Friday, July 12, 2013

Nandi Hills - Hill station at a calling distance from Bangalore

I was sitting idle for some ten minutes, thinking about what to do next? Suddenly a small pop up came in the right bottom corner of the screen and slowly faded away. My hands slowly moved towards the mouse to open it. There was a simple one liner - "Shall we go to Nandhi hills in this weekend?" I closed the mail and went back to my chair. Nandi Hills...

Nandi Hills

Located on Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka, Nandhi Hills are approximately 70kms from Bangalore. This particular hill also carry a fort in her her. Company under the command of Convalis captured the hills (along with fort) from Tipu Sultan in 1791 after a three week long siege.

Important points in this hill are Tipu's Drop, Tipu's Summer Palace and Fort, Horse Way a number of temples. Even M.K.Gandhi and J.L Nehru came here to enjoy the cool atmosphere offered by Nandhi Hills and its surroundings.

Towards the Hill

One that cool Saturday morning, we left around 4.30 in the morning – 6 people in 3 bikes. Bangalore roads were slowly waking up to welcome the new day. After saying bye bye to thousands of inhibitants in yesterday night, city was more than happy to welcome us.

Just before six in the morning we reached at the bottom of the hills. Then comes the assent, after completing a brief police checking (please note that there is a regular police checking at the lap of the hills, so always keep all necessary documents).

An early morning

In bike moving towards the hills

A couple enjoying their journey in that cool saturday morning

Police checking the documents

Moving forward - Tearing mist cover

Buy ticket from here

Alfred, Rakesh, Subeesh, Alvin and Jithu

Temple entrance

Temple at the top of the hill
Another temple

People enjoying the saturday morning
Hill located on the opposite side - Almost looking like a Volcano

View at ground level

Magic of flowers

Another view from top
One the way back - don't forget spend some time at Devanahalli fort (Tipu born here)
Around 11.30 in the morning we come back after the journey.


Location Details
Name:                   Nandhi Hills
Coordinates:         13.386°N 77.701°E
Elevation:              1,478 m (4,849 ft)
District:                 Chikkaballapur, Karnataka
Timings:                Open from 6am to 10pm
Distance:               Around 70kms from Bangalore City
                            Approx. 10kms from Chickballapur town.
How to reach:
On Bangalore- Bellary road, reach Devanahalli cross, which is on the 36 th milestone. Take the deviation on the left and travel 11 kilometers to reach Nandi cross. The foot of the hill is 3 kilometers from here.

On the Doddaballapur road, turn right to reach the road that leads to the top of the hill. From the foot is 8kms of the top.

My suggestion is to go in a two/ four wheeler, as public transportation facilities are not good in this area.


  1. Very nice blog. Me and hubby are also planning to visit Nandi Hills on our Kinetic honda. Was wondering if the ghat roads were safe to ride? Did you guys switch off the engine downhill n your way back? Thanks, Kusum

    1. We went there before monsoon, at that time roads were good. One the way back (downhill) we switched off the engine for a while.

      Make sure that you have all the documents related to DL and vehicle.