Amboli

Amboli is in Sindhudurg. Amboli ( Marathi - आंबोली)is a hill station in south Maharashtra that lies in the Sahayadri Hills of Western India. At an altitude of 690 meters it is the last hill station before the coastal highlands of Goa and a relatively unexplored one.

Amboli Bus Stand

Amboli receives the highest rainfall in Maharashtra and remains pleasant all around the year. The best season to visit Amboli is during the monsoon between June and July where there are heavy rains. During non-monsoon seasons, the town wears a deserted look and leads life with a lazy approach.

Given its placement on the Ghats and being the recipient of highest rainfall, Amboli remains pleasant all round the year is a treat to visit. It’s this characteristic of the town that attracts many visitors from the neighboring cities of Goa and Belgaum on weekends.

Get in

Amboli can be reached easily from Karnatka, Goa and Maharashtra.

The nearest rail heads are; Sawantwadi Road - 28 km, Kolhapur - 110 km, Sangli - 148 km, Belgaum - 70 km, and Miraj -140 km

Both Sawantwadi and Belgaum are well connected with all the important rail heads from all parts of the country.

There aren’t any luxury buses that ply to Amboli. There are general buses both from Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation and Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation that ply frequently (every half hour) between Belgaum and Sawantwadi Via Amboli and charge ₹51. It takes between 2-3 hours to reach Amboli from Belgaum.

The nearest airport to reach Amboli would be the Dabolim Airport,Goa at 57 km or Sambre Airport, Belgaum at 70 km.

Amboli is on the SH 121 that connects Belgaum and Sawantwadi. The roads we decent in terms of the current state of State Highways, however the roads gets comparatively better on the Maharashtrain side.

See

Nangarta falls
Mahadev Gad

There are quite a few places in and around Amboli that one can visit. All of these are pretty close by and would not take more than a day to visit all of them. You can pick a tourist direction maps provided by MTDC from any of the hotels you check in.

Towards Belgaum

Towards Sawantwadi

Sunset Point

Do

1. Enjoy the nature.
2. Eat Kanda-Bhaji and Vada Pav from Amboli hill stalls.

Buy

Eat

The food style of most of the eating joints are synonyms to the cuisine that one can taste in other parts of Maharashtra. You can find numerous eat outs in the 500 meter distance between the main bus stand and the police check post with all of them serving similar cuisine.

For those with interests in branded food can visit Vithal's Kamath near Sunset point. The hotel offers good seating with ample car parking and a good view of the mountains. They are priced reasonably higher compared to the other prices in Amboli.

Drink

You would hardly find any shops that serve you fruit juices. There is only one store near the main bus stand that serves sugarcane juice.

Refreshments like Tea and Coffee and other bottled/aerated drinks are available in all stores that dot the highway between the bus stand and the police check post.

There is one alcohol store near the main bus stand which maintains a pretty good stock of Spirits. The store is open from 9am to 9pm.

Sleep

A series of small and medium hotels/resorts are available at Amboli on the highway between the main bus stand and police check post. All of these are medium priced and offer services like Hot water baths, Room service and have attached restaurants. Its recommended that one makes an advance booking during the monsoon season (June-July) and on the weekends.

Some of the hotels one can try are;

Connect

Airtel does not provide connectivity in the core of Amboli Town, however it does work at all tourist attractions around Amboli.

There are two public phone booths on the Highway between the main bus stand and the police check post that once can use if required

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