Located near the south western border of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the mighty Horsley Hills is a hill station which is the perfect amalgam of the charms of Andhra Pradesh and Ooty. This natural marvel is situated at an astonishing height of 4312 metres and is very well known for its breath taking landscape, rich biodiversity, countless holiday options and comparative exclusivity. Home to the largest Banyan tree in the world and the oldest Eucalyptus, it is an environmental hub lined with thick foliage dense forest areas with trees such Gulmohar, Allamanda, Reeta, Amla, Beedi leaves, Blue Gum, and Sandalwood. As many as 113 species of birds including yellow throated bulbul, black eagle and white - rumped shama. The picturesque landscape of Horsley also doubles up as a destination for adventure sports and activities such as trampoline, shooting, bow and arrow, wall climbing, water walking, rappelling, swimming pool, fish spa and a mini zoo. And if you're in the mood to just relax and unwind, then the endearing beauty of this hill station will surely cater to that as well.
The temperature during winter varies from 10- 20 degrees, hence the months between December to March are considered the best for visiting Horsely. The region experiences warm summers with mercury rising upto 30-35 degree celsius. Some tourists prefer visiting this hill station during the monsoons, which last from June to September. You can also visit Horsely during Pongal in the mid January, the festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and vigor.
It is 121 km away from Chittoor, 227 km far from Chennai, 185 km from Bangalore and 521 km from Hyderabad. Buses are run by the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation. Other than that, private taxies, cabs and buses are also available to travel to Horsely hills. If you have your own car, you can also drive up to the hills as the route is pleasant and easy to navigate as well. If you are driving from Bangalore, you can take the Bangalore - Tirupati Highway, from Hyderabad you can take the Anantapur - Tirupati Highway.
The hill station is centred around the Harita Hill Resort, which is a quaint stopover maintained by Andhra Pradesh Tourism. Apart from this, other private resorts such as Holiday Home Castle Wind, Wind Fall Horsley Hill, Wild Wings and Horsley Hills Holiday Home Resorts are also available. Prior reservation needs to be done in the case of availing a government accommodation. You can take your chance with private hotels if going without reservation, but it is best to make the deal in advance, deciding on your package and requirements.
Horsley Hills has quite wonderful sights to offer. In addition to its tranquil natural charms, it is also the land of Kalyani, the oldest known eucalyptus tree which is believed to be around 148 years. While you're at it, visit Thimmamma Marrimanu banyan tree which is said to be the world's largest banyan tree spread covering an area of 8 acres. The highest point of the hills offers a mesmerising view of the surrounding foliage and the sight is serene against the backdrop of the sapphire sky. Situated nearby is the Horsley Hills Environment Centre which is home to a number of animals such as deer and crocodiles. Gurramkonda Fort and Governor's house are other fascinating pieces of history should be a part of your weekend getaway here.
Adventure sports enthusiasts, rejoice. In addition to being a peaceful haven of nature, Horsley Hills also has a number of thrilling activities awaiting you. The gentle hills are the perfect spot for some good old trekking, and you can also try your hand at swimming. Rock climbing here is an exceptional experience to rediscover your physical strength and slide down the peaks by rappeling as you like. You can also enjoy elephant rides, rope sliding, crossing the Burma Bridge, zorbing, shooting bow and arrow, fish spa and water walking.
You can have a great meal at the Harita Hills Resort, Holiday Home Castle Wind, Wind Fall Horsley Hill, Wild Wings and Horsley Hills Holiday Home Resorts.
Depending on your preference, you could go for adventure sports or take to the wildlife sanctuary. Usually, a weekend trip or a day trip is an ideal way to visit the hills from or on your trip to nearby areas such as Bangalore and Vellore. However, if you stay over for a couple of days and just enjoy being close to nature and being on your own, there is no better place to be.
1. Take a package, as it will be more convenient for you to plan your journey and make necessary arrangements.
2. Don't venture into the wild on your own.
3. There are no restaurants besides the ones in the resort. However, a couple of shops on the way store ready to eat snacks so you can stock up on those.
4. Don't forget to carry walking shoes and some light woollens.
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