5 Places to visit while traveling to Nandi Hills

16 April  |  Unwind

How about spending some time in the lap of nature, amidst the chirping of birds while the cool breeze gently puffs up your hair? Nandi Hills, also known as Nandidurga is the place to be if you wish to experience all of this in one go. Whether you are an avid traveller who loves to experience the virgin beauty of Mother Nature or a photographer who desires to capture nature in all her glory and trap it in your camera lens, this hillock has a lot to offer. Perched 1475 meters above the sea level, the Nandi hills boasts of a comfortable temperature all throughout the year, making it a perennial favourite of travel enthusiasts. Here are five places you must visit during your stay at one of the hotels in Nandi Hills.

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There is no better place to be at than Tipu’s drop if you want to have a 360 degree of spectacular view of the city of Chikkaballapur. This location has a nerve-racking history. Prisoners during Tipu Sultan’s reign were pushed off the cliff under their death sentence. The cliff was known to be the death punishment spot for the convicts. Now a peaceful spot which retains no relic of its glorious past, this 600-meter locale is loved for the many photo-ops it offers.

Tipu’s Summer Residence

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Did you know that Nandi Hills was known as the summer capital of Tipu Sultan, the then tiger of Mysore city? This architectural marvel is now a heritage site; part of which is open for viewing. You can witness the culture and art of Tipu’s bygone era engraved in the walls and elaborate paintings of Tipu’s Summer Residence. The summer palace fort was originally built by the chieftains of Chikkaballapur. However, it was strengthened further by Tipu Sultan.

Nandi Temple

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The name itself speaks volumes about why this place is known as Nandi hills. The temple is a fine example of the beautiful South Indian architectural heritage. Subtle and rustic to look at, the Nandi Temple houses a huge idol of Nandi, the bull, facing the shrine as a guard. The massive structure is 10 feet high and 6 feet long. The strong granite pillars that are hallmarks of Hoysala and Chola architecture and art hold up the roof efficiently.

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple

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Resting on the foot of the hillock, the Arunachaleswara and Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temples are important destinations both for tourists and devotees. Dating back to the 9th and 10th century, these temples are the reminiscence of the Hoysala architecture. The antediluvian temple complex built by the Cholas depicts the childhood (Arunachaleswara) and youth (Bhoga Nandishwara) stages of Lord Shiva. The third shrine Uma-Maheshwara depicts the married life of Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati. This temple is very popular among the newlyweds who visit it to seek the blessings of the Almighty.

Amrita Sarovar

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Also known as the lace of nectar and the lake of Ambrosia, this shimmering lake is mesmerizing. It is known to be the feeding water body of the area. The perennial springs ensure that this water body is filled with water throughout the year.

Nandi Hills is one of the most touted hill station destinations for families as well as adventure travellers. If you are looking for family resorts in Bangalore, Nandi Hills are the ideal destination for you. With so much to offer, this destination is simply irresistible. Feast your eyes to the picturesque beauty of this place from the comfort of one of the many well-appointed hill and valley resorts in the area. Experience dewy mornings all year through in places near Nandi hills – the scenic magnificent beauty and the abode of Lord Shiva.