Nandi Hills or Nandi Betta or Nandi Durga is a popular weekend getaway for the people of Bangalore. Situated in the Chikballapur district of Karnataka, it lies at about 60 KMs from Bangalore. Famous for its sunrise/sunset you can find a huge crowd from Bangalore here on weekends. Attractions here include a garden maintained by the Horticulture Department of Karnataka, the fort(Nandi Durga) built by Tipu Sultan, the 1300-year-old Dravidian style Nandi Temple, an ancient Shiva-Parvati temple, Tipu’s Drop.
Nandi hills is also a cyclists’ paradise, with around 400m altitude gain in ~7km, it offers a very good training spot. Cyclists from Bangalore storm Nandi Hills on weekends and holidays. Nandi Hills is at a height of approximately 1478m from mean sea level and hence boasts of pleasant weather all year round. Because of this and its location (proximity to Bangalore and Bangalore International Airport), many commercial and residential ventures are underway.
They’re one of the largest and best vineyards of India, the Grover vineyards, nearby. At over 410 acres it’s one of the finest. There are extensive wine trails across the property, and it’s also possible to visit the winery’s barrel room. Three and a half hour tour followed by lunch starts daily at 10.30 a.m., including wine tasting, a visit to the winery, and lunch.
1. Tipu’s Drop: It is bound to leave you with goosebumps. It is a steep rock that is located 600m above sea level. However, apart from the view and the climb, it was most remarkable about this cliff that it was used by Tipu Sultan to punish his prisoners by tossing them from the top of the hill.
2. Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple: It is one of the oldest temples in the area. Despite its ancient stature, it is an example of fine craftsmanship and handicrafts. The walls and interiors of the temple are decorated with incredible metalwork and stone carvings. The structure is supported by huge pillars and the temple itself is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his famous consorts- Nandi and Parvati.
3. Amrita Sarovar: A visit to the Amrita Sarovar is a must if you are in Nandi Hills because of its natural and man-made beauty. It is a perennial spring that has been bound on four sides with steps-like structures and archways. The Amrita Sarovar, or the Lake of Nectar, has been a source of freshwater for the people of Nandi Hills since time immemorial.
4. Brahmashram: This ancient cave is located on the face of a steep hill in Nandi Hills. The historical significance of the cave is that it is believed the famous priest- Ramkrishna Paramhamsa Swamiji – used it for meditation when he was in Nandi Hills.
Timings to Visit
6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
How To Reach
Bengaluru International Airport – 34.82km
Puttaparthi – 111.07km
Chennai – 333.7km
Chik Ballapur Railway Station – 19.72 KM
Devanahalli Railway station – 20.71km
Avatihalli Railway Station – 21.5km
Kodimanchanahalli Gate is 173 meters away, 4 min walk.
Savukanahalli Gate is 558 meters away, 9 min walk.
Akkipete is 1047 meters away, 15 min walk.
Nandi Halt, Devisettihalli, Karnataka 562103. (Postmaster, Post Office NANDI HILLS (BRANCH
OFFICE), CHIKKABALLAPUR, KARNATAKA (KA), India (IN), Pin Code:- 562101)
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Department of Karnataka Tourism Site – Nandi Hills