Explore offbeat destinations in India: Amboli

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Amboli, the last hill station located in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra at an altitude of 690 m (2,260 ft), is one of the lesser known hill stations in western India. Alternatively known as ‘queen of Maharashtra,’ this tranquil place is home to a variety of distinctive flora and fauna. Amboli attracts a large number of tourists not just from the surrounding states but from across the nation. Amboli is a place with untouched greenery, several tourist attractions, lesser crowd, and several mini waterfalls. This place is a perfect destination to enjoy the monsoons. Taking a cab from Mumbai to Amboli along the Konkan coast is highly recommended.

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Amboli receives 750 centimetres rainfall every year which is the maximum rainfall in Maharashtra. The place was historically very significant as it was used by Britishers as a staging post on-route to Belgaum enabling them to maintain a continuous supply to their garrisons in Southern India. It is believed that there are 108 Shiva temples in and around Amboli of which barely 12 temples have been discovered.

Amboli has lots to offer in terms of natural and scenic beauty. Hiranya Keshi Temple, situated at a distance of 5 km from the main city is built around the caves and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The nearby caves and natural beauty surrounding the temple are worth witnessing. Nangarta Falls is a beautiful place located at a distance of 10 km from Amboli that gives you an incredible view of its noisy water falling into narrow ravines especially during monsoons.

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Madhavgad Fort, a historic fort that is now in ruins is located at a distance of 2 km from the central city and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of valleys, mountains etc. Shirgaonkar Point is a must visit place for nature lovers to glance at the magnificent view of the valleys. Sunset point is an easily accessible spot known for offering incredibly beautiful sun rise and sun set views. This point is the best place to start or end your day.

Besides the cultural attractions, historical spots, and local attractions, there are camps for those on a holiday to help them indulge in activities like camping, rock climbing in waterfalls, trekking, jungle trails, and paragliding. Shopping in Amboli is not something extraordinary, yet the simplicity entices you to make a few purchases. Items like spices, handmade wooden toys, and honey can be bought from the local stores.

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October to February is the best time to visit Amboli to enjoy the post-monsoon natural scenery to the fullest. Sawantwadi, located at a distance of 30 km from Amboli is the nearest railway station. The best way to reach Amboli is by road which allows you to enjoy the scenic journey. If you're planning on spending your Goa vacation exploring the scenic beauty near the coast, we suggest you book a taxi from Goa to Amboli - it will take you less than two hours to get there!

Happy Vacationing!

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