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Bangalore's backyard hill station: The historic Nandi Durga or Nandi Hill

Nandi Hill is one of Bangalore's best known outdoor and wilderness areas and considered as the closest hill station to this city. Although it is located inside Kolar District, it was never considered far from Bangalore. But the rapidly expanding state capital has literally brought urbanisation right to Nandi Hill's doorsteps - foothills in this case. Fortunately much of the wooded area around is a reserve forest which is far more difficult to denotify for non-forest purposes or to be encroached upon, given the fact that the Forest Laws of India are among the strictest and are mostly implemented in earnest by the forest officials.

Nandi's human history is centuries old. It precedes the history of the erstwhile state of Old Mysore. It has hosted for history its share of dramatic events. Some of them have been captured on canvas, like the firing of artillery on the slopes of Nandi hill in 1791 by the forces of British East India Company which led to the capture o…

Bheemasandra kere - A haven for waterbirds in Tumkur city

Although forests cover just about 4% of the district's geographical area, Tumkur District is host to a wide variety of wildlife and some picturesque landscapes.  The jheels of old Mysore region hold an amazing array of waterfowl diversity and Tumkur is lucky to have many such wetlands like Tumkur Amanikere and Bheemasandra Kere-Malekote Kere (in Tumkur city), Kunigal Doddakere and Chikkakere (in Kunigal town along Bangalore - Hassan National Highway) and backwaters of Markonahalli Reservoir (just off Bangalore - Hassan National Highway). The birdlife, both the resident and migratory, of these wetlands has been documented by Tumkur's NGO Wildlife Aware Nature Club (WANC) since early 1990s.

The twin wetlands of Bheemasandra Kere-Malekote kere are located on the western periphery of Tumkur city. Better known simply as Bheemsandra kere this wetland complex attracts rare water birds due to the perennial presence of water which in turn is due the treated sewage water being let into…