Nandi Hill: Fort, Trek, Resort, Sunrise, Timings & Distance

Nandi hills Bangalore is one of the most famous weekend gateways from Bangalore. Trekking and biking have become a trend in the Nandi hills. People love to spend time there.

Bangalore to Nandi hills:

Nandi hills distance from Bangalore is around 60 Kms. There are several ways to reach Nandi hills from Bangalore.

  • Bike up to Nandi hills
  • Rent a car to the Nandi hills, the cost would be around 2000 rupees from Bangalore.

Nandi Hills timings:

Nandi hills is open from 6 AM to 6 PM every day. However, on the weekends, try to reach as early as possible because there will be a lot of traffic from the base of the hill to the forest department checkpoint.

On the way to Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills Parking:

If you go by bus, Tempo Traveller or bike, you will have to park your vehicle at the designated place. There is a fort called Nandi Fort at the top. To get to the Nandi hills peak, you need to go through the Nandi fort. Only cars and bikes and go inside, buses or tempo traveler do not go inside.

Bike parking charges: 20
Car Parking charges: 100

Nandi Hills Entry fee:

Rs. 10 per person.


Nandi hills Trek:

There are two trekking routes to the Nandi Hills. One of the trails lies to the north of the Nandi hills and the other lies to the south of the Nandi hills. For more understanding, below is the trail map for the Nandi hills trek:Nandi Hill trekking route and trail map

If you want to trek Nandi hills from the southern side just search on Google maps for “Trail to Nandi One, Karahalli Cross, Chikkasagarahalli, Karnataka“. This will show you a trail to Nandi hills.

Nandi Hills cycling route cum trekking route

If you want to do Nandi hills trek from the Northern point, then search on Google maps for “Nandi Downhill Biking Trail, Nandi Hills, Karnataka“.

The above trail is also very famous among the bikers and cyclists for cycling to Nandi hills as it finally joins in the Nandi hills main road.

Nandi hills resort:

There are mainly three staying options at the Nandi hills top

  • Nehru Nilaya
  • Gandhi Nilaya and,
  • Hotel Mayura Pine Top Nandi hills

I would recommend Hotel Mayura Pine Top Nandi hills because it is little modern and is a part of the recent venture by the Karnataka Holidays. Here is the official booking site of Hotel Mayura Pine Top Nandi Hills.

I also searched for the online booking at Nehru Nilaya and Gandhi Nilaya and found a common website for it. You can try it out: Nandihillsreservations.in

Nandi hills

Nandi hills resort reviews:

Gandhi Nilaya and Nehru Nilaya do not have good reviews about them on Google. If you are planning to stay there, do not stay on weekends ever. Weekends are like most crowdy days when there would not be any peace anywhere. Besides, there are also problems mentioned are electricity problem and they do not have power back ups as well.

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Hotel Mayura Pine top, on the other hand, has an attached restaurant and bar. And this recent venture KSTDC is better than other two.

Best time to visit Nandi hills:

Throughout the year, winter is the best choice to go there (Don’t forget woolens in winters 🙂 )

Timings: 6 AM to 9 PM

What to see and do there?

Enjoy dew formed over grasses, cold wind piercing through woolens, clouds hanging down the hill, mesmerizing sunrise, tall trees appearing black and white at morning.
If you love photographing, it’s a paradise for you. Sometimes, you might encounter wild rare flowers of western ghats beside your shoe.
Walk along hill and fort’s wall perimeter for more awesome views

Things to Explore at Nandi hills:

Explore for source of Palar and Arkavati river, Kalyani pond, Amruth Sarovar (Clue: walk along the fort perimeter walls)

Note: Leave Bangalore around 4′ o clock. On weekends, you might encounter a long queue at the Nandi hills entrance.

Amrutha sarovar, nandi hills

Nandi Hills Images and journey:

It had rained last day. Heavily. We were very much skeptical if we could make it to Nandi hills next day. But, the more it rained, the merrier I got. Ask me why? Well! more rains would bestow next morning with a bagful of pleasant surprises.

04:30 hours: Kicked off from Bangalore

There are two faces of city life: Mid-night to early morning and rest of the time.
And, I was lucky to relish the beauty of Sleeping metro-city. It remind me of beauty of a sleeping baby. Pitch silence; pitch black road bathed under yellow halogen lights;  an unending silence floating in resonance with loneliness of the empty streets; blithely blinking traffic lights; shut down shops seemed to me as if It was not the same Bangalore. It was inception of the world. Every thing had regained its primitive state. But alas! Hours later, every single inch of this same lonely road would be carrying weights of vehicles; uncountable foot stamps; screeches of tires and loads of carbon.

5:45 hours: Nandi hills’ check point

There was minuscule reincarnation of the same city life. We were standing at the same dapple of colorful spinning wheel of life. There was a long queue of vehicles standing at Nandi hills’ check point. Almost hundred of them. Yeah! there would be rush on weekends but officers standing at the check point make sure things work smooth. And, they really do.

As wheels roll up the hill, tall eucalyptus trees  bleached against the thick fog, appear all along the way in your welcome, fading away under the thickness of fog and silence of the valley. A silent milestone pass by. It has been standing over here for days and years showing the path of peace to humanity. One side is the valley and another side are the grasses holding the precious dews which would evaporate when sun would smile at them. As vehicle leaps further, you reach at the Nandi fort gate and there is another kingdom  engrossed inside.

On the way to Nandi Hills

6:10 hours: Inside Nandi fort at the hill

The first step that you take in, marks the territory of another world back hundreds of year ago. Yeah, here lived a king. But, in wheeling cycle of life, immortal soul eventually leaves behind the materialistic body finally to get ruffled with the five basic elements. No one lives for permanent. Only thing that is permanent is the “change”. 

Every beginning has an ending but it applies mostly to the human life-cycle. However, nature’s life-cycle has no ending. May be, process evolved itself in  every hundreds of year but gradients remained the same. May be little more altered but their sole purpose is still the same: to serve the humanity. The air, the water, the sun, all have been living a self-less life. There must be a supernatural power governing enigmatically everything in silence which we, though, understand but,have been ignoring for years. This ignorance of ignoring prized possessions has now, eventually, led us into scarcity of happiness because we are trying to alter the balance in the nature and to satiate the ever-growing needs of every day life, we are turning our attention into materialism, away from what is abundant in the nature, free of cost.

Walk of lifeNandi hills

But, a day comes in our life, when we realize that our life, almost everyday, gets driven by the the money- the sixth sense and we wanna break away free out of bars of life, at least for a moment. May be, not all of us do realize it, but it can be seen implicitly in their frustration with daily life, mundane routine.
“Need a break!”
Thankfully, this tradition has still not touched upon the countryside. Someday, they might also need a timeout. Some of us, are so materialistic that even though, we need a time out, we switch over to one form of materialism to another. And, this never-ending cycle clutches us until we strongly realize from our heart that we really need to break away now.

As you step inside the old fort, try to shrink down your eye-lids and see the hazy world in black and white. they are so beautifully painted. Weather up the hill almost paint the flora with same color. It would appear as if there is invisible layer of whitish natural color which has usurped every small and tall trees. And, as you approach little closer, the halo of whitish tinge start fading away and picture gets clearer.
Luckier are the tall trees, standing still and long peeping out of the fog. Look down. Look around. Each and every little twig and soft stems have been carefully assigned a pearl. Perfect art of the nature- the colorless water pearl. The closer you get, the deeper you see them. Looking at the concave reflection of this universe inside the drop.

Dew, nandi hillsDews holding on to grasses in the morning

Out of earth, look at the sky.
Its filled with clouds. No, they are fog. Or are they clouds? Moving and floating with the wind. Wind would always be high up there. brushing through your hair and washing gently your sleepy face. This is hoe nature mother washes your face. Look around. Everyone is laughing. even if they fell over slippery rock. Who carried this load of happiness over here. Heart becomes guileless for one instant of time.

I walk closer to the ridge and try to look down the valley. I can’t see. All i see is a pool of white clouds formed over valley. Putting a veil over dirty life below on the surface. Wind is even higher at the edge. You just want to laugh as much as you can. You want to get yourself washed away in wind currents. Look at the swinging branch of a tree; look at the couples holding hands; look at smiling faces posing in front of camera. Every thing is charged and infused with secret potion of happiness.

Surely, you have been carried away back in time and the crudity inhabited from primitive forefathers gets intensified and surged. You see a birth of super-tramp inside you temporarily. So, let me check the things out around. You wanna go deep inside and become a part of green lost world. Venture inside; walk; realize. Capture each moment before time flies by.

Sunrise at nandi hillsFaded sunrise, Nandi hills

Mighty sun is out there but coup of flying clouds are not ready to give the game up. Hide and seek. But I see a negotiation going on between clouds and the sun, standing on edge of the valley. There is a vast biome filled partially with varieties of plants and flowers. standing against the harsh winds.
negotiation is over now and clouds are ready to give way away to the sun. A beam of sunlight filtering through the hazy clouds touch the top of another hill standing opposite to me. Dust of soft collision fires the hills and lonely hill shines alone in the valley while misty clouds smile at them.

Sunrise, Nandi HillsSunrise at the hill opposite to Nandi hills

The captured mind gets transported in some other dimension and time just flies by while I am standing still at same place. I wish, show could  last forever but alas, everything which has a beginning has an end too. And, sun gradually start ruling over the valley.
Cold weather turns cool; then warm; and would get hot sooner at top of the hill.
Three hours have passed by, I have stepped over every single yard of land in search of what I don’t know but I always loved it. I have discovered so many things. Some I would carry away with me in my mind, some footprints would be captured inside my camera and some would still remain there for coming days to serve the same unknown purpose of life for other lost tramper.

Amrutha sarovar, nandi hillsAmrutha Sarovar, Nandi Hills

Tipu sultan canon, Nandi hillsTipu Sultan’s canon, Nandi hills


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