Nandi Hills, a small albeit beautiful town, is just 60 km away from the city of Bangalore and has emerged as the perfect weekend getaway for its people. Even though it is most well-known for its viewpoints and its greenery, Nandi Hills is also a popular historical fortress that is home to a number of temples, monuments and shrines.
The place was previously used by the famous ruler Tipu Sultan as a summer retreat, and several traces of the Sultan’s life and legacy can be found in the area. His summer residence can still be found in Nandi Hills. The house was called Tashk-e-Jannat, whose painted walls, intricate archways, high pillars and artfully crafted ceilings attract tourists and visitors even today. Nandi Hills is also home to some famous temples and shrines such as the Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and his companions- Parvati and Nandi.
This temple is also an architectural wonder and pilgrimage spot because it is one of the oldest temples in the area. Apart from its historical sites and heritage monuments, Nandi Hills is also famous for its trekking trails, cycling routes and adventure sports such as paragliding. It is truly the perfect place to enjoy a peaceful retreat from life in the city and take in some of the best views the countryside has to offer.
Nandi Hills Highlights
Hike up to the Nandi Hills through the trails covered with natural scenic beauty.
Visit the incredible Jaramadagu falls encircled by lush, in the Chikkaballapur region.
Get a chance to cycle along the hills on the natural pathway.
Visit the Amaranarayana Temple and get spiritual insights and vibes and witness the marvelous Tashk-e-jannat, a palace brilliantly carved pillars and beautifully painted walls.
Seek peace and quiet away from the chaotic world at the cave near the spot and get a chance to be amidst the clouds at the ‘envy of the heavens’.
Nandi Hills is one of the best vantage points from where one can enjoy the glistening sunrises and sunsets.
You cannot visit Nandi Hills without trying your hand at paragliding. There are only a few places in the country where you can try paragliding, and this is one of the most picturesque activities you can engage in when you are there, which involves gliding over lush green valleys and mountains.
A favourite activity amongst young people who visit Nandi Hills is camping on its foothills. It is the perfect contrast to city life in concrete buildings, where you can book a cozy camp and spend the night away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
People find Nandi Hills almost irresistible because of the ideal conditions for biking and cycling that can be found in the area. The altitude coupled with the scenery and the well-made biking trails make it the perfect place to enjoy biking alone, or with friends.
If you are an adventure enthusiast and you prefer spending your weekend productively, you can’t visit Nandi Hills without checking out one of its many trekking trails.
The green hills, the lush jungles and the gorgeous viewpoints make for some rewarding treks. Some of the most popular treks include the day trek to Horagina Betta and the trek to Channagiri.