( ) , elevation 1,265 m, is a famous summer hill resort in Andhra Pradesh
, about 160 km from Bangalore, India
and 144 km from Tirupathi
is the closest town near the hills. The major tourist attractions here include the Mallamma temple and the Rishi Valley School
. Horsely Hills is the departure point for the Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary
located 87 km away.
The old name of Horsley Hills was Yenugu Mallamma Konda. According to legend, there used to be a little girl named Mallamma who was taken care of by Elephants
. She used to heal the tribal people on the hills. When she disappeared suddenly, people thought that she was a goddess and built a temple for her.
Horsley Hills is named after a British
officer named W.D. Horsley, the Collector of Cuddapah
district. He visited this place around 1840-43 and was impressed by the beauty of the hills and chose this spot for his summer residence. Now the Governor of Andhra Pradesh
uses this house as a summer residence and hence this house is called the Governors bungalow.
The narrow road to Horsely Hills is very scenic. It is surrounded throughout its entire length with dense growths of eucalyptus
trees.The major tourist places around Horsely hills are Lake Gangotri, Highview seeing place, Gaalibanda, Environmental park and the Horsley Hills Museum.
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