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Amboli, Maharashtra

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Amboli is a hill station in south Maharashtra, India. At an altitude of 690 m it is the last hill station before the coastal highlands of Goa and a relatively unexplored one.Amboli lies in the Sahayadri Hills of Western India, one of the world's "Eco Hot-Spots" and it therefore abounds in a variety of fairly unusual flora and fauna. However, as in the other parts of the Sahaydri Hills, denudation of the forest cover and unregulated government assisted "development" (read "hotels, resorts & highways") are gradually ruining a once pristine environment.Historically, Amboli village came into being as 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 garrisons in south and central India.In the hills of Amboli village lies the source of the Hiranyakeshi river, and an ancient Shiva temple (called Hiranyakeshwar) exists at the cave where the water emerges. The main attraction for tourists is the incredibly high rainfall (7 m average per year) and the numerous waterfalls and mist during the monsoons. Legend has it that there are 108 Shiva temples in and around Amboli of which only a dozen have been uncovered, one as recently as 2005. There aren't too many places to see or things to do but it is quiet, unpolluted and the local residents are good natured and helpful.TransportAmboli is well connected by road to all the surrounding cities by road and the nearest airport is at Belagavi, about 1.5 hours drive away. All the roads are good and a new airport is expected to come up in north Goa shortly, reducing the travelling time to just over an hour. Driving Directions from Mumbai: NH 17 till Savantwadi, then 29 km towards East. Driving Directions from Pune, Kolhapur: NH 4 till Sankeshwar, then Gadhinglaj-Ajara-Amboli.
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  • We had been to Amboli for watching snakes, amphibian life in Amboli. It's scary at times as too many dangerous creatures around but watching snakes, other creatures in wild sometimes up close was thri...  more »
  • Let me explain the title first. This was our second visit to Amboli. First visit was in 2008. We were completely bowled over. It was a quaint little village tucked away in rolling hills shrouded in mi...  more »
  • It's uniqueness that drew my attention. .!! The falls are unique that cannot be seen any place else. Have look at the well falls (I don't know what it's actual name)just at the entrance of amboli from...  more »