INTRODUCTION ( NANDI HILLS) The 1,478 m high Nandi Hills, Karnataka are the source of many rivers. And the forests surrounding the hills, abound with wild animals. Around the Nandi Hills are several smaller hills which can be visited on foot. Nandi Hills enjoys a moderate climate throughout the year The Nandi Hills or the hills of the Nandi have been named after the bull of Lord Shiva. The pleasant hill resort of Nandi Hills is also known as Nandigiri or Nandidurga amongst the locals. The Nandi Hills have attracted people since long. Nandi hills were the summer haven of Tipu Sultan as well as the British. The palace of Tipu Sultan and the Bungalows of the British stand in testimony of the same.
PLACES TO SEE
Tipu's Drop : A 600 m high cliff face where according to legend, condemned prisoners were pushed to their death.On misty days when the wind wails in the trees, you can almost hear the blood-curdling screams of the prisoners as they met their gruesome end. But look down on a clear day and the view is inspiring.
Yoga Nandishvara Temple : This beautiful Chola temple has an inscription of Sambhaji, Shivaji's son. The Dwarapalakas, the splendid metallic figures are not-to-be-missed.
Amrita Samovar : The sparkling water of the Lake of Nectar is a major tourist attraction at the Nandi Hills.
Bhoga Nandishwara Temple : At the base of the Nandi Hills in the Nandi Village is the Bhoga Nandishwara Temple that follows the Dravidian style of architecture. Atop the Nandi Hills are the temples in honor of Sri Ugra Narasimha and Sri Yoga Narasimha
Muddenahalli : Muddenahalli is in close proximity to the Nandi Hills . Muddenahalli is renowned as the birthplace of Visveswaraya. While at Muddenahalli do visit the Museum that was actually the home of Visveswaraya- the great architect who built the modern Karnataka.
Further excursions can be made to the Hills with nature's bounty like Biligirirangana Hills, Agumbe Hill and the Madikeri Hills.