Amboli is a hill station in the south of Maharashtra, at an altitude of 690 m. Bounded by the southern ranges of the Sahyadri hills the place abounds in a variety of fairly unique flora and fauna. It is the last mountain resort before the coastal highlands take a deep breath, to form flat beaches.
Places to see at Amboli: The tourist attractions of Amboli includes:
It is here that the Hiranyakeshi River originates. The temple is built around the caves from where the water flows down to form the Hiranyakeshi river hence the temple so named. Alongside the temple there is also a cave which locals say can be explored.
Maruti Mandir is the house of Ganesh and Ram temple along with the Samadhi of a saint from Amboli.
Kavlesad point in Amboli provides some breath taking valley views. One can also find many small waterfalls from the view point during the monsoon. Try shouting your name from the valley that will echo it back to you. One would have to take a detour from the highway and drive over (very) poorly maintained roads for over 3 km to reach the destination and would not find any signs of human presence except the occasional vehicle that passes by.
Located on the SH 121 at a distance of 10 km from the main bus stand of Amboli, Nangarta falls is a narrow ravine into which the water flows from a height of over 40 feet. During the monsoons’, the heavy pour of water makes a hell of a noise that’s should not be missed. There is a bridge and a view point that have been constructed near the falls from where one can enjoy the beauty of the falls.
Nearby attractions from Amboli: Amboli is populated with a number of nearby attractions which include:
Situated close to the Goa border, and the seat of the Sawant Bhosale dynasty, Sawantwadi is 30 km from Amboli. Some prominent attractions of Sawantwadi are: Royal Palace, Kolgaon Darwaza, Lester Gate, Atmeshwar Tali, etc. The place is also famous for its Ganjifa cards.
Famous for its beautiful beaches and historic temples, Vengurla is 57 km from Amboli.
This place is famous for Sindhudurg fort, palaces, Navadurga temple, Napane waterfall, etc. and is 72 km from Amboli. Sindudurg also serves some of the most delicious Malvani delicacies.
Famous for its beaches lakes, forts and temples, Tarkalri is a popular tourist destination around Amboli at a distance of 101 km.
Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary
A famous sanctuary 114 km from Amboli, Dajjipur Wildlife Sanctuary’s most famous resident is the Indian bison.
Situated on the banks of the river Panchganga, Kolhapur is famous for Dakshin Kashi and Bahubai temples, Kolhapur is a popular tourist spot. Kolhapuri footwear, tobacco and jewels are world renowned. Kolhapur is 121 km from Amboli.
Things to do in Amboli: You can spend hours angling for a fish at Hiranya Keshi or picnic at Nagatta Falls, Mahadev Gad and Narayan Gad. Trekking, rock climbing, bird-watching and camping are some other activities in Amboli that one may enjoy.
Best time to visit Amboli: The best time to visit Amboli is between October and February when the weather is pleasant enough to explore outdoors.
How to go ?
The nearest airport would be Dabolim, Goa (127 km), connected to major cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Chennai. From here taxis and buses are available for Amboli hills.
The nearest railhead is Sawantwadi which is 28 kms from Amboli. Swantwadi is connected by rail to Margaon which is connected to almost major cities in India by rail like like Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune etc. Regular buses are available from Sawantwadi to Amboli.
Amboli is well connected by road to cities in Goa and Mumbai. Mostly taxies and three wheeled rickshaws are running in these roads. Tourist buses are available from Mumbai to Sawantwadi. It is a distance of nearly 525 km.
Where to stay ?
There are an array of accommodation options available in Amboli. Some options are:
MTDC Resort: +91-02363-240236, 239
Silver Spring Resort: +91-02363-240260 Website: www.silverspringresort.in
Shiv -Malhar Hotel: +91-02363-240301-022-21633383 Website: www.shivmalharhotelamboli.com
Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.