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26th Jul 17

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2nd Jan 18

Scenic Beauty

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26th Jan 17

My visit to nandeeshwara temple

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Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple

Jatin Modi
25th Jan 18

Nice place to visit

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Nandi hills full of mist

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My visit to bramasharam

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Jatin Modi
25th Jan 18

Foggy Nandi Hills - Must visit

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25th Jan 16

Foggy Nandi Hills

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25th Jan 16

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Reasons to go to Nandi Hills

1A soul awakening experience
A soul awakening experience

HolidayIQ Reviewer Ca sampadaborkar adds, “A place that awakens your soul A casual vacation to Bangalore landed me to this place. Make sure you reach there well before the sunrise to witness changing colours of the sky and that process which makes you question everything of your existence. That connect with nature like never before. We reached there before 6 am and had the experience to cherish for the lifetime. trekking there would be the best but otherwise, the car takes you to the top with nominal entry fee.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Kumar day adds, “Ok and watchable Fort Tipu's Fort is one part of Nandi Hills. Tipu's Fort is ok and it's watchable. But in Nandi Hills sightseeing is good and relaxed. Here trekking and cycling are famous. If you go to Nandi Hills through bike or cycle you are very thrilled because of a curved road up and down.” 

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2For its fort, temple and sunrise
For its fort, temple and sunrise

HolidayIQ Reviewer Chitrangad Thakur says, “After 2 hrs journey from Bangalore we reached a beautiful place called Nandi hills. It has a fort of that belongs to king Tipu Sultan on top of the hill. We enjoyed several viewpoints and an old Shiv Temple in Nandi hills.”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sulav Kumar shares, “Just after you see the sunrise at Nandi hills, you'll come across an old temple managed by the ASI. It is really well maintained. The architecture and carvings are very similar to the Lepakshi temple. The temple also has a pond inside which is really perfect for photography.

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3Going To Yeshwantpur Via Mekhri Circle? Did You Know You Can Reach Nandi Hills In The Same Time?
Going To Yeshwantpur Via Mekhri Circle? Did You Know You Can Reach Nandi Hills In The Same Time?

"We planned an impromptu trip to Nandi Hills from Bangalore. Wanted to go see the sunrise but didn't wake up in time. Anyhow, the drive takes about 2 hours (leave early so that you don't get stuck in traffic). The weather was pleasantly chilly and cloudy. We had a great time. The coffee at the top of the hill is great but the food joints can be better. The bungalow on top of the hill is beautiful and well maintained as well," says HolidayIQ Traveller Abhijeet Kamath.

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4Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do – Mark Twain
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do – Mark Twain

HolidayIQ traveller Yagnadat Reddy shares about a trip he was glad to take, “We were a group of friends on a Diesel Nissan Micra on our way to Lamb of God concert! Had a night long trip from Hyderabad. We were terribly sleepy by the time we were near Bangalore. Luckily we were very near to Nandi hills and we thought why don't we just have a peek. Glad we did!! what a cloudy morning we had over there!! we just parked our car on the valley top, and went around mesmerized at the early morning glory and the cool pleasant air drifting all around us! The view from that hilltop is absolutely awesome, we were over there for couple of hours and we didn't even realize it!!!”

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5Drive Down To Catch The Beautiful Sunrise
Drive Down To  Catch The Beautiful Sunrise

HolidayIQ Traveller Karan Goswami shares, “Nandi Hills is a best place to see the sunrise in Bangalore. This place is very good for those who love bike riding. I have visited this place twice and its only 60 km from the Bangalore. The Nandi Temple on the top of the hill and beautiful garden adds to the mood. Don't forget to carry your camera along.”

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Abraham anthony

Abraham anthony5.0/5

2 reviews

Out of Bangalore, get close to sky without internet

I had a great time viewing the beautiful Bangalore from 4000 meters high. I was staying in Pine Top resort which has got an amazing view. What else can one ask when you wake up with a beautiful view from the hill top. Staying a step close to nature was its best part.

Rohit  Pathak

Rohit Pathak5.0/5

17 reviews

Wonderful place to visit for nature lovers

It is wonderful place to visit for nature lovers.
Best time to visit is before sun rise.
And if you can take some food stuffs with you.
Best place for photography.
You can also rent bike and car from Bangalore if you wanna drive and go yourself. You can also do trekking if you want so take shoes and stuff with you.

Nandi Hills Overview

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, Karnataka

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Nandi Hills, Karnataka
Nandi Hills, Karnataka

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Nandi Hills, Karnataka
Nandi Hills, Karnataka

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Nandi Hills, Karnataka
Nandi Hills, Karnataka

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Sunrise view point at nandi hills

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