Nandi hills also known as Nandi betta (in Kannada) and Nandidruga is an excellent choice if you are planning a one day trip from Bangalore. It is situated at 4,851 ft above sea level and offers magnificent view of the surroundings from the top. Having historical connection with the great Tipu Sultan, this place evolves around interesting stories which can be very exciting to hear. With a dash of history, and awestrucking views to vest your memories with, a trip to Nandi hills can be a trip to remember forever.
How to reach Nandi Hills
- Take Bangalore Bellary road(Hydrabad highway) -> reach Devanahalli cross (after the first toll once you cross hebbal) -> which is on the 36 th milestone.
- Take the deviation on the left and travel about 11 kilometers to reach Nandi cross.
- Take Left (Doddaballapur road) and travel 3 kilometers to reach the foot of the hill.
- On the Doddaballapur road, turn right to reach the road that leads to the top of the hill.
- From the foot hill it is 8 kilometers to the top.
25°C to 28°C during summer and 8°C to 10°C in winter.
Throughout the year, OCT TO JUN (During Sunrise)
ONE DAY (DAY OUT)
Open from 6:00AM to 6:30PM
YES. (PARKING FEE + CAMERA FEE + ENTRY FEE PER PERSON)
PLACES TO VISIT AT NANDI HILLS
Yoga Nandeeshwara Swamy Temple:
The main worshiping god of the temple is Lord Shiva. Yoga Nandeeshwara temple was built by the Cholas during the Chola period. And a story is that Yoga Nandeeshwara performed penance here, and so it was named after him. This temple of Yoga Nandeeshwara is situated on top of the hill. The temple is architecturally rich, beautiful and has so many intricate carvings and pillars.
Tippu Drop was used to punish the criminals during Tippus reign. This place was used to push people (criminals) off the cliff to their death as punishment for the wrong deeds From Tippu drop you can get beautiful view of the surrounding hills and nandi village (nandi grama). You feel like you are standing above the horizon of clouds. NOTE: Many committed suicide or accidentally slipped into the cliff. Please take extreme precaution. Good news is now it is fully fenced. Please don’t cross the fence which is for your safety.
This lake is also known as “The Lake of Nectar”. It’s a beautiful lake which remains filled with water throughout the year. It is situated atop the hill.
TIPPU SULTAN’S FORT:
Tippu Sultan’s fort is one of the most visited places in Nandi Hills which displays rich Mughal kind of architecture. This fort constructed 4,851 ft above sea level. This was once the summer palace of Tippu Sultan.
Other main attractions of Nandi Hill’s are : Palar River Origin, Arkavathi River Origin, Brahmashrama, Gavi Veerabhadra Swamy Temple, Horse Way, Childrens Playground, Nellikayi Basavanna, Secret Passage,..etc
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