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  •  3 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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Vivek khurana

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"A Perfect Day Out Place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 5, 2016
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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"Good Place for a one day trip but too crowded!!!"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted May 27, 2016
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
  • Lives in Patna
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  •  22 helpful votes
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"Must visit place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 22, 2016
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
  • Lives in Cuttack
  • 2 Reviews
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"A very good destination for bikers"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 13, 2016
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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