Amboli is a small hill station perched at a height of about 2300 ft that falls at the border of Maharashtra, after which the plains of Goa begin. This picturesque hill station is located just 8 hours from Mumbai, making it a great holiday destination. It is filled with the serene beauties of nature such as waterfalls, ghats and lush greenery.
Amboli was declared as a hill station in the 1880s by the British when the region was used as a staging post in order to supply garrisons to many parts of India.
Best Time To Visit Amboli
Amboli must be visited during the monsoon months of June to September, when the waterfalls of the region are rainfed and brimming with water. The lush greenery will look its best during monsoons.
It can be visited during winter as well, if you're not a fan of the possibility of getting drenched in the rain.
Routes From Mumbai To Amboli
Route 1: Chedda Nagar - Bangalore-Mumbai Highway - NH 48 - Nipani Gadhinglaj Rd in Karnataka - Nipani Ajra Link Rd - Amboli Ajra Rd - Amboli (489 km - 8 h)
Route 2: Chedda Nagar - Bangalore-Mumbai Highway - SH 92 - NH 66 in Patansai - SH 72 - SH 58 in Satara - NH 48 - Nipani Gadhinglaj Rd in Karnataka - Nipani Ajra Link Rd - Amboli Ajra Rd - Amboli (520 km - 10 h 20 min)
Route 3: Chedda Nagar - Bangalore-Mumbai Highway - SH 92 - NH 66 in Patansai- Karad-Chiplun Rd - NH 48 in Varunji - Nipani Gadhinglaj Rd in Karnataka - Nipani Ajra Link Rd - Amboli Ajra Rd - Amboli (536 km - 10 h 35 min)
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Final destination, Amboli!
Nestled in the depth of the Western Ghats, Amboli Ghat offers a refreshing waterfall that is surrounded by lush greenery. From certain points, the waterfall looks like a collection of many smaller falls and is particularly beautiful during monsoons, since the rainfed waterfall will be gushing down in top speed.
The waterfall is visited by many Mumbaikars for a vacation, and is one of the most popular spots to visit in Amboli. Apart from this, Amboli is dotted with many small waterfalls such as the Nangarta Falls, which can be visited as well.
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The Shirgaonkar Point is located just a few kilometres from the town centre of Amboli. It is a viewpoint which offers an enthralling panoramic view of the entire region. The scenic beauty of Amboli can be clearly viewed even on the way to the point, since the route is flanked with dense thickets of a lush forest.
Visiting the viewpoint during monsoon can be particularly refreshing since the rainfed greenery will look its best.
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