Nandi Hills in Karnataka
Nandi Hills alias Nandidurg is a famous hill station situated in Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka state, India.
Nandi hills is located close to the Nandi town. Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple in Nandi town is a very ancient temple, construction of which was started in the 9th century by the “Banas” and completed during the “Cholas” in 11th century. “Hoysalas” constructed the marriage hall in the 13th century. Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple is a two-complex temple, with the first complex having the three deities. and the second complex has the huge and majestic “Kalyani pond”. Vijayanagar kings build the walls of the second temple complex. This temple is famous for its stone carvings.
Nandi Hills is popular among trekkers and bikers and is situated at an altitude of 4,851 feet or 1,479 meters above sea level. ‘Tipu’s Drop’ is a famous tourist place on the hills, from where condemned prisoners were thrown to death by Tipu Sultan, the erstwhile ruler of Kingdom of Mysore. Tipu’s Summer Palace and Fort is another historic place on the hills; but its not open to public. ‘Secret Escape Route or passages’ are another places of tourist interest, which were believed to be used by kings to escape during unforeseen attacks. ‘Amruth Sarovar’ is beautiful lake, which interests the tourists to the hills.
Palar and Arkavati rivers originate from the hills.
How Do I Go to Nandi Hills?
NH 7, the longest National highway in India with a length of 2369 kilometers, which runs from Varanasi to Kanyakumari, is the major road connecting the Hills with the rest of India. Devanahalli Town on NH 7 is at a distance of 20 kilometers from the the Hills.
The Hills are situated at a distance of 10 kilometers from Chickballapur town. Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka state, is at a distance of approximately 60 kilometers from Nandi Hills.