Sunday, June 29, 2008

Nandhi Hills

i have been planning the Nandhi hills trip for a long time, and everytime it has been a disaster.
Today was tuli's bday and the gang had planned to go to Nandhi hills today after our lunch.unfortunately thimgs didnot work out even today. The lunch got late and one of my friend had to shift his house and it started to rain.It was just 3pm.Me and one of my friend we decided to proceed with our plan.
Nanadhi hills is a very small hill 50km from bangalore.Watching sunrise and Sunset is the main reason why people go there.Till 2007 Dec the road was difficult to travel as highway to the BIAL(Bangalore International Airport) was getting layed.Now the Highway is really good. It takes 30mins to reach from Hebbal to reach the BIAL but may take more when the traffic is at peak. 5 kms from the airport you get Devenahally.There is a small for on the right side while moving towards Nandhi hills.It happens to be related to TipuSultan 's Hisoty.Few kms and you will see a Jain Temple on the hill top to the left.and just below the hill you will get a road that deviates to the left.The road is a straight smooth drive.Watch out for the speed breakers.From the turn ,Nandhi hills is 23kms.

My Ikon was beeping red as the fuel was getting empty.there are no petrol bunks once u deviate from the highway.but 8kms inside the road turns left and there are few small shops for snacks.You get petrol in bottles but will cost 10rs more.which is fine.
5 km more into the road, the Nandhi hill begin there are totally 32 curves to reach the top. 10 mins as you drive the wind gets cold and you start to get the view of the city which is spectacular.Once you reach the top you need to take a ticket for the car 60rs and you need to go furthur 2 kms to the top.

On the peak there is a KSTDC hotel .The hotel has a garden on the ground floor which is accessible for people staying there.You get Beer and hot drinks.
There are small Tshops outside but they are mostly available only during weekends.

I reached Nandhi hills at 5.30pm.The wind brining the dew drops was amazing.Seeing the wind take the dew and fog down on the village down is really a thrill to watch.When the wind blows suddenly there is a blanket that covers the whole of the hill and drifts slowly downwards.
I recommend everyone to visit it once a while if you need to just sit and watch the wind play.

I will make another visit soon with the whole gang.

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