Places Covered: Horsley Hills and Talakona
Total distance: ~580 Kms
Time: ~23 Hrs
Mileage: haven’t calculated, must have burnt around 12-13 ltrs.
Previous Trip: Trip to Dandeli/ Karwar/ Gokarna/ Murdeshwar
Not literally frozen of-course, its Andhra Pradesh. I guess the unexpectedness of the level of cold in AP made me feel even colder :). The temperature throughout the ride was just above 10 degrees, coupled with 60-70 kmph riding speeds is good enough to result windchill in negative.
About Horsley Hills:
Horsley Hills is like an Appetizer at 4100ft, blessed with loads of trees (especially Eucalyptus, Jacaranda), 3-4 hair pin bends, awesome climate, peaceful, away from the traffic/ Janta and no pollution makes it a perfect getaway for relaxation.
There is nothing much to do here other than pure relaxation.
Also if you are lucky, you might get a chance to spot Sambar Deer.
Awesome breakfast buffet at APTDC (Rs 90 per head, includes dosa/ idli/ pongal/ coffee/ tea).
Trekking and some adventure sports (run by APTDC) are also there, haven’t done that.
There is a small park and a small zoo opposite to APTDC Hill Resort.
About Talakona Waterfall:
Talakona waterfall is around 100 km from Madanapally. Waterfall is in Sri Venkateswara National Park.
With a 270 feet tall, it is the highest waterfall in Andhra Pradesh.
There is also a 250m long canopy rope walk.
The water here is believed to be rich in minerals which flows through herbs and has healing properties. Talakona was declared as Bio-Sphere Reserve since a variety of herbs and plant species are available.
While heading towards Talakona, one can see the rocky side of Tirumala Hills.
Hoskote> Chintamani Bypass> Madnapally> Horsley Hills> Madanapally> Talakona (Tirupati Road)
Chintamani road is being relaid, so its more of a nightmare to ride in night (especially when its cold).
The roads were pretty good throughout the trip, except Chintamani and near Talakona.
Its been nearly 2 months since my last bike trip, making me desperate enough to go on a long day trip.
We finalized a visit to Talakona Waterfalls via Horsley Hills.
This was the 2nd time we were going to Horsley Hills. As I said before, Horsley Hills is kind of a special place that can be visited any number of times (unless one is interested in hardcore adventure stuff).
We woke up at 2 AM next day and got ready. Outside temperature at that time must have been less than 15 Degree (negative wind chill temperature while riding at 60-70kmph). So finally by 2 30 AM we left for Horsley Hills, which is around 140 Km from Hoskote.
On the way, we stopped near H-Cross (before Chintamani) for a Coffee break, next break before Madanapally .We reached Madanapally by 4 AM, we asked the directions to Horsley Hills to a cop there and he suggested us to go after 5 30 AM (there was a robbery happened a month back on that highway).
As per his advice we stopped for a coffee break nearby, took rest for an hour and started for Horsley Hills. It took us 30-40 mins to reach the base of the hill (~25 km from Madanapally).
Took a few shots on the way up.
Taken at the base of the hill.
APTDC Hill Resort and park.
Panorama shots from my last trip.
By 9 AM we had our breakfast at APTDC Restaurant. Stopped at a hair pin bend for a couple of shots and slow motion videos.
By 9 30 AM we started for Talakona. Chilled wind was blowing throughout the trip even though it was a bright sunny day.
Talakona is around 125 km from Horsley Hills. We reached Talakona by 12 PM. Its a 10 minutes walk up to Talakona waterfall form the parking place.
Waterfalls was pretty crowded but, we managed to find a decent spot away from crowd.
Took a dip in the crystal clear ice cold water (slight exaggeration about ice cold :P). Water is crystal clear over there. Wherever depth is more, the water look bluish rather the famous green :).
250m long canopy rope walk.
Other than these there is nothing else to do there. The banner over there shows a huge list of activities available there (including jeep safari), but a local over there told us that was the past, now there is only a waterfall and the canopy walk left. So by 3 PM we started the return journey, stopped at Madanapally for lunch and a few coffee break in between. We reached home by 10 PM.