Monday, 17 December 2012

Hiranya Keshi Temple At Amboli | Waterfall At Amboli | Amboli Hill Station

Hiranya Keshi Temple, Amboli

Hiranyakeshi Temple At Amboli

The Hiranya Keshi Temple in Amboli sees a lot of pilgrim activity throughout the year. Goddess Parvati is fondly called Hiranya Keshi and the temple, which goes by the same name, is dedicated to her. The shrine also houses an idol of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati’s husband.The temple is situated by the river site of the River Hiranya Keshi and is an apt place to indulge in some fishing activities or simply meditate. The natural beauty of the surrounding locale will leave you stunned.

If you are looking for peace and solitude, Amboli is the answer - a tranquil hill station on the Western Ghats, surrounded by thick forests and tree canopied hills. On the coastal side, Amboli peers over the tree lined sandy ribbon of the Konkan coast; on the other three sides, you are rewarded by a magnificent panorama of the sweeping valley.

Not only does Amboli prove to be the ideal weekend getaway, but also makes for a romantic honeymoon destination. For couples on their honeymoon, Amboli has all the privacy and beauty they need. A honeymoon in Amboli is sure to make their marriage vows meaningful. Whether you are on a honeymoon or just vacationing, Amboli offers a pleasant and refreshing change of pace.

History of Amboli:

Way to Hiranyakeshi Temple

The British, declared Amboli a hill station by the 1880s. Even before them, Amboli's potential had already been discovered by the Sawants of neighbouring Wadi. But the sky above this village in the Sahyadris continuously dripped for a good four months, if not the entire year, making it the wettest place in Maharashtra. The surrounding forests were so thick with trees and tigers at the time of the Raj, and because Matheran was so much closer, Amboli remained unchecked on maps for a very long time after.

Where to stay in Amboli would not be a problem as the place offers a range of accommodation from hotels, motels, tourist guesthouses and an MTDC resort. Hotel JRD International offers rooms in the moderate range (about Rs. 4000) and is well suited to families.

The Whistling Wood Resort has a great location and well suited for couples and families on vacation.

Best Time to Visit Amboli:

Amboli's bracing climate makes it a year round destination. The hill station is at its rain-washed best just after the monsoons. The peak tourist season in Amboli is from June to September and its the best time to visit Amboli.

Sightseeing in Amboli:

Amboli Ghats DabDaba Waterfall

Spend your days in Amboli meandering through scenic hillscapes and misty forests or simply pack a picnic and relax under the shady trees. For the best views in Amboli, get to Sunset Point, Parikshit Point, Kavelsad Point and Shirgoankar Point for the most amazing views. Amboli is particularly charming in winter when the rains have stopped and there are a thousand waterfalls gushing down the hills. Nothing can be more romantic than the misty spray of the waterfalls in Amboli. There are two waterfalls on opposite sides of Amboli. The Nangartas Waterfalls are situated 10 kms from the town. These Falls are scenic and the gushing waters drop into a deep ravine.

On the opposite side of town are the other more popular waterfalls - simply called Waterfalls. Here one can actually frolic on the rocks and water below.

How to Reach Amboli:

How to Reach Amboli by Air:

The nearest airport would be Dabolim, Goa (127 km/ 2 1/2 hrs) that is served by a host of airlines like Indian Airlines, Kingfisher and Jetite. From Goa take a taxi to get to Amboli via Sawantwadi.

Waterfall Of Sawantwadi Near Amboli

How to Reach Amboli by Rail:

The nearest railhead is Sawantwadi which is 28 kms from Amboli. Regular buses ply on the route.

How to Reach Amboli by Bus:

From Goa it will be a pleasant drive of 2 hours. If you are coming from Mumbai drive all the way down NH17 till you get to Kudal. Just 3 km short of Sawantwadi is Akheri Road Junction, from where you take a left onto the curving SH121 that leads to Amboli. It will take you 11 hours to drive from Mumbai.

You can also drive to Amboli from Pune which is a 9 hours drive. Take NH 4 out of Pune and head towards Satara and Kolhapur till Nipani. Just after Nipani, take the right turn on SH 135 for Amboli.

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