Nandi Hills or Nandidurga is a hill fortress located in Chickkaballapur in the south Indian state of Karnataka. It is elevated 1,455 meters above sea level and is approximately 65 km from the capital city of Bangalore making it a weekend hub. This was once the summer retreat of Tipu Sultan. Prisoners are said to have been thrown to their death from the Tipu’s Drop, now known for its scenic beauty of the nature surrounding it.
Nandi hills abode the Hindu temple of Yoga Nandeeshwara, guarded by a huge statue of (Nandi) the sacred bull of the Hindu God Shiva. There are some stone carvings and paintings depicting the 18th-century ruler. The hills also have temples dating back to the Chola period.
Nandi Hills also known as Nandi Durga is the most popular weekend destination for the city crowd of Bengaluru.
Nandi hill is also famous for hikers and bird watchers. It’s a great trekking destination. Nandi Hills is famous for its trekking spot s and there are several trek routes, through the Nandi hill, to suit the ability and strength of different kinds of trekkers.
If you are living in a city like Bangalore, the work-life balance gets hectic. The good thing is that there are a lot of options you can get for a relaxing time. On top of the list is Nandi Hills. Whether you’re a photographer or a nature lover Nandi Hills guarantees everybody a memorable experience. It also has rivers like North Palar, South Pennar, Amrita Sarovar, or The Lake of Nectar as it’s lovingly called. It is the water body one would associate Hindu temples with in India. It is the prime source of water in the area, and its beautiful steps often make way for stunning photographs. You’ll find yourself engulfed in peace, at Amrita Sarovar and for solitude seekers there is Brahmashram cave. The sage Ramakrishna Paramahamsa used the cave as an ashram for his meditation and has become one of the symbols of a popular religious site in the region. The natural surrounds and earthy feel make this a perfect spot for experiencing tranquility in all its glory.
Life is soo uncertain; nearly after a three-month-long wait, Nandi Hills is finally open to tourists now. However, there is a rule: It is open only for five days each week, from Monday to Friday. Those who have pre-booked night stays on top of the hillock will be allowed to stay on even during the weekend.
Just 65 km approx from Bengaluru, Nandi Hills is the city’s very own hill station. Located at a height of, the serene environment and bracing air saw Tipu Sultan as well as the British used it as a summer retreat Two ancient Shiva temples, one at the foot and the other at the peak, Karnataka Hotels Nandi Hills is perched on top of the hill and offers guests one Deluxe room (Gandhi Nilaya) and 12 Double room (Gandhi Nilaya New Block).A restaurant with a bar attached is a part of the facility. Note: “Check-in before 6 pm”.
Come witness the beauty of Nandi hills, your weekend destination!