Are you looking for best places to visit in and around Bangalore? Then nandi hill is best place, it will be one day trip as well as trekking spot, for Lovers and honey mooners, in search of a quiet, beautiful place, and families on economised budget prefer.Historians can find a wealth of information and the spiritual minded, peace and tranquility.
Nandi Hills Open for visiters from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m Early morning sunrise and evening sunset is the best time.
Nandi Hills or Nandi betta is an ancient hill fortress in southern India, in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka state. It is 10 km from Chickballapur town and approximately 60 km from the city of Bengaluru.
There are many stories about the orgin of the name "Nandi Hills". During the Chola period, Nandi Hills was called Ananda Giri meaning The Hill of Happiness. Another is that Yoga Nandeeshwara performed penance here, and so it was named after him. A temple of Yoga Nandeeshwara is situated on top of the hill. Nandi is also commonly called Nandidurga (Fort) because of the fort build here by the ruler Tippu Sultan. It is also perhaps called Nandi Hills because the hill resembles a sleeping bull (Nandi).
From Bangalore, Nandi Hills is a about 60 km. Nandi Hills offers a surprise of breathtaking scenic beauty and excellent climatic condition. Situated in the Chikkaballapur Taluk of Kolar District in Karnataka, Nandi Hills, at the height of 4851 feet above sea level.
As it is a hill area, their are sharp turning and roads are slippery,driver have to take care of it. The curves in are all numbered. You can see the numbers on each turning. Its smooth till few turning. But from that it gets really steep.
There are so many monkeys here. they will not do anything, If any food packets is there with you then will grab it.Just don't carry any food packet and they won't bother you and will not harm yourself.
Also we have option for walking as well as driving car till top. 2 wheelers are not allowded to go top, 4 wheelers can take ticket and they can.
while walking through we can go through forest and the main road, anyway few sitting arrangements are there to take rest while walking.
Place near to visit are:
Amruth Sarovar : A beautiful water lake that brims with lucid water all the year round.
Tippus Summer Palace and Fort: During the Ganga period, the Chikkaballapur chieftains built a fort. Tippu strengthened it further and also build a rest house. This used to be Tippus summer bungalow.
Gavi Veerabhadra Swamy Temple : on the way to the Sultanpet, from Tippus palace, natural formation of huge boulders has been transformed into a temple.
Fort : The fort is on a sprawling area of 90 acres and is above 4851 feet above sea level. A soldier could hide in this well constructed fort and shoot in all four directions at the same time.
Horse Way : A stone doorway in the fort on the North-eastern side, is believed to have been the horse way for helping soldiers to climb the wall on horse back.
Palar River Origin: Palar river takes its birth as a small spring on the eastern side of the hill.
Brahmashrama : A serene place for the spiritual minded, this ashram is built by huge natural boulders.
Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple: A temple of exquisite, intricate carvings, it also has a beautiful Kalyana Mantapa.
Tippu Drop: During Tippus reign, criminals were pushed down from this point to their death as punishment.
Arkavathi River Origin: Arkavathi River takes its birth on the south-west of the hill.
Secret Passage : A secret passage on the west, is believed to have helped the Kings to escape during unforseen attacks.
Childrens Playground : The Horticulture department maintains a lovely garden for children to play games like the slides, merry-go-round, swings etc.
Muddena Halli: Muddena Halli, situated 21 kilometers from Nandi Hills, is the birthplace of Sir. M. Vishveswarayya. His ancestral home, where he was born, has been preserved for public viewing.
Apart from these, there are other interesting places like Anjaneya temple, Nellikayi Basavanna, Antaragange, Baananthi Bande, Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple etc.