Shivam Agrawal from Bengaluru, India shares his travel experience to Nandi Hills with us.

Country: India

State: Karnataka

Best time for travel: Oct-June

Nandi Hills, also known as Nandidurg or Nandi Betta is an ancient hill fortress situated in the district of Chikkabalapur in Karnataka. Situated near the town of Nandi, the ancient belief is that they are the origin of the Arkavathy River.

Scenic places of interest
At a height of 4851m above sea level, Nandi Hills is a favourite destination for all nature lovers and a popular picnic spot. It is the ideal getaway for you if photography is your passion and nature is your one true love. Striking scenery, rare flora, cool and crisp air and the peaceful atmosphere makes the hills a perfect holiday spot.

“It’s about 65km from Bengaluru, so it’s a two hour journey. It was a very wonderful experience”, says Shivam.

How to reach Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills can easily be accessed by road as well as by the rail as it is conveniently networked with the major cities in Karnataka including Bengaluru.

By air: The nearest airport is Hindustan Airport, which is about 42km away. Mysore Airport is 165 km away. From either airport, you can take a train or travel by road to the Hills.

By road: Drive to Nandi Hills from Bengaluru via the Bangalore- Hyderabad Highway. Other cities from which you can travel to Nandi Hills include Bellary, Mysore and Devanahalli. The nearest bus station is Nelamangala, which is 43km away.

By rail: The nearest train station is Oddarahalli which is 16km away. Dodballapur is 17km away from Nandi Hills and Chikkaballapur station is at a distance of 19km.


Sightseeing and activities in and around Nandi Hills

  • Sightseeing in Nandi Hills
  • Paragliding
  • Grover Vineyards
  • Bangalore

Places and Monuments

  • The Sultan of Mysore- Tipu Sultan
  • Tipu Sultan Fort in Bengaluru
  • Srirangapatna
  • Chitradurga

Temples in Nandi Hills

  • Bhoga Nandheeshwara Temple

Vineyards in Karnataka 

  • Alpine Wineries
  • Elite Vintage Winery
  • Grover Vineyards
  • Hampi Heritage Vineyards
  • Myra Vineyards
  • Nandi Valley Winery
  • Yaana Wine


“The route was very thrilling. We were all scared but enjoyed the nature at the same time. The clouds were touching the hills, it was breathtaking”, adds Shivam.

*Photographs by Shivam Agrawal