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Amboli Maharashtra, West
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Amboli is a lesser known yet a beautiful hill station in south Maharashtra. It lies in the Sahayadri Hills of Western India, one of the world's "Eco Hot-Spots" and it therefore abounds in a variety of fairly unique flora and fauna. At an altitude of 690 meters it is the last hill resort before the coastal highlands of Goa settles to form the flat beaches. It also remains to be relatively unexplored holding a distinct charm for its visitors. It is the wettest place in the state of Maharashtra with an average of nearly 750 cms of rainfall in a year.

 

Historically, Amboli village came into being as one of the staging posts along the road from Vengurla port to the city of Belgaum, which was extensively used by the British to supply their garrisons in south and central India. Amboli's potential as a hill station was discovered by the Sawants of Wadi (within whose fief Amboli lay), much before the British; always nostalgic for bad weather, declared it a hill station in 1880's.

 

The hills of Amboli village are one of the sources of the Krishna River (The Ganges of southren India). There is an ancient temple of Shiva (Hiranyakeshi) at the cave from where the water emerges. Legend has it that there are 108 Shiva temples in and around Amboli of which only a dozen have been uncovered, one as recently as 2005.

 

With its interesting offer from view points, picnic spots to angling and the monsoon kaleidoscope, for a few days of solitude, Amboli is an ideal retreat.

 Orientation

Amboli is absolutely fascinating, one among the few hill stations of Maharashtra with a stunning view of the sea. A tranquil spot on the Western Ghats is surrounded by dense forest, the tree lined hills that overlooks the coastline opens up to a strip of sandy ribbon of the Konkan coast; while the remaining three sides are endowed with a magnificent panorama of the sweeping valley. Amboli is one of the few hill stations of Maharashtra from where one can see the sea.

 

This hilly locale is very becoming with change of seasons. Once the rains ceases it metamorphoses into a beautiful spot by winters, the hills a brilliant green, glistening in golden sunshine with myriads of waterfalls gushing down its slopes. An idyllic place to spend days at leisure and enjoy the joys of nature. Pack a picnic basket, go ambling, through the misty wood along untrodden paths, revel and relax in solitude.

 

A visit to the Madhavgad Fort is a must, as the view from here of the surrounding dense woods, the Konkan coast and the Arabian Sea is highly spectacular. The fort can be reached only from the northern side.

 

The Amboli Falls veiled in mist during the rains is gorgeous and at its heightened glory from June   till October. The thrilling waterfalls are a major draw of tourists to Amboli. A famous picnic spot where one can beat the summer heat.

 Getting there

Location and Distance

490 km south of Mumbai and just 90 km northeast of Panaji, Goa.

 Fast Facts
Name Amboli Best Time To Visit June to February
Location Maharashtra   West   India   Destination  
Open From 0000-00-00  To 0000-00-00 Type Coastal Hill Town
Temperature Summar   35-40C      Winter   12-15C      Rainy   28-34C
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