When you’re thinking of winter holiday destinations, a lot of big and popular names come to mind. Maybe you’re thinking of a desert sojourn in Jaisalmer, or visiting the beautiful waters of Kerala. Visiting the Rann of Kutch is now a must do, and the North East is just catching people’s fancies.
But this sleepy, unobtrusive village in the middle of Sahyadris, one hour away from Goa, is perhaps something you should consider travelling to as the temperatures bring a welcome respite.
Amboli isn’t a place on tourist maps (yet!). Except for locals who frequent here for the fresh, clean air and the beautiful waterfalls, this village has managed to stay out of the tourist circuit.
Amboli has thick forests, stunning watefalls and ravines and some of the cleanest air in the country. There are beautiful temples here and a general sense of peace which all of us city goers are hunting for in our harried lives.
This small village receives the highest rainfall in Maharashtra. Locals call it the Cherrapunji of Maharashtra. This healthy rainfall and an abundance of animals, birds, reptiles and amphibians means Amboli is a photographers and nature lovers paradise.
The village is not without history. The British used to supply their garrison to South India through Amboli. It also has links to Vengurla which was a Dutch stronghold. Unfortunately, these events are not documented or archived.
The hotels here are small and cozy, the food home cooked and delicious and nature out in full display. Amboli is as stunning as it looks. To make it easier for you to plan a trip, here are a few things you can do in Amboli: