Hill Stations Near NelloreHill stations have always attracted the people who love to travel. That is why, any person who wants to plan a trip always look out for different hill station in near and far away places. The two very popular hill stations near Nellore are Horsley Hills and Papi Kondalu. They are two very popular hill stations in South India and tourists from other parts of India also come to visit these two hill stations.
Horsley Hills:Horsley Hills is one of the famous summer hill resorts in Andhra Pradesh. Horsley Hills is named after a British officer W.D. Horsley, who was the Collector of Cuddapah district during the British times. He first came to the place in 1840 and was immediately amazed by the beauty of this place. W.D. Horsley made this place his summer residence and was instrumental in creating awareness among the British officials about this place. Once the beauty of Horsley Hills was known among the British officials, many had chosen the place as their summer residence. Still, the municipality of Horsley Hills have conserved the summer residence of W.D. Horsley and it is known as “the Governor’s Bungalow”. This is developed as a tourist place by the authorities.
Horsley Hills are widely praised for its scenic beauty. The narrow roads that lead to the hills are very beautiful and the entire road is covered with dense forest for different kinds of trees like eucalyptus, jacaranda, allamanda and gulmohar. Important tourist attractions of Horsley Hills are Environmental Park, Lake Gangotri, Gaalibanda,and the Horsley Hills Museum. The Mallamma temple is also a famous local temple of the area.
Zorbing is probably the most popular tourist activity in the Horsley Hills. This is one of the very few places in India which offers the opportunity for zorbing. Now, it is hugely popular among the tourists. For the tourist groups coming to the place, there are attractive discounts by the management. Apart from zorbing, rappelling, trekking etc are also popular here.
How to Reach Horsley HillsHorsley Hills is 253 km away from Nellore. Most people do prefer to go to Horsley Hills from Nellore by road due to the scenic beauty and the journey takes around 8 hours. A/C and Non A/C buses are available from Nellore for tourists which can take them to Horsley Hills. Most of the buses start from Nellore Bus Stand, and they are available twice or thrice in a week. Private cabs are also available from Nellore which can take the tourists to Horsley Hills. It is advised that the tourists book the car entirely for their stay in the Horsley Hills.
Also many people from Nellore like visit Horsley Hills immediately after they had visited Tirupati, due to the number of convenient travel options.
Hotels in Horsley HillsAPTDC Horsley Hills Resort
Address: B.Kothakota, Madanapalle, Chitoor District.,Hyderabad,517325
Rate: Starts from Rs 985 per Room per Day
Bans the Hotel
Address: 4/99, Pantrampalli Village, Chittoor 517004, India
Rate: Starts from Rs 900 per Room per Day
Papi KondaluApart from the Horsley Hills, Papi Kondalu enjoys wide popularity among the tourist in Andhra Pradesh. It is widely debated that the scenery of this place resembles to the beauty of Kashmir. Tourists can enjoy their stay in the serene atmosphere of the place and can indulge in the beauties of the waterfalls at Munivaatam. The whole area is divided into three districts, East Godavari, West Godavari and Khammam district. General tourists prefer to reach Papi Kondalu through Rajahmundry, in the East Godavari District. The most popular tourist attraction of the place is the luxury cruise on the Godavari River. Some other important tourist attractions of the place are Papi hills, Gandipochamma Temple, and Perantapalli Ashramam.
How to Reach Papi KondaluPapi Kondalu is 347 km away from Nellore. Alappuzha- Dhanbad Express (13352), Chennai Egmore- Guwahati Express (15629),Yesvantpur- Dibrugarh Express (15901),Kanyakumari Dibrugarh Vivek Express (15905) and Chennai Egmore-Dibrugarh Weekly Express (15929) are some of the trains that can take the tourists to Rajahmundry, the nearest rail station of Papi Kondalu, from Nellore. Tourists can avail taxi or private cars from Rajahmundry to go to Papi Kondalu. The distance of Papi Kondalu from Rajahmundry is only 61 km.
Hotels in Papi KondaluAnand Regency Hotel, Rajahmundry
Address: 26-3-7, Jampeta, Rajahmundry, East Godavari Dist
Rate: Rs 1,750 to 7,000
Paradigm Sarovar Portico
Address: Subhash Road, Kakinada 533001, India
Rate: Rs 2656 to 3241