Nestled in rich and abundant variety of unique flora and fauna, Amboli Hill Station is one of the great tourist destinations in South Maharashtra in India. Located at an altitude of 690 mtr, it is the last hill station before the coastal highlands of Goa. Not only this, it has 7 m of average rainfall per year which entices millions of the tourists towards this one of the World’s Eco Hot Spot. As per legend this place has 108 Shiva temples in and around it which diffuse not only aesthetic beauty but also effervescent spiritual ecstasy. The serenity and tranquility are reining queens over this unpolluted landscape inhabited by the people who are not only good matured and helpful but also great believer in hospitality.
Nearest airport is Dabolim Goa, 57 kilometers away. Sambra Airport at Belgaum is another one which is 80 kilometers away. Taxis are available from both airports for your onward journey. The roads are well maintained and the journey is very pleasing all through.
Nearest railhead is Sawantwadi, just 28 kilometers away. Regular buses ply on the route to Amboli and taxis are also there. Buses are crowded and it is better to hire a taxi for the to and fro visit.
All road journeys are pleasant irrespective whether you start from Goa, Sawantwadi or even Pune. Roads are well maintained with good drainage and work well even in heaviest of rains. The scenery is very pleasing and the journey ends before you realize.
Though the best times, as per locals are from October to February, Amboli is good for the whole year. Temperatures in summers rarely exceed 40 degrees and though it rains heavily here, for outsiders it is a treat to watch. Many tourists, who have visited earlier, often recommend the rainy season for visitors as it offers beautiful vistas and unbelievable scenes all around.
Summer really starts from March and lasts till June. The period from April end to June end is really humid and unless the visitor is accustomed, it can be disturbing. The temperature fluctuates between 22 and 40 degrees but the humidity level takes the mercury a few notches higher.
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Vinayak Chaturthi or Ganesh Chaturthi, and Diwali are the two prominent festivals in Amboli that are celebrated with great fanfare and enthusiasm. Vinayak Chaturthi is one of the major festivals in Amboli that is celebrated with much enthusiasm in the month of September. The 10-day festival commemorates the birth of Lord Ganesha and end on the day of 'Ananta Chaturdashi'. Another important festival in Amboli is Diwali that is celebrated in the month of October-November and signifies the triumph of good over evil. The festival is associated with wealth and prosperity. People burst crackers, exchange sweet among friends and family and light up their homes with clay lamps.
Shopping in Amboli can be fun and exciting. An array of products can be bought from Amboli and that includes wooden toys, honey and spices. You can buy handmade wooden toys, in the shape of vehicles, and fruits among other things. These are available in the local shops. Amboli is also known for food items such as honey, Mango pulp, Kokam syrup, Aamba Poli. There are ayurvedic medicines sold in Amboli such as, Jaswand Tel and Nirgundi Tel. These are manufactured by the local “Mahila Bachat Group”.
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