I was back to India in Oct’17 for my annual vacation and it was time we guys took our bikes for a long ride. My gang wanted to do a ride which can be covered in one day, as most of them are now married or had commitments which didn’t allow them more time. Since most of the places in and around Bengaluru were covered earlier, we were left with few options. We had to look for neighborhood for a ride spot and zeroed in on Horsley Hills. The distance from Bengaluru to Horsley is 150+ KM and can be easily covered in a day. It was now time for our RE bikes to come out of sleep and zip the roads. For sure it was a good distance for the engines to get warmed up after a long slumber.
Horsley Hills or Horsleykonda is a series of hills in Andhra Pradesh in Madanapalle taluk of Chittoor district and is about 9 miles from Madanapalle town. The local name of the hill was Yenugu Mallama Konda after a legend of a saintly old woman named Mallamma who lived atop the hill and was fed by elephants (yenugulu). W.D. Horsley, a British collector, built his home around 1870 after whom it is named. In contrast to the surrounding dry, hot and barren country surrounding it the area is well vegetated and cooler climate made it attractive as a hill resort and tourist spot. (source: Wikipedia)
The entire stretch from Bengaluru to Horsley hills has excellent roads if you take NH44 route. Alternately there is a route which cuts through many villages and reached Chintamani which can be avoided if you do not prefer countryside views and roads. We took this route while going and in return we opted for the NH44 smooth roads. The view from top is ok-ok and nothing much is available at the place. We figured that this ride could as well be avoided since there is nothing interesting to see or do. But if you just like the road trip and prefer to cover some miles with friends, then sure you can opt for Horsley Hills. You can take a quick nap once you reach the view spot especially with cool breeze hitting your body.
Checkout the weather conditions before you depart since it can be too hot at times. Luckily it was cloudy and slight showers were seen when we visited in Oct’17 last week. There is no need to worry about food or fuel since you will find many on this route. Just be careful with the local vehicles driven by F1 drivers!