For the people of bangalore it needs no introduction as it is the most preferable trekking destination of them. Ask them for their advice to go on a short trip from the city and they will be recommending nandi hills. The tipu sultan palace on the top and the breathtaking view of sunrise and sunset is a relaxed balmy ambiance. Just a hillock which has an 18th century fort on its top is magnificent. It is surrounded by many mountain ranges from tumkur, chikballapur to kolar ranges. The archavathy river has its birthplace in the foothills of nandi hills. Nandi hills have a cool and pleasant temperature throughout the day which attracts most of the travellers. The misty and foggy weather and the mesmerising view of clouds beneath your step is majestic. The climate conditions of nandi hills makes it the most fascinating tourist spots in the region. You will find many temples on the top dedicated to sri ugra narasimha and sri yoga narasimha and dedicated to sri bhoga narasimha on the lower hill.
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Elveting you to the height of 1440 m from sea level. Nandi hills is a landscape of green clad terrain and rock strew with extraordinary sights. If you have ever wondered to step above the ocean of clouds then this can be your dream place if you are lucky enough to witness this view. Throughout the late springs the weather is pleasant and fresh filled with mist and haze.
You will have an enchanting experience in Nandi hills. The vistas from the top, the panoramic view of neighbouring areas like slopes of the hills, and proximal districts are bewitching. Apart from this the majora attraction is the summer palace of tipu sultan and the tipu’s drop, where the prisoners and detainees get dropped from the hill to death. This place will give you goosebumps when seeing it in real life, imagine being pushed from a height of 2000 ft from a vertical cliff.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The trial starts from chikballapur district in karnataka. The trek is overall easy but it goes continuously uphill with high steeps at some points.You’ll need 2 to 3 hours to get there. There is no water supply so you should be carrying your own water bottles. If you ask about the best time to visit, then this place receives pleasant temperatures throughout the year. The summer afternoon can be hot so if planning in summer then start your trek early in the morning or in the evening. In monsoon it can be muddy but a memorable experience. You can visit here from 6am to 6pm and the weekends are really busy. You will find traffic en-route to the forest department. Entry fees are 20 per person and parking for bikes is 30 rupees and 125 for cars.
HOW TO REACH
It is 60 km from Bangalore and just a one hour drive away.
BY ROAD you can take bangalore hyderabad road then after crossing devanahalli take left to nandi cross. Then head straight towards karahalli cross and take left then continue till the first right and you will be sliding into the nandi slopes. Then only let cars till mayura hotel, you have to park before that whereas bikes can go further.
BY TRAIN chikkaballapur is the closest railway station which is 9 km from the slopes of nandi. You can take a passenger train at 8:40 in the morning which is chikkaballapur passenger. Then take an auto which will charge rupees 100 per head. The return train is at 4 in the evening.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Witness The five slopes that combine and give the structure to nandi hills. A stroll in the eucalyptus vegetation amid a rough way is incredible. And drop in temperature while trekking the nandi hills will make you happier. It offers a wide range of variety in flora and fauna. You can bring your kids as well. It is the perfect trekking destination for families. Saw butterflies gliding and the birds chirping and the insects scrawling give goosebumps. You can join bouldering for more thrill and adventure to find your own way to the top by climbing big rocks. The view of three hills that make the Nandi hill cluster is spectacular and the aerial view of farm lands and road cutting through them is enchanting.
Weekends can be busy in nandi hills. You can try on weekdays to avoid the crowd.