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Photo blog – Trip to Nandi Hills, Bangalore
Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

By Sudha Mathew

On this May day, we were at a loose end when the idea of a drive came up. Without much planning, we took off on our Bullet. There’s something amazing about experiencing the weather, the wind in your hair and the sounds around fully unlike in a car.

Nandi Hills is a craggy monolithic hill about 60 kms from Bangalore and 9500 ft above sea level. There’s not much to see up there apart from the view and a temple. But if you want a pleasant long drive around Bangalore, this is a good option. The road up the hill is in good condition. It took us about 2 hours to get there with halts. You could get there in lesser time depending on your location in Bangalore and the speed at which you’re going.

Useful Information before you jump on a bike and head off to Nandi Hills near Bangalore.

  1. Bikes are not allowed beyond the ticket point and its a good 20 minute walk to the top so go in a car if you’re with kids or older folks.
  2. It’s always more pleasant in the early morning, not to mention less traffic.
  3. Carry snacks with you as there’s mighty little at the couple of stalls up there. If you don’t have the time, then buy from the stalls on the way up rather than at the summit. Don’t litter. Dispose trash safely or bring back and throw it.
  4. Clean loo alert: About 5 minutes before before you turn off at the foothills, there’s a Cafe Coffee Day on the right side with a clean loo and food too.


The road is free, just go!



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Posted by Sudha at 6:00 pm
    Comments ( 5 5)
  • kavitha narayan

    May 22, 2012

    there are loads of monkies out there and one of them pounced and snatched a packet of prasad which i carried from the temple :-)

  • sudha

    May 23, 2012

    Haha…that must have been funny though not for you I’m sure. I’ve seen this happen to an old man last time so I stayed clear of the monkeys and the temple both!

  • Kusum

    February 19, 2013

    Hi there, Nice pics and blog. Me and my hubbie are planning to visit Nandi Hills on our kinetic. was wondering if the hill roads were safe to ride. Did you guys switch off the engine downhill? Need some tips, Thanks, Kusum

  • sudha

    March 4, 2013

    The roads are good and safe to ride. I think if your Kinetic is in good shape, it will be ok but otherwise given that it is a climb with plenty of bends, you need some power to make the drive comfortable. We did not switch off the engine as your control is lowered by doing that.

  • Sumil

    June 3, 2016

    A really nice article. Even i went there last winter on bike with my wife.Being our first time the experience was awesome. The return was a bit back breaking though on bike.
    Check our trip on http://www.thefloatinglens.com/sunrise-at-nandi-hills/

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My name is Sudha Mathew. I'm an ex-banker who quit the rat race after a decade to follow my passion for travel and to combine it with my experience in understanding client requirements and exceeding their expectations.


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