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Nandi Hills Overview

Nandi Hills is a set of breathtaking hillocks which is a complete nature retreat. From catching the stunning views of the rising and setting sun to camping and trekking, people come here to indulge in a wide variety of activities. The best part of visiting the top of the hill is that you will get to enjoy the view of low lying clouds floating around you. 

Nandi Hills, a small albeit beautiful town, is just 60 km away from the city of Bangalore and has emerged as the perfect weekend getaway for its people. Even though it is most well-known for its viewpoints and its greenery, Nandi Hills is also a popular historical fortress that is home to a number of temples, monuments and shrines.

The place was previously used by the famous ruler Tipu Sultan as a summer retreat, and several traces of the Sultan’s life and legacy can be found in the area. His summer residence can still be found in Nandi Hills. The house was called Tashk-e-Jannat, whose painted walls, intricate archways, high pillars and artfully crafted ceilings attract tourists and visitors even today. Nandi Hills is also home to some famous temples and shrines such as the Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and his companions- Parvati and Nandi. 

This temple is also an architectural wonder and pilgrimage spot because it is one of the oldest temples in the area. Apart from its historical sites and heritage monuments, Nandi Hills is also famous for its trekking trails, cycling routes and adventure sports such as paragliding. It is truly the perfect place to enjoy a peaceful retreat from life in the city and take in some of the best views the countryside has to offer. 

Highlights

• Hike up to the Nandi Hills through the trails covered with natural scenic beauty.
• Visit the incredible Jaramadagu falls encircled by lush, in the Chikkaballapur region.
• Get a chance to cycle along the hills on the natural pathway.
• Visit the Amaranarayana Temple and get spiritual insights and vibes and witness the marvelous Tashk-e-jannat, a palace brilliantly carved pillars and beautifully painted walls.
• Seek peace and quiet away from the chaotic world at the cave near the spot and get a chance to be amidst the clouds at the ‘envy of the heavens'.
• Nandi Hills is one of the best vantage points from where one can enjoy the glistening sunrises and sunsets.

How To Reach

The best way to reach the Nandi Hills is by taking a personal vehicle if you have limited time or seek comfort. Alternatively, you can choose KSRTC buses from the bus stand and reach Nandi Hills within 2-3 hours from Bangalore city centre.

You can also head out to Chikballapur, which lies at a distance of 10 KM from Nandi Hills and to cover the remaining distance, you can opt for an auto ride.

Best Time To Visit

Nandi Hills sees flocks of tourists here dutring the time of sunrise and sunset. The hues of red, yellow and orange cover the surroundings and make the hills look like surreal. Hence, it is at all times advised to visit the hills either during the early morning hours or as soon as the sun sets in the evening.

Other Essential Information

Restaurants near Nandi Hills - 

1. Indian Paratha Palace: Even though the name suggests that you can only get limited variations of food here, that is certainly not the case. The Indian Paratha Palace serves a multitude of cuisines, including pizzas and much more at very affordable prices. They also serve some of the best quality food in the area.

2. Olives Fine Dining Restaurant: If you are looking for something a little more luxurious and want to enjoy a fine dining experience when you are in Nandi Hills, you must check out Olives. Serving a multitude of cuisines from all over the world without compromising on quality, this is one of the most sought-after restaurants in the area. Do check out their unique drinks as well.

3. Tribal Café: This café in the hills is the perfect place to enjoy some delectable food while enjoying the beauty that your surrounding has to offer. The Tribal Café is not only a place where you can get some great food, but it is also open throughout the night if you are searching for a late-night meal.

4. Sinchana Palace Restaurant: Sinchana Palace Restaurant is one of the very few places located close to Nandi Hills that is known for its great food. This restaurant has got a humble ambience and that is perfect for an offbeat experience. The restaurant has got ample parking space to accommodate all your vehicles. 

5. NH7 Refuel:  Located on the national highway 7, this restaurant amidst the beautiful nature, is a perfect place to relish a wide range of food options. You will have Andhra, South India, North India, and continental cuisine on offer. The restaurant has also got a comfortable sitting arrangement. 

6. Gowdaru Slv Hotel Veg & Non Veg: Gowdaru SLV Hotel Veg and Non Veg is one of the most sought after restaurants near Nandi Hills to get a memorable experience. You can relish a full meal with your loved ones overlooking the picture perfect views of the enchanting hills. The restaurant makes sure that you are served with top quality food that is high on taste. 

7. Falcon Greens: Falcon Greens is one of the best spots for fine dining close to the enthralling Nandi Hills. The restaurant is situated on the airport road with a perfect view of the hills. You will come across an ultra luxury setup in this place with a perfect outdoor as well as indoor seating option. 

8. Nandi Upachar: Nandi Upachar is yet another loved restaurant located on the Bangalore - Hyderabad Highway. It is very much popular for its delicious food and high class service. You will surely be able to delight your taste buds by having delicious food at this place during your excursion to the Nandi Hills. 

Places to stay near Nandi Hills - 

Nandi Hills is frequented by a lot of visitors, which has led to the development of some great accommodations in the area. Here are some of the best places to stay when you are in Nandi Hills:

1. Mount Palazzo 

Mount Palazzo is a luxury resort with a swimming pool and multi-storeyed floors. You can enjoy food from their in-house restaurant and take advantage of their many modern amenities such as free parking, free internet and much more.

2. Village Studio Resort and Spa 

This hotel offers to take care of all your needs, whether you want a spa, a massage, a well-equipped room, or some great food.

 It is the perfect place to spend your holidays being pampered and taken care of in the best possible way.

3. Valley of the Wind 

Valley of the Wind is a homely and comfortable stay in Nandi Hills which offers luxury treatment and amenities at affordable prices. You can enjoy their well-equipped, well-furnished rooms, bathtubs and even their swimming pool, which can be found on the property itself.

4. Pomona Farm 

If you want to enjoy the true natural beauty of Nandi Hills, you must book a stay at Pomona Farms. It is a one storey accommodation surrounded by several acres of lush greenery and undisturbed nature.

It has all the modern facilities on the property including parking, a swimming pool, free internet and much more.

Tips for Visiting Nandi Hills - 

Here are some useful tips you might find handy during your trip to Nandi Hills:

1. You might encounter monkeys during your trip. It is best that you avoid feeding them because afterwards, they might turn into a nuisance.

2. The windows in your cars should be rolled up during your road trip through the area.

3. It is important to keep in mind that it becomes dark quite soon in Nandi Hills. The sun here sets by 6:00 pm, so if you are travelling with children or valuables, it is best to return before dark.

4. Make sure you carry raincoats, a couple of jackets, binoculars and a camera when you are travelling to Nandi Hills.

5. The two wheeler parking is located right at the entrance, from where the top of the hill lies at a distance of 1 KM. To cover this distance, you can avail a battery car ride, which will cost you around INR 100.

6. There is only one restaurant facility available atop the hill, hence it is at all times advised to carry personal snacking options.

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Point of Interest for Nandi Hills
Paragliding
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Paragliding

You cannot visit Nandi Hills without trying your hand at paragliding. There are only a few places in the country where you can try paragliding, and this is one of the most picturesque activities you can engage in when you are there, which involves gliding over lush green valleys and mountains.

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Camping

A favourite activity amongst young people who visit Nandi Hills is camping on its foothills. It is the perfect contrast to city life in concrete buildings, where you can book a cozy camp and spend the night away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Book Now: Nandi Hills Drive-In Camp

Cycling
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Cycling

People find Nandi Hills almost irresistible because of the ideal conditions for biking and cycling that can be found in the area. The altitude coupled with the scenery and the well-made biking trails make it the perfect place to enjoy biking alone, or with friends.

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Trekking

If you are an adventure enthusiast and you prefer spending your weekend productively, you can’t visit Nandi Hills without checking out one of its many trekking trails.

The green hills, the lush jungles and the gorgeous viewpoints make for some rewarding treks. Some of the most popular treks include the day trek to Horagina Betta and the trek to Channagiri.

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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 fresh water for the people of Nandi Hills since time immemorial.

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Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple

The Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple 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.

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Tipu’s Drop

A visit to Tipu’s Drop 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, what is most remarkable about this cliff is that it was used by Tipu Sultan to punish his prisoners by tossing them from the top of the hill. Even though this place is safely fortified with fences and barricades now, it remains an intriguing attraction.

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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- used it for meditation when he was in Nandi Hills.

It is not only a great sight-seeing spot but also a place to relax, unwind and take a step back to enjoy the natural serenity of the area.

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Nandi Hills FAQs

Is Nandi Hills Safe?

Yes, Nandi Hills are completely safe to visit. You will find zillions of visitors heading over to the hill every single day to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. You will be able to capture some mesmerizing views as well from the peak. There is nothing to worry about the hills. 

Is Nandi Hills worth visiting?

Yes, Nandi Hills is definitely worth visiting because of the many attractions it has to offer.

The picturesque hills, the historical monuments, temples, shrines and viewpoints all come together to give you an experience that despite being so close to the city, is nothing like the city life.

It is a refreshing and rejuvenating place which is going to leave you with indelible memories of natural beauty and amazing experiences.

What time does Nandi Hills open?

Nandi Hills opens at 6:00 am every morning. Irrespective of weekdays, weekends or public holidays, the fortress opens at 6:00 am sharp and closes by 10:00 pm at night.

Are cars allowed in Nandi Hills?

Yes, cars are allowed in Nandi Hills. However, the allowance of motor vehicles is subject to various conditions. The local authorities want to promote Nandi Hills as an eco-friendly tourist destination, which is why cycling and biking are encouraged as a means of local transportation in the area.

Even though motor cars are allowed, to maintain and control the pollution levels in the area, they are often subject to bans for a few days. The area is also subject to fog, which makes it dangerous to drive. Cars are only allowed inside the fort premises if there is no fog.

Why is it called Nandi Hills?

There are several theories about why the place is called Nandi Hills. Some people believe that is the hill is formed in the shape of a bull, which is why it has been named after Lord Shiva’s consort- Nandi- who is a bull.

Another theory is that the presence of the ancient temple dedicated to Nandi on the face of this hill has led to the entire area being called Nandi Hill. Before the hill-fortress came to be known as Nandi Hill, it was known as Anandagiri or the Hill of Happiness during the reign of the Cholas.

Can we go to Nandi Hills in the evening?

Yes, you can go to Nandi Hills in the evening, but only if you are planning to stay there.

Even though Nandi Hills is open till 10:00 pm, it is only for people to access the area if they are staying or putting up at a hotel.

The main entrance gate to the actual fortress is closed by 6:00 pm after which you cannot go sight-seeing or climb the summit. 

How many steps are there in Nandi Hill?

There are 1,175 steps that take you from the foothills of Nandi Hill right to the summit.

How far is Nandi Hills from Bangalore?

Nandi Hills is located at a distance of 65 km from the city centre of Bangalore. It takes about 1 hours and 30 minutes to cover the distance via NH 44.

What is the best time to reach Nandi Hills?

Nandi hills is an all year round destination. The best time to visit Nandi Hills would be during the winter season which is experienced from the month of November to the month of February. The mountains are in their full glory during the peak winter season and you will be able to capture picture perfect views of the sunrise as well as sunset.

What is Nandi Hills famous for?

The Nandi Hills are very much famous for being the summer retreat of the 18th century ruler, Tipu Sultan. You will come across the giant ruins of Tipu Sultan Fort as well as its stone carvings and wall paintings during your trip. Apart from all these, Nandi Hills is a great weekend destination for Bangalore as it gives you a chance to spend time close to nature in the midst of delightful panoramic views.

How To Reach Nandi Hills?

By Road: Nandi Hills are located at a distance of 65 km from the city centre of Bangalore which can be reached within 1 hours and 30 minutes by road. You can book cabs or else take the bus service to reach the hills. 
By Train: The nearest railway station to the hills is Chikkaballapur which is at a distance of 9 km from the peak. You can reach Chikkhaballapur by train and then cover the rest by road. 

Nandi Hills Reviews

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Jainab Rasool
Reviewed: 01 Feb 2023
5.0/5
Me and my friends had a great experience . The food was delicious so was the ambiance
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Shubham Sharma
Reviewed: 10 Apr 2023
5.0/5
It was my first visit at Nandi Hills. Really enjoyed the services from thrillophilia. worth to stay here. Food was delicious and sightseeing from camp to nandi hills is really mesmerizing.
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Aman V
Reviewed: 03 May 2023
5.0/5
It was a nice experience with thrillophilia and the thing is that it was my first try with online booking and I'm glad that I have chosen thrillophilia the Hangout@nandi was good with friendly staffs,music, decent food of buffet system and other activities Bathroom facilities 🤔 ok ok not baad 3.5⭐
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Shivakumar KL
Reviewed: 18 Oct 2019
5.0/5
Awesome place to hangout, and enjoy with your team. We loved our tent stay and adventure activity. Thanks to Mr. Santu and Tejas and all other staff for their kind cooperation. Special thanks to Thrillophilia for providing wonderful experience.
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Balasubramani M
Reviewed: 25 Oct 2020
5.0/5
It was a nice experience staying inside Tent and felt comfortable staying. Dinner and breakfast were good. Had a good trekking experience and indoor games. We went on weekdays and no other visitors were present. Check photos for more experience.
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Manjunath Siddesh
Reviewed: 22 Sep 2019
5.0/5
"firstly i took 3 days after coming back from here to make a time to write this because the experience that made me to give much importance for this. 1) the amount i paid for this is 2500 rs for 2 people for basic plan of 2 days but in the google it is showing 5500 rs something so i recommend to boo... Read More
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