As summer scorches us with its unbearable heat, the sun sapping our energy with a straw like in that ad, we often wish to take asylum in a cool hill station. The regular options like Ooty and Kodai are overcrowded, thanks to the (over)hype by the media. So what do we do now? Sit under the AC and curse the pollution, population, the Government and numerous other things responsible for the heat? Or maybe check out the options we have in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Sounds not too bad now, does it?
1. Lambasingi: This place isn’t called the ‘Kashmir of the South’ for nothing. Temperatures here in winters regularly touch single digits. Even in the summers, the weather here is much cooler than the other parts of the state, even cooler than Araku Valley. It is near Visakhapatnam, so people in the city can plan a quick weekend escape!
This place has coffee and pepper plantations. Coffee grown here is exported to the USA. As the climate is quite suitable, it is also set to become the Apple capital of Andhra Pradesh.
Fun Fact: Another name for this village is Korra Bayalu. Korra means ‘stick, and Bayalu means ‘outside’; this essentially means “if some one stays outside the house in the open they will freeze like a stick”.
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Here is a video showcasing the pure beauty of the village, covered in thick fog during the winter months!
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2. Horsley Hills: A charming hill station situated on AP’s southwest border, at a distance 144 km from Tirupati. Pristine, cool air is present on the Horsley Hills all through the year. It is a perfect retreat to beat the heat of the summer months, as the hills are rich in flora and fauna.
It is also home to the Chenchu tribes who keep the Pungannur cows renowned for their high milk producing capacity.
Horsley Hills is one of the few places to offer Zorbing in India. Other adventure sports that one can enjoy here are Rapelling and Trekking.
Origin of the name: It was originally called Yenugu Mallamma Konda. According to legend, there used to be a little girl named Mallamma who was taken care of by elephants. She would heal the tribal people on the hills. When she disappeared suddenly, people thought that she was a goddess and built a temple for her.
Later on, it was named after a British officer named W.D. Horsley, the then Collector of Cuddapah district.
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3. Ananthagiri Hills: Located near Vikarabad, these hills are just the perfect weekend getaway from Hyderabad. If you are looking to do a bike trip with friends, then it is double the fun! The winding roads through the hills are very much fun to drive… Ananthagiri is perched at an altitude where the panoramic vista unfolds stunning viewpoints.
It is one of the oldest habited places in Telangana, with ancient caves and medieval forts. Also, this place is home to the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, built by a Muslim king. Talk about Medieval secularism!
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So where are you off to?
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