Nandi Hills or Nandidurg or Nandi Betta is an ancient hill fortress situated at a distance of about 65 kms from Bangalore, Karnataka. These lie at an average elevation of about 4850 ft above the sea level. A popular weekend destination and it can be easily reached as it is well connected by roads with Bangalore as well as Chikkaballapur. The route from Bangalore to Nandi hills is so scenic and interesting, as it gives us a chance of seeing some good temples, old forts, grape vineyards and mustard fields.

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And the curvy roads leading to the top of hills are best to trek or cycle. One can go for a road trek or a wild trek on the backside of the hill. Plenty of opportunities 🙂  If you own a bicycle, well fine and good otherwise there are lots of bicycling clubs which organizes weekend cycling trips. Can try one!

 The main attraction is the statue of the Nandi Bull which is located on top of the hill. And the belief is that the hills resemble a sleeping Nandi Bull, and hence the name Nandi Hills. There is also an ancient temple of Yoga Nandeeswara atop the hill. There are also temples dedicated to Sri Ugra Narasimha and Yoga Narasimha.


The hill is the Sultan Tipu’s Summer Residence and there is a palace which is not open for public 😦 . Interesting place is the Tipu’s Drop, a 600 metre high cliff face, where prisoners and convicts during Tipu’s reign used to be pushed off this cliff. There is also a children’s park, for a while we too can be children swinging on the cradles. Lol!

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Nandi hills is a haven for nature lovers with magnificent views and enticing scenic spots, if we are lucky enough we can spot some wildlife too. One should not miss the sunrise here. The wind, fog and the clouds that blow towards us when we are in the midst of the tall trees on top of the hill before the sunrise is just amazing and a life-time experience. One won’t regret waking up at 4 in the morning after enjoying the sunrise here!

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Why can’t be this weekend itself? 🙂


  1. Hey Thr,

    Very nice blog with pics. Me and my sister are planning to visit Nandi Hills on our Activa and wondering if you rode there on bike/scooter and if the hill roads are safe to ride there? Did you used to switch off the engine on downhill there on the way back? Need some tips, Thanks, Kusum

    • Hi Kusunm, thanks for ur comments. I didn’t try a bike ride but few of my friends did. It is absolutely safe to drive (if you are well-experienced) as we see lot of people driving to Nandi hills on their bikes. But, I won’t suggest switching off the engine downhill as it is a narrow and curvy road and same for both ways. So it would be a bit risky. And do take a note of the weather and the time u want to drive to the top.I would suggest a drive on a day with clear sky and without rain. Enjoy your ride 🙂


  2. Hey thanks for getting back. We will be going in activa gearless scooter so will be riding slowly due to turns. I thought going down on scooter will be good if we off the engine and ride slowly. Dont know if your friends went on activa and they offed the engine while coming down? We will keep an eye on the weather as well. Thanks, Kusum

    • As I told u that the road is quiet narrow, curvy and steep, my friends didn’t take a risk. If u r interested, probably u can try. But I don’t suggest that.


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