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
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?
Air: The nearest airport is in Goa. Goa is located
at a distance of 67 km. Mumbai is 555 km away from Amboli.
Train: The nearest railway station is in Savantwadi,
which is 30 km away from Amboli. The station has regular trains from Goa and
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.