Sunday, July 24, 2011

Amboli hill station-Location,Connectivity,Introduction,History,Main Attraction,Best Time To visit,Pictures


Approaching Amboli is fairly easy, with excellent road connections and State Transport bus services.
Distance from
Mumbai - 550 kms
Pune - 390 kms
Kolhapur - 120kms
Ratnagiri - 215 kms
Belgaum - 64 kms.

The inception of the Konkan Railways has made the journey to Amboli even more exciting for children with lots of tunnels and tall bridges, creeks, rivers and verdant hills and valleys that the train passes before you alight at Sawantwadi (28 kms)


Introduction:

Amboli is a hill station in south Maharashtra, India. At an altitude of 690 meters it is the last hill station before the coastal highlands of Goa and a relatively unexplored one.


Located in the Sahyadri ranges in the Western Ghats, Amboli is a quaint hill station, surrounded by thick forests of the Anjani tree and plantations of cardamom; and crisscrossed by a number of tiny streams.

History:

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. The hills of Amboli village provide one of the sources of the Krishna river (The "Ganges" of south India) and an ancient Shiva temple (called Hiranyakeshi) exists at the cave where the water emerges. The main attraction for tourists is the incredibly high rainfall (7 meters average per year!)and the numerous waterfalls and mist during the monsoons

Main attractions:


The main attractions are the many viewpoints that offer panoramic vistas of the valley such as Sea-view Point, Purvicha Vas, and Mahadevgad Point - all of which unfold a view of the Konkan coast merging with the Arabian Sea. Tourists can visit the ruins of Madhavgadh fort in the vicinity. One can also visit the historic botanical gardens and picnic there. Mahadevgad and Narayangad are other hill stations in the area.