Things to do when in Nandi Hills

12 October  |  Listicles

For a true Bangalorean, Nandi Hills needs no introduction. From school trips to college get-togethers and family outings, all events take place at Bangalore’s very own hill station. In fact, it is so easy to access, that most people have been there multiple times, and some even balk at the suggestion of another visit. However, what most people don’t know is that Nandi Hills is more than just a place where you can go and visit Tipu’s summer palace, or the infamous Tipu Drop! It is also a place which hides mystery and adventure.

Trekking

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Among the best kept secrets is the trekking trail which leads into the hills. This stone stairway which winds through breathtaking scenery was built when kings frequented Nandi hills, and is intact in most places. Shady trees line it, and resting places are built at regular intervals. Perfect for a leisurely stroll, this trekking trail can be used by first-time trekkers too. Set out with friends or in a group with a guide for a soothing day in the lap of nature.

Bird Watching

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The lush greenery of Nandi hills is home to a lot of birds, many of them indigenous species.  If you enjoy bird-watching, Nandi Hills is the perfect destination for you. Pack your camera, pick a quiet spot and watch the birds hop and warble around you. The Blue- Capped Rock Thrush, the Tawny Bellied Bubbler, the Puff Throated Bubbler, and the Tickells Blue Flycatcher are a few of the many birds that live on Nandi Hills. If you are lucky, you could catch a glimpse of the Malabar whistling thrush too!  Sign on with a bird watching tour and you will have the advantage of having a knowledgeable guide who will point the many species out to you.

Cycling

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Change the way you reach the top of Nandi Hills for a new experience, and ride up on your cycle instead of taking your car or motorcycle. Not only will you have more time to enjoy the scenic beauty, but will also be doing your bit to ensure that the fresh mountain air is unpolluted. A steep climb, the ride up Nandi hills is bound to be a slow, and taxing one, but the effort is sure to be compensated by the thrill of rolling downhill at speeds of up to 50 Kmph. Make sure you put on your protective gear before you set out.

Rope course challenge

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The natural terrain of the Nandi Hills is ideal for the construction of a rope course, and most resorts in the area have taken advantage of this to introduce a rope-course challenge. Ropeways made of planks and ropes wind among trees. Grab the safety harness and venture out on the swaying cables for an afternoon of adventure and fun. The activity challenges you to overcome your fears and experience the adrenaline rush which comes from a feeling of accomplishment.

Make sure your next trip to Nandi Hills is an engaging and adventurous one by indulging in activities you have yet to experience. You could even book into an adventure resort at Nandi hills to avail of all these activities and more.

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