The origin of Arkavathi and Palar rivers at a height of 4,851 feet Nandi Hills is an ideal one day get away from Bangalore. A solid monolithic mass, Nandi hills has the distinction of having been the summer retreat of Tipu Sulthan and playing host to Mahathma Gandhi while recuperating during 1936 when he had very high blood pressure.
Just 60 km from Bangalore, Nandi Hills is a perfect destination near Bangalore for a quick get away. A quaint hill station near Bangalore at a height of 4,851 feet Nandi Hills is well known for the temples atop the hill. Nandi hills has three exquisite temples and Amrit Sarovar a perennial lake alongside the temple. Nandi hill was the summer retreat of Tipu Sulthan and his palace still exists ato Nandi however it is not open to public. there is a sprawling fortress spreading over 90 acres in Nandi Hills
Nellikai is the Kannada word for gooseberry and owing to the gooseberry tree in front of the Basavanna its called the Nellikai Basavanna. This Basavaana is said to be 1300 years old from the Chola period. The idol of Nellikai Basavanna measures 10 feet long and 6 feet height and is intricately carved in Chola style. Basavanna faces the gooseberry tree and is placed on a platform which although now in ruins is stone pillared and roofed .
Muddena Halli - Mokshagundam Vishveshwariah
Muddena Halli, situated 21 kilometers from Nandi Hills, is the birthplace of Sir. M. Vishveswarayya engineer, scholar, statesman and the Diwan of Mysore. His ancestral home, where he was born, has been preserved for public viewing.
Temples in Nandi Hills
There are temples dedicated to Sri Bhoga Narasimha, Sri Ugra Narasimha and Sri Yoga Narasimha in Nandi Hills. At the base of Nandi Hills is the Bhoga Nandishwara Temple and atop the Nandi Hills are the temples in honour of Sri Ugra Narasimha and Sri Yoga Narasimha. Bhoga Nandishwara Temple that follows the Dravidian style of architecture. Amrita Sarovar is near the temples.