There are many different stories about the naming of these hills. According to one story, during the Chola period, these hills were called the ‘The Hills of Happiness’ or the ‘Anand Giri’. According to a mythological story, these hills were named after Yoga Nandeeshwara who carried out sacrament or penance here. The resemblance of these hills with a Bull (Nandi) is also one of the reasons why people call these hills with this name. Many also believe that these hills are named as ‘Nandi Durg’ because of a 1300 years old Nandi temple on top of these hills, which has been there since the 9th century.
Forest lodge and Kalyana Mantap are very famous tourist spots here. Nandi hills also accommodate a fort made by the ruler Tipu Sultan. Queen Elizabeth II, Father of the Nation-Mahatma Gandhi, First Prime Minister-Pt. Nehru, Rajiv Gandhi, Sir Mark Cubbon were some of the many public figures who have stayed on these hills. Temples devoted to Sri Yoga Narasimha, Sri Ugra Narasimha & Sri Bhoga Narasimha are present on these hills.
Plants and Animals in Nandi Hills:
Vegetation here includes trees of Eucalyptus, Coffee Arabica, Rain Trees etc. These flora & fauna species are very commonly noticed on Nandi Hills. Being an evergreen forest, these hills are a home to thrushes, flycatchers, warblers, pill millipedes, species of snakes, nilgiri wood pigeon, peregrine falcon, yellow throat bulbul and many such species.
Attractions in Nandi Hills:
Gandhi House, Secret Escape Route, Horse Way, Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Brahamashram, Nehru Nilaya, Skanda Giri, Pennar, Palar, Tipu’s Drop, Akravathi, Nellikayi Basavanna and children’s park are some of the many place to visit in Nandi Hills. Travelers can even witness vineyards and practice adventure sports like Paragliding & Trekking in Nandi Durg. However, since the terrains are steep, one should be very careful on these peaks.
Ham radio is also operated on a repeater on Nandi Hills and is located close to the International Airport of the Capital City. (Bangalore International Airport). Facilities like postal services, medical aid and telephone are also present on top of the hills. The sunrise and sunsets from Nandi Hills look scenic and splendid and is one of the tourist attractions here. A road of length 8 kilometers to the top of the hill from the base is maintained for people and transport convenience.
Hotels near Nandi Hills:
Eating joints, Hotels and Restaurants are very common in Nandi Hills. Some of the famous eating hubs and hotels are Club Cabana, Shantisagar, Sowmya, Ranjitha, Silver Oak farm et al. The Karnataka Tourism Department owns ‘Mayura’, a restaurant that serves vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian food. In addition, the Horticulture Department has a vegetarian restaurant on these hills of Nandi that is inspired by their restaurant in Singapore for around one crore rupees of investment.
How to Reach Nandi Hills:
The ticket cost is very cheap but remember that between 12 pm-4 pm, no buses leave for Nandi Hills from here. It takes a total of two hours from Bangalore or an hour from the Chikaballapur district to reach this place.
Important Contact Numbers:
Nandi Hill Station,
91 888 023 4455
(Book a Cab)
080 3000 3000
(Puncture Repair Shop)