Being studied in Bangalore and stayed for 4 years Nandi hills is the best outing spot we always wished to go for. Being the nearest hill station to the city, Nandi hills offers a welcome respite to Bangaloreans, young and old, especially during the hot summer months. It is a must place to visit with friends and also family. We have bunch of memories celebrating friends’ birthdays and visits on weekends and are very popular with trekkers and photo shoots. The bikers/cyclists from Bangalore storm there on weekends and holidays. The foggy weather in early mornings and beautiful sunset in the evenings are added awesomeness to the place.
Located at an altitude of 4,851 ft (1,479 m) above sea level the hills are always cool, even on the warmest days. To be exact with the place Nandi Hills or Nandi betta is an ancient hill fortress in southern India. Situated in the Chikkaballapura District of Karnataka state, it is at a distance of 10 Km from Chikkaballapura town and around 60 Km from the city of Bengaluru. . The hills are nestled near the town of Nandi. It is located close to the Bangalore International Airport. In addition, the hills are located about 20 km from the National Highway (NH-7) just after Devanahalli Town. Due to its location, Nandi Hills is rapidly developing and numerous commercial and residential ventures are underway in the region.
Nandi Hills History
There are many stories about the origin of the name Nandi Hills. The Yoga Nandishwara Temple, dedicated to Shiva, gives the hills their name whereas the Amrita Sarovar or Lake of Ambrosia is a tank fed by perennial springs. Another story is that Nandi is also commonly called Nandidurga (Fort) because of the fort built hereby the ruler Tipu Sultan. It is also perhaps called Nandi Hills because the hills resemble a massive sleeping bull (Nandi).
There is a Nandi temple situated on this hill which is in Dravidian-style and 1300 years old. The Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple in Nandi village is one of the oldest temples in Karnataka dating back to the ninth century. In traditional belief, the hills are the origin of the Arkavathy River. Near is the Chabootara where Tipu Sultan used to pray.
- Beautiful stone carvings at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple are a popular tourist site and are a source of inspiration for students of art and architecture.
- Tipu’s Drop is a sheer 600 m cliff face with a spine-chilling history. Prisoners were supposedly pushed to their deaths from here on the orders of Tipu Sultan. However, today it is known for the splendid views.
- The guest house where Jawaharlal Nehru stayed during his visit is called the Nehrunilaya. Now under the Horticultural department, it is open for visitors to stay.
- About 12 Km from Nandihills, is the little village of Muddenahalli, home of Sir M Visveswaraya, whose works include the KRS Dam. His house and a couple of other buildings in the village have been converted into a museum.
- Gavi Veerbhadra Swamy temple on top of the hill, on the way to the Sultanpet, from Tipu’s palace, natural formation of huge boulders has been transformed into a magnificent temple.
- Children’s Playground – The Horticulture department maintains a lovely garden for children to play games like the slides, merry-go-round, swings etc.
- Gandhi House, where the Mahatma himself stayed, is under the management of DPAR (Protocol) Government of Karnataka and is reserved for the stay of important dignitaries.
Paragliding: Nandi Hills is one of the unique places in Karnataka which offers paragliding activity and is a fantastic place to fly from. Plenty of flat land all around the hills.
Cycling: It is cyclists paradise, around 400 meters of altitude gain in 7 km of ride, the bikers/cyclists from Bangalore storm there on weekends and holidays. It’s a very good hill training spot for them. Lot of bicycling clubs in Bangalore are into weekend cycling trips. High endurance levels are required to cycle uphill.
Trekking: Plenty of trekking opportunities around the region. You can also go for a wild trek on the backside of the hill.
To reach Nandi Hills
Bus: There is one popular bus that travels to Nandi Hills on a daily basis that is Anand Travels. There are a number of other buses including KSRTC you can take to Bangalore and then take a Nandi Hills trip by bus from the city.
Train: The railway station nearest to the Nandi Hills is that of Chikkaballapura just 9 km away. Though it is the railhead at Bangalore though 65 km away from the Nandi Hills is connected with all the major places in India through rail. There are frequent trains that connect Chikkaballapura with Bangalore.
Flight: The closest airport is Bangalore Airport which is 39.1kms from Nandi Hills, from there take a cab or a car rental and drive up to Nandi Hills.
Cab/Car: Roads up the hills are very beautiful and well laid. It is relatively easy to reach Nandi Hills by car through various cab companies.
The entry and exit times are now limited to 6 AM to 6 PM to avoid crimes.