While exploring Nandi Hills, travellers must visit a 600 m high cliff, known as Tipu's Drop. According to historical facts, this cliff was used as a punishing ground for the convicts. Prisoners serving death sentence were pushed down from the Tipu's drop.
This site is situated on top of the Nandi Hills and from this point the tourists can see the beautiful hill ranges. Travellers visiting Tipu's Drop on a windy night can hear the rustling noise of the leaves of the trees. As per local belief, this rustling noise is the wailing of the prisoners who were pushed from the Tipu's Drop.
Nandi Temple is one of the 'must visit' attractions of Nandi Hills, which was constructed during the rule of Kempe Gowda in the Vijayanagar period. This pilgrimage site is located on the foot hills of Nandi Hills and is regarded as one of the most revered shrines of the area.
Yoganandeeshwara and Bhoganandishwara are the presiding deities of this temple. This structure was constructed during the period of Hoysalas, Banas, Cholas and Vijayanagar Kings and is adorned with unique metal work and carved pillars. Upon reaching the site, devotees can see a lamp tower that has been built in front of the Nandi Temple. This lamp tower is lighted on a daily basis.
If time permits, then tourists are recommended to visit Brahmashram that is one of the important pilgrimage sites of the region. This ashram is actually a cave that has been made out of natural boulders.
Brahmashram once acted as the meditation site for Sage Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, who is regarded as one of the ardent devotees of Goddess Kali. Brahmashram has become a famous pilgrimage site among tourists because of its religious importance and unique structure.
While on a trip to Nandi Hills, tourists must visit Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple that was constructed by the Cholas. This pilgrimage site is one of the oldest shrines in the region and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are beautiful designs and carvings on the sculptures and walls.
The attractive Kalyana Mantapa is another feature of the Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple. The complex of this ancient temple is guarded at the entrance by two Dwarapalakas. An inscription of 'Sambhaji' (Chhatrapati Shivaji's son) is another feature and one of the chief attractions of Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple.
Devotees offer prayers to deities by enchanting an inscription, known as 'Kodi Maram', which has been engraved on the wall of the temple.
Tourists are recommended to explore the Amrita Sarovar that has been formed by the perennial springs. As a result of this, the site is known by other names like 'Lake of Ambrosia' and 'The Lake of Nectar'.
Amrita Sarovar is a beautiful water body that is one of the prime sources of water supply in the area. Amrita Sarovar remains filled with water throughout the year. It is advised to visit the site in the night as the water sparkles in the moon light.
Tourists interested in visiting Amrita Sarovar can reach the site by road from Bangalore (58 km). Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple, Chabootra and Shri Ugra Narasimha Temple are some of the popular attractions located in proximity to Amrita Sarovar.
Travellers on a trip to Nandi Hills are recommended to visit the Nehru Nilaya bungalow that represents the British architectural style. This bungalow was named after the first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru as he had stayed at this place for some time.
The Nehru Nilaya bungalow is an important site as it was the summer retreat for the then Commissioner of Mysore, Sir Mark Cubbon K.C.B. Moreover, Nehru Nilaya was also the venue for the SAARC Summit that took place in the year 1986.
Horticulture department of India has transformed Nehru Nilaya into a guest house. No one can enter inside the building but tourists are given permission to take pictures of the beautiful panoramas of this site. Upon reaching this bungalow, tourists will notice that playing and seating facilities are available for public along the sides of the Nehru Nilaya.
Tourists while visiting Nandi Hills are recommended to explore Gandhi House that is popular as the residence of Mahatma Gandhi. The DPAR (Protocol) Government of Karnataka has undertaken the responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of the Gandhi House. Only important dignitaries are allowed to stay at this site.
If time allows, then travellers are recommended to explore the Gavi Veerbhadra Swamy Temple that lies on top of the Nandi Hill. This pilgrimage site is located on the way to Sultanpet, from Tipu's Palace. The interesting thing about this pilgrimage site is that the structure has been made out of huge boulders.
Tourists are recommended to visit the Kanivenarayanapura Town that is situated at a distance of 7 km from the Nandi Town. Travellers can enjoy the beautiful hills surrounding Kanivenarayanapura, namely Skandagiri, Brahma Giri, Nandi Hills and Channa Giri.
The responsibility of sanitation, clean water, employment and schooling facilities for Kanivenarayanapura has been taken up by the Children of Sathya Sai Baba Foundation. A school, irrigation system, park, sanitation, health care facilities, spacious homes and community halls are being constructed in this town.
Kanivenarayanapura is popular for its fertile land and cultivation of coconut, silk, grapes and eucalyptus. The site is renowned among people for the presence of different wild life species.
According to the natives, Mahatma Gandhi had made a stopover in this town while on his way to Nandi village. Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace is a popular attraction located in the vicinity of Kanivenarayanapura.
While on a trip to Nandi Hills, tourists are recommended to visit Sri Yoga Narasimha and Sri Ugra Narasimha Temples that are situated on top of the hill. Located on the lower hill, Sri Bhoga Narasimha Temple is another pilgrimage site that is dedicated to Lord Narasimha.
If time permits, then travellers visiting Nandi Hills are recommended to explore Tipu's Summer Palace and Fort. It covers an area of about 90 acres and is situated at a height of 4,851 ft above sea level. The Fort has a striking resemblance to Dariya Daulat, Srirangapatna.
The construction of Tipu Sultan's Fort was started by Chikballapur chieftains and was completed in 1791 by Tipu Sultan. This renowned site acted as an ideal summer resort for Tipu Sultan and therefore, he decided to name the site 'Tashk-e-Jannat' that stands for 'envy of heaven'.
Upon reaching the site, tourists will notice that the structure is made of wood. Towers and archways are ornately engraved that represent the architectural style adopted during that time. The ceilings and walls of this fort have been imprinted with paintings.
The highlights of the fort are its five arches with minarets. Archways and towers are the other highlighting features of this site. General public is not permitted to go inside the Tipu's palace.