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Horsley Hills, a popular and one of the most beautiful hill resorts nestled in the Kurnool District of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and is just at a distance of about 140 km from Bangalore and 144 km from Tirupathi. As you move in to the hill station, you will experience the magnificence of the heavenly place, all flanked by nature with a dense growth of Eucalyptus, Jacaranda, Mohogony, Gulmohar, natural sandal wood and many other exotic trees.
As per the legends, there was a little girl named Mallamma who used to live here was taken care of by the Elephants. She used to cure the tribal people on the hills. After some time, she just disappeared from the place without telling anyone, the people who used to live here in the region thought her to be the Goddess and in order to pay her a tribute they set up a temple here.
The former name of this hill city was Yenugu Mallamma Konda. It is believed that the name of this hill city, Horsley Hills has been derived from the name of a British officer named W.D. Horsley, who was the Collector of the district of Cuddapah. According to the facts, during 1840-43 he visited this place and was taken away by the beauty of the hills and picked this place as his summer hill residence. Today, this Hill resort is used by the Governor of Andhra Pradesh as his summer residence and thus the edifice is called as the Governors bungalow. Madanapalle is the closest town to the hills.
The hill city holds a few tourist attractions such as the Mallamma temple and the Rishi Valley School. Horsely Hills is situated at the end of the Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary, which is located at a distance of about 87 km from the hill city. The city offers an array of adventure activities to indulge in such as zorbing, running bungee, rappelling, rock climbing, trekking, burma bridge, horizontal ladder, earth quake and Burma loops.
The city is easy to reach via road through NH4 and from Chennai get on to NH4 which will take you to the Poonthamalli High Road, further drives straight until Wallajah, which will give route to Chittoor. While reaching to Palamaner get onto NH219 till Madanapalle. Thereafter get onto NH205 and drive for a distance of about 16 km and you will reach at the destination.