One of the popular tourist destinations of Andhra Pradesh, Horsley Hills present interesting holidaying option to one and all. A popular weekend getaway from Hyderabad, the hill station Horsley Hills is located at an altitude of 4,100 feet and is quite close to not just Hyderabad but also to Bangalore (140 kms) and Tirupati (144 kms). This charming hill station of the state promises a refreshing break amidst beautiful natural settings and a soothing environment.
Previously known as Yenugu Mallamma Konda, the hills has a legend behind it. According to the legend, it was named after Mallamma, a girl who was taken care of by elephants and later who herself spent her life healing villagers. After her sudden disappearance, people built a temple on her name considering her to be a Goddess.
However, the name Horsley Hills came from W.D. Horsley, a British officer who visited the place around 1840-43 and selected the hill station as his summer residence.
Once at Horsley hills you will be greeted with exotic flora and rich fauna. Reeta, Shikakai, Amla, Beedi leaves, Bay leaves, Red sanders, Blue gum, Bamboo, Eucalyptus, Jacaranda, Mahogony, Gulmohar, natural sandalwood along with the exotic Sampangi flowers are few of the species constituting the flora here.
Along with breathtaking nature, there are various options for sightseeing at the Horsley Hills. All these together makes it one of the interesting weekend getaways from Hyderabad. Mallamma temple is one of the most important of all attracting hordes of tourists. Environmental Park, Galibanda, View point, Lake Gangotri are few of the tourist spots. Shiva Temple which is located at a distance of 15 kms from here is also quite popular.
Kaundinya wildlife sanctuary which is close to 87 km away from the Horsley Hills also makes for an amazing visit with various kinds of flora and fauna to greet you. Cheetal, Four horned Antelope, Sambhar, Mouse Deer, Hare, Porcupine, Wild boar, Jungle Cat, Jackal, Sloth Bear, Panther, Jungle Fowl, Pea Fowls, Elephants are few of the species that can be spotted here.
One can indulge in various kind of adventurous activities too. Trekking, hiking and rappelling are quite famous amongst tourists here.
To reach Horsley Hills one can have travel to the railhead at Madanapalle Road which is 43 km from Horsley Hills. If travelling via bus, there are regular buses from Madanapalle and Tirupati to Horsley Hills. There are various State transportation buses as well as taxis to the hill station.
One will have wide range of accommodation at Horsley Hills too such as A.P. Tourism's Governor's' Bungalow and Cooperative Society guest house in Chittoor. Horsley Hills with wide range of holidaying options caters to anyone looking for some kinds of weekend getaways from Hyderabad