Last updated on March 13th, 2020 at 04:45 am
Horsley Hills is a famous hill station located in Andhra Pradesh; this is a hill station of the Eastern Ghats. The earlier name of this place is Yenugu Mallamma Konda and its one of the best hill stations around Chennai. Based on the legend story, there was a small girl has named Mallamma; she is a caretaker of Elephants. She used to make good for tribal peoples who live on the hills. Unexpectedly, she was disappeared so people understood that the girl was a goddess and made a temple for her.
The place was named by W.D. Horsley; he was the British collector of the area. When he was sawing the beauty of the hills, he very much impressed with that so he picked this place for his summer bungalow and now this place is used for the residence for Governor of Andhra Pradesh. Also, the people who visit Tirupati for the period of the summer, this hill turn into a more popular retreat for them. Along with, Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary is near to hills.
Greenery Spot in the Horsley Hills:
The picturesque ride to Horsley Hills is thrilling and has wide vegetation of different species of plants and wild animals. The place something over the complete stretch of thin road with a dense growth of Eucalyptus, Jacaranda, Allamanda, Gulmohar, Reeta, Amla, Beedi leaves, Blue Gum and Sandalwood. Wildlife like Bears, Wild Dogs, Jungle Fowl, Sambar, and panthers are also cozy in the forest here. This natural wonder is located at an amazing height of 4312 meters and is famous for its breathtaking sceneries.
The home of the biggest Banyan tree and the ancient Eucalyptus Tree, it contains 113 species of birds in dense forests. The beautiful landscape of Horsley Hills doubles as a place for adventure sports and events like trampoline, gunfire, bow and arrow, climbing the wall, water walking, ropes rappelling, pool for swimming, fish spa and even a mini zoo.
Horsley Hills has offers the most beautiful views to click a snap. Apart from its tranquil natural beauty, it is also the land of Kalyani, the oldest Eucalyptus Tree held to be 148 years old. While you are at it, stopover the Thimmamma Marrimanu Banyan Tree, which is believed to be the biggest tree in the world, spread over by 8 acres. The peak point of the hills provides an enchanting view of the surrounding greenery, and the view is peaceful in the background of the sapphire sky. Nearby is the Horsley Hills Environmental Center, which is home to many animals such as deer and crocodiles. The Gurramkonda Fort and the Governor’s House are other interesting areas of history, which should be part of your weekend trip.
Best time: November to May
Elevation: 1265 mts.
Trip Duration: One Day
Attractions and place to visit nearby:
- Gangotri Lake
- Mallamma Temple
- View points
- Gali Banda
- Environmental Park
- Horsley Hills Museum
- Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary
- Adventure sports, Rappelling and trekking
- Horsley Hills Zoo
- Kalyani, Kaigal Falls, Talakona Waterfalls.
How to Reach
Distance: 277 KM from Chennai
Nearest Airport: Bangalore International Airport
Nearest Railway Station: Madnapalley