Tips from Sheeja
Attention: Harley Riders
Be safe. Wear a helmet and watch for traffic and riders who are on their cell-phones.
Always wear good riding gears - jacket, riding jeans, boots - the engine heats up so you need to be careful or you will get blisters
Riding a Harley is like enjoying a fine wine. Take care to notice the make, model and strengths and weaknesses of the particular model you are riding.
Be ready for the extra looks you will get on the roads - there will be guys who will try to bully you
Last but not the least experience the long enjoyable ride in the free roads during the weekened !!
Nandi Hills, also known as Nandidurg, is an ancient hill fortress located in the Chikballapur Dt. of Karnataka at 4,851 feet (1,479 m) above sea level. This nice and pleasant hill top is connected by a good ghat road with around 32 curves out of which only few are hairpin bends. The view from the hill is awesome.
60 kms north to Bangaluru city centre.
How to reach
By Air: Bengaluru (60kms)
By Train: Bengaluru (60kms)
By Road: From Bengaluru drive north along Bellary Road towards Devanahalli via Yelahanka. Turn left and proceed to Karahalli Cross and again turn left towards Betta Cross. Nandi Hills is 8kms away from here. KSRTC buses ply via Chikkaballapur. (Take private transport. You can stop at your will to take videos and pictures)
Nandi Hills has moderate climatic conditions round the year; therefore, it can be visited any time of the year.
Preferably stay at Bengaluru. Nandi Hills has got limited accommodation facilities for tourists. Nehru House, a guest house owned by horticulture dept, where 25 rooms are available is the better option.
Take food along with you. You can get food/snacks on the hill top, but with more price. Beware of drunk groups and eve teasers. Avoid lonely paths and late roamings. Beware of monkeys who will snatch your food away and stray dogs.
Amruth Sarovar : A beautiful lake.Tippus Summer Palace and Fort: This used to be Tippus summer bungalow. Gavi Veerabhadra Swamy Temple : On the way to the Sultanpet, from Tippus palace, natural formation of huge boulders. Fort: The fort built on a sprawling area of 90 acres and is above 4851 feet above sea level. Horse Way: A stone doorway in the fort built for helping soldiers to climb the wall on horse back. Palar River Origin: Palar river takes its birth as a small spring on the eastern side of the hill. Brahmashrama: A serene place built by huge natural boulders. Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple: A temple of exquisite, intricate carvings. Tippu Drop: During Tippus reign, criminals were pushed down from this point to their death as punishment. Arkavathi River Origin: Arkavathi River takes its birth on the south-west of the hill. Secret Passage : A secret escape passage on the west, believed to be the Kings' escape route. Childrens Playground: a lovely garden for children to play. Muddena Halli: Muddena Halli, situated 21 kilometers from Nandi Hills, is the birthplace of Sir. M. Vishveswarayya. His ancestral home, where he was born, has been preserved as a museum for public viewing. Other interesting places: Anjaneya temple, Nellikayi Basavanna, Antaragange, Baananthi Bande, Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple etc.
Text and Photos: Jyothi Karat
Translation: Balachandran P