Amboli is a pretty little hill station in south located at an altitude of 690 m in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. 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.
The city of Amboli was used as a staging post during the British rule for the purpose of supplying garrisons to Central and Southern India. It was during this time that Amboli was declared to be a hill station in the 1880s.
More than 50,000 tourists visit this place every year. 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.
Best time to visit Amboli
Amboli has a relatively moderate climate all through the year.
- Summers (March to May) are bit hot with average temperature ranges between 22°C to 40 °C. This is a dry period suitable for outings except for hot days in May.
- Monsoons (June to September) offer very good rains and are humid but pleasant with moderate temperature.
- Winters (December to February) are cooler with temperature ranges in 10°C to 30°C. Tourists flock to this place during this period.
Best season to visit Amboli is between October and February.
- October to February is good for sight seeing, when the temperature is cool.
- June to September offers pleasant moderate climate, but carry some raincoats.
- March to May are also suitable for sight seeing, but drink plenty of waters.
How to reach Amboli
Amboli by Air:
The Domestic Airport in Goa is around 67 km away from Amboli. This airport is in turn connected to all major cities in and around Maharashtra by daily, regular flights. The Chattrapati Shivaji Airport is the nearest International Airport, about 555 km away.
Amboli by Rail:
The Sawantwadi Railway Station is the closest station to Amboli, about 30 km away. There are plenty cabs available too help you reach Amboli from Sawantwadi, with the fare averaging to around Rs. 350.
Amboli by Road:
The city of Amboli is well linked by road to the major cities of Panjim, Kolhapur and Belgaum. Mumbai is around 550 km away while Pune is closer, at about 400 km. There are several state transport and private tour buses that ply from these cities and towns to Amboli.
Tourist Attractions in Amboli
Sawantwadi: Located at 30 Kms. from Amboli, Savantwadi is a small city on the Mumbai – Goa Highway. This beautiful city is surrounded by mountains on all sides and the ‘Moti’ lake at the center of the city. Savantwadi is famous for wooden toys, artificial fruits, bamboo articles and gift articles. You can Stroll along the ‘Moti Talav’ Especially in the evenings and enjoy some roadside snacks as bhelpuri & Panipuri.
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 a distance of 2.5 kms., The Mahadevgad point is very picturesque. You get a beautiful view of the valley below and also the sunset from this point.
Redi Ganpati temple
Located at 30 kms. from vengurla the Redi village has got manganese mines and the Ganpati Idol was found in one of the mines near Rewati port in 1976. The ganpati Idol is in a sitting position and approximately 15 feet in height. the re is also a small rocky beach behind the temple.
Located at 25 Kms. from Savantwadi, Vengurla is a beautiful coastal town with a excellent beach and a port. The beach near the port has some very beautiful spots where you can relax on big boulders and look at the ships and boats in the sea. The Mochemad Village at a distance of 10 Kms. from vengurla also has a beautiful beach.