Nandi Hills, or Nandi Betta, is an ancient hill fortress in southern India. This hillock is a famous trekking destination and people from the metros come here for a one day relaxed get away. This place is blessed with a pleasant climate throughout the year. Tourists start their trekking or bike rides early to catch a glimpse of the breathtaking sunrise. It is the best place for nature lovers as well as adventure enthusiasts.
Read on to find out about the best things to do in Nandi Hills:
1. Tipu's Drop
Tipu’s Drop is one of the oldest places to visit. It is located on a hilltop on a cliff which lies 600 m (1,968 feet) above the elevated ground. One gets a beautiful view of all the hill ranges from the hill top. It dates back to the time when the drop was used as a place to push prisoners off the cliff as a punishment for their wrong doings. The sound of the rustling leaves is said to be the screams of the inmates who were pushed off the cliff.
Address: Nandi Hills, Kolar, India
Website: Tipu's Drop
2. Tipu's Summer Residence
This palace was initiated by Haidar Ali and completed by Tipu Sultan, and was used by the latter as his summer resort. It was also named by him as the Tashk-e-jannat, meaning the envy of heaven. The construction is mainly of wood and displays brilliantly carved arches and pillars along with the beautifully painted walls and ceilings.
Tipu's Summer Residence
Address: Nandi-Hills, Chik Ballapur, India
Website: Tipu's Summer Residence
3. Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple
This temple is located very near to Tipu’s Drop. It was built by the Cholas and this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Two Dwarpalakas guard the doors of the temple which is situated atop the hill. The carvings in the interiors are beautifully designed and attract a lot of attention.
Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple
Website: Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple
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4. Nandi Temple
Situated at the foot of the Nandi Hills, this temple is dedicated to Bhoganandishwara and Yoga Nandeeshwara. Intricate metal work can be seen inside the temple alongside the beautifully adorned interior pillars. Here a statue of Nandi can be found. We can also find Lord Shiva’s Bull, a number of sculptures, images and depictions of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati here.
Website: Nandi Temple
5. Amrita Sarova
"Amrita Sarovar": The lake of Ambrosia or ‘The Lake of Nectar’. Nandi Hills, Bengaluru...Posted by Sabyasachi Baldev on Monday, 24 October 2011
A major source of water supply in this region, the Lake of Nectar as it is called has been formed by the perennial springs. The shimmering waters of this lake after nightfall are a must-see.
6. Nehru Nilaya
The summer retreat of Sir Mark Cubbon, the Commissioner of Mysore, this bungalow has now been converted into a guest house by the Horticulture Department of India. Its British style architecture attracts many tourists.
Brahmashram - it is said that Sage Ramakrishna meditated herePosted by Suhail Mohamed Ashraf Photography on Sunday, 7 February 2016
This cave situated near Nandi Hills is a perfect spot for those seeking silence and solitude. It is said that it was used by Sage Ramakrishna Paramhamsa for his meditation practices. The perfect spot for a reprieve from other tourist heavy attractions.
Address: Chik Ballapur Taluk, Near Nandi Hills, Kolar, India
8. Muddenahalli Village
This is a small village located a few hours from Nandi Hills. The village also contains a memorial which is dedicated to M. Visvesvarayya on the land owned by the family at Muddenahalli. It is a very famous museum of the region and showcases a collection of writings, paintings, and photographs of M. Visvesvarayya. The ancestral home of M. Visvesvarayya is also located on the side of the museum. This is also his birthplace. He was a very famous artist of Mysore and was also awarded the greatest award of India, the Bharat Ratna medal, which is displayed in the museum. The Samadhi of Sir MV is situated adjacent to the museum.
Address: Muddenahalli, Karnataka 562103
Website: Muddenahalli Village
9. Cycling and biking
Given the landscape, terrain and the tantalizing altitude, you can have one of the most enjoyable cycling or biking experience at these hills. Rent a bicycle and enjoy the beautiful views as you explore the surroundings. But be very careful during rainy reasons, since the roads are slippery and do not provide the necessary grip for the tires.
Nandi Hills is one of the few places in the state where one can find paragliding facilities. Paraglide over these hills and valleys, for some of the most memorable experiences here. This is sure to be the highlight of your trip!
Address: Nandi Hills, Karnataka 562103, India
Your most needed one day adventure
Get out of bustling Bangalore for the day and explore Nandi Hills. It is the ideal place to go as a family or just with friends. It offers many places to visit and lose yourself in nature. It is necessary to be safe around here, so leave any attractions before sunset because it gets pretty dark after that and it is risky to drive. It is the go-to place for people who don’t like to travel long. Start early, have the most fun and get back to your comfortable beds on time!
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