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Good Times in Amboli

by Madhav Srinivasan 1954 days ago

Amboli is a pleasant and scenic hill station in the state of Maharashtra at an altitude of 690 meters above the sea level, which is unexplored by the average traveller. The picturesque township of Amboli residing on the Sahayadri Hills .

The village of Amboli is also of much historical significance as it served as a focal point for the British to supply their garrisons to Central and South India during their reign. Colonel Westrop, a prominent British national, was instrumental in developing Amboli as a hill station. Amboli is also ideally situated in a hilly region and it gives a magnificent look of the Arabian Sea, thereby attracting a lot of tourists, especially after the festival Diwali, which also earmarks the onset of the monsoon. Sea-view Point, Purvicha Vas, and Mahadevgad Point are just some of the numerous sites where one can witness the merging of the Konkan coast with the Arabian Sea and relish the views offered. Tourists can take up Amboli tour packages in Maharashtra for a unique holiday. 

Places to See in Amboli

The hill station of Amboli offers a plethora of sights and activities for tourists to see and indulge in during the course of their stay. Amboli also serves as a source for the river Krishna, thereby making it a haven for water bodies of all types. Some of the most famous water bodies include the Amboli Falls and the Nangartas Waterfalls situated 9 km away from Amboli, which attract a lot of tourists planning a weekend getaway from Pune and Belgaum. Weekends during the season of monsoon are the best time when you soak yourself in the gushing waters of the falls, which cascades down the Sahayadhri Mountains.

Lovers of history and culture can make a trip to the beautiful Madhavgad Fort. Although it is in ruins, at present, the fort is nearly four times the size of the Shaniwarwada Fort in Pune and offers excellent views of the Konkan Coast and the Arabian Sea. The fort is of significant historical importance and stands as a testimonial of wars during the early years. You can find a tombstone that reads ‘only one British soldier was killed in this battle’.

The devout needn’t worry as the hill station of Amboli also boasts of a huge number of Shiva temples; some of these temples were discovered as recently as 2005, while some temples still remain undiscovered. The Hiranyakeshi Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is scenic and attracts a lot of pilgrims, especially during the time of Mahashivrathri.

Apart from the afore-mentioned sites, the hill-station is a haven for adventure enthusiasts as it offers a plethora of opportunities for treks and other adventure sports.

Best Time to Visit Amboli

The best time to visit Amboli is between October and March, which is from the onset of monsoons to the start of summer. Owing to the presence of beautiful water bodies present, one can experience the entire and full-fledged flow of water at this time. Goa is merely 100 km from Goa and numerous Goa tour packages are available from Amboli. 

How to Reach Amboli?

By Air: The nearest airport is in Goa. Goa is located at a distance of 67 km. Mumbai is 555 km away from Amboli.

By Train: The nearest railway station is in Savantwadi, which is 30 km away from Amboli. The station has regular trains from Goa and Mumbai.

By Road: Amboli does not have many buses that ply its roads; however, tourists can take buses till Savantwadi from Mumbai or Goa, and then take 3-wheeled autorickshaws to Amboli.

Amboli promises to be the ideal stopover and guarantees to give you a good time with its picturesque views and quiet atmosphere and can be easily reach by taking up holiday tours from Mumbai.

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