Is Nandi Hills Open? [July 2022] | Nandi Hills Timings

Nandi Hills Timings 6am to 9pm Bikers better return before its dark as the route is full of twist and turns
Nandi Hills Open On Weekends? Yes Only 300 cars and 1000 bikes allowed*
Nandi Hills Online booking https://booking.kstdc.co/ Not very streamlined, better reach early The helpdesk is even not aware about restrictions :-)
What If I am not able to make it within vehicle limitations? You can wait for some vehicles to return Vehicles allowed based on parking slot availability

Keep on reading for details...

Planning for One day trip to Nandi Hills, Bangalore?

Read this post first to avoid disappointment as lots of changes are happening regarding on what days Nandi hills is open, timings, number of tourists allowed etc...

    Nandi Hills are open on Weekends as well but with prior appointment !! 

    On 25th March, the administration of Chikkaballapur decided to open Nandi Hills on weekends with some restrictions.

    Only limited vehicles will be allowed with prior appointment.

    The tickets will be available both online (www.kstdc.co) or at the foothills.

    Nandi Hills Timings

    Most of the visitors start early around 3am from Bangalore and reach there by 430/5am.

    During Corona, the timings are changed. Due to the night curfew between 10pm to 6am, the entry has been restricted otherwise you could reach there at 430am and start the trek to see the awesome view of the sunrise.

    Do check the latest covid guidelines before planning to avoid disappointment. At the time of writing this post, the timing was 6am to 9pm.

    With the restrictions on the number of vehicles allowed and online booking not very convenient/non existent, its better to reach early.

    Note: In case you are going by bike or car, better return back before dark as the route is full of twist and turns.
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    During the weekend, only 1000 two wheelers and 300 light motor vehicles (this includes mini bus) will be allowed.

    *The tickets will be issued as per the parking availability, hence if any vehicles are returning extra tickets will be provided.



    Nandi Hills Day Trip

    Nandi hills has an awesome sunrise and sunset view.

    It can be easily covered in one day, but if you want to indulge in many more attractions at Nandi Betta (hills), there are options for overnight stay as well.

    Keep on reading if you are planning a day trip to Nandi Hills

    Bangalore to Nandi Hills

    Nandi hills from Bangalore are around 40km. You can reach there by either bike or car or a rental vehicle.

    How to reach Nandi Hills from Bangalore?

    You can also book KSTDC tour to Nandi Hills in case you do not have your own vehicle. Taking this tour will be cheap if you are not traveling in a group.

    Most of the people drive to this place on Car or Bike.

    Nearest Railway station to Nandi Hills

    Nandi Halt railway station is the nearest railway station. Nandi hills is around 15km from here.

    Since its a halt, very few trains stop here.

    Nearest Airport to Nandi Hills

    Bangalore International airport known as Kempegowda airport is the nearest airport, its around 35km from Nandi hills.

    Nandi Hills by Bus

    You can take a bus from Majestic to Chikkaballapur. From Chikbalapur you will get another bus for Nandi Hills.

    The first bus is at 830am, so you will miss the sunrise. The first return bus from Nandi hills is at 230pm.

    Bus fare is around Rs.50-60/-

    You can also plan to stay there at Nandi hills resorts and plan for trekking and sunset as well.

    Nandi Hills Entrance fee

    You will have to pay Rs.150 per car  and Rs.70 for two wheelers (this includes parking and entrance fee).

    With the new road in place, don't be surprised if you have to pay more.

    If you decide to take a bus to sunrise point instead of trekking, it will cost you another Rs25/- per person, one way.

    Do carry small notes/change.
    Don't be tech savvy while in the wild. Do carry lots of Rs10's and Rs.5 with you.

    Nandi Hills Trekking

    You can park your vehicle and trek to the top. Total steps around 1200, will take around 2hrs to reach the top.



    Sites near Nandi Hills

    Apart from the beautiful sunrise and sunset, do not miss following sites:

    1.Tipu Drop Nandi Hills

    Do not miss the Tipu drop as it has historical value. Feel the chill as you look down to see the 600m steep fall Tipu's traitors had to take.

    The place is now barricaded for visitor's safety.

    2. Amrita Sarovar

    This is a natural beauty with perennial spring, bound on the four side by man made steps.

    3. Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple

    This is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva & Parvathi. The stone carvings shows the fine craftsmanship used while constructing the temple.

    4. Brahmashram Caves

    You can relax and enjoy the beauty of nature from these ancient caves.

    5. Tashk-e-Jannat

    This was Tipu Sultan's summer resort which means "Envy of the Heavens".

    The architectural beauty is sure to impress you along with giving you a glimpse of Sultan's life.

    Things to do at Nandi Hills

    You can enjoy following activities while at Nandi Hills"

    1. Paragliding at Nandi Hills

    One of the very few places in India where you can enjoy the aerial view of the beautiful Nandi hills while involved in the adventure activity.

    2. Cycling at Nandi Hills

    Test your stamina while visiting nooks and corners that cannot be visited by car. This is an attraction for the cycling enthusiast.

    3. Trekking at Nandi Hills

    A trek to Horagina Betta and Channagiri is a real treat for the lovers of trekking.

    4. Camping at Nandi Hills

    You can camp at the foothills of Nandi Hills. There are some groups that organize camping at higher summit as well.


    Things to be aware of before visiting Nandi Hills

    To make your visit to this natural beauty more fun, make sure you keep the following in mind:

    1. Carry some food and ample water with you. There are not too many options of food there.

    2. Beware of the monkeys, they will jump for any food in sight.

    3. You can book a hotel and enjoy both sunrise and sunset.

    4. There are few other places you can visit like the vineary, temple and grapes farms.

    How to book tickets on kstdc for Nandi hills?

    At the time of writing this post, clear instructions were not available on how to book on KSTDC website.

    There is a good chance that the website may need some time to update for this change but the nearest I found is this link that allows sightseeing at Nandi hills.

    Note: This is just my guess, I have not tried this method yet

    You will have to pay Rs.10/- on this and actual parking and entry charges will have to be paid at Nandi hills.

    Either click on this link or follow these steps
    1. Navigate to kstdc.co 
    2. Click on sightseeing
    3. Enter Nandihills sightseeing
    4. Select dates
    5. Hit search button

    Find the dates where the slot is available and make the payment.

    In case you are not able to figure out how to book tickets online, just reach Nandi hills early morning and if you are among the 300 car or 1000 bikes, you will be let in else wait for some guys to return back and then you will be allowed.

    Watch this video (in kannada) about Nandi hills visitors on weekends




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    Traveling alone to Nandi Hills? First read this...

    You may be asked a lot of questions in case you are visiting Nandi Hills alone and there is a good chance that entry may be denied as well. 


    The logic being lonely people may attempt suicide!

    Hotels Near Nandi Hills Bangalore

    So you decided to enjoy Nandi Hills during weekend, wise decision. Nandi hills look even better without so much crowd!

    All the online booking platforms provide option to book your stay at Nandi Hills, including KSTDC hotel.

    Here is a list of Hotels you can plan to stay at Nandihills

    1. Hotel Mayura Pine Top, this is a Karnataka tourism managed hotel.

    2. Discovery Village: In case you want to enjoy the village life, check out.

    Depending on the demand, the room price my vary. 

    3. Camping: You can enjoy comping at Nandi hills [email protected] This is around 10km from Nandi hills.


    5. La Serene Resort Nandi Hills

    La Serene Resort is located at the foothill of Nandi Hills. It offers two bedroom cottage along with tree house and tents.

    If you are looking for a wonderful evening away from city hustle, go for it.


    Nandi Hills Contact Number

    You can call the Discovery village contact number and check out about the Nandi hills as well as enquire about availability. 080-471-66164

    Watch this video, weekend stay at Nandi Hills, its like you own the whole place as hardly anyone is there!


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    Why visitors were not allowed on weekends on Nandi Hills?

    This is to control the huge rush. The place can accommodate around 1500-2000 visitors but on weekends the number of visitors are around 3000.

    Do check this video (in Kannada)


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    Nandi hills opened for general public starting 1st December 2021 as the damaged road was repaired.




    25th August turned out to be a disappointing morning for those who traveled to Nandi/Nandhi Hills to view the sunrise.

    I was among the very first to reach there and waited patiently for the gates to open.

    The authorities came back and said there is a landslide due to which access to the hilltop has been obstructed.

    Upon enquiring how much time it will take, I was informed it will take 2-3 months to bring it back for tourists.

    Now Nandi Hills are open, after a gap of 3months


    Is Nandi Hills open?

    The answer is: Yes, it is!! It opened on 1st of December 2021.

    Visitors are now allowed on weekends as well but prior booking is needed from https://www.kstdc.co/ or offline tickets at the foothills.



    Where is Nandi Hills?

    Nandi Hills is a tourist spot around 2hrs drive from Bangalore, Karnatka.

    Nandi Hills Bangalore is famous for its sunrise and sunset views. 

    Nandi Hills to Bangalore

    Nandi hills is an early morning spot, if you are planning for just sunrise, it will be better to return back immediately else you will experience the infamous Bangalore traffic 😀

    If you are staying at a hotel around there and planning for a sunset view as well... then do a trek around to appreciate the natural beauty.


    Is Nandi Hill Only for sunrise? 

    Sunrise is really awesome at Nandi hills but it has many more places to visit. it could be your full-day outing.

    Watch this video about weekend trip and places to visit apart from the sunrise.




    Nandi Hills Development News

    Nandi Hills Ropeway project

    The state government approved Nandi Hills Ropeway project. It was pending since 40years!!

    It will be 2.90km long and the travel time will be around 30min, each way.

    This is keeping in mind the long term plan to develop Nandi Hills as an International tourist spot.

    Fun Fact: One one hand Government is trying to control tourist inflow to Nandi hills, on other hand its developing it as a world class tourist spot...looks bit conflicting decisions to me.

    PPP model proposed for Nandi Hills

    Karnataka government is planning to develop Nandi Hills using the Public-Private Partnership model. This should result in more facilities for tourists and a better disaster recovery model.

    A bus service have also started from the foothills to the summit point to ferry. Authorities are also planning to start battery operated vehicles.

    A parking lot is planned at the foothills where all the vehicles will have to be parked and to reach summit, you will have to take the public bus or battery operated vehicle or just trek.

    Museum Of Plastic Waste Sculptures

    Karnataka Government is planning to setup a Museum of Plastic waste near Nandi hills to spread awareness among people about the ill effects of plastics.

    The sculptures entries will be invited from general public an best 25 will be selected to be displayed in the museum.

    Why Nandi Hills was closed for tourists?

    Landslide in Nandi Hills (Aug 2021)

    It rained heavily on 23-24th August. Also, there were heavy rains on the 25th morning.

    A landslide was reported by the authorities on the morning of 25th around 6am.

    Seems a landslide happened at night that blocked the path to the hilltop.

    Karnataka Government lifts Night curfew from 6th Nov 2021

    Karnataka Government officially lifted night curfew i.e 10pm to 5am but covid protocol continues i.e face mask, physical distance etc

    Government bans entry to Nandi Hills during Covid peak 

    Nandi hills is a favorite tourist spot, hence during the covid peak, the Karnataka government banned entry to Nandi hills along with other tourist spots.

    The restrictions were eased in a phased manner and this tourist spot was opened all seven days till the landslide on 25th august 2021 caused its closure.

    Nandi Hills: Before and After repair pictures

    NandiHillsBeforeAfter.jpg
    Picture courtesy The Hindu and Bangalore Mirror 

    Also note that Covid protocol will be strictly implemented and fine will be imposed on those found not following it.

    Government is also planning to limit the number of visitors to Nandi Hills. A proposal is under consideration to limit the number of cars to 350 and bikes to 1500 per day.

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    Nandi Hills in Bangalore, Karnataka was closed for a long time starting August 25, 2021, due to a landslide that cut off the access to the hilltop.


    Reason for delay in opening Nandi Hills

    Bangalore Mirror reported at the start of November that Nandi Hills is planned to be re-opened on 15th November but due to heavy rains in Tamilnadu, the supply of raw materials got impacted hence causing a delay.

    Following are Archived (old) content, just as a reminder of the past

    Watch this video where visitors were stopped by Police (in Kannada)


    Funny video on Nandi Hills Closed experience

    Nandi Hills FAQ

    1. Is Nandi Hills Open today? 

    Nandi hills were closed during the Covid peak but re-opened in July with some timing restrictions.

    Again it got closed due to a landslide on 25th Aug 2021. Now the road is constructed and its open for visitors but on weekends you will have to make prior booking on kstdc site.

    2. Is Nandi Hills open on weekends? 

    Visitors are now allowed on weekends on Nandi hills for now, starting March 2022 only with prior online/offline booking. 

    3. Nandi Hills opening time now

    Nandi hills are usually opened for visitors early morning around 430am for the sunrise view.

    During the Covid peak, entry was restricted from 6am to 9pm.

    4. Best time to visit Nandi Hills?

    Nandi hills is basically a sunrise and sunset point. So early morning (around 4am) is the best time to be there and in the evening around sunset time.

    5. Best time of the year to visit Nandi Hills 

    You can visit Nandhi hills any time of the year except the rainy season/rainy day.

    6. Why Nandi Hills was closed?

    Nandi hills were closed due to covid restrictions how ever the restrictions were eased as the cases dropped.

    But now its closed as land slide in August 2021 caused damage to the road, hence its closed for repairs.

    7. Is it allowed to go to Nandi Hills now?

    Yes it is allowed to go to Nandi hills. The road to the hill top was repaired and visitors allowed after almost 3 months. 

    Now its open on weekends as well, limited tourists allowed.

    8. Is Nandi Hills open on Saturday?

    Yes, you can visit on Saturday as well but will have to do advance booking on kstdc website.

    9. Is Nandi Hills open on Sunday?

    Yes, you can visit on Saturday as well but will have to do advance booking on kstdc website.

    10.Is Nandi Hills Open Tomorrow?

    Nandi hills are open on week days, its open for tourists on Saturday & Sunday with online booking on kstdc website.

    11.Nandi Hills Open timings Tomorrow?

    Nandi hills is open between 6AM to 9PM. As the covid situation is very uncertain, the timings may change as per the government's direction.

    12.Is Nandi Hills Open after landslide?

    Yes, Nandi Hills opened on 1st December 2021 after the road was repaired. Damage was caused due to landslide.

    13.Is Nandi Hills closed today?

    Now Nandi hills are open for tourist all week. Weekend visitors will have to make prior reservation at kstdc website.

    Conclusion:

    Nandi Hills Day trip is an excellent outing. You can either view the awesome sunrise or club it with other sight seeing activities around Nandi and return after watching an equally awesome sunset!

    Want to take it easy? Book a resort or hotel and you will definitely get the worth of your money!

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