· Summer: March-May (20°C - 30°C)
· Winter: December-February (12°C - 25°C)
· Monsoon: June-September
Best time to visit:
Throughout the year
Entry Fees for Indians
Video Camera: N/A
Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals
Picturesque landscapes featuring lavishly forested hills that stay engulfed in mist present Horsley Hills as an outstanding holiday resort for nature lovers and honeymoon couples. However, the place is not limited to any particular category of tourists, as it is equally charming for adventurers, wildlife lovers and religious travellers. The spectacular covers of trees like sandalwood, gulmohar, eucalyptus (including a 150-year old eucalyptus tree called Kalyani), allamanda and jacaranda and fabulous expanse of flowering plants like blue gum, sampangi, reeta and red sanders add multiple hues to the place. It is not rare to sight animals like bear, sambar, panther and wild dog and some gorgeous birds at Horsley.
Lake Gangotri, Horsley Bungalow (also called Governor’s Bungalow) and Horsley Hills Museum and numerous vantage points add to the place’s worth. Adventurers can have their share of delightful experiences like zorbing, rappelling and trekking. The nearby Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary can be included in the adventure list. Spiritual-minded tourists can visit the popular temple of Mallamma and a nearby Shiva Temple. Other attractions are the Punganoor cows, bred by the local Chenchu tribes and known for their high milk-yielding trait. Handicrafts made by the tribal people are worth purchasing as well.
The beautiful hill resort is accessible from Bangalore and Chennai (via NH 4 and 205) and Hyderabad (via NH 7 and 205). Though the whole road journey offer visual treat of fascinating countryside, it is the final leg of Horsley Hills Road which impresses the most. The narrow hill roads dotted with a variety of trees add to the delight of being in the region.
Madanapalle Road Railway Station is the closest rail access point, about 30 km. from the hill station. From here, you can hire a taxi to reach the final destination.
Airports at Bangalore (about 142 km. away) and Tirupati (about 145 km. away) are the closest air access points. You can hire taxis from each of the air terminals for the subsequent road trip.