Nandi Hills has always been a favorite destination for Bangalorians. But, there is much more than just the sun rise in this trip. My detailed Nandi hills trip planner will help you plan an amazing trip.
Dec-Feb is the best time to visit for amazing views. Seeing many travel posts in social media with too much crowd and taking 3+ hours to reach the top in traffic. Please refer the below details to enjoy a wellplannedtrip to Nandi Hills. This Nandi hills trip planner would be perfect for your trip.
Gates at the foot of the hills open around 6am & the vehicles queue up from as early as 5.30. There will be huge queue of vehicles waiting. Once opened it will be rush of vehicles and bikers will be riding crazy. Once reaching entrance, u need to wait hours to get tickets. Then walk n reach top. U can imagine the time we would be reaching top. No real chance for enjoying the sun rise
When we go for day trip, due to the timings we can’t enjoy the sunrise and sunset fullest. It’s awesome experience to stay at top, as we can avoid day crowd and enjoy sunrise and sunset from the hotel nearby areas itself. Always better to avoid crowd as much as possible during this covid times. As it’s bit interior, day crowd won’t come near this areas.
Hope this detailed nandi hills trip guide with important places to visit, route map, itinerary, hotel pics and link to book will be helpful.
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Nandi hills trip planner. Nandi hills travel guide
Nandi hills is around 70-80 km from Bangalore and will take approx 2-3 hours. We started from Bangalore around morning 9.30 am after breakfast.
From Karahalli cross, we took a right to Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple which was around 5 kms from the junction. Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple is a must visit during your Nandi Hills trip.We reached the temple around noon time.
Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple
Its so beautiful temple and the atmosphere is so calm. Temple’s architecture will leave you amazed.
The original temple in the complex, was identified as one of the oldest temples of Karnataka, dates back to the early 9th century.
For more pics of Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple check out bhoga-nandeeshwara-temple
After temple visit, just for curiosity we rode towards Chikkaballapur village. Inside areas of the village must be beautiful, but we just went a round in the main roads as time was limited. We had our lunch from hotel Green chilly, Chikkaballapur. It was near main road, and the food exceeded our expectations. Best ever Gobi chilly I had and the butter nan was also nice.
After that we headed back to Nandi hills. On the way back, ie between Chikkballapur and Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple we found beautiful grape farms on the sides. We stopped by and requested the care taker to click some pics and luckily he agreed. It was so cherishing and beautiful experience being in the green grape farm, having grapes hanging all over your head. For watering, they had put small pipes all over the top. Grape farm visit was unexpected and surely became a highlight of our trip.
Grape farm near Nandi hills(on the way). Grape farms to visit near Bangalore
Can we stay at Nandi hills top? Where to stay at Nandi hills? Which is the best option to stay at Nandi hills?
We reached Nandi hills by evening and checked in to Mayura Pinetop hotel.
- You can book the same here
- This is the best and safe way to visit Nandi hills by avoiding crowd during these covid times
- Usually its on quite demand. So book before it gets sold out
- Book as early as possible for best rates.
- Take a first floor room for better views.
- The restaurant is walk-able from the hotel. They have room service also.
Can we take the vehicle to the Nandi hills top?
- Yes. If you show the booking, security will allow the vehicle and and you can ride to top and park vehicle near hotel. (Usually we have to park our bikes down and walk up towards the hills )
By evening, we walked a little from the hotel and enjoyed the sun set. Good thing this, you can be away from the crowd and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
Morning, we got up early and got ready for the Sunrise. From the hotel itself we could enjoy the sun rise. Nandi hills is very much crowded when you get to the sun rise point. If you would like to enjoy a peaceful sun rise with your partner/friends this is a good option.
We had breakfast from the Mayura pinetop hotel near the sunrise point and the food was good. By 8 am the mist started going off. So if you are planning for misty photo shoots, plan well accordingly.
As Nandi hills is plastic free, no use & throw water bottles are available, do carry water bottles.
Entry fee for car is Rs.175 which is collected once u reach the top entrance.Tips
Important places to visit in Nandi hills
After visiting the important places, we headed back to Bangalore by afternoon with refreshed and happier minds 🙂