This initiative aims to revive the Nandi Hills’ heritage
It was the year 1791, when Cornwallis stormed up to the Nandydroog (the Nandi Hills) and captured it. This siege of the strategically located Nandi Hills during the Third Anglo Mysore War eventually led to the defeat of Tipu Sultan by the British. Back then, the Nandi (Hills) was the most critical defence point. Today, it is perhaps the most overlooked destination — a reason for the Namma Nimma Cycle Foundation to revive Nandi Hills as a heritage spot.
The foundation in association with the Discovery Village (an activity centre located at the foot of the Hills) is organising the Nandi Heritage Bicycle Ride tomorrow. “We want to make the area around the hills more accessible and easier to explore. So this ride has been planned in such a way that there are not many ups and downs. Instead, it will be an easy-breezy guided cycle tour,” says Murali HR, CEO of the foundation.
It’s a day-long event that begins at 6 am. Participants will be picked up from the city and driven to the Discovery Village in a bus. On reaching, they will be treated to a simple breakfast, after which Murali and another cyclist, Yateesh Kumar, will take the participants around the area. “Not many people know how important the hills were during Tipu’s regime. The British weren’t able to defeat him till they captured Nandi. We will be narrating stories behind such historical facts,” says Murali.
Another highlight is the visit to the 1,200-year-old Chola Temple — the Bhoga Nandeshwara Temple and a visit to Sir M Visweswaraiah’s house. Once the cycling tour is done, participants can get their hands dirty at the pottery session. A lavish lunch and a visit to Devanahalli to explore the fort and Tipu’s birth place will conclude this cycling tour. Cycles will be provided by the organisers.
Tomorrow, 6 am.
Tickets Rs 1,000 on tour.nammacycle.in