Amboli Ghat – Kingdom Of Waterfalls In Western Ghats, Maharashtra

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Amboli Ghat, Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India Amboli Ghat is a small part of the lush green Western Ghats that is a bio-diversity hotspot of India and the world. However, during monsoons, the way they come alive and mesmerize anyone passing through is seen to be believed. We had a brief rendezvous with Amboli ghat last year while we were on our way to explore Kaas Plateau and Satara. We knew we would be coming back and this year we made a special trip to enjoy the Kingdom of Waterfalls at Amboli Ghat. This weekend getaway from Mumbai is a Hill station Tourist places in Maharashtra.

Amboli Ghat Waterfalls.

Amboli Ghat main Waterfalls Tourist places in Maharashtra
Amboli Ghat Waterfalls, Tourist places in Maharashtra
Amboli Ghat Waterfalls close-up
Amboli Ghat Waterfalls close-up

Only about 90 km’s from Panjim, where we live, it is an easy destination to drive to. We stopped at Sawantwadi for a quick breakfast. And stopped at a few seasonal rivers while sipping hot tea before we met the easy incline of Western Ghats. The greenery and the valleys slowly start making an appearance and so do the monkeys in big groups.

Waterfalls at Amboli Ghat
Waterfalls at Amboli Ghat
Amboli Ghat Waterfalls landscape, Hill stations in Maharashtra
Amboli Ghat Waterfalls landscape, Hill stations in Maharashtra

As soon as we spotted the first waterfall, we stopped to have a closer look, to click pictures. To breathe in the fresh air and to soak in the green surroundings. Thanks to our earlier trip we knew that from here till the ‘Bada Dabdaba’ or the big waterfall there are a series of big and small waterfalls. So we decided to walk this stretch. We passed through streams of water eager to go down and meet a river. The rivers that we had earlier met and were eager to meet the sea. The sea that was eager to impregnate the clouds and clouds that would bring smiles to our fields. And our faces when they come back as these waterfalls.

Take a Walk along to Explore the Amboli Ghat.

Waterfalls at Amboli Ghat
Waterfalls at Amboli Ghat

Video of Amboli Falls.

Watch the Video Clip of the drive to & Amboli Ghat Waterfalls.

The falls go through the roads and fall into the deep valley. From certain vantage points, you can see multiple falls falling from steep cliffs. At other points, they are hidden behind the trees and only make their presence felt with their gushing sound. At one place they were like an artificial wall with tiny pink flowers coming out of it. It felt like a natural watering mechanism for this vertical garden. Tall mountains carrying streams of water on one side and deep valleys receiving this water on other. It is like walking through the waterfalls but thanks to the engineers who built the road. Without the need to be wet unless of course, it starts raining. At some places we walked through the clouds and at times we waited for the clouds to clear the view. Sometimes they obliged sometimes they did not.

Waterfall stage-wise at Amboli Ghat
Waterfall stage-wise at Amboli Ghat
View of a Waterfall at Amboli Ghat
View of a Waterfall at Amboli Ghat

Try Mouth Watering Snacks by the Falls.

By the time we reached the big waterfall, we were hungry and ready to have the hot Sabudana Vada. The simple shacks offer tea, Onion Bhaji, Sabudana vada and Roasted bhutta. Everything is made fresh right in front of you. Last year their hottest selling dish was Maggi noodles but this year there was no Maggi. With rain and water all around, tea and pakoras could not have tasted better. It was raining here at Bada Dabdaba. So we decided to go and meet another waterfall some 10 km’s away.

Roasted corn or Bhutta at Amboli Ghat
Roasted corn or Buna Bhutta at Amboli Ghat

Nangar Tas Waterfalls at Amboli Ghat.

Nangar Tas Waterfalls Amboli Ghat
Nangar Tas Waterfalls Amboli Ghat

Video of Nangar Tas Waterfalls.

Watch the Nangar Tas Waterfalls Video Clip we captured.

Nangar Tas is a huge waterfall that is, of course, seasonal. But what is worth noting here is the sharp narrow gauge that the water falls into. You can see how the water has made its way through the giant laterite rock. There is a small temple before the entrance that leads to the platform to view the waterfall. With a huge bunch of bells hanging in front of an idol. I am sure there is a story out there but today was the day for the waterfall. We went on the platform to have a look at the river that becomes a fall. We went to another bridge like structure that stands on the narrow valley created by the strength of the water. I am sure I have never seen anything like this anywhere.

Nangar Tas statue
Nangar Tas statue
Hrinyakeshi cave Shiva temple
Hiranyakeshi cave Shiva temple

Hiranyakeshi Cave Temple.

Wandering around we reached the Hiranyakeshi cave – which is in practice a Shiva temple. To reach this cave, we drove through a road with the breathtaking landscape on both sides, that went up and down. This is where we first spotted the round ball like plants that dotted the green landscape – wherever there were no trees. I am still trying to search its name, if you know please help. We crossed a metal bridge that stood over a stream. We walked through the meadow like valleys and finally reached this ancient temple that once upon a time was just a cave.

Temple pond that connected to the flowing stream nearby had an interesting shape. An open Havan Kund added to the aura of the simple temple. The pathway to the temple was well laid and made the walk pleasurable. Again with small water streams flowing from one side to another.

Amboli Ghat road
Amboli Ghat road
Cloudy road to Kavlesad Amboli Ghat
Cloudy road to Kavlesad Amboli Ghat

Kavleshet or Kavlesad View Point.

We came back to the main road and took another detour to Kavleshet or Kavlesad – and drive to this point was ethereal. We drove through the sugarcane fields completely covered in mist. The valley that we had all the way to see was refused to reveal itself and remained hidden behind a thick cover of clouds. Just when we were about to leave it gave a glimpse for a split second as if to tease us. We could have waited below a structure made for tourists. An ugly incomplete cement structure that was as filthy as it can be. So we left and headed to a restaurant to eat some Malwani food.

Photography at Amboli Ghat
Photography at Amboli Ghat

Enjoy the Beauty of Nature amidst clouds.

It was time to come back to Big Waterfall. We spent some time standing on the staircase leading to the top of the waterfall. We saw families enjoying the water and people posing wearing their best smile while being careful of falling down. This is the crowded part of Amboli Ghat and if you like your solitude in nature, you may just pass by it. If you enjoy people, you can spend some time here. Like we did eating Pakodas and sipping Chai. Being a crowded place, this is not as clean as the rest of the road. Sometimes you can have rowdy groups of men drinking away to glory.

Amboli Ghat collage
Amboli Ghat collage

It was time to return home, albeit with a stop at Sawantwadi – stay tuned for another post on Sawantwadi, right here.

Water Lily flower at Amboli Ghat
Water Lily flower at Amboli Ghat
Swollen river enroute Amboli Ghat
Swollen river en route Amboli Ghat

You need at least half a day, ideally, full day to enjoy the numerous waterfalls of Amboli Ghat. And the Amboli Hill Station one of the best Hill Stations in Maharashtra.

Recommend you to read following Places to visit on my Travel Blog.

  1. Wettest Place on Earth – Cherrapunji.
  2. Guarding the Konkan Coast – Sindhudurg.
  3. Meeting Munna – Rock Star Tiger at Kanha National Park.
  4. Gulmarg Gondola Ride & beyond.
  5. Ladakh in Winters – Mini Road Trips.
  6. Drive to the Enchanting Tenga Valley – Arunachal Pradesh.
  7. Thoseghar Waterfalls, Satara.
  8. Kaas plateau – A Valley of Flowers.

16 COMMENTS

  1. The beautiful pictures are a treat for the eyes. I love travelling and exploring new places with my kids. The way you have described about the Amboli Ghat tempts me to visit this place at the earliest and capture the beautiful location under the lenses.

  2. Seems straight out of a fantasy world, Your pictures do justice to the beauty of Amboli.

    Could you tell me whether the waterfalls are perennial and would we have them around in the month of April. We would like to drop anchor en route to Goa. Thanks for sharing

  3. What a treat..it’s like visiting the place.
    Most of your writings come without recommendation for places to stay…why?

    • Ruchi, I will try and put places to stay in my posts. However from Goa, we did Amboli Ghat as a morning evening trip so really did not use a hotel. You can stay at MTDC hotel there.

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