Weekend drive: Nandi Hills

About an hour and a half’s drive (65 kms) north of Bangalore is Nandidurga or Nandi Hills, located at 4851 ft. (1478 meters) above sea level. A long long time ago, it was the summer capital of Tipu Sultan.

It’s a pleasant drive up the hill to the top of Nandi Hills, from where you can enjoy some great views, walk around the small paths and get lost, explore the temples at the base and top of the hill and chill out in the playground area.

On the way to Nandi Hills, enjoy a while to catch the day breaking

On the way, at the diversion to Nandi Hills, if you take a right instead, about 3 kms down the road is an old Shiva Temple called the Bhoga Nandeeswara. It’s a beautiful old complex with long corridors and pillars all around the main compound area outside, reminiscent of the architecture at Hampi.

Wheels outside the Bhoga Nandeeswara temple. They are attached to a rath every Shivaratri for the main procession

Inside, are many corridors and small doorways that lead you to other smaller complexes. There are several shrines there that you can visit in the complex. Outside, perched on a small hillock is a gateway that is still standing and over it a magnificent tree, offering shade to everything around.

The Yoga Nandeeswara Temple atop Nandi Hills. Below this is the smaller Ganapathy temple

From there, you can head back to Nandi Hills. Atop the hill, are two temples. One larger one, called Yoga Nandeeswara and the other one is a smaller Ganapathy temple.

Nandidurga was Tipu Sultan’s summer retreat and Tipu’s fort walls still stand – there is one particular area called Tipu’s Drop and like the name suggests, if you look down it’s a steep fall into the valley below. If you have vertigo you should avoid looking down! After that, you can walk around the little pathways and explore the area.

A tank shaded by trees all around at Nandi Hills

Note to visitors:
Please don’t create unnecessary noise, throw things (especially plastic) around the place and be aware of your environment. We noticed lots of plastic bottles and bags, the bane of our society I guess. Nandi Hills is a rich place for flora, fauna and especially birdlife so please conserve the ecological balance by not littering and spoiling the place. Enjoy the peace and quiet and the lovely views from there instead.

3 Comments so far

  1. Arun (unregistered) on December 28th, 2006 @ 10:17 pm

    Do you have foggy mornings there these days? It seems like a clear weather..

  2. rubic_cube (unregistered) on January 1st, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

    Arun – you have smoggy mornings these days. :-)

  3. sreenivasa (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 12:42 pm

    hey! beatifull and usefull article! my village is also near to nandhihills r u visist Mudhenahaali?( it is Sir.M Vishweshwarai birth place! nice photos nandhi hills is also a lovers spot

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