Hubby was driving and driving. Exploring new routes towards the airport. Psst ... don't tell this to anyone; but we found a way to avoid the toll to the airport. :-) How cool is that?! It's probably a mile or two longer but all that covers up, considering the calm, village view.
"Papa, what is that mountain?!" screamed my son in excitement. "Do you want to go there or the airport?" asked the hub. "Let's go to the mountain, papa!" The hub re-routed and we were headed toward Nandi Hills in no time. The road that leads to the foot of the hills and above is awe-inspiring. One can actually feel the temperature dropping gradually. There is an entry fee of Rs. 100 to get to the top of the hill in your vehicle or you'll have to park it at the designated area and walk up all the way. If you have kids, I'd suggest you to go in your vehicle as the path is uphill and can get tiresome.
There's Tipu Sulthan's Summer Palace - yes, much to our surprise. Some very old temples. The top of the hill is quite historic, in fact. We stood at one of the many observatories to breathe in the spectacular view of the city of Bangalore from 4000+ feet above sea level. If you visit the hill at dawn/dusk, one can enjoy the amazing sunrise/sunset amongst the clouds. Our son was super thrilled & said, "Look down, Maa. London!" All those around started giggling. "No dear, what you see is Bangalore. Let's tell Papa to show us London during your next holiday." ;-)
After appreciating the breath-taking scene, we went and sat under the trees. Please note that getting eatables out in the open or having a picnic is next to impossible due to the large presence of monkeys all around the hill. On going further, you'll find a couple of restaurants and tiny eateries where it is safe to eat (but you aren't permitted to get your own food; unless you have a baby in hand - I suppose). Towards the end, there's a very rocky area, a police station, post office and a historic temple. Please bear in mind the Pay & Use lavatories are a far cry from clean and not worth paying for. If you need to change your baby, doing so in the car is the better option.
On weekends, a section of the park is allocated for mini adventure activities. My son enjoyed the log walk and zip line. Rock climbing and badminton too are available. At another park, they have the usual play area items - swing, slide, seesaw, etc.; but those weren't maintained well. We were told about paragliding activity too, but didn't seem to find it anywhere.
Overall, it was a wonderful experience - something different from the usual indoor play areas that we find in the city. We are visiting Nandi Hills again. And the next time, we'll try to make it to this hill at dawn.