Nandi One – The perfect introductory trek
Nandi Hills comprises of 5 peaks; Nandi Giri, Brahmagiri, Skandagiri, Chandragiri & Govardanagiri. Brahmagiri Hill is popularly known as Nandi One. It is the twin peak of Nandi Hill View Point.
Nandi One is a trail that will bring out the inner child in you. The lush green vegetation and patches that require boulder hopping are a treat to the senses. The viewpoints offer a bird’s eye view of roads cutting through farmlands below. The eucalyptus groves at the start of the trail will de-stress you right away. Also, the region is replete with amusing stories, both real and mythological. So the next time work gets on your nerves, pack a picnic and head with your family to Nandi One!
Nandi-One is the twin peak of Nandi Hill View Point. It is 45 kms from Bangalore. To reach here, one has to drive on Bellary Road and pass the Bangalore International Airport. Then take a left at ‘Nandi Hill – Muddenahalli’ turn. Follow the road to Nandi Hill, begin the climb till the saddle between twin peaks.
There is a sign that reads ‘Turn-20’. At this point you will see an open area on the left —park your vehicle here. On the right you will see a board in Kannada that says ‘Shanidevara Devalayakke Dari’. This is the starting point of the trek.
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This is a muddy trail but not difficult. After a 10 minute walk you will reach the spot called as the saddle. It can be identified as a flat rock surface with vegetation behind and a steep fall ahead. This point is also known as the breakfast point. You can spend half an hour here and finish the breakfast you’ve carried. Then comes an ascent through vegetation. This will be a slightly tiring half an hour climb. Here you will spot a huge boulder. Once you cross the boulder section, you will spot a trail dominated by tall eucalyptus plantations, followed by some shrubs and grassy patches.
During the initial part of the trail you can see Nandi Hill over your right shoulder. After about 30 minutes the trail becomes very narrow path allowing only one person to traverse at a time. There will be 2 trails before you. Choose the one on your left.
You will reach a rocky patch where you can hydrate yourselves and take a few minutes of rest. Post this there is an hour of climbing through a rocky path. This portion of the trek is quite difficult and comparatively steep. You will reach the Sani Devta temple by 10 am.
From here you get a view of the Nandi hills, Nandi Gunti, Chandragiri and Skandagiri. To the left of the temple there is a flight of stairs that lead you right to the summit. The view from here is magnificent. It is a perfect spot for those who love photography. Spend some time here enjoying the views.
The Boulder is a huge boulder (as the name suggests) that you can climb and see a telescopic view of the trail you have taken. Enjoy the breeze and take a break here. Another half an hour of walking on slippery mud patches from the boulder to rocky path. Follow the trail and you will reach the starting point of your trek by 1 pm.
Once you get onto this trail you will not be able to see the Nandi hill anymore, though you can still see the surrounding hills. As you approach closer to the top you will see a solitary boulder standing on a slope, beside a lovely meadow. This is a good place to take a break.
The trail continues to the summit and is quite rocky in some parts. Once you reach the top of the hill you can see Nandi Hill again. There is a water reservoir here, and a hidden path takes you to the Shanidevara Devalaya. There is lot of open area in front of the temple.
You can have your lunch here. While descending retrace the same path you took to come up in front of the temple. This path will take you back to the trail which brought you up the hill and you will soon find yourself in the eucalyptus plantation.
The Nandi One trek does not involve trekking more than 2 hours. The trek does not require much fitness.
Nandi One is just a one day trek. You will only need the following things.
- Small 20L backpack
- Two litre bottle
- A jacket or poncho in case of rain
Nandi One is 45 kms from Bangalore. To reach there, one has to drive on Bellary Road and pass the Bangalore International Airport. Then take a left at ‘Nandi Hill – Muddenahalli’ turn. Follow the road to Nandi Hill, begin the climb till the saddle between twin peaks. There is a sign that reads ‘Turn-20’.
At this point you will see an open area on the left —park your vehicle here. On the right you will see a board in Kannada that says ‘Shanidevara Devalayakke Dari’. Mark this as the starting point of the trek.