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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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