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Old 18th December 2007, 11:22   #1
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The Planning

I had planned with some friends for Nandi Hills for saturday but since most of them dropped out, the plan seemed to be cancelled...



...but to revive again on Sunday morning and we all (me, my wife and kid) planned to start at 10 am in the morning on Sunday. Not much of planning, except for the food for my daughter.

Route: Vidhan Soudha -> Mekhri Circle -> hebbal flyover -> Yelahanka Bypass -> Devanahalli and then the unvisible turn to the nandi Hills (just look for overhead high tension cablse and make the first left after devanahalli airport works).

Safari was all fueled up and air checked 2-3 days before, on saturday I had even checked the other oil levels in the engine.


The Drive

The drive was good and we didnt face any traffic since it was sunday morning and the safari brezeed through, although the ECU takes time to learn since I mostly drive in the city, instant pedal presses were greeted by the grunting engine/pump knocking noise but not on the way back, it learned.



Nandi Hills


The view during the climb

The climb is steep to the Nandi hills, sometimes even the 2nd gear wouldnt pull (specially on the curve-climb) but the view is extremely good and we were lucky to find the Sun.



Temple on the top

Cars are allowed to the top with INR60 fee but mostly saw people with picnic bags and big groups, parked the vehicle once on the top and went for the temple, it seems old and made of stone, spent some few minutes clicking, did a small walk, fed the monkeys....



Spending time in a Farmhouse


Nandi Hills in the background on way to farm

...and then decided to head to silveroak farms, I had done some homework on it earlier and thought it would be good to spend some time there (its few minutes drive from nandi hills).


Silveroak Farm

Although I turned up unbooked for lunch, they need atleast 24 hrs notice, but still it was fully booked and we were adjusted, the owners were very warm and hosted us well.


Silk farming on the way

The route to the farm was through the villages and you realize what mess do you live in when you see the simplicity in the villages. There is also an ancient temple to see on the way.



The Owners live there and entertain guest only during the weekends (check their website) and the place is well maintained


View from the Farm



Another View from the parking area
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nice ... lot of reclaiming to do dadu?
Where is this farm? and what is it? a farm or resort?
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Great Pics "Dadu" and can you throw some light on this "SilverOak" Farmhouse. Which direction one has to go, as i remember once you get into that nandhi hills stretch and keep driving straight (crossing the railway gate etc) and then take a left towards nandhi hills and again take a right @ the "T" junction to access the ghatty (though not true real ghat road).
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Click on their website link under the picture for directions/ map to nandi hill etc, its very clear and we reached them without asking/ getting lost on the way.

Its not a resort, but a family owned farmhouse, food is simple (Veg/Non-Veg) and the surroundings are beautiful. Details are present on their website.

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Great Pics "Dadu" and can you throw some light on this "SilverOak" Farmhouse. Which direction one has to go, as i remember once you get into that nandhi hills stretch and keep driving straight (crossing the railway gate etc) and then take a left towards nandhi hills and again take a right @ the "T" junction to access the ghatty (though not true real ghat road).
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Silver Oak Farm, Nandi Hills - Weekend Getaway, Guest House and Homestay near Bangalore



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Nice pics dadu, and thanks for the update of this farmhouse, I never heard of this before...It can also be a meeting place for a tbhp meet...

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[quote=diabloo;661438]Silver Oak Farm, Nandi Hills - Weekend Getaway, Guest House and Homestay near Bangalore

Thanks for the directions diabloo and now i know where it is and also their website has info as dadu had mentioned.
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Its a good meeting place but cannot park so many cars inside !!!, i would say max 10-12.

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nice pics and good info for a short outing. Went to Nandi Hills last night, though didn't go to the FarmHouse but the well described map helped me get to Nandi Hill without much hassle.

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Its a good information. I was in a mindset that Nandi hills would be a one day visit and no place to stay overnite. The information about silver oak will come handy. I'm planning to visit this place next month.
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It is a one day visit only, nothing else to do.

The food at silveraok might not be as expected for most of us, not in terms of quality but for the tastebuds.

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It is a one day visit only, nothing else to do.

The food at silveraok might not be as expected for most of us, not in terms of quality but for the tastebuds.
Also I think the place is little expensive to what they offer. Not worthy to that place or environment. Might be OK for corporate parties and team outings. They charge so much as there are no much choices in the vicinity.
It might be my perception!
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I am planning to trip to Nandi Hills (near Bangalore) in my new Linea this weekend. I have not visited Nandi Hills in last 10 years. Can someone tell me the best route (I stay in Banashankari) and also the condition of the roads? Also what are the good restaurants on the way or at Nandi hills?
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Great photos. Never visited Nandi hills. Seems to be a great place. Thanks for your elaborated information.
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Nice t-log. Can the photos be re-sized slightly bigger?
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