Horsley Hills is a famous hill station located in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Situated at about 4100 feet above the sea level, the narrow road which leads to the Horsley Hills is very exquisite. You can see thick vegetation of trees on both sides of the road.
The hill has a huge variety of trees like Eucalyptus, Gulmohar, Amla, Sandalwood and many other species. The Sampangi flowers which are best known for its elegant smell are found here which definitely binds you even after you leave this place. This place is also known as “Andhra’s Ooty”.
Yenugu Mallamma Konda was the old name of Horsley Hills. As according to a legend, there was a little young girl named Mallamma who used to heal the tribal people on the hill by her unknown mystic powers. Elephants took care of her. When she disappeared suddenly, the local people thought that she was a Goddess and constructed a temple for her. Later, during the mid 18th century, British officer named W.D. Horsley, the collector of the then Cuddapah district, visited this place. He got mesmerized by the beauty of this place and makes this spot as his summer residence. Now, the same house is the summer residence of Governor of Andhra Pradesh and therefore referred to as Governor’s Bungalow.
The major tourist attractions around the Horsley Hills are Galibanda, Lake Gangotri and Mansarovar, Mallamma Temple, Shiva Temple, Horsley Hills Museum, Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary, Highview Seeing Point, Thimmamma Marrimaanu (Largest herd of Banyan Trees in the world), Environmental Park, Kalyani Tree and Rishi Valley School.
This place is also a heaven for adventure enthusiasts. Adventure Sports like Trekking and Rappelling are conducted here. It is also one of the few places in India which offers Zorbing. The accommodation is well equipped with modern day facilities in all the hotels. You can choose a luxury or budget hotel to stay as per your convenience.
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Best Time to Visit:November-April
By RoadAPSRTC runs regular bus services to Horsley hills from Tirupati, Chittoor and Madanapalle. The best way to reach the place is by your own means of transport like Car. You can hire a mini bus or taxi also if you are coming in large groups.
By RailThe nearest railway station is at Madanapalle Road, which is just 27 km away and is well connected to major cities of India. It lies on Dharmavaram-Tirupati rail route.
By AirBangalore Airport is the nearest one, 136 km away and has direct flights to major cities of India and abroad.
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