Monday, 26 March 2012

Bike Ride To Nandi Hills, Bangalore

Nandi hills is a beautiful hill station in Bangalore. It is a perfect weekend destination for Bangalooreans. It is located about 60 km North of Bangalore and about 5970 ft above sea level. Nandi Hills is also known by name Nandi Gram or Nandi Durga. Nandi Hills was tippu sultans summer retreat. There is Tippu's summer residence but it is not open to public. We shouldn't miss Tipu's drop there.

 It is a 600 ft cliff face from where Tipu used to throw his prisoners and criminals as punishment.
There is an ancient Nandi or bull which Nandi Hills gets its name. These hills are sources of river Arkavati and Vrushabhavati. On top of the hills there is an 100 year old temple of Ugra Narasimha and Yoga Narasimha. This temple is built in Dravidian Architecture. Inside this temple there is a beautiful lake called Amrit Sarovar Lake.
Nandi hills has a perfect scenic landscape. When we reach top of hills, we can see awesome view of whole Bangalore and surrounding cities. This is the perfect place to enjoy sunset and sunrise. We can enjoy beautiful nature and small time trekking there. This the perfect place for bird watchers too as you can see a lot of birds chirping there. You can see grapes, vineyard road side on the way to Nandi hills
Avoid keeping food items in hand because you will see monkeys everywhere :)

How to reach

Nearest Places Devanahalli International Airport, Chikkaballapura, Hebbal
How to reach here Fastest and most convinient way to reach Nandi hills is by car/bike or by auto rikshaw. There is a well connected road to Nandi hills. But we have to be careful because you get many hairpin curves.
From Bangalore it takes almost one and half hour if you go by car or bike.
You can go in government buses also. There are buses for every half n hour from Bangalore central Bus station "Majestic". And from Chikkaballapur there are frequent mini buses.
Bangalore to Nandi Hills directions : From Hebbal flyover take NH7 and take a left diversion (about 10km after passing by Bangalore International Airport flyover) There is a board in English "Nandi Hills 22 km". Go in that direction.
Nearest Airport & Railway station Nearest Airport is Bangalore International Airport, Devanahalli. 10 Kms from Airport.

Nearest Railway station is Chikkaballapura Railway station

Places to visit

                  Tippu Drop
Arkavati river origin
Tippu's summer palace
A big Nandi
100 year old temple of Ugra Narasimha and Yoga Narasimha
A beautiful lake (Amrita sarovar)inside the temple

Culture and Food

Food You will get all kinds of local foods in Nandi hills. There are many small restaurants in Nandi hills where you can get fast foods, soft drinks. If you want special varieties, you will get it in luxury hotels near by.
Hotels Mount View Hotels - It is not worth because of poor service
Luxury Hotels :

KSTDC Mayura pine top
Silver oak farm
Guest house of Horticulture Department

Small Hotels :
Club Cubana
Hotel Sandarshini
Punjaabi Dhaba
Lifestyle of people You will see all kinds of lifestyle of people as it is in Bangalore and highly cosmopolitan City.
Best time to visit: Nandi hills is open to visit from 6 am to 10 PM every day  


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Kusum rao said...

Hi there, Nice pics and blog. Me and my hubbie are planning to visit Nandi Hills on our kinetic. was wondering if the hill roads were safe to ride. Did you guys switch off the engine downhill? Need some tips, Thanks, Kusum

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