Nandi Hills, Bangalore
 

 
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View from Nandi Hills


Introduction

Nandi Hills is a sparsely habited hillock in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka state. It is located about 65 km north of central Bangalore in the direction of Yelahanka.

© Sumit Sen
Indian Scimitar Babbler

Nandi Hills rises to 1450meters from the base at 950meters and covers an area of approximately 2 sq. kms. The vegetation of the hills is typical of high hills. Inside the fort at the summit, many of the large trees are planted exotics such as Eucalyptus and the undergrowth consists of Coffea arabica along with some native species. The forest acts as a substrate for cloud condensation and every morning the trees are covered in water. This allows for many moist forest species of plants and animals. The hills are very rich in birdlife making it a very popular location for birdwatchers and bird photographers. The evergreen forest patch on top of the hill being a favoured wintering location for many migrant species of warblers, flycatchers and thrushes.

The forest patch is also home for a relict population of the Nilgiri Woodpigeon. A breeding pair of Shaheen Falcon, the resident race of the Peregrine Falcon is also often seen at the Nandi Hills. The Malabar Whistling Thrush which are otherwise known only from the Western Ghats ranges are also found here. The hill slopes are the home of the Yellow-throated Bulbul, a species endemic to the hills of peninsular India.

Nandi Hills is the source of the Penner, Ponnaiyar, Palar and Arkavathy rivers

Atanu & Shukla 
Nilgiri Wood Pigeon


How to reach
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Drive to Devanahalli, via Yelhanka. 3 to 4 kms after Devanahalli, take a left. Keep going straight on this road for about 18 kms and take a left left at the junction. Carry on till you see a sign that says "Nandi Hills 7 kms'. Take a right from here.


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Where to stay:
1. Horticultural Guest House: Tel: 2657-9231. 
2. Mayura Pine Top, KSTDC: Tel: 08156-2678624.


Longitude: 77° 41.088'E; Latitude: 13° 22.240'N

Rainfall: 625 mm - 1250 mm

Temperatures: Min 10°C; Max 33°C

Best Season: Open through the year, the best season is March to August                      

Links:
1. Nandi Hills by Clement Francis

2. Birds of Nandi Hills (pdf)
3. Images by G. Raghavan

Sumit K Sen
Kolkata, India

   
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