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Amboli Hill Station
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Amboli lies in the Sahayadri Hills of Western India, one of the world's "Eco Hot-Spots" and it abounds in unusual flora and fauna. However, as in the other parts of the Sahaydri Hills, denudation of the forest cover and unregulated government-assisted development are gradually ruining a once-pristine environment.[original research?]
Historically, Amboli village came into being as one of the staging posts along the road from Vengurla port to the city of Belgaum, which was extensively used by the British to supply their garrisons in south and central India.
The source of the Hiranyakeshi river lies in the hills around Amboli village, and an ancient Shiva temple (called Hiranyakeshwar) sits at the cave where the water emerges. The main attraction for tourists is the incredibly-high rainfall (7 m average, per year) and the numerous waterfalls and mist during the monsoons. Legend has it that there are 108 Shiva temples in and around Amboli, of which only a dozen have been uncovered, one as recently as 2005.
There are a few hotels at Amboli. Most of them provide hot water baths and have facilities like restaurant, room service and cab services.
The only local transport is motorised three-wheeler rickshaws and a couple of private taxis.
There are in total 8 places that are listed by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC).
- Sawantwadi - 29 km (18 mi)
- Kudal- 47 km (29 mi)
- Kolhapur - 129 km (80 mi) via the Gadhinglaj-Sankeshwar main road
- Sangli - 152 km (94 mi) via the Gadhinglaj-Chikodi-Miraj
- Belgaum - 68 km (42 mi)
- Ajara- 32 km (20 mi)
- Chandgad - 29 km (18 mi)
- Gadhinglaj - 52 km (32 mi)
Nearest railway stations
- Sawantwadi Railway Station - 28 km (17 mi)
- Kudal Railway Station - 47 km (29 mi)
- Pernem Railway Station - 58 km (36 mi)
- Belgaum Railway Station - 70 km (43 mi)
- Kolhapur Railway Station - 110 km (68 mi)
- Miraj Railway Station - 140 km (87 mi)
- Madgaon Railway Station - 140 km (87 mi)
Tourists coming from Mumbai, Goa, Delhi and trains on the Konkan railway can reach Amboli from Sawantwadi Railway Station. There are buses from Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation and Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation that travel frequently between Belagavi and Sawantwadi via Amboli. Private cars are available from Sawantwadi Railway Station to Amboli. Buses travel to Amboli from Sangli and Kolhapur stations via Nippani-Gadhinglaj-Ajara.
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