Nandi Hills is an ancient fort just 60 km away from Bangalore. The fort is surrounded by forested hills which, coupled with the altitude, is why the climate of the area is absolutely brilliant! The hills have been a popular tourist destination for Bangaloreans for years. From Bangalore, it is just a car ride away, so you can go there for just a day or stay overnight at resorts near Nandi Hills to take in the beauty. While its climate and scenic beauty are the reasons it is famous, Nandi Hills boasts of places that have cultural and historical significance.
Here’s the list:
Nehru Nilaya, as the name suggests, was the residence of Pandit Nehru. It was also the residence of Mark Cubbon, the commissioner of Mysore in the late 1800’s. The historical and heritage value of the bungalow is astounding and can be felt as you walk through the ancient corridors. You have the opportunity to stay in the bungalow as it has been converted into a hotel by the Horticulture Department.
Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple
The temple dedicated to Shiva dates back to the early 9th Century and is touted by the Archeological Survey of India as a monument of national importance. The Dravidian architectural style is used to depict inscriptions from the Nolamba dynasty ruler Nolambadiraja and the Rastrakuta emperor Govinda the third. The two parts of the temple, Arunachaleswara and the Bhoga Nandeeshwara are built by the two different dynasties: The Ganga of Talakad and the Cholas. The temple is a must see for the religious, the history buffs as well as the art lovers.
Brahmashram is a cave that is famous because it was sought out by Sage Ramakrishna Paramhamsa for his meditation during his spiritual quest. It is sought out by tourists to take in the silence and beauty of the cave which is enhanced by the weather. Located very close to National Highway 7, the cave is situated near Nandi Hills and is a perfect place to get some peace and quiet, especially after the bustle of Bangalore.
Tipu’s summer palace
Tipu Sultans summer palace was completed in 1791. It is made entirely of wood and stands to this day as a testament to ancient architecture and structural ingenuity. It is an example of the Indo-Muslim Architecture. Built by Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan, the Mysore ruler used it as a Summer palace until his death in 1799 after which the British used the palace as its Secretariat. Built within the walls of the Bangalore fort, Tipu’s Summer palace is not near Nandi Hills but is a must for all tourists who want to experience the heritage the Indian culture is made of.