Horsley Hills - Tourist Places of Andhra Pradesh

About Horsley Hills

Horsley Hills is a famous Hill Station in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. This place is named after W.D. Horsley, the Collector of Cuddapah district. Located near the south western border of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the mighty Horsley Hills is a hill station which is known as Andhra Pradesh's 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 and various species of animals and birds.


How to reach

By Air : The nearest airport is in Bengaluru which is about 144 kms from the hills,roughly a three hour drive from Horsley hills. 
By Rail : The nearest Railway Station is at Madanapalle, 27 km away. It has train connectivity with Tirupati, Hyderabad, Chittoor and Guntakal.
By Road : Horsley Hills has direct buses from Madanapalle town. Madanapalle is well connected by bus with Chittoor, Tirupati, Kadapa, Vellore, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.Other than that, private taxis, cabs and buses are also available to travel to Horsley hills.

 


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  • When to visit
  • November to May is the best time to visit this place.
     

  • What to eat
  • There are several restaurants nearby the hills which offer Chinese, continental, south Indian and local cuisines.

  • Attractions
  • 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. 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.

  • Activities
  • Horsley Hills is also one of the few places to offer Zorbing in India. But it requires prior reservation a day before and is normally offered on a group package of minimum 20 participants. 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, trekking, swimming pool, fish spa and a mini zoo.

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