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“Nandi - betta - Origin of Arkavati and Palar rivers!!”
Review of Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This was once the summer retreat of Tipu Sultan. It’s a good place for hiking and birding. The hill also has temples dating back to the Chola period. It gets extremely crowded on weekends. The hills offer great views of the surroundings, though.
Reviewed 26 May 2017

The revered Arkavati river, originating from the Nandi hills mountain, Chikkaballapura district, the river is a tributary of the river Cauveri. It flows through Ramanagara and Kanakapura and confluences at Sangama.

The Arkavati river, in addition to being one of the most revered rivers in Karnataka, is also one of the most prominent source of water for Bengaluru.
The river, once a major source, has now been reduced to a pitying state due to neglect, miss-use, unchecked plantation of trees like Eucalyptus / cash crops and of course onslaught of modernization.

The Palar river source too is situated on Nandi hills. Here too the river has run underground and hope it does not vanish completely. The Palar river runs through Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu before emptying itself into the Bay of Bengal.

Though I have visited the origin of these rivers previously, visiting it now leaves me with grief and a sense of helplessness. Though there have been conversation and protection plans rolled out by NGOs and the Government, it remains only on paper or not effective.

One other attraction nearby is the Amrutha Sarovara Kalyani (Step-tank). It is perennial and the tank is always fed with water through an underground source. It is not surprising though, considering that you have two major river sources / spring close by.
It seems Tippu Sultan used to use this Kalyani before his prayers and there is in fact a small prayer pedestal near the Kalyani said to be the one used by Tippu for the prayers.

The other attractions in and around Nandi betta:

Amrutha Sarovara
Tippu's summer lounge
Tippu's drop
Tippu's fort
Nandi Caves
The big Nandi near the caves
The gardens & Gandhi house on Nandi hills
Nandi betta trekking trail
Nandi Hills view point
Yoga Nandeshwara Temple atop the Nandi hill
Bhoga Nandeshwara Temple near Nandi village
Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple

Go for it if you are fed-up with the city hustle and want some peaceful time. The Hills are just under 66 kms from Bengaluru.

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

You can visit this hill with your family or friends , anyway it is good.Be in time to experience the best sunrise over hills as well as sunset,it makes you feel the cool breeze around hills.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Latheesh C
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Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Not very far from the Bengaluru Airport, Nandi Hills is one the best place to visit for Sunrise for a sudden unplanned trip. It's uphill so you need a trained driver. Top most position opens after 630 and it's amazing experience . Completely misty and u will feel like standing above the cloud . Dews will give you a nice coating. You may have your break fast there.

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank susovanm2016
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Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Lovely pace to spend. Especially on sunrise and sunset. Preferred for natural lover. Ride of an hour plus from the city and it was worth traveling.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank afzal1178
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Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

The state government has done quite a bit to restore the place.. see a lot of changes from 1990's.. the cable car which has been proposed will be a boon to thia destination.. a great hangout place during the weekdays while the weekends are expected to be crowded.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank 719arvindn
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