We started to Nandi Hills, Bangalore from our flat in Malleshwaram at 4:40 am on 20th Nov 2016, Sunday in our new Alto K10, silver color. My son, my wife and our maid also accompanied together in my journey to the awesome misty hills in the Chikkaballapur district in Karnataka, India.
The idea to visit the hill station was in our minds one week before the journey day. So a bit of planning was in place and a little feedback was collected from friends and colleagues to make the travel safe, joyful and peaceful.
Nandi Hills is one of the favorite places in Bangalore for the employed youths and for the fun loving families.
The distance from our place to the family destination was approximately 55 kms via NH44 towards Devanahalli and Hyderabad. We expected that we will reach in one and a half hours but it took a little more than expected as there was a small block while climbing the hills because of cars and bikes heading towards the top of the hill.
The roads were pretty good till the end of our trip. By 6 am we reached the Nandi hills bus stop in the Nandi hills main road. However it took us around half an hour to cover the last 5 kms to reach the top of the hill. Our car was also getting some pressure to accelerate in the first gear following the queue.
At 6:30 am we were at the point to view the partial sunrise on the other side of the hills. There were rich clouds surrounding the hills that were appearing white. The scene was awesome and fantastic.
It was also feeling cool with pleasant breeze and amazing natural effects. A few drops were pouring from the top as the mist started melting a bit.
If you ever wish to visit the place then I would suggest that you plan to reach the hill top by 5:30 am as it will give a very beautiful view of the sunrise and a little dew drops in the cool weather.
We walked a little further to find a temple, a number of monkeys and huge rock surfaces. Our son was enjoying a lot because of the presence of the monkeys. There are family people who were taking selfies, photographs of the scenery, couples spending time with each other and kids playing around.
When it was around 7:30 am because of the cool weather and low temperature we hurried to search for the restrooms to get relief off from the biological stress. There was not much queue in the Gents toilet but the queue was long in front of the ladies toilet.
After this we moved to find a suitable restaurant for breakfast. Looking around there were some tea stalls and a few hotels. So we decided to move to KTDC hotel for having 2 plate masala dosa, 1 plate poori and 2 cups of tea. The bill was reasonable and the taste was good.
Luckily we had a few hundred rupee notes to pay the bill as they do not accept cards. Moreover it was during the third week when Govt of India declared that old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 were regarded invalid legal tender notes for transactions. The most attractive aspect of the hotel is that one side of the family dining is facing the hill slope which gives a great view of the hill downside.
It was 8:30 am and clouds got cleared from the hill top and sun began its usual duty to share its light and heat over us.
There were a few benches placed in the park. We occupied one bench and began observing the monkey fight straight in front of our eyes. Fortunately none of the monkeys took a chance to attack us, especially my son. My phone gave a small ring but then it stopped. Later we realized that there is no signal on any of our phones.
Slowly we thought of returning back as to reach the home before afternoon. Also we saw cottages, a big pond with steps to climb down surrounding all four sides, a board of Tipu Sultan Lodge and a number of vehicles parked on sides of the road.
All of us got in the car and made our return journey back to Malleshwaram. On the way we saw grape sellers on the sides of the road. We bought 1/2 kg of green grapes and dark grapes each. The price was very less as compared to what we get from the city supermarkets.
Also we stopped at Devanahalli to buy Chicken and vegetables for the family lunch. The cost of 2 kg of full chicken was just 190 Rs. as compared to 250 Rs. in the city limits near our residence. The costs of the vegetables were also very less than what we get in the Bangalore city.
Finally we reached home by 12:30 pm. All the way we depended on the Google maps in our smart phones placed on the glass using mobile holder that gets charged continuously inside the car itself.
A remember able and a pleasant family trip! Hope you will also enjoy reading our experience to Nandi Hills. All the best for your next journey too.