Home to the origins of the
Arkavathy River, Nandi Hills is an ancient hill fortress that is a must- see
for anyone living in or traveling through Bangalore. Famous for it’s
breathtaking views and ancient temples, Nandi Hills is the perfect place to
take a weekend getaway trip with the family. If you are hoping to get the most
out of your experience, make sure to get there before sunrise to see a sea of
clouds envelop the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Regardless of how you like to travel, Nandi Hills offers tons to see and do. Craving nature and a physically challenging hike? Nandi Hills has some of the best trekking in all of India. Want to learn some history and get a heavy dose of culture? Make sure to climb to the top of Nandi Hills and see the various temples. Looking for an adrenaline rush and adventure? Nandi Hills is one of the only places in south India for paragliding. Whether you want to hike or visit temples, Nandi Hills has something for everyone.
Rent a car from Zoom and arrive in Nandi Hills with ease! The easiest way to get there is via the NH7. About 10km after the BIAL airport take a left and follow the sign that says “Nandi Hills 22km”. It is roughly 60km from Bangalore to Nandi Hills, and if you get lost our GPS can guide you the entire way! Entry fee is Rs. 10 per person, and it is Rs. 100 for car parking. Get there faster than with a bus or train and stop at your own convenience.
Rent an SUV if you have a big group or rent a sedan such as the Vento or Ford Figo if you have a smaller group or are with your significant other.
If you don't own a car or don't want to take your own car, then Zoom has several options for you to consider:
Hatchback : Take our Ford Figo ZXI for flexibility in your travels. Whether you want to drive up the mountains or get out and hike, the Figo gives you freedom to explore Nandi Hills however you want.
Sedans : Zoom with Volkswagen Vento or BMW 320d if you want to ride around Nandi Hills in style. These cars are great if you have a small group or are with your significant other.
SUV : If trekking is what you crave, the mighty Scorpio is all yours to explore the unexplored. No need to worry about steep uphill climbs or rough terrain, the Scorpio can handle it all. The Scorpio is especially good if you are with a large group of people.
All Zoom cars come with the following: -
- All-inclusive tariff which includes fuel, comprehensive insurance and taxes.
- A 3G enabled tablet, which makes navigation a breeze.
- No deposit required to Zoom off.
In order to get the most out of
your experience, rent a car from Zoom so that you have the freedom to explore Nandi
Hills as you please. No need to negotiate with rickshaw drivers or walk for
kilometers, you can drive however and wherever you want.
Here are three things to see and do in Nandi Hills:
Tippu’s Drop: This is the famous place where Tippu Sultan would throw convicted prisoners to death. However, in recent years it has been barricaded to prevent people from jumping off. A must see for anyone visiting Nandi Hills.
Tippu’s Summer Residence: This is easily the most famous sight to see in Nandi Hills. Although it is not open to the public, visit this palace and appreciate the fantastic architecture and design it has to offer.
Paragliding: For the more adventurous traveler, Nandi Hills is one of the only places in South India that offers paragliding. Weather restrictions will apply depending on the time of the year, but there is plenty of flat land for landing, making Nandi Hills the perfect place to get your adrenaline rush!
Insiders Tip: If you want to see the sea of clouds, make sure to leave Bangalore at no later than 4 a.m.
The best time to visit is during the summer months, but it is a great place to visit year round.