Located at an altitude of 4,100 feet, Horsley Hills is a picturesque hamlet in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is situated at a distance of 144 Km from Tirupati and is an ideal summer resort for spending a fascinating vacation.The road leading to the town is extremely scenic and panoramic, with Mahogany, Jacaranda, Sandalwood, Gulmohar and Eucalyptus trees lining the road in the form of a dense and verdant forest. The other major draw for the travellers is the relaxing climate of the Horsley Hills which ranges from 20°C to 32°C even in summers.
Places to see at Horsley Hills: The prime tourist attractions of Hoursley Hills include:
Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary
The Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary is home to hundreds of species of birds and animals. It is a must visit for all the wildlife lovers and shelter animals like wild dogs, jungle fowl, bears, sambas and panthers. Another attraction of this Wildlife Sanctuary is Bird watching. The sanctuary is also popular amongst the visitors for its exotic flora. In these wild life sanctuary one may find a wide variety of flowers ranging from Amla, Beedi leaves, Red sanders, Reeta, Shikakai, Bay leaves, Sandalwood, Blue gum, Mahogany to Bamboo.
The Environment Park is built by Venkata Subba Rao who is a famous environmentalist of Hyderabad.
The majestic temple of Mallama is dedicated to a lady named Mallama Who used to heal the tribal people. One day she suddenly disappeared. Since the native started believing she was a goddess and built a temple in her name. The temple is built to thanks her and is a great pilgrim spot featuring a fascinating architecture. Another added attraction to this place is the sight of Pungannur cows which the Chenchu tribe who inhabits the Horsley Hills keeps. These cows are popular for their milk yielding capacity and low appetite.
Nearby attractions of Horsley Hills: The place to visit around the Horsely hills include:
Located at a distance of 15 Km from the road towards the village of Manapalle, this temple attracts many visitors and is visited many devotees residing in the nearby areas.
The Gangotri Lake is situated in the midst of beautiful surroundings and offer panoramic views. The lake is a must visit for all nature lovers and offers an enjoyable boating experience to its visitors.
Rishi Valley School
It is a boarding school, large campus spreads through 350 acres, founder Mr. Krishnamurthi, located close to Manadapalle, 3 hours of car drive from Bangalore. The serenity of this school is centered around a large Banyan Tree, one of the oldest tree in India. This school launched reforestation and conservation which made the school campus covered with greenery. It is one of the site where one can find rare Yellow throat bulbul birds. The campus hosts over 200 species of birds and good destination for nature lovers.
Rajiv Gandhi Tiger Reserve located at Srisailam, Nallamala forest, Deer Park located 25 km from Hyderabad, Nelapattu Sanctuary known for its fresh water eco system serves as homage for more than 5000 migratory Grey Pelicans are the other point of attractions in Horsley Hills.
Things to do at Horsley Hills: Nothing much to do here but to relax and enjoy the scenic spot.
Best time to visit Horsley Hills: A trip to the mesmerizing Horsley Hills can be planned any time during the year as there are no major temperature disparities in its climate.
How to go ?
Bangalore and the Tirupati airport is the next door airport to reach Horsley hills. Bangalore airport is connected to all important cities in India and abroad. Situated at a distance of 160 Km and 165 Km respectively these airports cater to the air travel needs to reach Horsley Hills. You can hire a car from here to reach Horsley hills.
You can reach Horsley hills either from Tirupathi (123km) or Bangalore (136 km). These two junctions are connected with regular trains from all major stations in India including Delhi, Mumbai, Kokata, Chennai etc.
Horsley Hills is well connected to the other parts of the state by the state transport buses of Andhra Pradesh. Regular buses are available from Manapalle and Tirupathi. These government buses are regular and inexpensive though they may be crowded and not a good option while travelling with luggage. It is better to hire a car from the respective place to reach the destination.
Where to stay ?
Horsley Hills has very few accommodation options. One option is:
Punnami Hill Resort (APTDC): +91-08571-279323
Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.