A picturesque hill station in Andhra Pradesh placed 4,100 feet above sea level and named after the collector of the Cuddapah district, W. D. Horsley, this hill station is an ideal summer resort for spending a fascinating vacation or break from the busy city life.
Rich is biodiversity and breathtaking landscape, a drive down to this captivating hill station would give you access to panoramic and incredible scenic views rich in green vegetation on both sides of the road. Blessed with a lush green forest boasting of thick green cover, it flaunts being an environment hub housing several varieties of trees like amla, gulmohar, beedi leaves, eucalyptus, reeta, allamanda, sandalwood and blue gum.
Horsley offers a perfect destination not only for nature lovers, but also for adventure lovers who wish to indulge in swimming, rappelling, mini zoos, fish spas, wall climbing, shooting, bow and arrow. Chennai is 261 km away from Horsley Hills; it takes around 6-8 hours to complete your road journey - the most preferred mode of commuting between Chennai and Horsley Hills.
Best Time To Visit Horsley Hills
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Horsley Hills opens its arms to the visitors and guests all through the year. A cool, pleasant and fresh environment looms during summers and a cold one during winters. The monsoons create a rejuvenating climate for visitors. The months between March to May see the best of the summer season. The monsoon season is from June to September and the winter season lasts from December to February.
One doesn't need to worry about the season to visit this beautiful touring destination.
How To Reach Horsley Hills
Horsley Hills is not so well connected via air to other cities in India. The Bangalore and Tirupati airports are the closest airports to Horsley, roughly at a distance of 160 km and 165 km respectively. Even the nearest railway station, Madanapalle, is 43 km away from the town. Hence, the most preferred mode of transport is by road due to its extensive connectivity.
Regular buses operate between Madanapalle and Tirupati. You can alternatively board a taxi or a cab from Chennai to reach Horsley Hills.
Best Route To Reach Horsley Hills
Route 1: Chennai - Tirupati - Horsley Hills
Route 2: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Chittoor - Horsley Hills
Since route 1 is the shortest and the easiest way to reach Horsley Hills from Chennai, we would shortlist route 1 for travelling.
Starting Point – Chennai
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Cuisine, culture, attractions and movies are somethings very natural to the land of the Thalaiva, Superstar Rajinikanth. Blessed with a traditional charm and elegance, its deep connection to traditions, customs and culture is what makes the endearing nature of Chennai so unique.
The capital city of Tamil Nadu plays a vital role in the growth of the historical and academic factors of the country. Apart from being the 4th largest city in India, it is one of the leading commercial hubs in South India. Be it financial services, petrochemicals, hardware manufacturing, textiles, software services or automobiles, Chennai boasts of an industrial sector that is comparable to any major city in India.
Many have named it the cultural hub of South India and it is extremely popular amongst masses for its rich cultural heritage in classical forms of dance, architecture, music, crafts, sculpture and much more.
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Chennai to Tirupati is around 133 km or 4 hours away. The holy town in Andhra Pradesh is the eighth most sacred place of Lord Mahavishnu. Several devotees and visitors come over to Tirupati to offer prayers and sacrifices. Some of the highlights of Tirupati are Sri Venkateswara Temple, Akasha Ganga Temple and Sri Veda Narayanaswami Temple, apart from the incredible natural beauty and scenic vistas available on display.
Tirupati has played a significant role in being one of the pilgrimage sites and has great spiritual and religious significance. The air is full of peace and tranquillity, and you would connect with the divine presence on entering the holy town.
Final Destination - Horsley Hills
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Tirupati is 128 km or 3 hours and 30 minutes via road to Horsley Hills. There is a wide variety of attractions that feature in Horsley Hills, ranging from the adventurous ones to the mesmerising and naturally beautiful ones.
Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary
The sanctuary is an ideal location for all the wildlife lovers as it shelters various species of birds and animals like jungle fox, panthers, fox, sambars, wild dogs, etc. Enjoy watching these animals and birds in their natural surroundings. This sanctuary is also known for its birdwatching activities and its exotic flora.
The fascinating collection of flora features reeta, shikakai, mahogany, bamboo, beedi leaves, amla, red sanders, sandalwood and bay leaves.
Built by the visionary environmentalist, Venkata Subba Rao from Hyderabad, this park is just one of the significant contributions he made towards the environment and ecosystem while continuously educating people and spreading awareness about the importance of preserving and nurturing the environment.
Dedicated to a lady named Malama, who used to heal the tribal people of the village, it is stated that one day she suddenly disappeared and as a mark of respect, the tribal built this temple in her memory. One of the famous pilgrimage spots that features captivating architecture and natural vistas.
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Placed amidst incredible natural surroundings that offer magnificent panoramic views, this lake is a must-visit for all the nature lovers out there. For the best experience, hop on for a boat ride, which gives you full 360 views of the surroundings.
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Positioned 15 km away from the Madanapalle village, this temple is extremely popular amongst devotees and visitors residing in the surrounding areas. Several functions and festivals in the region are celebrated with great pomp.