Horsley Hills or Horsleykonda or Yenugulla Mallamma Konda is situated at an altitude of 1,265 meters above sea level on the southwestern border of Andhra Pradesh state in India.

One of the most beautiful hill stations of Andhra Pradesh, Horsley Hills is situated near the town of Madanapalle, in Chittoor district. Sunrise and sunset can be observed from the topmost hill of this beautiful tourist spot.

 

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Its local name is ” Yenugulla Mallamma Konda”. According to the people living here, Mallamma was a saintly, senile woman who was fed by elephants. People from nearby villages use to visit her for words of wisdom. One day she suddenly disappeared. After that, people started worshiping her and constructed a temple named after her and the name yenugulla (of elephant) Mallamma (Mallamma raised by elephants) got struck to this village. In 1870, it was named Horsley Hills after the Collector of Cuddapah during British rule, WD Horsley.

From the highest point of this hill, tourists can see the surrounding greenery. Tourists can also see Goriband, View Point and Gangotri lake, etc. around Horsley Hills.

Gangotri Lake is situated in the midst of beautiful surroundings and offers panoramic views. You can also enjoy boating in this lake.

Another attraction at Horsley Hills is Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary. It is home to hundreds of species of birds and animals. Tourists can watch animals like jungle fowl, bear, sambar, and panther here.

This sanctuary also has different types of plants and flowers such as Amla, Beedi leaves, Red Sanders, Rita, Shikakai, Bay leaves, Sandalwood, Blue Gum, Mahogany. eucalyptus, jacaranda, allamanda, and Gulmohar trees. Some of the eucalyptus trees are 150 years old. The hill has plenty of huge rocks with little pools of water in between where one can see birds as well as occasional deer who come here for drinking water.

 

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The grand temple of Mallamma is another attraction for the devotee tourist. It is dedicated to a woman named Mallama, after whom this hill station is also called Yenugulla Mallamma Konda. Konda in Telgu means hill.

The maximum temperature is 30 °C and the minimum temperature is around 15 °C.

Tourists can visit this hill at any time of the year. During the summer as well as winter, there is a calm and pleasant atmosphere near Horsley Hills. During the monsoon season, due to heavy rainfall in the beautiful hills, the green spread over the hills will fascinate you.

The summer season begins in March and ends in May. During the summer season, the constant cool winds make this place more enchanting.

The nearest airports are Bangalore and Tirupati airports. Bangalore Airport is located at a distance of 160 km and Tirupati Airport at a distance of 130 km. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or travel by bus to reach Horsley Hills.

The nearest railway station is located at Madanapalle, at a distance of 43 km from the city.

Horsley Hills is well-connected to the other parts of the State by Andhra Pradesh State Transport buses. Regular buses are available from Madanapalle and Tirupati. These government buses are regular and cheap.