Amboli is a famous hill station in South Maharashtra, India. It is the last hill station before the seaside highlands of Goa. Amboli lies in the Sahyadri Hills of western India, one of the "Eco Hot-Spots'' and has large amounts of strange flora and fauna.
Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra, India.
Amboli village remained 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 garrison in South and Central India. Amboli is known for sending large numbers of youngsters to serve the Indian Army. The Shaurya Chakra recipient Shahid Soldier Pandurang Mahadev Gawade was also from Amboli.
The hill station of Amboli lies on the Amboli Ghat that is a mountain pass in Sahyadri. It is one of the most beautiful ghats in India. This ghat is on the way from Kolhapur to Sawantwadi. Amboli hill station is surrounded by thick forest, waterfalls, and a stunning natural landscape. This place is one of the most favourite tourist attractions in Maharashtra.
The prominent weather in the region is rainfall, the Konkan belt experiences High Rainfall (ranges around 2500 mm to 4500 mm), and the climate remains Humid and warm. The temperature reaches up to 30 degrees Celsius during this season.
Summers are hot and humid, and the temperature touches 40 degrees Celsius.
Winters have a comparatively milder climate (around 28 degrees Celsius), and the weather remains Cool and Dry.
Things to do
This place is popular and is loved for its waterfalls, flora, and fauna, lush green forest, trekking experience, and many more. One cannot miss visiting the Amboli Fall which is surrounded by numerous waterfalls. This place is also famous for various water sports activities like Jetski, Banana ride, Sitting Bumper Ride, Sleeping Bumper Ride and Speed Boat Ride.
Nearest tourist places
One can plan to visit the following tourist places along with Amboli Hill Station:
- Amboli Falls: Situated 3 KM from the main bus stop, the Amboli Waterfalls are the major enchantments here. Thousands of tourists visit these waterfalls during the rainy season.
- Shirgaonkar Point: The Shirgaonkar Point explores the gorgeous panoramic view of the valley. Situated 3 KM from the main bus stop, this place gives the feeling of magic in the monsoon rains.
- Hiranya Keshi Temple: The temple is around the caves from where the water flows down to form the HiranyaKeshi River. It is 5 KM from the main bus stop. The caves also can be explored.
- Nangarta Falls: The Nangarta Falls is a narrow gorge on which the waterfalls from a height of 40 ft. It is situated 10 KM away from Amboli, just off the state highway. During monsoon rains, the waterfalls make a din which one must not miss.
- Sunset point: The sunset point is located 2 KM from the bus stop towards Sawantwadi. It provides a picturesque view of the sunset.
- Kavalshet Point Amboli: Breath-taking view of the endless valleys and small waterfalls, if you shout out your name, then its sound will echo through the mountains. A special feature is a reverse waterfall in the monsoon rains.
- Maruti Mandir: Located at a distance of 2 KM from the bus stand, Maruti mandir is the house of Lord Ganesh and Ram temple along with the Samadhi of a saint from Amboli.
Special food speciality and hotel
The local cuisine here is that of the Malvani food known for its spicy food of curries and fries. Being close to the Konkan side and Goa, little of Konkani cuisine has also seeped in. You can find Konkani style fish and kokum juice which is refreshing juice to have during summers.
Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station
Various hotels, Guesthouses, lodges, and resorts are available in Amboli.
The nearest hospital available is 32.1 KM (51 min) away.
The nearest post office is available at a distance of 0.9 kM (2 min)
The nearest police station is at a distance of 1 KM (3 min).
Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit
It is accessible throughout the year. Monsoon and winters are the best seasons to visit. Especially Monsoon as it gives the pleasure of beautiful waterfalls across the ghats. Tourists are advised to strictly avoid the month of May as the heat can be pretty unbearable.
Language spoken in area
English, Hindi, Marathi, Malvani