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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Pranith Praveen
  • Pranith Praveen
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"An amazing place" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
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
  • Shinto K anto
  • Lives in Thrissur
  • 23 photos
  • 9 Reviews

"Night drive to Nandi Hills" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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
  • Prasoon Mruthyunjay
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Most exotic place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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
  • Akshatraj Adig
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 246 photos
  • 33 Reviews

"A trip to remember"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Gaurav G
  • Gaurav G
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 10 Reviews

"Nandi Hills -one day trip"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Dec 10, 2014
One can go for a day trip with family but be careful with monkeys. One can see Tippu's Drop, Tippuís Summer Residence. There is little children Park for rest and also you can have your food here which you prepared from your home. For reaching the top, you have to climb stairs.
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Karan Goswami
  • Karan Goswami
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 photos
  • 1 Review

"Nandi Hill best Hill Station in Bangalore"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 26, 2014
Itís a best place to see the sunrise in Bangalore. Bridge wind makes you feel romantic. This place is very good for those who love bike riding. Truly natural atmosphere there. I had visited this place twice, its only 60km from the Bangalore. There is the Nandi Temple top of the hill and beautiful garden. Don't forget to bring camera there.
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Anu Naik
  • Anu Naik
  • 51 photos
  • 4 Reviews

"Nandi Hills, nice place to hang out"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Aug 18, 2014
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 May 20, 2014
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
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  • 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
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"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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