Amboli lies in the Sahyadri hills in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. It is the last hill station of Maharashtra before the plains of Goa begin and is a relatively unexplored one.
Amboli receives the highest rainfalls in Maharashtra and thus remains pleasant all round the year. It attracts a lot of weekend visitors from Goa and Belgaum.
The local cuisine here is that of Malvani food known for it's spicy food of curries and fries.
Being close to the Konkan side and Goa, little of Konkani Cuisine has also seeped in, thus you can find Konkani styled fishes and Kokum Juice which is a refreshing juice to have during summers.
There are medium priced hotels available at Amboli at the highway between the Amboli main bus stop and the police check post. These hotels provide decent services and most have a restaurant attached to them.
Buses, taxis and rickshaws are readily available here. Being a popular pitstop for tourists, there are even shared rickshaws and taxis available in Amboli.
First off you can start by visiting the Amboli Falls and the Shirgaonkar point, both early morning, offering a very calming view of the surroundings, especially during this time of the day. You can then proceed to the Hiranyakeshi Temple and spend the late afternoon exploring the caves. Post lunch, you can wander off to the Madhav Gad Fort for some historic exploration after which if you can head to the Sunset point to watch the sun set while unwinding from the day's tour. If you've the time in between you can head towards Nangarta Falls; this is one spot you can afford to miss.
Though hotels are available even during peak seasons, it is best to enquire beforehand especially if you plan to stay for a few days.
While taking nature walks around the place beware of leeches, the place is plenty with them. Make sure to carry ointments and a small first aid kit just in case.
By Mamta Patel
What about the stay in amboli? Can anybody body suggest