From atop Horsley Hills, the terrain seems beautiful yet bleak. Dry, rugged hills and stony plains stretch as the eye can see, burning harsh summer sun.
From atop Horsley Hills, the terrain seems beautiful yet bleak. Dry, rugged hills and stony plains stretch as the eye can see, burning harsh summer sun. But when you're at the summit of Horsley the heat and parched land are a distant apparition. Horsley Hills is a destination that is mournfully rare in AndhraPradesh-a hill station. This elevated outcrop rises steeply to altitudes of 4,000ft, which ensures cool climes throughout the year amid misty vistas in the monsoons.
Horsley Hills is rather tiny-in 15 minutes you can walk from one end to another-and much of it is taken up by the various wings of the Haritha Hotel. There is not much to 'do' here apart from enjoying the delightful weather and taking in the views ideal for a lazy vacation. However, the tourism department has developed a few spots as visitor attractions. The Environmental Centre, built around Horsley's forest rest house,is basically a park. There is a zoo near the entrance with a modest assortment of animals such as deer,Peacocks, rabbits and crocodiles.
Further ahead is the forest rest house built by Horsley. The tiles used in the bungalow were imported from Britain and can be seen in the structure even today. A mammoth eucalyptus tree known as Kalyani stands proudly next to the resthouse. It is more than 150 years old. on clear days,you Can See it from the Madanapalle kadiri road, about 70km away.To the south of the resthouse is a viewpoint from where you can see the urban sprawl of madanapalle in the distance. A trail behind Horsley's resthouse takes you to a small pavilion with a statue of Krishna. This is the highest point on the hill. To the north of the resthouse is the Nature Study Centre, which is usually closed. Manasa Sarovar, the only freshwater source atop the hills, is next to it.
Since Horsley Hills is small, there are not many options as far as hotels are concerned. The best of the hills. This is known as Horsley Hills Viewpoint. The place to stay is APTDC'S Haritha Hill Resort (cell: 9951611040, 9440272241)which has a restaurant, gym and swimming pool.The room rates are higher during weekends.In case the resort is completely booked,you could try Holiday Home,which also has a Restaurant. A few eateries spring up during the high season and weekends, but for the rest of the year, the only options are the restaurants attached to hotels.
Tourist Office: APTDC Haritha Hill Resort, Horsley Hills
Cell : 09951611040, 09440272241 and STD code 08571
The hill was initially known as Yenugu Mallama Konda after a young girl who is said to have been reared by elephants and cured the various ailments of the area's residtents.One day she disappeared and ever since then, people began worshipping her as a goddess.A small temple stands in her honour atop the hill. In 1863, WH Horsley,the British Collector of Kadapa built a forest rest house here to escape the heat of the plains.
Subsequently, various other bungalows were added, which are still extant. In the southern dry deciduous forests here, the British planted Exotic plants such as mahogany, coffee, eucalyptus and silver oak. Several species of wild boars, bears, monkeys, jungle fowls and snakes-once thrived here though in recent years, their numbers have dwindled.
The nearest airport is Bangalore International Airport, which is 144 km from Horsley Hills
The nearest Railway Station is at Madanapalle, 27 km away. It has train connectivity with Tirupati, Hyderabad, Chittoor and Guntakal.
Horsley Hills has direct buses from Madanapalle town.
"Best season to visit Horsley hills is the winter season which starts in the month of December and last till February".
Entry Fee: Rs.10.00, free for children below 7 years.
SV Museum-The Museum has about 6,000 artefacts and displays, both historical and contemporary, related to the temple.
Silathoranam-One of the few natural arches in Asia, Silathoranam is a unique geological formation that took shape about 1,500 million years ago.
Chakra Theertham-A sacred waterfall next to which there are shrines with idols.
Srivari Padalu-It said that Lord Venkateswara first set his feet on earth at Narayanagiri.
Akasaganga Theertham-On the route from Tirumala to Akasaganga, you will first come across the Gogarbham Dam on your left.
Papavinasam-Papavinasam is where visitors go to wash off their sins (papa-sin,vinasam-destruction).
Govindaraja Swamy Temple-It is one of the largest and most significant temples in the region, built in 1130 CE by Ramanujacharya.
Kapila Theertham-Waterfalls cascading from the Seshachalam Hills to Tirupati, Kapila Theertham is one of the most marvellous.
Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park-Spread over an area of 290 hectares in the Seshachalam foothills has about 500 animals, birds and reptiles.
Tiruchannur-A trip to Tirupati customarily ends at the padmavathi Ammari Temple in Tiruchanur, also known as Alamelumangapuram.
Chandragiri Fort-Have been established in 1000 CE by Immadi Narasinga Yadavaraya who ruled from Narayanavanam
Srikalahasti-Is an important Shaivite pilgrimage centre, which has earned it the moniker of Dakshina Kasi
Talakona Waterfalls-Cascading from a height of 270ft,Talakona is the tallest waterfall in Andhra Pradesh.
Bhuvaraha Swamy Temple-After that,prayers are offered at the Bhuvaraha Swamy Temple before heading to the Venkateswara Temple.