Amboli is a haven for travelers. If you want to explore the unseen parts of Maharashtra you must visit Amboli Ghat Waterfalls. This quaint town lies in the Sahyadri hills in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. It’s the last hill station within the borders of Maharashtra before the plains of Goa begin.
It was my last day in Goa and we planned to take a road trip to Pune. This was the first time I was traveling in my own vehicle from Goa to Pune via Amboli Ghat and believe me, this decision was worth the mesmerizing experience. The monsoons added spice and romance to my trip as I explored and unraveled many stones for my travel diaries.
Amboli receives the highest rainfall in Maharashtra and the climate there remains pleasant all year round. It is a popular destination for tourists from Goa and Belgaum too. Let me take you through the amazing tourist attractions on the way to Pune.
Amboli Ghat Waterfalls
Located on the hills of Amboli, this breathtaking waterfall is situated at a height of 690 m above the sea level. It is the popular tourist spot in South Maharashtra. Amboli is home to some unusual species of flora and fauna, which makes this place one of the coolest eco-spots of the world.
The incredibly high waterfall in Amboli Ghat is a sight you must not miss during the monsoons. The water pouring down the green landscapes left me dazzled. The curiosity and excitement to witness the splendor of this waterfall quadruples in the monsoon. You can take a solo trip to the falls or enjoy the splash with your family and friends.
How To Reach Amboli Ghat
By Train: Traveling by train is the best option to reach Amboli Ghats. The nearest railway station to Amboli is Sawantwadi, which is 30 km away from the spot. You’ll find frequent trains from nearby cities like Mumbai, Goa, and Belgaum to reach Sawantwadi.
By Road: As I mentioned earlier, the road trip to Amboli Ghat is extravagant for wanderlust. Your travel diaries will fill with amazing pictures of landscapes and waterfalls at Amboli. The distance from Panji to Amboli is 91 km. While heading from Mumbai, travel via Panvel road. You can always refer Google maps if you’re losing way. Sometimes network issues will hamper connectivity to maps so ask locals for the directions.
Mouth-Watering Snacks By The Amboli Ghat Waterfalls
I spent nearly an hour plunging into the waterfall. Some stairs lead you to the top, but be careful as you ascend and descend the slippery steps. We were very hungry and decides to munch some lip-smacking snacks at the shacks nearby. A plate of kanda bhaji (onion fritters) and masala chai (tea) was a soulful bite for my hungry stomach. These carts also offer yummylicious roasted bhutta (corn), sabudana vada (sago fritters), Maggi, and pakoras. You can also find piping hot tandoori tea at the shacks.
The Best Time To Visit Ghats
The best time to visit Amboli Falls is the monsoons. The scenic beauty of this destination is in its prime during the rainy season with water gushing down the mountains in plenty. Visit this tourist attraction between June and July.
After soaking up in the waterfall, I moved to my next destination – the Madhavgad Fort. This historic fort is located 2.5 km from the main bus stop in Amboli. Presently in the state of ruins, this fort offers a stunning valley view from the top. It is four times the size of Shaniwarwada in Pune. Once you reach the top of the fort you can view the valley, entire Konkan, and the Arabian Sea from there. A surreal walk amidst the dense forests ensure you enjoy every moment you spend here. There is a temple at the foothills of the fort. This small temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. If you wish, do pay worship at the temple before you move ahead.
Check my vlog for beautiful landscapes and gushing waterfall at Amboli Ghat. I am sure this mesmerizing experience will compel you to take the road trip from Goa to Pune very soon.
During the monsoons, Amboli and its nearby places are crowded with tourists enjoying lush green landscapes. While many people prefer going to the main waterfalls, I love to explore new sites as I travel. I thus decided to take a diversion of 18 km to this amazing waterfall at Kumbwade known as the Baba Waterfalls. These falls are a part of a private property and thus you need to pay a small entry fee to explore this area.
I found myself walking between mountains covered in greens and water poring from little waterfalls as I neared the main downpour. Due to frequent landslides, this area was restricted for public use. But, recently a proper road was constructed to reach the falls, and it’s open for the public with proper safety measures. There is a beautiful cave behind the stupendous waterfall. Tourists have to walk through the curtain of water to enter the cave.
Hiranya Keshi Temple
Lets move on to the next spot on my list. But before that, I am feeling very hungry. I had my lunch at the Green Valley resort and headed straight to the Hiranya Keshi Temple. This is a sacred place in Chaukul village situated 5 km from Amboli bus stop. You can take a taxi from Amboli bus stop to reach here.
Though the temple is located amidst lush green forests reaching there is easy, thanks to the well-built roads. This temple is a point from where the Hiranyakeshi river originates. The main sanctum of the temple has the idol of Devi Hiranyakeshi, a form of Goddess Parvati with golden hair and a self-manifested red color Shivling.
I drove back to the main road and took another detour to the Kavalshet Point – my last destination before I head for Pune. This valley point is approachable by bus or taxi from Amboli. The view to the Kavalshet Point was ethereal with the endless valleys and waterfalls that pour down from tremendous heights. The valley remained covered under fog most of the time but I did catch a glimpse of the beauty down there.
At Kavalshet you can adventure in a 350 m zipline sport too. This thrilling experience gives you an adrenaline rush. Sometime next year you’ll see a vast zipline stretching from one end of the valley to the other. I will definitely plan my next trip here to do the zipline with stunning valley views and waterfalls underneath.
Here is part two of my monsoon trip from Goa to Pune. Don’t miss the video. It has some amazing valley views and adventure that you must explore.
Tips For Visiting Amboli Ghat Waterfalls
- Wear Good trekking shoes
- Stairs and rocks are extremely slippery so be cautious
- Avoid visiting the Amboli Ghat Waterfalls during weekends
- Do not litter and spoil the beauty of the place
After enjoying the solitude in nature, it was time to head for Pune. It took around 6 hours to reach Pune as I passed the serene pathways winding through the plains and mountains on the way.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Amboli Ghat is a beautiful mountain pass in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. You can cross this ghat from various routes, i.e. from Goa to Pune or Mumbai, and Kolhapur to Sawantwadi (via Amboli). This Ghat is surrounded by dense forests, gushing waterfalls, and picturesque landscapes which makes this place a must-visit tourist spot in Maharashtra.
Amboli Ghat can be reached by train or road. The nearest railway station to Amboli is Sawantwadi at a distance of 30 km. Frequent trains are forging up and down from major cities like Belgaum, Goa, Mumbai, and more. You can also take buses or cabs or private vehicles directly to the destination.
The Amboli Ghats stretch from the Jog Falls to Honnavar with a length of 30 km. The roads on the ghats are narrow as they lead through the mountains. Approximately a 10 km patch is narrow, so drive safely.
Yes, Ghat is risky to drive at night. The road is quite narrow at some places and there is no network, no light, and no support available. The nearest house or restaurant from the place is well-distanced and you might get stuck. Try to reach Amboli in the morning and cross either way before 6 pm for a safe journey.
The road distance between Goa and Amboli is 61.1 km.
Amboli Ghat lies in the Sahyadri range of mountains in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra.
You can travel by bus or train from Pune to Amboli. To travel by train, check the train schedule and availability beforehand. It takes around 6 hours to reach Bhuyar, the nearest railway station to Amboli from Pune.
The road distance between Amboli hill station and Mumbai city is 494.2 km.
The road distance between Pune and Amboli is 345.8 km.