Nandi Hills
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This was once the summer retreat of Tipu Sultan. It’s a good place for hiking and birding. The hill also has temples dating back to the Chola period. It gets extremely crowded on weekends. The hills offer great views of the surroundings, though.
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  • SMLikestoTravel
    Bengaluru, India188 contributions
    Ok for one time visit
    We visited on a weekend in the afternoon, around 1 pm. We got a place to park our car and then boarded the bus that takes you to the top of the hills. The view in the afternoon is not so bad, maybe not as nice as it would be at sunrise or sunset. It was crowded at the top but not too bad to ruin our experience. There are a lot of monkeys near all the food stalls so buy something at your own risk. Overall, definitely worth a visit one time. Not sure how it would be early morning. Have read and heard from folks that planning to visit at sunrise is tough…need to reach very early to get entry and very crowded and chaotic. So, did not attempt that ourselves. If someone is really keen on having that sunrise experience without much hassle then probably overnight stay at one of the properties at the top can be a good option
    Traveled with family
    Written January 20, 2023
  • bharat b
    Bengaluru, India24 contributions
    View from Nandi hills
    I have seen few images of Nandi hills and that attracts me to explore that place. I always take public transport as my first priority and it's worthwhile. When you want to go away from your day to day life, this is the prefect place to explore with family and friends. Easy access to place like this. It could be road trips via bike, car and public transport as well. An entry for nature lover to wild life, covering green trees all around and trekking to top of the hill. On reaching to the top, a view will change your mind and refresh energy. Sky cover with full of clouds, land cover with lakes and eyetesting to watch as far as you can. Top of the hill covers sunrise to sunset. Time passes away like a flash of light while watching and enjoy the view. A flow of wind keeping you energized and clouds like touching your feet. Sunset is like sun playing hide and seek with clouds. Red and orange light reflection from lakes. Sky and clouds full of mixture of red and orange colour. A solo trip to Nandi Hills.
    Traveled solo
    Written February 14, 2022
  • Mrs seshan
    Mumbai, India8 contributions
    Nice place but tourist are looted by people working there like car parking or shops or guides
    Few things one must be aware of is that there are people out there who will over charge u n loot tourist. The people at the car park ask for tips when u leave although car park charges are included in entry ticket price of Rs 150 when u enter the main gate. Also the shops who sell tea n drinks they too look at tourist and quote different prices for tea and when u buy couple of things from them they will quote any price do ask price for each item they are also cheats. The guide out there agreed on 150 rs n at the end becoz there was no internet n we paid cash n had no exact change he took 400 from us saying he is poor with kids so want more . So don't get cheated when u go there keep exact change n be alert .
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 27, 2022
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Lak
2 contributions
Apr 2022
Dirty hills and you need to pay multiple times to enter Nandi hills
1.Hill entry fee for car
2. Hill bus fee 25rs for 1 KM oneway (most expensive ticket per mile in India)
3. Hill Walking fee but no receipt
4. Slipper or Shoes 5 Rs per pair but no receipt near the temple
5. They don't allow water bottles but they charge and force you to buy plastic bottles and sell tap water.
6. Trash everywhere and area not clean.
7. Horrible hotel food in Nandi hills
Written April 11, 2022
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himanshu.yes11
3 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Nandi Hills is famous for the iconic sunrise and cloud cladded hilltop. But with this beauty come too many visitors (I mean too many is an understatement). If you go on a weekend and reach anytime after 5:30 AM, chances are that you may have to come back from the foothill only. It has no crowd management whatsoever and on top of it crazy drivers push their cars in every nook n Corner. Go there on weekends and come back with anger, anguish and tired body.
Weekdays are bit relaxed however not worth the effort anyday. This place used to be charm but now it’s just a big rock nothing else. Avoid at all costs. And never never never go on weekends or holidays.
Written June 12, 2022
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VikasBhansail
Bengaluru, India91 contributions
Mar 2021
Most people line up there to see the beautiful sunrise with splendid valley view, but I want to avoid the crowd so went in the afternoon and enjoyed a sunset with family. Other reviews might already be covering about what is there to see and do so not covering that as part of this review. Driving up is not that difficult, even for me this was first time "ghat" drive. You can see lot of monkeys on the way and great valley views. On reaching top there are two options. Either you can park your car in the outer parking and take the walk further up, or you can drive further up to the upper level parking and reduce your walk. Difference is in the charges, taking car up will cost you more. However I got a great place to park (just before upper level parking there are couple of arches made for the sunset view, if crowd is not there you are in luck) as I was early for sunset so we just stood outside the car and enjoyed the sunset. Work of caution : too many monkeys there so be careful with food items as they tend to snatch them. View of sunset is breathtaking. There are nice and clean washrooms near the outer parking and also some at the top. There is a garden, few temples, caves on the top as well, however my objective was only to enjoy sunset so did not explore them.
Written March 17, 2021
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Mohan B S
Bengaluru, India3 contributions
Oct 2022
If there is no direct bus from Bangalore to Nandi hills then take a bus/Train to Chikkaballapur (or Doddaballapur) from there take a bus to Doddaballapur ( or Chikkaballapur) and get down at Nandi Hill Cross. Nandi hill cross is in between Chikkaballapur and Doddaballapur from here you can get a sharing Auto to top of the hill. Auto charges Rs 50/- you can even take a dedicated auto by paying more.

To visit Bhoga Nandishwara temple, you can take a private bus from Nandi hill cross to Nandi. the temple is near bus stand. if you are coming from Chikkaballapur side then your will get Nandi first and then Nandi Hill cross on the way to Doddaballapur.

There are only few Govt buses from Chikkaballapur to Nandi Hills . the timings as mentioned in Bus stand time table (0745,1000,1200,1400,1600,1800) .
Written October 14, 2022
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Deepika
1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Friends
It is closed. please dont go until u read any recent review. we went and saw it was closed, many people like us were unaware that it is closed. we were highly disappointed, then went to hogganakal falls which was also closed but got other way to get to the river where we enjoyed boating
Written October 6, 2021
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bhagyashree p
Pune, India555 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Nandi Hills is an hour or two drive from the city, giving the perfect weekend gateway stop. An attraction enjoyed by everyone, has become popular one-day outing destination. It is overly crowded on weekends, so if possible visit on a weekday. The best time to visit is either for a sunrise which gives a mesmerizing view or sunset where you can ideally sit and watch the sun going down.

There is a car park point from where you need to walk upto the hills. It has a lush green garden to walk thru, if with kids they would definitely enjoy. There is a palace in between which is restricted from entering but is pretty good. It was known as Tipu Sultan's resting place, maybe turned into a hotel now not sure.
The place also has an ancient temple which feels so calm n peaceful inside, as you step out you see this beautiful scenery. We visited during sunset enjoyed watching the sun go down while clicking some pictures.

The place also has food joints, so you can relish on some delicacies but be careful about the monkeys wandering around. They snatch everything. We enjoyed eating dosa, bhel, corn, pakoda with some nice hot tea and coffee.

Definitely an evening well spent.
Written March 19, 2020
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Pics & Pixel Photography
Bengaluru, India17 contributions
Oct 2022
Nandi hills is a perfect weekend gateway from Bangalore and Mysore. Sunrise and Suset are picturesque here. This place is full of greenery and provides a nice city view with beautiful landscapes. There are kids park, tree houses, several cottages for overnight stay. The buses ply frequently from the entrance to the top. However, if you can walk, there are several stairs in the middle of flora to take you to top. Environment portraits looks wonderful. Along your walk you may find few pre weeding and other photoshoots going on. It has Tipu's place, Nehru Nilaya and several old and beautiful temples. Mobile connectivity is okay but gets worse when there is huge rush specially during weekends and holidays. This place is very clean.
Written October 23, 2022
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Akapoor_Traveller
Ghaziabad, India243 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
The place is around 2 hrs drive from Bangalore city. I found this place a bit too hyped. One has to start at 4 am to view the sunrise at Nandi hills, to my surprise there were so many people just at the foot hills that they closed the check post to go up the hill. The traffic jam was for about two hours. I came to know that they allow vehicles to go up at 8 am. This has happened after Corona lock down. I will suggest that you confirm the timings before embarking on this trip. Once, at the top, one can get good views from top, a garden, a temple and some places to eat. Won' t rate this place too high.
Written October 3, 2020
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Shirish Vijayendra
Bengaluru, India257 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
Inspite of being an old Bangalorean, never did the sunrise trip to Nandi Hills before. The gates to Nandi Hills opens @ 5.50 am & when we reached around 5.15 am, there were already about 10 cars & a dozen bikes. Parking before the gates are very haphazard.
Once the gates open, one has to drive to the top & buy tickets. There is a nice viewing platform to view the sunrise. The sunrise itself is stunning especially on a clear day. The Elevation on the top is around 4850 ft so wear warm clothes. Can be very chilly in winter. There is also a bit of sightseeing to do after the sunrise. Do
hire a guide for comprehensive tour. There is a decent restaurant on the
bottom of the hill. Lovely experience but the authorities can do a better job in organizing the cars in a orderly way before the gates open.

Written January 23, 2021
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Rajini Kumar A
2 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Im basically from Yercaud Hills, TN.
Last saturday I just planned to visit Nandi Hills for the first time.. I was so excited by seeing those hills covered with mist.. once I reached the top I got soo frustrated by knowing that entrance fee is 175rs for car.. it's not at all worthy..
Yercaud is an tourists spot where they charge 40rs for car.. here its nothing to explore more than 2hours.. 175rs is way too much..
I will never visit nandhi Hill's again in my.life..
Written January 4, 2020
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