If you are a travel enthusiast, then you certainly know that India’s diversity and natural beauty make it a fantastic place to travel. It has snow-clad hills, deserts, and sandy blue beaches as well. Horsley Hills of Andhra Pradesh is one of the most beautiful places in India, as serenity and greenery that blesses it soothes your mind. Horsley Hills is also known as Horsleykonda. It is located in the hilly region of Chittoor district about 9 miles away from Madanapelle town.
Talking of an ideal hill station, travellers often mention this place. It has the contrast of the rural backdrop of Andhra Pradesh and the elegance of hills. This place is well-known for its breathtaking beauty; Horsley Hill is the habitat of numerous flora and fauna. Moreover, the mountain features the most massive Banyan tree and the oldest Eucalyptus tree.
6 Places To Visit In Horsley Hills
This place is the abode of almost 113 species of birds and is ideal for nature lovers and bird watchers who like to spend their time in the lap of nature. Furthermore, the picturesque and breathtaking beauty of Horsley Hills lures adventure lovers too. They can enjoy different activities—trampoline, shooting, bow and arrow, wall climbing, swimming pool, fish spa, mini zoo, etc.—here, along with the mesmerizing natural beauty. Horsley hill is the perfect place to visit; from charming landscape to adventurous activities; it has everything to offer you. Let’s have a look at all the bucket list places to visit in Horsley Hills.
Gali Bandalu/Wind Rocks
The name GaliBandalu translates to “Windy Rocks,” which describes the place itself. Only 300m from Horsley Hills, cold, gusty winds blow here throughout the day. You can enjoy the cold hilly wind hitting your face while enjoying the unobstructed view of nature. Moreover, the Eastern and Western viewpoints of this place are popular with many travellers as they offer an untainted view of sunrises and sunsets. You can also take a stroll to the small natural lake, which lies only 1km away down the hill. In addition to that, The Microwave station at GaliBandalu is one of the oldest Microwave stations.
ViewPoint is one of the most popular places of Horsley Hills, and many tourists flock around it throughout the year. It is located at a distance of 200m from the hills, and to be exact; it is situated behind the Governor’s Bungalow. This ViewPoint is at the highest summit point of Horsley Hills. It offers breathtaking views of the dense forest and valleys. The green and grey contrast meets the horizon is worth craving. If you are visiting this place, never forget to enjoy the sunset from this point. The Orange sun spreading its hue all along the skyline is enough to charm you.
Kalyani – Eucalyptus Tree
Have you ever heard of a 150-year-old Eucalyptus tree? If not, then you can go and visit ‘Kalyani’! It is a 150-year-old Eucalyptus tree fondly named by people as Kalyani. Located at a distance of less than a kilometre from Horsley Hills, it is situated inside Van Vihar Park at the centre of the Horsley Hills, opposite to the Haritha Resort Complex. This tree has layers of history related to it. This tree was planted in 1859 by the old Collector of this region, Horsley and hides behind an ancient forest, Bungalow. The massive tree with a height of 40 meters and a circumference of about 4.7 meters.
Horsley Hills Zoo
At a distance of less than one km from the Horsley Hills bus station lies the Horsley Hills zoo. This area is situated inside Van Vihar Park, at the centre of the Horsley Hills opposite the Haritha Hotels. If you are thinking of visiting this place with your family and kids, it will be a treat for them! Though this zoo is not large, this place is the abode of different species of wildlife, including peacocks, rabbits, pigeons, monkeys, and crocodiles who are protected by the forest department. Furthermore, this area has a thick patch of greenery and has tall Eucalyptus trees. There is also a viewpoint inside the park from where you can have the stunning views of the surrounding hills.
Kaigal Falls / Dumukurallu Waterfalls
Also known as the Dumukurallu, Kaigal Falls lies at a distance of 92km from Horsley Hills. This waterfall falls from a height of 40 feet and makes mind-blowing scenery. It looks even more fabulous during the rainy season as the water gushes down with more force. You will be able to feel the soothing sound of water touching the stones beneath, and it is not lesser than any music. It has dense forest around with shrubs and trees, which shelters plenty of birds and other wild animals. There is also a Shiva Linga installed near the falls which attract pilgrims during Shivaratri.
The ancient temple is only 350m away from the Horsley Hills Bus station. This temple is a worship place for Goddess Mallamma, after whom the locals named this place. According to the local folktales, there was an old lady named Mallamma who used to live in the hills and used to cure the tribal people. She was worshipped as Goddess by the locals. Every year devotees visit this temple to worship the deity and ask for the blessing of the Goddess.
Moreover, the bonus gift for the travellers is the experience to explore the calm, quiet, and relatively unexplored hilly region of the Hills, garlanded with patches of green. If you are thinking of travelling to a mountainous area in 2020, visit Horsley Hills. It is ready to welcome you!
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