Nandi Hills is a blessed land of scenic beauty and a
wonderful summer resort in the state of Karnataka at an altitude of 1478 meters
above the sea level. It is easily accessible from the state capital Bangalore
as both are at a distance of 65 km. It is among the most popular picnic spot
enjoyed for its salubrious climate throughout the year. The name is coined from
the bull statue called ‘Nandi’, installed at Yoganandeeshwara temple. This
sacred shrine was built by Cholas, located on the top of the hills and
dedicated to Lord Shiva. The verdant land is rich in flora like coffee Arabica,
exotic eucalyptus and many more aboriginal species. The thick forest around
these hills is act as substratum for the cloud condensation which covers the
trees in the form of mist and water. It is
natural habitat of several bird species and animals.
Places to visit
It is a famous temple at foothills of Nandi hills. It is
also known as Yoganandeeshwara temple and devoted to Lord Shiva. One can find the
beautiful bull statue outside of this temple. The sacredness is further
beautified by decorated pillars and paintings.
It is a historically significant cliff where the prisoners
are forced down to death as a punishment. It is around 600 meters in height,
situated in Nandi hills. A fabulous city view is seen from this cliff.
Muddenahalli, Skanda Giri, Brahmashram, Nehru Nilaya and
Tipu’s Summer resort are other known places in Nandi Hills.
Activities to do
It is a famous spot for trekking. It is a multi-terrain trek
as one can experience rocks, grasslands, plains, trees and bushes.
How to reach Nandi Hills
Bangalore international airport is 60 km from Nandi Hills.
Chikkaballpur is the nearest railhead, situated around 9 km
from Nandi Hills.
There are frequent bus transport services available to reach
Nandi hills y road from all major and minor cities of Karnataka.
In summer 23-40°C and in winter
10-32°C. It is best visited throughout the year.