Bangalore to Nandi Hills - A Detailed Travel Guide
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The Nandi hills is an amazing weekend getaway from Bangalore that lures many to plan a trip from Bangalore to Nandi Hills. The place, also called Nandidurga, has mesmerizing beauty and watching the sunrise is an amazing experience. The altitude is approx 1450 meters so it involves some amount of trekking but the experience is worth the effort and time took, for sure.

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It is also ideal for bird watching. Watching the surrounding landscape and enjoying the cool breeze is the perfect relaxation recipe for your mind and body. 
There are some important historic ruins including temples and forts that are thronged by thousands of visitors. While you can visit the place literally anytime, the best time is from October to May.

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While you can indulge in cycling and adventure sports like Paragliding,
 scenic beauty can best be enjoyed by walking. Evade any public holiday and choose a weekday for this amazing place to visit near Bangalore.

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Activity Location: Nandi Hills, Karnataka

Check-in Time: 04:00 PM

Check-out Time: 11:00 AM

Activity Duration: 19 hours

About Nandi Hills Drive-In Camp:

Nestled amidst the scenic hills of Nandi, the camping experience allows you to enjoy a serene getaway, overlooking the misty hills. Avail great comfort while being surrounded by beautiful hill views and lush greenery at this campsite, based in the foothills of the Nandi hills.

Go through a fun-filled camping experience with comfortable accommodation in tents with a cozy sleeping arrangement, that would be allocated on a 2/3 sharing basis. Explore nature along with a thrilling trekking activity and a warm bonfire session in the evening so that you can enjoy a relaxing time with your buddies. Besides, tingle your taste buds with scrumptious meals in the form of Breakfast and Dinner along with delicious BBQ.

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How to Reach Nandi Hills from Bangalore


Bangalore to Nandi Hills by Car

From many places in Bangalore, you can hire a cab to reach Nandi Hills. Now, several cab service providers operate in and around Bangalore city. However, a journey to Nandi Hills in the cab will be quite costly given the fact it is in the outskirts of the city. From the Kempegowda International Airport, you can also hire a taxi to reach the place. You can book cabs online with ease. Cabs are also available from the Chikkaballapur railway station which is 10 km away.

If you are planning to reach Nandi Hills from Bangalore via bike or scooter, that is certainly possible but there are limitations.  There is a motorable road to the top of the hill. However, it is steep and has 40 curves before you can reach the entry gate. After this point, 4 wheelers are allowed but the same is not true for 2 wheelers.

You may also choose to climb the hills using steps from the entry gate and it is not ideal for the faint-hearted visitors.

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Bangalore to Nandi Hills by Bus

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The majority of tourists heading to Nandi Hills prefer bus over other means of transport. You will get the buses from Bengaluru’s Kempegowda Bus Station, also called Majestic. The interesting thing is that there are two rates for tickets in the same bus. The regular tickets are priced below INR 50 and those have to be bought on the bus. However, you can book bus seats from Majestic ticket counter, which will cost you INR 200! It just ensures you get a specific seat on the same bus and nothing more.

You get direct buses from Bangalore to Nandi Hills and these are managed by KSRTC. The first bus to the hilltop leaves at 8.30 AM. Returning direct buses leave the Hills between 2.30 and 5 PM. However, these timings may change slightly.  There are no direct buses in the afternoon.

In case, you miss the direct bus to the Hilltop, there are other ways to go to Bangalore by road. You can use regular bus service. You can use local buses to reach Chikballapur which costs approx INR42. From there, you can take private buses to reach the hilltop. These buses leave every 30 minutes and reaching the hilltop may take 30 minutes from Chikballapur.

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Skandagiri is one pretty hill located adjacent to Nandi Hills region and Chikkaballapura. It has become Bengaluru’s own paragliding destination. The hill peak is heaven for the adventure freaks and also for camping. A nice stone house structure is also there at the top. Skandagiri has a hill fort set up by Tipu Sultan though it has been ravaged by both time and nature which makes it one of the best places to visit near Bangalore within 100 km.

The path to the top of the hill is ideal for trekking lovers. There are well-marked pathways and at the top, you get an amazing view of the region. You can actually feel the clouds are very close at the peak!

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Visit to Bhoga Nandeeswara Temple

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While it is enticing to the religiously inclined visitors, the ancient and majestic bhoga Nandeeswara temple is also liked by other types of tourists. It is located 15 km away from the Nandi Hills (at its base) and has roots in the 9th century AD. The Bhoga Nandiswara temple is now under the Archaeological Society of India. Inside the main temple, weddings still take place.

Devoted to Lord Shiva, it is a big temple and the Dravidian architecture is quite amazing which is also a perfect place for day outs in Bangalore. This temple complex has three shrines- all dedicated to lord Shiva, namely Uma Maheshwara Temple, Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple and Arunachaleshwara Temple.

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Tipu Sultan's Fort

A major historical sightseeing in Bangalore, the Devanahalli fort is associated with the most impressive monarch of Southern India who gave the British invaders sleepless nights Tipu Sultan. It is a destination near Bangalore within 200 km and a must visit during your trip from Bangalore to Nandi Hills. It has been used for shooting several film sequences over the years.

This oval shaped fort has semicircular bastions and climbing those up offers you a pretty view of the countryside. The original mud fort made by a local chieftain in the early 1500s was won by Tipu’s father, Hyder Ali. It was revamped with stone and masonry by 1760. 
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After exploring the edifices, temples and major sightseeing around Nandi Hills, you may feel a bit exhausted. To get some rest for your mind and tired body, you may head to the Brahmashram cave. This cave became famous after eminent Sage Ramakrishna Paramhamsa spent some days in it for meditation and spiritual quest. You can stroll along with this destination if you are at one-day trips from Bangalore.

Located adjacent to National Highway 7, the cave is ideal for getting respite from the bustle of tourists in the nearby road and temples. The hilly region has some other caves too. Brahmashram has been revamped with stone and masonry.

Grover's Zampa Vineyard

If you are fond of wine and seek some moments of peace in the lap of nature while enjoying a tour from Bangalore to Nandi Hills, the Grover Zampa plantation is your destination. Located at the base of Nandi hills, the vineyard is spread over a region of 410 acres. You can opt for a guided tour which introduces you to the nuances of winemaking.

Of course, you can savor the wine variants manufactured by the company. The tranquil natural setting and gentle breeze will soothe your mind and you will see exotic avian species like Asian Paradise Flycatchers, Puff-Throated Babblers, Blue Capped Rock Thrush and Tawny Eagles.

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Places to Eat near Nandi Hills


Nandi Upachar

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Those who are strict vegetarians and want to satiate their hunger on a trip to Nandi Hills should choose Nandi Upachar. This restaurant offers amazing south Indian veg recipes and it is spread over 14000 sq feet. Located on the road to Bangalore International Airport, it is an AC restaurant. This is the most considerable stop if you are on a team outing in Bangalore.

The popular recipes offered by it include Benne Dosa, Palak Paneer, Bhutte Angare Salad, Baby Corn Manchurian, Garlic Naan etc. You may also try Upma with Chutney. While most of the visitors to Nandi hill choose it for enjoying breakfasts, you can also, munch on foods on your way back!
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Falcon Greens

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Located in the Prestige Golfshire Club on Nandi Hills Road, the Falcon Greens is a multi-cuisine restaurant to enjoy breakfast on your way to the hills. Its exquisite interiors and contemporary feel add to the overall experience. There are outdoor and indoor seating setups along with bars. The outdoors has an amazing view of the surrounding Nandi Hills.

The breakfast menu is pretty wide and you can pick from freshly squeezed juices, yummy pancakes, crispy toast and homemade yoghurts. There are delicious appetizers like wasabi tempura prawns and plenty of salads. The wide range of beverages includes milkshakes and smoothies, and fresh fruit juice.

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Indian Paratha Company

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Located on the Bengaluru Hyderabad highway, not far from Nandi Hills- the Indian Paratha Company is ideal for enjoying yummy dishes on your trip to the hills. You get a huge range of parathas to pick from including moong dal paratha and soya keema paratha. This is a kid and family friendly place in Bangalore.

There are plenty of beverages including Café latte and Mint ice tea. There is a veg thali too. The 10,000 sq-ft-restaurant remains open from 7 am to 1 am every day. The icing on the cake is the free wifi facility. 

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NH7 Refuel

If you want to enjoy watching the sunrise at Nandi Hills and feel hungry on the wee hours, this is the destination to gorge on sumptuous dishes. Close to the international airport, NH7 Refuel offers authentic Continental and North Indian dishes. The place is also ideal for big groups of tourists and there is a rooftop setup too. A perfect party place to enjoy nightlife in Bangalore!

It opens at 7 am and remains open till 11-30 pm. The lassi is very popular as are the thickly stuffed paratha. Unlike the dishes at Indian Paratha Company, here you can order non-veg dishes too and crispy dosas.

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Nandi Food Court

If you do not want to eat anything during Bangalore to Nandi Hills trip and prefer munching on food at the top, it is actually possible! There is a decent food court located at the top of Nandi Hills.

The foods are cheap and the taste is also fine. However, you cannot expect the same quality or ambience available at some of the eateries near the airport area. Here you get south Indian dishes and coffee too.

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Places to Stay near Nandi Hills


Discovery Village Nandi Foot Hills

The Discovery Village resort offers enough amenities in a tranquil, natural setting. It offers enough adventure activities like mountain climbing, trekking, paragliding. The lush greenery and modern amenities will be ideal for a wide range of tourists. You get various packages to pick from. The setup has eco-friendly provisions as well. 

Mount Palazzo

The beautiful Mount palazzo is a classy, resort near Nandi hills with excellent amenities and tranquil ambience. The facilities include a 4,000 square-foot swimming pool, Kid's play area, fitness centre etc. It also has a few superb restaurants. There are provisions for holding business events too. There are 3 types of rooms to pick from. This is one of the best resorts in Devanahalli.

Silver Mist Club & Resort

Silver Mist club & Resort is allocated at Chikkaballpur region, not far from the Nandi Hills. It is an exclusive business hotel ideal for those on business trips. It is only 15 km from the international airport. It also has a fitness centre and swimming pool for activities. There are cottages and camps.

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Signature Club Resorts

Located just 4 km from the historic Devanahalli Fort ( which is one of the best forts in Bangalore, this lavish resort is encircled by the tree and lush greenery. The resort is best suited for those who do not want to cut down on most amenities. It is not far from the Kempegowda International Airport either and offers facilities like complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi access, free parking and more.

Things to know about Nandi Hills

- Nandi hill and the adjacent regions are used extensively for grape farming and vineyards. Do visit the Grover Zampa vineyard.
- It used to be summer residence of Tipu Sultan and the ruins attract huge crowd. So, don’t miss exploring the historic fortress and other sites.   
- Visit the ancient, Bhoga Nadeshwara Temple with 9th century origin to admire the beautiful Dravidian architecture and the inscriptions.
- Amruth Sarovara Lake is one of the most solitary and peaceful places at Nandi Hill. This perennial spring formed lake is a must visit for any visitor.
- You have options of Cycling, Paragliding and Trekking.

Quick Tips-

- There are only a handful of eateries up in the hill so preferably eat before you reach there.
- Don’t feed the monkeys as they are feral in nature.
- Don’t miss the spectacular sunrise, if you choose to travel by cab.

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18 October 2019
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.
"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 book from here itself. 2) nothing to worry about forgetting to carry your stuff because you will find peace without taking anything only thing you dont need to miss is camera, clothes. 3) once i took muddy road from main road i was scared about place untill once i reached and had a conversation with manager but there is no need worry about anything it is very safe and clean too. 4) one more thing i need to share is the very scary thing is we 2 are the only guest they had on that date, we felt very richness in their treating. 5) the manager was so friendly and humble that he explained about plans about the stay and we met a boy tejas he took care about us. 5) after finishing swimming we went to snackes with coffee and tea both and one more thing is i suggest to try egg bonda there because it was awesome to me. and with music we eat snackes the feeling was very cool 6) at 6:30 tejas took us near pool for fire with a music and we spent upto 9:30 near fire camp and we went to dinner and because the only guest is we, they asked for preparing dinner. the food was very nice while having food we meat a one more manager and he made us to stay in room which is not allowed in our plan it wad awesome and we spent some time by playing carom and others and we slept in the beautifully room. 7) morning we woke up at 8 and the coffee was ready with a beautiful view of nandhi hills we said no for treaking because we went unprepared but i recommend others to go for treaking at morning 5 to 6 . 8) after having breakfast we went for activity area for riding and some climbing activity but the bike was good i just continued at bike itself. 9) after we spent some time at top of the hills and we went back to room and got ready go leave . 10) this is nothing but to say everyone must feel the place and nature over there .??"
25 October 2020
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.
02 December 2018
Nice place for corporate outing. Staff were very supportive & flexible to our requests. The team building & rope activities were fun, the food was tasty. There is no kids play area, which is a letdown.
"amazing place. worth of every single penny. won't regret visiting the place.. "
"our first experience and it was an amazing one! would love to visit again"
We set few expectations before going to the camp but the hospitality and the politeness of the staff was really good and did really cater all our needs. Please do talk to yuvraj, he’s a very good guide and manager of the place. Loved the stay will definitely visit multiple times in future.
24 January 2021
Had a great Camping stay at Nandi foothills with my daughter. Food was excellent and the host was making sure to take care each of the guests. Good indoor activities, clean toilets, great campfire experience and a good early morning guided trekking.
28 December 2020
Very Good
My First Camp-in drive with my Family(Wife+Daughter-3 yrs) Pros: 1. Tent is cool & good 2. Place is nice 3. Food taste/quality is good Cons: 1. Rest Rooms are not so clean (No wash rooms for Camp-in) 2. The parking path way was too bad & my car got stuck & i called some support & found the way 3. Bring your own blankets as theirs will not be sufficient 4. Not Kids friendly but Adult friendly spot
"Had fun, Relaxing and Chilling spot, Be Early to enjoy more.. "

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  1. Which are the best things to do in and around Nandi Hills where I can avail upto 30% off?

    The beauty and charm of Nandi hills can be enjoyed by visitors. There are multiple activities and adventures one can take being here and relish a new way of life. Here is the list of best things to do in Nandi hills:

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  2. Which are the best tourist places to visit in Nandi Hills?

    There are many attractions to explore including remnants of royal forts, ancient temples, and other important edifices. Tourist places in Nandi Hills are well maintained and they are deemed as important heritage sites. Here is the list of best places to visit in Nandi Hills:

    1. Skandagiri,Chikballapur
    2. Bhoga Nandeeswara Temple
    3. Tipu Sultan's Fort
    4. Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple
    5. Brahmashram
    6. Amruth Sarovar
  3. Which are the best and the most affordable resorts in Nandi Hills?

    There is an excellent range of amazing resorts in Nandi Hills that make it the most exciting weekend getaway for the people of Bangalore, seeking an escape in the pure ecstasy of the hills. Check out the list of best resorts in Nandi hills:

    1. Discovery Village Resort- 62 km from Bangalore
    2. Mount Palazzo Resort- 42 km from Bangalore
    3. Silver Mist Club & Resort54 km from Bangalore
    4. Signature Club Resort40 km from Bangalore
    5. Mount View Resort50 km from Bangalore
    7. Silver Oak Resort- 56 km from Bangalore
  4. What is Nandi Hills famous for?

    The hill station of Nandi Hills is most famous for its drop-dead magnificence, but the area also houses several noteworthy sites such as :

    Tipu’s Drop – One of the oldest and the most famous spots in the area, Tipu’s Drop is the rumoured cliff from where Tipu Sultan used to drop his prisoners.

    Tipu’s Summer Residence – Referred to as ‘tashk-e-jannat’ by Tipu Sultan, this wooden structure, with its carved arches and splendid paintings and carvings was used as Tipu’s summer residence.

    Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple – Also known as Nandi Temple, this 9th century edifice is one of the oldest temples in Karnataka and is most famously known for its marvellous architecture.
  5. Is Nandi Hills worth visiting?

    Nandi Hills is one of the most recommended places to visit near Bangalore. A quintessential hill station, Nandi Hills has an amazing landscape and is also home to many adventure activities.

    Located in Karnataka, the area is surrounded by picturesque beauty and surreal experiences. It has also served to notable personalities such as Tipu Sultan, Mahatma Gandhi, and Queen Elizabeth II.
  6. How far is Nandi Hills from Bangalore?

    Nandi Hills, a famous tourist area near the metropolitan city of Bangalore, is located approximately 70 kilometres from Bangalore. There is no direct bus operating between the Bangalore to Nandi Hills, however, one can take a bus from Bangalore to Chikballapur. The journey is about 65 kilometres and takes 1 and a half hours. From Chikballapur, Nandi Hills is a half hour bus ride.
  7. Is Nandi Hills Safe?

    Nandi Hills is absolutely safe and highly recommended. In fact, a drive from Bangalore to Nandi Hills is not only thrilling but also extremely rewarding in terms of natural landscape. The sunrises and sunsets at Nandi Hills are to die for.
  8. What time does Nandi Hills open?

    Nandi Hills is open to visitors every day from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. There is a small entrance fee of INR 5 per person. For those travelling by motorbike or car, the parking fee is INR 15 and INR 60 respectively.

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