The Karnataka government has plans to develop Nandi hills as an international tourist hot spot, said state Health Minister K Sudhakar on Thursday (February 25). The developmental works will cost approximately Rs 10 crore, according to the minister.
The popular hill station Nandi hills in Chikkaballapur is famous for its picturesque natural beauty and attracts tourists from all over the country to its ancient hill fortress built by Ganga Dynasty. This has all the qualifies to be developed as an international tourist destination. The Karnataka government has already sanctioned Rs.10 crore for the purpose.
The minister added that among its attractions, a Ropeway through the area will also be installed. More than 10 acres of land will be allotted in the foothills to convert as a parking area and the work will be completed in 3-4 months, said Sudhakar.
“Nandi hills is 30 KM away from Bengaluru International airport. People can reach here in just 1 hour from Bengaluru. We are making efforts to develop this area. Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa has extended full co-operation in this regard, tender will be called soon to allocate the work order “, said the minister.
Trekking trails to 5 hills surrounding the Nandi hills, eco-tourism, conservation of archeological monuments, beautification, infrastructure development etc will be done in the coming days. The Chief Minister will give priority for the tourism sector in the upcoming budget, he added. To make the place eco-friendly, Sudhakar added that the department has decided to completely ban the use of plastic in the Nandi Hills.