The famous hill resort of Andhra Pradesh, Horsley Hills is an enthralling, charming little hill station. It is a beautiful summer resort with luxurious vegetation and rich fauna. Named after WD Horsley, the then collector of Kadapa District, these hills are situated at an altitude of 1,265m from the sea-level. It is said that WD Horsley built himself a bungalow to escape the heat waves from the plains during summer.
The climate here is relaxing with temperature ranging from 20 deg C to 32 deg C maximum, even in summers. This is one of the major assets that draw number of tourists to this place in summers. Even the surrounding comprising of the lush green plains spread all over, the forest, though not dense, adds to its beauty.
Even on the hills that are lush with dense forest and thick greenness, you can see various species of plants stretching along the narrow roads. The journey to this place gives a good experience. There are trees like Eucalyptus, Jacaranda, Allamanda, Gulmohar and flowering plants like Reeta, Shikakai, Amla, Beedi leaves, Bay leaves, Red Sanders and Blue gum found in the forest.
There is sandalwood trees found all over the hills. The Horsley hill does not lag behind in the species of fauna found here. In the dense forests of the shady slope hills, wooded with luxurious vegetation, you can find animals like bear, wild dogs, jungle fowls, Sambar and Panther.
The Chenchu tribes dwell in the forest of Horsley Hills. They rear their famous Pungannur cows, which eat less fodder and yield more milk. There is also a 150-year old Eucalyptus tree called "Kalyani", which makes a well-known attraction. Thus, the fresh and untainted air provides complete solitude away from the hustle-bustle of the city and gives you an everlasting experience with perfect peace of mind.
About 50kms from Horsley hills, towards Madanapalle, there is Gurramkonda. It's a fort said to be built by the Golconda Sultans and stands about 500 feet high. The three sides of the fort consist of perpendicular cliffs. Some local legend has it that the name was derived from the fact that a horse was guarding the fort and that place was unconquerable so long as the horse remained there. It makes a beautiful place to visit.