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Tour to Nandi Hills near Bangalore in Karnataka

Need a break from the heat and dust of the plains? Welcome to the Nandi Hills one of the hill resorts of Karnataka. The Nandi Hills or the hills of the Nandi have been named after the bull of Lord Shiva. The pleasant hill resort of Nandi Hills is also known as Nandigiri or Nandidurga amongst the locals. The Nandi Hills have attracted people since long. Nandi hills were the summer haven of Tipu Sultan as well as the British. The palace of Tipu Sultan and the Bungalows of the British stand in testimony of the same. Now Nandi Hills are popular with the tourists and act as ideal weekend getaway for the people from Bangalore. In the past the Nandi Hills have attracted the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Pt. Nehru, Rajiv Gandhi, Sir Mark Cubbon, Queen Elizabeth II et al. So climb up the 1,175 steps that lead to the top of the Nandi Hills, the effort is truly worth it. Once you reach the summit of the Nandi Hills you will spot the ruins of the Fort that once belonged to Tipu Sultan. Do visit the Tipu’s Drop the tourist attraction is a 600 m high cliff face from which the prisoners are believed to have been thrown. Tipu’s Drop offers some wondrous vistas. Tour to Nandi Hills While at the Nandi Hills do visit the Amrita Samovar. The sparkling water of the Lake of Nectar is a major tourist attraction at the Nandi Hills. At the base of the Nandi Hills in the Nandi Village is the Bhoga Nandishwara Temple that follows the Dravidian style of architecture. Atop the Nandi Hills are the temples in honor of Sri Ugra Narasimha and Sri Yoga Narasimha The other sites worth visiting at the Nandi hills are the Gandhi Nilaya and the Nehru House. The adventure seekers may indulge in paragliding at the Nandi Hills. In close proximity to the Nandi Hills is Muddenahalli. Muddenahalli is renowned as the birthplace of Visveswaraya. While at Muddenahalli do visit the Museum that was actually the home of Visveswaraya- the great architect who built the modern Karnataka. Further excursions can be made to the Hills with nature’s bounty like Biligirirangana Hills, Agumbe Hill and the Madikeri Hills. Accommodation is easily available at the Nandi Hills. You may take your pick from hotel, cottage, tourist bungalow, Forest lodge, Guest House et al at the Nandi Hills. Otherwise you may stay at any of the several star categorized hotels or Budget accommodations in Bangalore, just 65 km from Nandi Hills. In fact you may take up the one-day conducted tour to the Nandi Hills from Bangalore coordinated by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation and other tour operators. It is an hour and a half’s drive from Bangalore to the Nandi Hills. The Nandi Hills are situated at an altitude of 1478m above sea level and 65 Km from Bangalore. The Pennar, Palar and Arkavati Rivers start off from the Nandi Hills. The airport at Bangalore is the nearest to Nandi Hills at a distance of 65 km. The railway station nearest to the Nandi Hills is that of Chikkaballapur 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 Chikkaballapur with Bangalore. The excellent road network links the Nandi Hills with the important places like Bangalore and Chikkaballapur. Nandi Hills is situated on the Bangalore – Hyderabad National Highway.?


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Rangasthala Temples
Ranganatha Swamy Temple Situated in Chikkaballpura. It’s around 60kms from Bangalore. Chikballapur is the District Headquarters of the newly created District of Chikballapur in the State of Karnataka, India.Chikballapur is about 57 km north of Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), the silicon plateau of India.....more
Vidurashwatha Temples
Vidurashwatha is a small village located in the Gauribidanur taluk of Chikkaballapur district in the state of Karnataka, India. Situated near the Karnataka - Andhra Pradesh border and about 6km from Gauribidanur, it had a major role to play in the freedom movement of India.....more
Arkavathy River
Arkavathy River or Arkavathi River, is a river in India, originating at Nandi Hills of Chikkaballapur district. It is a tributary of the Kaveri River, which it joins at Kanakapura called sangama in kannada after flowing through Kolar District and Bangalore Rural district.....more
Penner River
The Pennar (also Penner, Penna or Penneru) is a river of southern India. The Penner rises on the hill of Nandi Hills in Chikballapur District of Karnataka state, and runs 560 km (350 miles) north and east through the state of Andhra Pradesh to empty into the Bay of Bengal.....more

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Nandi Hills is a hot favourite among Bangaloreans who find this an ideal get-away for weekends. The 1478-m high Nandi Hills is the originating point of many rivers.

And the forests surrounding the hills, abound with wild animals. Around the Nandi Hills are several smaller hills, which can be visited on foot.

Location info:

Address:60 kms north of Bangalore, Karnataka
Nearest City:Bangalore
Best time to visit: November to March.


Summer: Max: 29°C Min: 23°C
Winter: Max: 21°C Min: 11°C


Nandi Hills or Nandidurg is a hill fortress of southern India, in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka state. It is located just 3 to 5 KM from Chickballapur Taluq. It is 4851 ft. (1478 meters) above sea level. It is located in close proximity to the newly constructed Bangalore International Airport, the second largest in India. In addition, the hills are located about 2 km from the National Highway (NH-7). Due to its location, Nandi Hills is rapidly developing and numerous commercial and residential ventures are underway in the region.
Nandidurg hill, known commonly as Nandi Hills, is the source of the Penner,Ponnaiyar and Palar rivers. Nandi Hills gets its name from an ancient Nandi temple situated on this hill. This temple has a thousand year old sculpture of Nandi. An ancient lord Shiva and Parvati temple also adorns this hill.
The vegetation of the hills is typical of high hills. Inside the fort at the summit, many of the large trees are planted exotics such as Eucalyptus and the undergrowth consists of Coffea arabica along with some native species. The forest acts as a substrate for cloud condensation and every morning the trees are covered in water. This allows for many moist forest species of plants and animals. The hills are very rich in birdlife making it a very popular location for birdwatchers and bird photographers. The evergreen forest patch on top of the hill being a favoured wintering location for many migrant species of warblers, flycatchers and thrushes. The forest patch is also home for a relict population of the Nilgiri Woodpigeon. A breeding pair of Shaheen Falcon, the resident race of the Peregrine Falcon is also often seen at the Nandi Hills. The Malabar Whistling Thrush, Uropeltid snakes and Pill millipedes which are otherwise known only from the Western Ghats ranges are also found here. The hill slopes are the home of the Yellow-throated Bulbul, a species endemic to the hills of peninsular India.

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Nearest Railway Station:The nearest railhead is Chikkaballapur
Nearest Airport:The nearest airport is Bangalore at a distance of 30 km.
Road Transport: Nandi Hills is connected by road to Bangalore and Chikkaballapur. Bus : Government buses ply from Bangalore, Chikkaballapur and Nandigrama. It takes 2 hours from Bangalore and one hour from Chikkaballapur to reach Nandi Hills.

Nearest Visiting places:

Tipu's Drop the place from where Tippu Sultan made his prisoners fall.
1.Tipu's Summer Residence a beautiful palace on top of this hill. This palace is closed to the general public .
2.Temples There are temples dedicated to Sri Bhoga Narasimha, Sri Ugra Narasimha and Sri Yoga Narasimha .
3.Gavi Veerbhadra swamy temple on top of the hill (The temple inside a big rock/cave)
4.Nehru Nilaya, where Jawaharlal Nehru used to stay, now a guest house of the horticulture department of India.
5.Rivers The rivers Pennar, Palar and Arkavati originate from these hills.Most of the sources have dried up .
6.Brahmashram It is said that Sage Ramakrishna Paramhamsa meditated here.Its a cool cave .
Muddenahalli The home town of Sir M. Visvesvarayya, the architect of modern Karnataka. Muddenahalli is just a few kilometres from Nandi Hills. His house is now a museum.

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1.Hotel Mayura Pine Top Nandi Hills. Kolar District.
2.Guest House of the Horticulture Department.
3.PWD Accommodation.

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