Just 68 kms from Bangalore
, Nandi Hills is an interesting little getaway. The hills stand 1,478 m above the sea level. The pleasant Nandi Hills or the hills of the Nandi have been named after the bull
of Lord Shiva
. It is also known as Nandigiri or Nandidurga amongst the locals. It was one of the summer retreats of Tipu Sultan
and Tipu's fort walls still stand as testimony to history. The Pennar, Palar, and Arkavathi
rivers originate from this hill.
Prime attractions include Tipu's Drop, Amrita Samovar, Yoga Nandishvara Temple, Gandhi Nilaya, and the Nehru House. Muddenahalli, which is renowned as the birthplace of Visveswaraya is in close proximity to the Nandi Hills. Two ancient temples dedicated to Lord Shiva grace the hill, one at the foot and the other at the peak. This place can be visited throughout the year.