Sunday, April 26, 2015

Horsley Hills

Horsley Hills is a summer hill resort in Andhra Pradesh, about 120 km from Bangalore.It is very near from the new Kempegowda International Airport via Chintamani and B Kotha kota route. Nearest Railway station Mulakala Cheruvu.


History

 The old name of Horsley Hills was Yenugu Mallamma Konda. According to legend, there used to be a little girl named Mallamma who was taken care of by Elephants. She used to heal the tribal people on the hills. When she disappeared suddenly, people thought that she was a goddess and built a temple for her.

Horsley Hills is named after a British officer named W.D. Horsley, the Collector of Cuddapah district. He visited this place around 1840-43 and was impressed by the beauty of the hills and chose this spot for his summer residence. Now the Governor of Andhra Pradesh uses this house as a summer residence and hence this house is called the Governors bungalow.


Tourist Attractions

The narrow road to Horsely Hills is very scenic.he major tourist places around Horsely hills are Lake Gangotri, Highview seeing place, Gaalibanda, Environmental park and the Horsley Hills Museum. 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. Other adventure sports conducted are Rapelling and Trekking.  

          Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary

The Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary is home to hundreds of species of birds and animals. It is a must visit for all the wildlife lovers and shelter animals like wild dogs, jungle fowl, bears, sambas and panthers. Visiting this sanctuary gives the travelers a chance to visit them from close quarters in their natural surroundings. Another attraction of this Wildlife Sanctuary is Bird watching. The sanctuary is also popular amongst the visitors for its exotic flora. In these wild life sanctuary one may find a wide variety of flowers ranging from Amla, Beedi leaves, Red sanders, Reeta, Shikakai, Bay leaves, Sandalwood, Blue gum, Mahogany to Bamboo.  

Environment Park 

The Environment Park is built by Venkata Subba Rao who is a famous environmentalist of Hyderabad and made great contribution to the ecosystem and simultaneously educated people about the importance of environment. 

Mallama Temple


The majestic temple of Mallama is dedicated to a lady named Mallama Who used to heal the tribal people. One day she suddenly disappeared. Since the native started believing she was a goddess and built a temple in her name. The temple is built to thanks her and is a great pilgrim spot featuring a fascinating architecture.

 LOCATION

The hill resort of Horsley Hills stands at an altitude of 1,265 meters above sea level on the southwest border of Andhra Pradesh. Madanapalle is the closest town near the hills. This beautiful hill station is situated at a distance of 120  Km from the city of Bangaluru.

ROUTE:

Bangaluru NH-4 Road-Hoskote-Chintamani- near Kamalavaripalli village take left turn to head st. till B.Kothakota Road road -till you see Horsley Hill Board on right side. 




  
 Coordinates: 

13.66°N 

78.40°E