"Amboli Hill Station" Amboli by RakeshKapadnis

Amboli Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 7 photos

Amboli at a glance.

Amboli was on our travell map in the December 2007 roadtrip of Goa & Kokan. Amboli comes in Kokan & is on the border of Maharashtra & Goa. Having dense forests and steep mountains, Amboli is the last hill resort before the coastal plains begin in the southern ranges of the Sahyadri Hills. The hilltop Amboli gives a fine bird's-eye view of the Konkan coast. Colonel Westrop, who was a British political agent, developed Amboli as a hill station after the opening of the Ghat Road from the coastal town of Vengurla, now in southern Maharashtra, to Belgaum.

Getting there:
Nearest airport is Belgaum, 64 kms. Dabolim(Goa) airport is 120 kms.

The nearest railhead is Sawantwadi Road on Konkan Railway, 30 kms.

Mumbai is 549 kms by road, Pune 390 kms. State Transport and private vechiles ply from Sawntwadi, Malvan, Vengurla, Kankavli.

Amboli is the place having highest rainfall in Maharashtra. So it is also called as the Cherapunji of Maharashtra, for obvious reasons.
Amboli, a tranquil hill station on the Western Ghats, surrounded by thick forests and tree canopied hills. On the coastal side, Amboli peers over the tree lined sandy ribbon of the Konkan coast; on the other three sides, you are rewarded by a magnificent panorama of the sweeping valley.
Snuggling coyly, in the southern ranges of the Sahyadri hills, Amboli at an altitude of 690 m. is the last mountain resort before the coastal highlands settle, with a sigh, to form flat beaches. Visit the numerous viewpoints for a pleasant view of the lush hills and fertile plains. The Bauxite Mines, 10 kms. away, is a pleasant and very different excursion. If you're looking to spend a few days in splendid isolation with your family, Amboli is an ideal resort. Amboli has a cool and invigorating climate, a welcome respite in summer.
In rainy season you will see beautiful waterfalls here. The sunset point, the origin of Hiranyakeshi river Nagartas fall, Narayangad, Mahadergad, Kawalesad are some major points worth visiting. You can enjoy a restful holidays away from the crowds that you find at other resorts.
It is an eco-friendly hill station that promises you an experience to get lost into the spectacular beauty of nature, nuturing the poet in you. Amboli is an ideal retreat for the vacationers searching for seclusion and solace.

Amboli receives an annual rainfall of nearly 750 centimeters making it the wettest place in Maharashtra. Due to such a heavy rainfall, the steep hills of Amboli are enveloped with very dense forest. The unforgettable bird eye view of the Konkan beach atop Amboli hills attracts thousands of tourists here.

Best time to visit Amboli is during winter when the hills are swapped with panoramic beauty of gushing waterfalls down the hills. Amboli is a perfect destination for relaxing and getting lost among the misty mountains.

The other attractions of Amboli are Hiranya Keshi, Nagatta Falls, Mahadev and Narayan Gad, Shirgaonkar, Sea view Point and the Bauxite Mines.

Hiranya Keshi is a famous fishing ground where hours could be spent in solitude and quietness. Nagatta Falls offer a perfect picnic place. With a breathtaking view of Nagatta Falls, this is a perfect place to escape with your family.

Sea View Point offers the most wonderful view one has ever seen. The long stretch of the mountains and lands extending to the Konkan coast is an experience to be cherished life long.

When driving towards Amboli ghat from Sawantwadi one feels bashed by exotic beauty of pleasing green hills in low lying areas which are visible at every turn. At the top there are view points such as Purvicha Vas, Mahadevgad point, Manohargad- Manasantoshgad point, Shirgaonkar point, Kawalesat point all these points offer birds eye view of picturesque terrains below.
In the evening sunset turns horizon into shades of orange, red and pink before being extinguished into deep blue waters of Arabian sea.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Ecofriendly hillstation
  • Cons:Lack of infrastructure
  • In a nutshell:Best of Sahyadri
  • Intro Updated Feb 15, 2010
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