If you’re looking for a quick getaway from Bangalore, the ‘Nandi Hills’ is a great choice. Many people love the tranquility of the hillock, which is located near stunning morning and evening views as well as the remains of a Tippu Sultan-built castle.
The province is surrounded by numerous mountains that lie across the vast expanse of Tumkur-Chikballapur-Kolar. Nandi Hills are the origin of the Arkavathy River. They also host some of the most important archaeological sites. The cool summer temperatures at Nandi Hills make it a popular destination for travelers. One can find a foggy or dark cloudy environment under the hills.
These are the hills that lead to Bangalore.
60 km from Bangalore, 220km from Mysore and 350km from Chennai.
Follow the Bangalore-Hyderabad route. After passing Devanahalli, turn left at Nandi cross. Continue straight until you cross Karahalli cross. Turn left and continue to the Nandi slopes. Parking is plentiful. Cars can be dropped at Mayura Hotel and charged Rs 80 per car. Bicycles should be left at first castle door.
Chikkaballapur is nine miles (9 km) from Nandi’s slopes. From Bangalore, take the Chikballapur 8/40 AM passenger train, then get off at Nandi station and drive to Nandi Hills. The return train leaves at 4:00 pm. The cost per head is approximately 100.
Nandi hills Karnataka Flora and Fauna:
You must keep an eye out for the Sanctuary’s vicious monkeys. The landscape is complexly interwoven, with boulders and rocks abounding in this area and evergreen trees on the streets. These slopes are home to many bird species making them a popular spot for birdwatchers as well as flying photographers.
Evergreen backwoods can be modified to move to a winter spot by other species of flycatchers and warblers. A part of the jungle is home to the fledgling Nilgiri Woodpigeon. Here is often seen the magnificent Peregrine Falcon rider-race, Shaheen Falcon.
Nandi Hills Trekking:
Families and individuals usually drive up and down the slopes on their bikes and cars. You can climb the stairs that were used by Tipu during his time. Instead of turning left around Nandi Hills Street, turn right and go to Sultanpet at the start of the trek. This is the first destination of Nandi Hills on Google Map.
They arrived at the bottom of the hill and began the climb up the steep steps. It took them about an hour to reach the castle gates. The view is stunning, especially when you pass through several rest areas along a gravel and stone road. You will find the way hidden behind lots of medicine and fresh air to combat your sweat, and pleasant thoughts to heal your eyes.
You will pass the Shiva sanctuary Sri Gavi Veerabhadra Shiva Swamy sanctuary as you approach the dividing areas of castles. It is located in the cave arrangement. This Sanctuary is over 500 years old. Continue on and he will pass Tippu’s lounge. This is a two-story red building that Sultan used often during his good times.
You will also see Amrutha Sarovara at the top, which was a 1928 stepping-stone resort. You can see the large orange fish leap out of the water if you put in some effort. Sarovar is a stunning water source that has endless springs. It is the primary source of water in the region. Chabootara is closer to it, where Tipu Sultan used to pray.
As you descend, stop to admire the Cubbon House. It was built in 1800 as the refuge for Mark Cubbon, a British magistrate named after Cubbon park. You can see evidence of ancient chandeliers, woods, and other features from that time.
Things to Do in Nandi Hills Trek:
You can see the beauty of the five slopes comprising Nandi Hills: Skandagiri Channagiri Channagiri Channagiri Brahmagiri and Hemagiri. Nandi One is the name of Brahmagiri Hill. It is a small tributary to the slope. On the Brahmagiri route, Channagiri and Skandagiri can be seen from Right to Left. The fifth slope, Hemagiri, is located behind Nandagiri. It is covered at its top
It is a combination of eucalyptus and rugged paths that you must navigate through. The smell of eucalyptus was everywhere. It’s a beautiful combination, as the cold air moves the trees. Walking through Nandi Hills will bring you an unexpected drop in your temperature.
Enjoy a panoramic view of vineyards, settlements and Chikballapur from a bird’s eye view. A few Nandi Hills farms focus on grape cultivation, which is used in the production of grape wine. You will also see banana, corn and rice fields next to the vineyards.