Hills exude an undulating charm that rejuvenates the senses, taking away all the stress. Horsley Hills offer the same. Situated in the otherwise hot and humid Andhra Pradesh, the hill station acquired its name from once the collector of the Cuddapah district in the state – WD Horsley, who chose the region as his summer residence.
The quaint ghat road, quiet and verdant landscape, welcomes you here. Situated at high altitude of 1,265 metres, the setting here looks straight out of a storybook. The pristine hill station offers a slice of tribal life, as the Chenchu tribes inhabit the region.
The scent of jacaranda, gulmohur and eucalyptus is just enough to suffice your senses as you enter into this new world. Today, wherever the sight goes, you will see shady slopes, natural forests, luxurious plantations, spice creepers, shrubs and thick territory where plants and animals thrive together.Witness the beauty of flowers like reeta, shikakai, amla or spices like bay leaves. Sandalwood, red sanders, blue gum, mahogany and bamboo will greet you on the narrow roads. Offering captivating natural beauty, the place is a perfect recluse for the sun-scorched.
Those looking for a quiet holiday can sit by the banks of Lake Gangotri or take a boat ride. Cruise along the river is sure to make your holiday a memorable one. After the scenic boat ride you can visit the Environmental park of the Horsley Hills Museum. Those looking for some adventure can opt for Zorbing, which is offered in Horsley Hills apart from rapelling, rock climbing and trekking. Horsley Hills is one of the lesser known places where zorbing is conducted. The charm of rolling in a sphere, generally made of transparent plastic, performed on a gentle slopeis unmatched. It allows the rider to roll downhill and the fun is unlimited.
How to reach
Nearest airport is at Bangalore, situated at a distance of 165 km. State transport buses and taxis ply to the hill resort of Horsley Hills. There are daily buses to Horsley Hills from Tirupati, situated 160 km.
Where to stay:Accommodation is easily available at Horsley Hills.
Main attractions: Zorbing, trekking, rapelling and rock climbing
Best time to visit: March to October
Photo courtesy: Andhra Pradesh Tourism