- Nandi Hills
Activity Location: Nandi Hills, Karnataka
Check-in Time: 04:00 PM
Check-out Time: 11:00 AM
Activity Duration: 19 hours
About Nandi Hills Drive-In Camp:
Nestled amidst the scenic hills of Nandi, the camping experience allows you to enjoy a serene getaway, overlooking the misty hills. Avail great comfort while being surrounded by beautiful hill views and lush greenery at this campsite, based in the foothills of the Nandi hills.
Go through a fun-filled camping experience with comfortable accommodation in tents with a cozy sleeping arrangement, that would be allocated on a 2/3 sharing basis. Explore nature along with a thrilling trekking activity and a warm bonfire session in the evening so that you can enjoy a relaxing time with your buddies. Besides, tingle your taste buds with scrumptious meals in the form of Breakfast and Dinner along with delicious BBQ.
How to Reach Nandi Hills from Bangalore
Bangalore to Nandi Hills by Car
From many places in Bangalore, you can hire a cab to reach Nandi Hills. Now, several cab service providers operate in and around Bangalore city. However, a journey to Nandi Hills in the cab will be quite costly given the fact it is in the outskirts of the city. From the Kempegowda International Airport, you can also hire a taxi to reach the place. You can book cabs online with ease. Cabs are also available from the Chikkaballapur railway station which is 10 km away.
If you are planning to reach Nandi Hills from Bangalore via bike or scooter, that is certainly possible but there are limitations. There is a motorable road to the top of the hill. However, it is steep and has 40 curves before you can reach the entry gate. After this point, 4 wheelers are allowed but the same is not true for 2 wheelers.You may also choose to climb the hills using steps from the entry gate and it is not ideal for the faint-hearted visitors.
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Bangalore to Nandi Hills by Bus
The majority of tourists heading to
Nandi Hills prefer bus over other means of transport. You will get the buses
from Bengaluru’s Kempegowda Bus Station, also called Majestic. The interesting
thing is that there are two rates for tickets in the same bus. The regular
tickets are priced below INR 50 and those have to be bought on the bus.
However, you can book bus seats from Majestic ticket counter, which will cost
you INR 200! It just ensures you get a specific seat on the same bus and nothing
You get direct buses from Bangalore to Nandi Hills and these are managed by KSRTC. The first bus to the hilltop leaves at 8.30 AM. Returning direct buses leave the Hills between 2.30 and 5 PM. However, these timings may change slightly. There are no direct buses in the afternoon.
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Places to Visit in and around Nandi Hills
The path to the top of the hill is ideal for trekking lovers. There are well-marked pathways and at the top, you get an amazing view of the region. You can actually feel the clouds are very close at the peak!
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Visit to Bhoga Nandeeswara Temple
Devoted to Lord Shiva, it is a big temple and the Dravidian architecture is quite amazing which is also a perfect place for day outs in Bangalore. This temple complex has three shrines- all dedicated to lord Shiva, namely Uma Maheshwara Temple, Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple and Arunachaleshwara Temple.
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Tipu Sultan's Fort
This oval shaped fort has semicircular bastions and climbing those up offers you a pretty view of the countryside. The original mud fort made by a local chieftain in the early 1500s was won by Tipu’s father, Hyder Ali. It was revamped with stone and masonry by 1760.
Located adjacent to National Highway 7, the cave is ideal for getting respite from the bustle of tourists in the nearby road and temples. The hilly region has some other caves too. Brahmashram has been revamped with stone and masonry.
Grover's Zampa Vineyard
Of course, you can savor the wine variants manufactured by the company. The tranquil natural setting and gentle breeze will soothe your mind and you will see exotic avian species like Asian Paradise Flycatchers, Puff-Throated Babblers, Blue Capped Rock Thrush and Tawny Eagles.
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Places to Eat near Nandi Hills
The popular recipes offered by it include Benne Dosa, Palak Paneer, Bhutte Angare Salad, Baby Corn Manchurian, Garlic Naan etc. You may also try Upma with Chutney. While most of the visitors to Nandi hill choose it for enjoying breakfasts, you can also, munch on foods on your way back!
The breakfast menu is pretty wide and you can pick from freshly squeezed juices, yummy pancakes, crispy toast and homemade yoghurts. There are delicious appetizers like wasabi tempura prawns and plenty of salads. The wide range of beverages includes milkshakes and smoothies, and fresh fruit juice.
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Indian Paratha Company
There are plenty of beverages including Café latte and Mint ice tea. There is a veg thali too. The 10,000 sq-ft-restaurant remains open from 7 am to 1 am every day. The icing on the cake is the free wifi facility.
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It opens at 7 am and remains open till 11-30 pm. The lassi is very popular as are the thickly stuffed paratha. Unlike the dishes at Indian Paratha Company, here you can order non-veg dishes too and crispy dosas.
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Nandi Food Court
The foods are cheap and the taste is also fine. However, you cannot expect the same quality or ambience available at some of the eateries near the airport area. Here you get south Indian dishes and coffee too.
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Places to Stay near Nandi Hills
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Things to know about Nandi Hills
- It used to be summer residence of Tipu Sultan and the ruins attract huge crowd. So, don’t miss exploring the historic fortress and other sites.
- Visit the ancient, Bhoga Nadeshwara Temple with 9th century origin to admire the beautiful Dravidian architecture and the inscriptions.
- Amruth Sarovara Lake is one of the most solitary and peaceful places at Nandi Hill. This perennial spring formed lake is a must visit for any visitor.
- You have options of Cycling, Paragliding and Trekking.
- There are only a handful of eateries up in the hill so preferably eat before you reach there.
- Don’t feed the monkeys as they are feral in nature.
- Don’t miss the spectacular sunrise, if you choose to travel by cab.
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