Nandi Hills is one of the popular one-day getaways from Bangalore. It is 40 km ( 1 hour) from Bangalore Airport. Follow the airport road and continue on to NH 44. Turn left at Nandi Cross and take SH 104 to Nandi Hills Main Road. The hills are nestled near the town of Nandi. It is at a height of 4,851 ft (1,479 m) above sea level.
There are several vineyards along the way. I noticed a sign of Gtover Zampa Vineyards by the roadside. Villagers could be seen holding up grapes, both the red and green varieties, for sale to motorists.
The climb up the hill is steep, with a few hairpin bends to manoeuvre. The car park at the top is on a rocky slope. Entry and exit from the parking area has to be done cautiously.
The best time to visit Nandi Hills will be early mornings. You will get the the opportunity to gaze at the beautiful sunrise. It can get hot as the sun climbs up. Please carry drinking water and eatables since the food outlets at the site are rather basic. Washrooms have been provided and a nominal entry fee has to be paid.
We noticed many cyclists coming down from the hill. They were well protected with helmets and gloves. It is 8 km from the base to top. Going uphill will be a tough job. The descent will be much easier and faster.
There is an ancient Nandi temple on top of the hill. It has been entirely built using rocks. and is believed to be 1,200 years old.
A viewing platform has been constructed for visitors to look down on the vast plain below. It is an exhilarating sight.
There are hordes of monkeys on the hill. They will snatch away food stuff if you are not on the look-out.
Steps have been cut into the hill on the path going down. It is shaded by leafy trees. Horticulture Department of Karnataka is managing the hill station.