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Sunrise at Nandi Hills

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 7 months ago

Nandi Hills is a popular weekend destination that lies just off Bangalore, making it an ideal spot where the city’s hip crowd can gather every morning during sunrise. Here’s more about this must visit location…

Nandi Hills, located at a distance of 35 kilometers from Bangalore on the Bangalore-Tumkur highway, is a popular getaway spot during the weekend. It offers amazing views of the surrounding countryside, from high above near a blanket of clouds.There are also walking trails for trekking and many lookout points from where you can enjoy the view on your Nandi hills tours in Karnataka.

What to See and Do

The hill houses temples dedicated to Lord Lakshmi Narasimha and Lord Hanuman, and these are often visited by the locals. As the hill-top is not too high, those looking to climb to the top can try the steps carved into the hillside.

The ruins of Tipu Sultan’s summer retreat are located here at the top and there is an open tank as well. A sheer drop of 600 feet called Tipu’s Drop is a popular site here, and from here his prisoners were thrown to their death. You need to exercise caution while visiting this spot, as there have been a few accidents here due to the fog.

Many people frequent Nandi Hills to watch the sunrise from Tipu’s Drop, as this can be a breathtaking sight to behold, early in the morning at 5 am.

If you choose to walk uphill, you can set off early in the morning and reach the summit by mid-morning. But be careful while dealing with the monkeys en route. The steps that lead to the top follow a scenic route and offer breath-taking views from the lookout points. There’s a spot called Hanuman Rock, where you can rest and relax.

Paragliding is also a popular weekend sport here for those looking for adventure.

How to Get There

Though you can visit Nandi Hills anytime of the year, if you can, avoid the rainy season as the rocks will be slippery during this time. 

You can reach the hills either by motorbike or a car; but two-wheelers are not allowed beyond the entry point on the hill top as the roads can be slippery. The best way to reach Nandi Hills would be by car or by taking up packages from Bangalore.

There are direct buses that run to Nandi Hills from the Bangalore Central Bus Stand and from Kengeri. The first bus leaves at 7 a.m. and the next one at 8 a.m., so watching the sunrise will not possible if you take a bus. You should ideally leave Bangalore by 4 a.m. and reach the top of the hills by 5.30 a.m. to watch the sunrise.

Where to Stay

If you’re looking for an extended stay, you can opt for accommodation through rooms that are present in the hilltop. A lot of dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II have stayed here at the top of Nandi Hills, attesting to its attractions.You can reach the village during the previous day and there are many hotels and resorts to choose from, if you’re unsure about the early morning drive. The drive to the top in the morning will take hardly half an hour from the village.

There is a traveler’s bungalow in Nandi Hills and you can stay in Hotel Mayura, managed by the KSTDC. There are couple of other bungalows too, managed by the Lalbagh Horticultural Center, where you can stay. Many restaurants and eateries are present in the region, so there is no necessity to carry your own food; it is not advisable to do so anyway because the place has quite a few monkeys and they tend to attack people for your eatables.

You need not frame up a complex plan to visit Nandi Hills, as it is just a hangout spot. Pack up anytime you want from Bangalore and just head uphill!  

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