Just about 60 kilometers away from Bangalore, Nandi Hills offers the most mesmerizing sunrise view in the region. A favorite weekend getaway for locals and tourists alike, it promises an enchanting spectacle that you won’t forget.
Your journey begins in the wee hours of the morning as you drive through the serene and almost ethereal countryside. It’s best to leave Bangalore around 3.30-4 AM to reach the viewpoint before the sunrise. The drive, though early, is pleasant and rejuvenating, gradually prepping you for the visual treat that awaits.
Nandi Hills gates open at 6 AM, and it’s advised to be there a bit early as it’s a popular spot and can get crowded, especially on weekends. Once you ascend the winding roads and reach the top, you’re rewarded with an unobstructed view of the surrounding plains.
As the first streaks of light pierce the sky, the excitement mounts. Soon, the horizon is painted with hues of red, orange, and pink, the sun making its grand entrance. The rolling hills shrouded in mist, the cool breeze carrying whispers of the waking birds, and the warm sun rays illuminating the sky make for a divine spectacle. It’s a moment of pure bliss, worth every bit of the early rise and the travel.
After the sun is up, you can explore other attractions in Nandi Hills like Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and fort, Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple, and the Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple at the hill’s base. There are also excellent trekking trails if you’re in for some adventure.
Remember to carry your camera to capture the stunning panorama, and some warm clothing as it can get chilly in the morning. Snacks and hot tea are available at stalls near the viewpoint.
Experiencing sunrise at Nandi Hills is a delightful escape from the city’s hustle-bustle into nature’s splendorous realm. It’s a memory you’ll cherish, a dawn that truly feels like a new beginning.