Monday, January 15, 2018

Nandi Hills - A day trip out of Bengaluru

A day trip to Nandi-Hills is a perennial favorite for Bangaloreans. I had been  there several times during my school and college days and decided to take little Vijay for a summer day-trip.

About Nandi Hills (Wikipedia) or Nandi betta (Anglicised forms include Nandidurg and Nandydoorg) is an ancient hill fortress in southern India, in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka state. It is 10 km from Chickballapur town and approximately 60 km from the city of Bengaluru. The hills are nestled near the town of Nandi. In traditional belief, the hills are the origin of the Arkavathy river.

Our visit : 22 April 2017

Mode of transport: One can drive down from Bangalore or take a bus. We decided to avoid driving and took the KSRTC bus from Bangalore. Direct bus from KBS to the top of hill leaves at 8 AM and if you miss it, you can take a bus to Chikkaballapur from where there are frequent buses to Nandi Hills.

Tips: Whether you drive or take a bus, you may have to walk a few kilometers (up the stairs along the hilloc); be prepared.  Not many food outlets on the hill. A couple of shops near the bus stop sell Chips, snacks and ice cream.

A few pictures from our visit 

Father and Son

Walking Trail up the hill

Get closer to Nature

And a selfie with Suja

The only eatery on the hill: near the bus-stop

Note to self: The area around the Nandi-Hills are getting commercialized. Lot of builders and developers have taken over pristine farmlands and converted them into plots, some of which are being sold as 'hill view.' I am not sure who would want to live 60-kilometers from Bangalore in an area that is yet to develop but I guess those investing are doing so for the 'future' Caveat emptor; buyer beware. 

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