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~~Horsley Hills ~~
- Jasmine Meera
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INTRODUCTION ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Horsley Hills is a serene hamlet in Andhra Pradesh that has been named after W.D. Horsley, the Collector of Cuddapah district. Collector Horsley who was also the British member of the Indian Civil service had made the hills his summer retreat. The natural beauty of the Horsley Hills is indeed irresistible. The Horsley Hills have been a popular refuge for the sun-scorched souls since long. The Chenchu tribes largely inhabit the Horsley Hills that are so rich in flora and fauna. BEST TIME TO VISIT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Horsley Hills remain cool throughout the year. There are no major temperature variations and the Horsley Hills experiences a maximum of 32C during summer temperature and minimum of 20C. Thus you may plan your tour of Horsley Hills any time of the year. 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. TOURISTS ATTRACTIONS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Horsley Hills need to be experienced to be enjoyed. There are the Sampangi flowers that spread their fragrance, on the shady slopes of the Horsley Hills. There are gorgeous greens as far as you may see. In the forest area of the Horsley Hills you may find a wide variety of flowers ranging from Reeta, Shikakai, Amla, Beedi leaves, Bay leaves, Sandalwood, Red sanders, Blue gum, Mahogany to Bamboo. While at the Horsley Hills you may even spot animals like bears, wild dogs, jungle fowl, sambars and panthers. While at Horsley Hills do visit the tourist attraction of the Eucalyptus tree namely Kalyani that is 150-year-old! As it is Horsley Hills is populated with the Eucalyptus, Jacaranda, Allamanda, Gulmohar trees. You may even visit the renowned Rishi Valley School that is being run by the Jiddu Krishnamurthy Foundation. The Rishi Valley School is in close proximity to the Horsley Hills The Mallamma temple is another major tourist attraction at Horsley Hills that is worth visiting. The Chenchu tribes who inhabit the Horsley Hills keep the renowned Pungannur cows. The Pungannur cows are known for their milk yielding capacity and low appetite. PLACES AROUND HORSLEY HILLS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ While in Horsley Hills you may plan an excursion to the Kaundinya wild life sanctuary. At the Kaundiya Wild life sanctuary you may spot the Cheetal, Four horned Antelope, Sambhar, Mouse Deer, Hare, Porcupine, Wild boar, Jungle Cat, Jackal, Sloth Bear, Panther, Jungle Fowl, Pea Fowls and Elephants. The Sanctuary is rich in flora too and boasts of Albizia Amara, Ficus Religiosa, Ficus Tomentosa, Ficus Bengalensis and Bamboo, Santalum Album et al. The Kaundinya Wild life Sanctuary is at a distance of 87 km away from the hillock of Horsley Hills and is worth visiting. HOW TO REACH ~~~~~~~~~~~ BY AIR - The airports at Tirupati and Bangalore at a distance of 160 km and 165 km respectively cater to the air travel to Horsley Hills. BY RAIL - The railhead at Madanapalle Road is the nearest to the Horsley Hills. From the Madanapalle Road station Madanapalle is at a distance of 13 km and Horsley Hills 43-km. BY ROAD - State transport buses of Andhra Pradesh and taxis ply to the hill resort of Horsley Hills. There are daily buses to Horsley Hills from Madanapalle and Tirupati WHERE TO STAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Accommodation is easily available in Horsley Hills at the A.P. Tourism's Governors' Bungalow, Forest Bungalow, P.W.D. Inspection Bungalow or the Chittoor Cooperative Society guest house. And many more excellent accommodation facilities in and around Horsley Hills.

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