''60 kms north of Bangalore is the summer resort called Nandi Hills. Also known as Nandidurga, it was one of the summer retreats of Tipu Sultan. The 1478-m high Nandi Hills , is the source of the Penner,Ponnaiyar and Palar rivers. Around the Nandi Hills are several smaller hills which can be visited on foot.
Nandi Hills gets its name from an ancient Nandi temple situated on this hill. This temple has a thousand year old sculpture of Nandi. An ancient lord Shiva and Parvati temple also adorns this hill. It has numerous beautiful bunglows (made by Britishers) and impressive laid out gardens.
There are many stories about the orgin of the name Nandi Hills. During the Chola period, Nandi Hills was called Ananda Giri meaning The Hill of Happiness. Another story is that Yoga Nandeeshwara performed penance here, and so it was named after him. A temple of Yoga Nandeeshwara is situated on top of the hill. Nandi is also commonly called Nandidurga (Fort) because of the fort build here by the ruler Tippu Sultan. It is also perhaps called Nandi Hills because the hill resembles a sleeping bull (Nandi).
Nandi Hills has been a favourite picnic place for young enthusiasts on a weekend. The pleasant climate appeals to the old and the young alike. Lovers and honey mooners, in search of a quiet, beautiful place, and families on economised budget prefer Nandi Hills. Historians can find a wealth of information and the spiritual minded, peace and tranquility.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
As per the weather chart goes, summers win over the other seasons as is the case with all the hill stations however winters can also bring fresh change. Rainfall should be avoided is traveling with kids or grand elders.
PLACES AROUND NANDI HILLS
The Nandi Temple - The temple is older by more than thousand years but still has the artistic work in carving of metal and stone, much appreciated by the admirers and devotees. Made in Dravidian style of architecture, the presiding deities of the temple are Bhoga Nadishwara and Yoga Nandeeshwara.
Bheemeshwari Wildlife Sanctuary - To enjoy the holiday spree in Nandi hills with wildlife in focus, this place is all anyone could ask for.
Tipu’s Palace and Fort - Palace is although not open to visitors, the ruins of the forts could still be seen from a distance.
Chikballapur - The temple is older by more than thousand years but still has the artistic work in carving of metal and stone, much appreciated by the admirers and devotees. Made in Dravidian style of architecture, the presiding deities of the temple are Bhoga Nadishwara and Yoga Nandeeshwara.
Amruth Sarovar - A beautiful water lake that brims with lucid water all the year round.
Gavi Veerabhadra Swamy Temple - on the way to the Sultanpet, from Tippus palace, natural formation of huge boulders has been transformed into a temple.
Brahmashrama - A serene place for the spiritual minded, this ashram is built by huge natural boulders.
The temperature is 25 to 28 centigrade during summer and 8 to 10 centigrade in winter. Nandi receives a rainfall of 100 to 150 cms every year.
HOW TO REACH THERE
Air: Bangalore is the nearest airport, just 65 Km before taking road route to Nandi Hills.
Rail: Nandi hills is 9 Km away from the Chikkaballapur railway station which is connected from Bangalore.
Road: Bangalore-Hyderabad National Highway is the best route to reach Nandi hills which is connected to many cities of Karnataka.
Fast Facts about Nandi Hills
Famous for/as: Scenic, Hill Station
Languages: Kannada and English
Best Season: All through the years
Weather: Summers 23 to 41°C and 11 to 32°C Winters
Altitude: 1478 m
STD code: 08156
Distance Charts to Nandi Hills
Hosur to Nandi Hills
Hassan to Nandi Hills
Tumkur to Nandi Hills
Chikballapur to Hills
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