Horsley Hills in Madanapalle Andhra Pradesh is probably lesser known offbeat and the next upcoming popular tourist destination which is 150 Km from Bangalore. We explored the Horsley hills from Bangalore and documented our experience through the blog post. Should you head out?
WHAT IS HORSLEY HILL ALL ABOUT?
Horsley hills are series of hills located in Chittoor district bordering Karnataka state. The Horsley hills is the only hill station in Andhra Pradesh with rich fauna and amazing landscape. The hills are named after WD Horsley, the then collector of Kadapa District.
WHY TO GO HORSLEY HILLS?
The number of off beat tourist visiting Horsley hills has increased in recent times as per the locals. The reason could be the interest of youngster to drive all the way from Bangalore to Horsley hill by road trip. The road distance is approx 160 Km and it takes roughly 3.5- 4 Hrs to reach depending on from where you start your journey.
If you are aware of popular Nandi hills in Bangalore, then Horsley hills won't be an unknown destination for you , just add another 2 hrs of awesome bike/car ride plus refreshing and windy welcome to the top and at the view points
WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE & OFFBEAT
Horsley hills is all about a long drive and than enjoying couple of great view points. The hill is located at 4100 ft which is roughly 1265 meter above sea level. The height gives the much needed cool environment and green landscape to the hills. The breathtaking view from the top is another dimension to appreciate the nature and how small we are.
HORSLEY HILLS ACCOMODATIONS
The hills are mostly suitable for one day trip from Bangalore. However, if you are thinking to relax and spend a night at the top with winds and trees, you got some luck.
To provide the accommodation facility at the horsley hill, AP tourism is doing some fantastic job.The AP Tourism Department runs and operates resorts across Andhra Pradesh. These resorts branded as Haritha Resorts and offer comfortable accommodation with basic services to the visitors.
APTDC operated resort is also available at Horsley hills. You can choose from varieties of rooms offered like bungalow , cottages etc. Check out and book your accommodation at Horsley hill with aptdc
Remember, the accommodation at Horsley hill operated by APTDC is the only one and is recommended. We found the rooms are above average and service as basic. The food tasted good and has in house swimming pool.Hence, the accommodation is above average and okay from our point of view.
HORSLEY HILLS: ENTRANCE TICKET
|Horsly hill entrance ticket charge||Rs. 10|
|4 Wheeler/Car Charges||Rs. 25|
VISITING TIMINGS OF HORSLEY HILLS
All Day (Monday to Sunday)
All time, however avoid odd hours
Entrance charges collected when you turn from main road to the gate
Driving Caution: The ghat section road from the base of the hills to the top comprises of few hairpins drive. Also, do look out for the vehicles coming from the opposite side. Give way & enjoy the ride.
BEST SEASON TO VISIT THE HORSLEY HILLS
Mid-October to mid-January is a pleasant time to visit the hills as you will witness the morning mist and fog as per locals However, the temperature at the top remains cool throughout the year. You might witness rains during the peak monsoon. The hills remain cool all round the year.
One life is enough if you live right and exquisitely. Adventure sports are a must activity. Horsley hills offer some offbeat sports activities to experience for. However, to enjoy the activities at the fullest, you must come prepare to stay for 1 night
There are numerous fun and offbeat activities to try for to pump up the adventure in you. We recommend checking out the activities and other detail operated by Freakouts Adventure for more detail
QUICK TIPS FOR HORSLEY HILLS
- Horsley hills trip should be done with keeping in mind that it's just a detox from normal busy life . Do not go on expectations that you will get tons of things to do
- You won't find much options of eating or even for snacks once you cross Karnataka boarder. Therefore, pack up snacks in your backpack.
- Do not go with a lot of bags or big rucksack because this may increase unnecessary load for your bike trip.
- Please do not litter the environment with plastics. The landscape is maintained quite nicely and we all should respect the mother nature
- There is 6 Km of small ghat road, which start from the base of the hill to the up. Drive carefully and watch out for vehicles coming from opposite direction
- Respect the culture of the state, destination and its local community.
BEST WAY TO REACH HORSLEY HILLS
The nearest railway station from Horsley hills is Tirupati which is approx 130 Km. This option would be good if you combine Tirupati visit with Horsley hills. I recommend taking a taxi or Bus from Tirupati and enjoy the calm and cool environment of the hills.
Horsley Hills are well connected by bus, however it's only state bus. From Bangalore till Madanapalli you will get buses frequently. Please do check out shared taxis or car pool if they are going to the Horsley hills
The nearest international airport from the hills is located in Bangalore which is 160 Km from the hills. I firmly believe flight would be the least used option.
DRIVING DIRECTION TO HORSLEY HILLS
ANDHRA TOURISM DEPARTMENT CONTACT DETAILS
Andhra Pradesh Tourism Corporate Office
5th Floor, Stalin Corporate office, Auto Nagar, Industrial Area, Vijayawada.
Email- [email protected]
CHECKLIST FOR YOUR SAFE HORSLEY HILLS TRIP
I want you to be safe and enjoy your memorable travel to Horsley hills, Below are few important checklist for yours and your loved one safety!
- First and foremost drive safely and responsibily.
- Leave early from Bangalore or Hyderabad, this way you will reach by late morning.
- Carry few snacks and water bottle. Once you leave Karnataka boarder, you won't find good eateries.
- Afternoon can be hot and harsh, hence keep yourself dehydrated.
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