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Saurav Bakshi

6 reviews

Amboli Trip (Western Ghats)- In the lap of mother nature

Well, just thinking from where to start the description of this piece of beauty on the earth Okay, let me tell you in this way that if you are a nature lover, biologists, photographer or just want to spend couple of days away from all the hustle-bustle of city life, far away from the honking of car horns to the cacophony of the birds, from breathing in the poisonous smoke of fossil fuel to inhale the chest full of fresh air, from truanting & tinting of you electronic gizmos & mail box to the sweet dripping sound of water & dew drops, THEN This Is The Place To Be. It's pure bliss to be here.

It's a hill station in Maharashtra at an altitude of 2260 ft. It lies in the range of western ghats and famous for it's flora & fauna. It's also famous for it's wide range of snakes, frogs and butterflies. Nearest airport is Belagaum (70 KMs approx) and Goa (100 KMs approx). From here you need to hire a cab to reach here. Road from Goa is very good but from Belagaum, one will find couple of rough patches in between.

It was a friendly group photography trip where 7 of us gathered at Amboli from various corner of the country. Since I joined them from Delhi, and there is no other way to reach there except air, hence it coasted me little extra as compared to others. If you are travelling down from southern part of the country or Maharashtra, then the entire trip cost will be approx 5K lesser than the one I mentioned and if it's a group trip, cost will go down further.

It was my first trip to Amboli and also for the group members as well, hence hadn't had much idea about the travel route, so I booked the flight ticket to Belagaum via Mumbai due to which it took longer than usual as there was a layoff of approx 3 hours. If I would have traveled via Goa, it would've taken 5 hours instead of 8 hours. I boarded the flight of 10:00 AM from Delhi and reached Belagaum at 4:00 PM. Then from there I took the cab to Amboli at 4:30 PM which took 2 hours time to reach. Since it was mid of rainy season hence there was intermittent heavy spells of rain in between. If you are a photographer and coming via Belagaum, then try to grab the window seat and keep your camera ready for some breathtaking aerial landscape shots while entering the Belagaum air space, unfortunately I missed it. On the way you will also witness some lovely frames.

I reached Amboli at 6:30 PM and checked into the resort. Rest of the group had already checked in at 11:00 AM and went to see waterfall & sunset point which I missed. Nonetheless, I was so excited about the trip and with the thought of witnessing & capturing the beautiful varieties of snakes, butterflies and frogs that I forgot about my long journey. I just put my bags down and grabbed my camera and went out with the group in search of these beauties. It was pouring heavily but still the rain god was not able to dampen our spirit. We spotted geckos, vine snake & wrinkled frog. Since it was raining heavily, we returned early to our resort.

Since it was a photography trip and that too in rainy season, we prepared few must have items checklist before the trip. Those were- Macro lens(1:1), flash & diffuser, leech socks (yes you will get these blood sucking creatures over there), poncho ( a gown type raincoat which helps you to save you and your gear from getting wet), silica gel, torch & headlamp (as most of the walks are during night), extra dry cell, gum boot, tape, plastic packets to wrap your gear, umbrella etc...

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Yashashree Kaneratingratingratingratingratingrating3.6/5

2 reviews

Nice place

Must visit at onset of monsoon. Oct is hot here... Nights are chilling. The roads are in good condition except few patches. Food thali at valley view is worth and good taste with quality.

Sunset point and waterfalls must see places.

I am heading to Amboli

Amboli Overview

The hill station of Amboli is 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. A British political personnel called Colonel Westrop made a major contribution to the development of Amboli as a hill station.

Amboli, receiving an annual rainfall of about 750 centimeters, is considered the wettest region in Maharashtra. The heavy rainfall has contributed to the growth of forest along the steep hills of Amboli. During the rainy season, the hill station is shrouded with mist. The hills of Amboli attract large number of tourists to view the Konkan beach from the top of the Amboli hills. The destination sees a footfall of around 50,000 tourists each year.

Winter is the ideal time to visit Amboli, when the waterfalls can be seen gushing down from the hills. The other major attractions of the place are Nagatta Falls, Hiranya Keshi, Shirgonkar, Mahadev and Narayan Gad, Bauxite Mines and Sea View Point.

Nagatta Falls is a very popular site for picnics. Sea View Point offers a visual pleasure with a wide stretch of land and mountains extending towards the Konkan coast. Located 10 km from Amboli, the Bauxite Mines are another attraction.

Rickshaws, rented taxis and even horses are found in plenty for sightseeing in Amboli. The cool climate of Amboli offers an escape from the hot and humid summers of the city.

Amboli is at a distance of 549 km from the city of Mumbai. Sawantwadi, located 28 km from Amboli is the closest railway station of the place whereas Belgaum is the nearest airport, located at a distance of 64 km. Tourists can avail the state transport buses from Sawantwadi, Vengurla, Belgaum and Ratnagiri to reach Amboli.