Hillocks borrowed from heaven
Nandi Hills Tourism
Nandi Hills is a hill station in Karnataka. It is a popular one-day trip destination from Bangalore. There are temples, a bungalow and a Kalyana Mantap on top of the hill. It gets its name from the ancient Nandi or bull which is meant to be the mount of Lord Shiva. These hills are the source of the rivers Palar, Arkavati, and Pennar. It was one of the Tipu's summer retreats. There are about 1,200 steps laid from the foot of the hill to reach the top. Bhoga Nandishwara Temple situated at the foot of the hills is a must see place which houses a 1000-year-old sculpture of Nandi.
Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace and Tipu's Drop, a 600 ft cliff from where Tipu Sultan used to throw his prisoners, offers a spectacular view of the valley. Amrita Sarovar Lake, ruins of Tipu Sultan's fort are other places to visit. There are also three temples dedicated to Sri Ugra Narasimha, Sri Yoga Narasimha and Sri Bhoga Narasimha.
There are few accommodation options available on the peak for those who want to experience early morning sunrise, though trekking the peak early in the morning is the best option. Self-camping on the peak is not safe.
Food will not be an issue as there are good restaurants in Nandi Hills.
Hotel Mayura has a good bar.
Where to Stay
There are few cottages and hotels, might need advance booking.
How to reach
Car/Bike is the ideal mode of travel, it will take about 2 hours from Bangalore. Govt owned buses are available from Bangalore Majestic and Kempegowda Bus staions.
How to Reach by Flight
The nearest airport is Bangalore (BLR). A taxi or bus can be used to reach Nandi Hills
How to Reach by Train
Nearest major city is Bangalore which is well connected to other cities.
How to Reach by Bus
Buses from Bangalore cost about Rs 50 per person and will take about 2-3 hours to reach. There are buses which operate from Majestic and Kempegowda bus stations.
How to Reach by Road
Nandi Hills is at a distance of 60km from Bangalore. It will take about 2 hours to cover the distance as there are about 40 curves along the way.
How to travel within
Return before sunset as the roads are dangerous.
Beware of monkeys stealing food.
Nandi Hills Itinerary
Day1: Visit the temples and trek the hills.