Amboli

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Amboli

Location

The hill station of Amboli is located at an altitude of 690 m in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. Sawantwadi, located 30 kms from Amboli is the closest railway station of the place whereas Dabolim, Goa is the nearest airport, located at a distance of 120 kms and 90 kms from Panaji, the state capital.

How to Reach

From Goa take a taxi to get to Amboli via Sawantwadi. From Kadamba Bus Terminus, Panaji, there are state transport buses for Sawantwadi and therafter regular buses ply on the route from Sawantwadi to Amboli. From Goa it will be a pleasant drive of 2-3 hours.

Getting around in Amboli

Taxis and Rickshaws are available at Amboli. You can also hire bicycles and move around. It is also possible to hire horse here.

Best Time to Visit

Winter is the ideal time to visit Amboli, when the waterfalls can be seen gushing down from the hills. The rush of tourists starts after Diwali and lasts till the summer season ends. Beautiful waterfalls can be seen here during the rainy season. Summers at Amboli are extremely pleasant and cool.

Highlights

Amboli is a placid and beautiful hill station engulfed in peace and tranquility. The glorious scenes of the traversing valley and the tree lined sandy decoration of the Konkan coast. This hill station forms the southern range of the Sahyadri Hills. The Konkan coast lies on one side of Amboli, whereas valleys are found on the other three sides. British political personnel called Colonel Westrop made a major contribution to the development of Amboli as a hill station.

Amboli, receiving an annual rainfall of about 750 centimeters, is considered the wettest region in Maharashtra. The heavy rainfall has contributed to the growth of forest along the steep hills of Amboli. During the rainy season, the hill station is shrouded with mist. The hills of Amboli attract large number of tourists to view the Konkan beach from the top of the Amboli hills. The destination sees around 50,000 tourists each year.

The cool climate of Amboli offers an escape from the hot and humid summers of the city. Submersed by thick forests and outrageous valleys, this placid mountaintop extends some of the best bird's-eye views of the Konkan coast.

The other major attractions of the place are Nagatta Falls, Hiranya Keshi, Shirgonkar, Mahadev and Narayan Gad, Bauxite Mines and Sea View Point. Nagatta Falls is a very popular site for picnics. Sea View Point offers a visual pleasure with a wide stretch of land and mountains extending towards the Konkan coast. Located 10 km from Amboli, the Bauxite Mines are another attraction.

Attractions In and Around Amboli

Mahadevgad Point

Located at a distance of 2.5 kms, Mahadevgad point is very picturesque. You get a beautiful view of the valley below and also the sunset from this point.

Shirgaonkar Point

The Shirgaonkar point is 2.5 kms. away from Amboli and is a favorite picnic spot for people in the rainy season. The road leading to the point is covered with dense forest and it is a very pleasant drive or walk on the road.

Starting Point of Hiranyakeshi River

Located at 3 - 4 kms. from Amboli the starting point of Hiranyakeshi river is a beautiful picnic spot. There is a Shankar and Devi temple at the Starting point and also a 'Kunda' or water tank. You have to walk a small distance to go up to the temple. The area around the temple is very peaceful and you can hear birds chirping away in the surrounding greens.

Sawantwadi

Located at 30 Kms. from Amboli, Savantwadi is a small city on the Mumbai - Goa Highway. This beautiful city is surrounded by mountains on all sides and the 'Moti' lake at the center of the city. Savantwadi is famous for wooden toys, artificial fruits, bamboo articles and gift articles. You can Stroll along the 'Moti Talav' especially in the evenings and enjoy some roadside snacks as bhelpuri & Panipuri. 'Moti Talav' looks very beautiful in the evening with lights along its shores.

Redi Ganpati Temple

Located at 30 kms. from Vengurla the Redi village has got manganese mines and the Ganpati Idol was found in one of the mines near Rewati port in 1976. The ganpati Idol is in a sitting position and approximately 15 feet in height. There is also a small rocky beach behind the temple.

Vengurla

Located at 25 Kms. from Sawantwadi, Vengurla is a beautiful coastal town with an excellent beach and a port. The Dutch and Portuguese conducted trade activities on a large scale through the Vengurla port. The beach near the port has some very beautiful spots where you can relax on big boulders and look at the ships and boats in the sea. The Mochemad Village at a distance of 10 Kms. from vengurla also has a beautiful beach.

Accomodation

Hotels in Amboli are readily available for making your trip more comfortable. It’s advisable to book rooms in advance as crowd increases on weekends especially after Diwali.

 

GoaTourismTravel’s recommendation - To enjoy the peace and tranquility of this place; do stay for one night.

 

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