Amboli at a glance
Amboli lies in the Sahyadri hills (in the Sindhudurg district) of Maharashtra. Amboli receives the highest waterfall in Maharashtra. It is the last hill station of Maharashtra before the plains of Goa begin and is a relatively unexplored one. Legend has it that there are 108 Shiv Lings in and around Amboli, out of which only 12 have been unearthed. Being one of the world’s Eco hot spots, this hill station blooms with unusual and exotic fauna. A weekend trip to this silent, unpolluted hill station is a great plan for exploration and relaxing.
Things to do in Amboli
Situated 3 km. from the Main bus stop, the Amboli Waterfalls are a major attraction here. Every year a lot of tourists come to see these falls. The waterfalls are in their prime in the monsoon season when the water gushes in plenty.
Hiranya Keshi Temple
The temple is built around the caves from where the water flows down to form the Hiranya Keshi River. It is situated 5 kms from the Main Bus stop. The caves are still unexplored, but one with an adventurous heart can try exploring them.
This historic fort of Madhav Gad is situated 2.5 km from the Main bus stop in Amboli. Though in a state of ruins, the view atop the fort is breathtaking. This point overlooks Konkan and the twin forts, Manohar Fort and Santosh Gad. It offers the best and panoramic vistas especially of the Konkan coastal area. It is a popular weekend destination in Amboli.
The Nangarta Falls is a narrow gorge on which the water falls from a height of 40ft. It is situated 10km away from Amboli, just off the state highway. During monsoons, the water falls make a sound which is not hard to miss. There is a bridge and a view point that have been constructed near the falls from where one can enjoy the beauty of the falls.
The Shirgaonkar Point is famous for the beautiful panoramic view it provides of the valley. Situated about 3 km. from the Main Bus stop, this place works its charm best in the monsoons.
What to eat in Amboli: Local Food and Cuisine
The local cuisine here is that of Malvani food known for its spicy food of curries and fries. Being close to the Konkan side and Goa, little of Konkani Cuisine has also seeped in, thus you can find Konkani styled fishes and Kokum Juice which is a refreshing juice to have during summers.