What can a visit to Nandi Hill station can do to vacationers?
The cool can send the tingling yet caressing thrill-giving-shock to goose bumps which is anticipation touching as if in surprise. Rolling verdant hills might seem inspiring vagrancy in even the most duty-bound of souls. The pleasant feeling gets hard to shrug off long after the trip is happily consummated. This is what happens when calling to a place like this is answered where happiness is never compromised. Rather every facet with which Nandi hills is related adds to the overall experience of the place.
The word 'Nandi' reverberates the feeling of power, authority and utmost loyalty as every Hindu with the knowledge of God Shiva and His aides would readily tell. People touring Nandi Hills in Karnataka for a rendezvous with Nature feel the same compelling presence; only religious ones can relate to the character Nandi in holy texts and others can simply loose themselves in the wind whirling experience of the southern hills.
At above 1478 m altitude, the hills are sprawling greens spread as far as eye could see. History tells about the place being summer retreat of Tipu Sultan and was known by its name- Nandidurg, then taken from a very old temple of Nandi on the hills. The temple still stands as the testimony of time and beliefs people cherish and is one of the important aspect of Nandi hill tourism just as another old Shiva-Parvati temple.
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The hills are a part of Hindu mythology covered with the gifts of Nature and unfazed faith in divine. Three rivers flowing from one place to the other, green woods, ruins of a fort and some other aspects make the place worthy of summer respite and as a brilliant excuse to take a break. Travel Nandi hills to see-
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.
Other Temples in the hills are dedicated to Anjaneya, Ugra Narasimha, Shiva Parvathi, Gavi Veerbhadra Swamy etc.
Bheemeshwari Wildlife Sanctuary - To enjoy the holiday spree in Nandi hills with wildlife in focus, this place is all anyone could ask for.
Amruth Sarovar - The lake is among those scenic spots where people come to revere Mother Nature the way it is in the water as well as in the surrounding trees, air and other aspects of this exceptional landscape. Its source being perennial, it is also referred to as "The Lake of Nectar" and is supplied to locals for their day to day purposes.
Tipu's Drop - This is the place where death punishment to the criminals in the reign of Tipu Sultan was executed at about 600 m altitude. The cliff ensured a painful yet fast death installing dread in the spectators and those who learnt about it by various sources. Today the sight is use to get a glimpse of Nature and do some great photography.
Tipu's Palace and Fort - Palace is although not open to visitors, the ruins of the forts could still be seen from a distance.
Nehru Nilaya - The place was once taken as a house for retreat by the Jawaharlal Nehru which is now used by horticulture department of India as a guest house.
Brahmasharam - Sage Ramakrishna who was perpetrator of Hinduism and staunch devotee of Goddess Kali meditated here in these cool caves.
Muddena Halli Museum - The house of Sir M. Visvesvaraya, in Muddenahalli is now a museum that can take visitors through the life journey the architect of who designed Karnataka as we recognize it today.
Places around Nandi hills
Adding these places in itinerary is not an option but a routine when visit. Instincts are first to tell that the trip going to be real good.
Chikballapur - A nearby village with extraordinary natural nonchalance towards whosoever comes here is absolute bait for tourists.
Muddenahalli - The home town of M. Visvesvaraya is also a place of tourist importance hence not to be missed.
Paapgani - Some 3 Km away from Chikballapur, this place also presents its case to be attended by the unsuspecting judges i.e. tourists.
Bangalore - Just 65 Km away from the Nandi Hills, the capital city of Karnataka could not be left without being toured, especially along with Nandi hills tour package, more so when tourists are not southern locals.
Things to do
For the lovers of adventure Skanda Giri is one of the most sought after place in Nandi Hills. Also known by the name of Kalavara Durga, the place is remembered for great trekking activities. People having paragliding on their mind can look for some great sites that might act as launching pad for them. Those who are in for some milder kind of sports or physical activities can go for cycling experiences. Sometimes tours are organized right from Bangalore to these sprawling greens. For all the fun though, monsoons are avoided as they are more of a hindrance rather than acting as mood enhancers. However, all the while monkeys are a great inconvenience so one should be cautioned to be going near them or in way inviting them.
Any journey begins with being stationary, be it home from where the distances are covered till Nandi hills or the chosen accommodations from where the ride to nearest tourist spot and followed by the others is undertaken. While tourist destination is an important of any place, the role of a good stay place cannot be denied, which is why hotels in Nandi hills are often pre-booked by vacationers. Even the weekenders take caution of getting room booked so as not to be disappointed at last moment.
Some of the well known hotels and resorts in and around this place that could be considered for a holiday are Hotel Mayura Deluxe Lodge, Hotel Shantisagar, Silver Oak Farm, Hoel Maurya Pine Top, etc.
March to May indicate the usual hilly summers with a temperature not exceeding 29°C while December to January mark the winters with temperature going down to 11°C. June to August are monsoon months receiving medium to heavy rainfall.
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.
Dussehra festivals can be enjoyed a lot so it is also a great time to be in Nandi hills.
How to reach
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.