|location||Karnataka State , India|
The Nandi Mountains ( English Nandi Hills ) are a 3 higher (max. 1479 m) and several smaller peaks comprehensive mountain range in the east of the southern Indian state of Karnataka . Because of their pleasant climate they were a hill station under British rule ; today they are a popular destination.
The Nandi Hills are located approx. 61 km (driving distance) north of the city of Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore ) and approx. 74 km northwest of the city of Kolar . The Palar River rises on its slopes .
The existence of several medieval shrines on the mountain flanks and on the summit plateau has been proven. Tipu Sultan (r. 1782–1799) built a summer residence in the mountain fortress Nandidurga, which his father Hyder Ali had built . After the defeat by the British, they converted the facility into a Hill Station .
- Only a few remains of the wall remain from the old mountain fortress.
- Tipu Sultan's summer palace can only be seen from the outside.
- Several temples or shrines have been preserved ( Sri Bhoga Narasimha , Sri Ugra Narasimha , Sri Yoga Narasimha and Gavi Veerbhadra Swamy ).
- Interesting is on all sides of the stairs ( ghats ) edged Stepwell or Temple tank (sarovar) .
- There are several hiking trails and viewing platforms.
At the foot of the mountains lies the town of Nandi with the medieval Bhoga-Nandeeshwara temple , one of the oldest temples in Karnataka from the early 9th century, but some in the 13th under the Hoysala - and in the 16th century under the Vijayanagar rulers Buildings and components were added.
- The height information varies by approx. 30 m depending on the source