Nandi Hills Tourism
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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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Sri Sukesh

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  • Sri Sukesh
  • Lives in Kanchipuram
  • 1 Review

"Awesome experience" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Yesterday
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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  • 11 Reviews
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"The quick getaway" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
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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  • Lives in Bangalore
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  •  2 helpful votes
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"A breathtaking place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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  • 3 Reviews
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"A great view from Nandi Hills"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Abhilash Upare

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  • Abhilash Upare
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review
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"Have a great experience"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I have been to this place with my friends and had such a great experience. It is in the outer region of Bangalore, but it worths going over here. Sunrise viewing was awesome, I suggest you to hit this place at least for once. You'll have a good time.
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Saket Saurabh

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  • Saket Saurabh
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Nature at its Best"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Awesome place, early morning would be the best time to witness sunrise and floating clouds in a most scenic fashion, followed by tea in the company of monkeys. Begin your voyage at legitimate time to achieve the Nandi slopes as right on time as could reasonably be expected keeping in mind the end goal to have the capacity to see the dawn on it.
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Karthik B

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  • Karthik B
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Literally on cloud 9"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months 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!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months 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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"Sunrise Paradise!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months 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
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"Perfect place for summer vacation"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months 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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