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Saturday, December 03, 2011

Amboli

5th - 7th October 2011

Amboli is a hill station in Sawanthawadi district of Maharashtra. Being close to Belagavi (70km) it attracts lot of tourists from North Karnataka region. Amboli is famous for its waterfalls and viewpoints. While monsoon is the best time to visit when waterfalls are in full, the post monsoon season provides some nice views.


A plan was hatched to visit Amboli and nearby areas during Navarathri. Hotel booking were made in advance to avoid last minute tensions. The drive from Bengaluru to Belagavi was uneventful. It took me 6 hours to cover the distance of 500km. That includes a break of one hour for breakfast at Chitradurga and refueling at Ranebennur. Not a bad timing for Indian roads. Thanks to Golden Quadrilateral. After having an early lunch in Belagavi we headed towards Amboli. Very soon we entered into Maharashtra. The difference is easily noticeable!! No more English boards. Even the numbers are written in Marathi. But road quality was same as in Karnataka.


The distance from Belagavi to Amboli is about 70 km which took us 2 hours to cover. Being at the beginning of the Western Ghats, Amboli resembles more like Agumbe in many aspects. The highway and few building on either side of it make this place. The silence is shattered by occasional sound of vehicles passing on the highway. I had made a prior booking in MTDC hotel. It turned out to be a good choice. It is a simple resort with nice rooms and gardens.


The long journey of 580 km had made us tired and we took some much needed rest. In the evening we visited Mahadevgad view point. It is about 3 km from the main road though dense forests. The place was completely empty. Steps are constructed to the edge of the cliff. It provides a nice view of the plains below and the forests of Western Ghats. It formed a perfect evening to spend. With no soul around the place was for us. We liked that isolation!! My daughter started running all around making us run behind her. But when I took to the edge of the cliff she was scared!!


As we departed back, the entire area was covered by mist. It remained so for the remaining of the night. Being Navarathi time, Dandiya was played in a nearby Temple. We spent some time watching it.


On the next day we visited Kavlesad view point. The road from the main road passes though area filled with flowers. In spite of long weekend, there were no visitors. This view point turned to be much more beautiful than I had imagined. It provides a complete view of the valley. Several waterfalls can be seen on both sides of the valley. This must be am amazing place during monsoon. Even during the month of October I could spot eight waterfalls!! This was something that I had not seen elsewhere. My daughter decides to spend a long time playing in a nearby stream.


We then came back to the main road and proceeded further towards Nangartas waterfalls. It is just situated next the main road and beside a temple. Here water flows into a deep hole. This is a waterfall different from others.


We then went to Hiranyakeshi Temple. It is situated in amidst forest with peaceful surroundings. Hiranyakeshi River originates from this place.


It was then time to visit Amboli waterfalls. It is just next to the main road. This was the only place in Amboli where we found people and there were lot of them. I have not seen any photograph that has only this falls. It is always filled with people. Steps are constructed to the falls. People take bath and spend a long time under water.


Evening was spent at sunset point. There were few other places like Parikshit point which needs some amount of trek. I did not visit as I had promised my family not to go for these solo treks.


Some information:

There are several buses to Amboli from Belagavi. The options to stay are few but are decent and economical. As mentioned before, we stayed at MTDC resort which can be booked online on their website. Food is not a problem. It needs one day to cover all the places in Amboli.

22 comments:

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Loved this place. Great pics. Esp. loved the first shot.
The rocky terrain and the falling waterfalls are an absolute visual delight....
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ರಾಜೇಶ್ ನಾಯ್ಕ said...

It is a nice place. Great photos. What is that last photo is about?

Chitrai Senthamil Selvam R said...

Wow !! nice place....

Gowtham said...

Very beautiful views and pictures as well.

R Niranjan Das said...

Lovely place and fabulous shots.

www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.com

Santosh bs said...

you mean 500kms in 5hrs (excluding the breaks)...? were you driving or flying?
by the way Amboli truly looks mesmerizing :)

Aravind GJ said...

Bhusanvali, Chitrai, Gowtham, Niranjan,
Thanks.

Santosh,
Yes!! I was at 120-130km/per hour most of the time.

Rajesh,
I had heard of a ruined Bungalow in Amboli that is said to be haunted.

I could not enter pass through the gate (locked) and I just took the photo of the building at the entrance. The actual bungalow is further behind. It is surrounded by forests.

Team G Square said...

Nice place . Super fast timing . Great .

Aravind GJ said...

G Square,
Thanks.

Arun said...

Amboli looks great with vibrant colours..What is this Parikshit point about? A bit curious about that..

Lakshmipati said...

Aravind,

Nice Photo graps with good information.....

Lakshmipati

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Looks great. Added to my wishlist

Aravind GJ said...

Arun,
Pariskshit point another view point in Amboli. One needs to walk 2-3 km to reach that point.

Lakshmipathi,
Thanks.

Srinidhi,
Thanks.

Srikanth Manjunath said...

Nice blog Arving..and good narration with awesome photos...
During monsoon we forget the count all the time that many falls you can see in kevalshadpoint...i had been in monsoon..just jaw dropping landscapes alround.

Amboli ghats, water falls, view points all mesmarises for sure..
http://tripping-life.blogspot.com/2010/06/belgaumambolijamboti-28th-30th-aug-2009.html

Amit said...

Hello Arvind,

Lovely write-up, nice pics too.. :)

Need few information regarding Amboli, it would be great if you can give me your email-Id and contact number by sending through email.
wildlifeodyssey@gmail.com

Aravind GJ said...

Srikanth, Amit
Thanks

Aravind GJ said...

Srikanth, Amit
Thanks

Abhijeet said...

- I agree with you, the B'lore - Pune road is awesome.
- 30-Dec-11, me & my brother, we did a road-adventure. B'lore - Pune, non-stop, with my father's Maruti 800, 860 KM in 9 hrs.
- We were constant 100 Km/Hr .. as they say in Hindi गाड़ी की जान निकाल दी !
- All due to good roads :-)

jack said...

Wonderfull!!!!

Rajesh Sen said...

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TouristSafari said...

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dimpy roy said...

Nice ghat. I really liked your post. Belgaum (Belagavi), with its rich martial traditions, has earned the sobriquet 'cradle of infantry'. A soothing climate, natural endowments such as rivers, waterfalls, jungles and hills as well as scores of captivating churches and temples make this place a treasure trove of tourist delights. Check out Belgaum tourist places also.