The rainforests of the Western Ghats are said to be always alive. The exemplary beauty of the forests is supplemented by a natural orchestra composed by the sound of water droplets falling from high treetops to the puddles on the ground, the constant croaking of the frogs, and the buzzing of thousands of insects. Feast your eyes on little streams that flow through the forest, tumbling down waterfalls, fungi of all shapes and colors, India snakes in their myriad colors and sizes, and camouflaging Praying Mantises.

When the sun peeks out from the clouds during a brief break from the rains, the forests abound in the most colorful butterflies like Blue Mormon, Southern Birdwing, Cruiser Dance, and Red Helen among others. Indulge in bird-watching as the Western Ghats’ endemic birds like Malabar Grey Hornbill, Yellow-browed Bulbuls, and even Sri Lankan Frogmouths are seen here.


Location: Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra, India

Nearest Airport: Goa and Belgaum airports, Goa has better connectivity

How to reach: 3 hr drive from Goa airport

Famous for: Beautiful western ghat landscapes, Reptile and amphibian sightings during monsoons.

Best time to visit: June to October


Places - Amboli Falls, Shirgaonkar Point, Nangarta Falls, Amboli Sunset Point, Mahadevgad Valley, Parikshit Point

Wildlife - Green vine, Malabar pit viper, bronzeback tree snake, olive forest snake, Malabar gliding frog, Amboli toad, Amboli bush-frog, many wrinkled frogs


Located in the state of Maharashtra, Amboli is a beautiful hill station in the Western Ghats. The lush green place lies in the Sahyadri Hills and has several viewpoints that offer unparalleled views of the entire region. One of the most popular ones is the Sea View Point in Amboli Ghat. The place provides a majestic view of the land up to the golden Konkan coast.

snake ready to take a dive from a small twig in amboli hill station maharashtra india

small waterfalls amidst clouds in amboli hill maharashtra india

Hiranyakeshi River- This is an ideal site for a picnic. It originates at a cave on the terrain rocks and flows down to reach Amboli. This cave boasts of seven ponds and in the 300 m long cave, sunlight is seen only at the last pond. It is an ideal spot for angling as well. The Amboli Ghat has several crystal-clear waterfalls. There are 23 waterfalls in this region, like the Amboli Falls, which serve as great picnic spots.

green snake catching its prey by neck in amboli maharashtra india

one among many waterfalls in amboli hills maharashtra india

Mahadevagarh Fort- Located 3 km away from Amboli Ghat, the Mahadevagarh fort offers a panoramic view of the Konkan Coast. It is a lovely place for tourists to visit and the Sunset Point is located quite close to the Fort. The place receives very high rainfall, and as a result, becomes dreamy when mist surrounds all over.

snake sitting on a tree branch in fog filled forest in amboli ghat maharashtra india

green snake yawning in amboli rainforest maharashtra india

During monsoons, the Amboli Ghat is filled with varieties of reptiles, amphibians, and other species like the Malabar Pit Vipers, Green Vine Snakes, Gliding Frogs, Toads, Cicada, frogs’ eggs, etc. Tourists can marvel at the beauty of the winding paths of Amboli forests searching for the little wondrous creatures such as insects, snakes, and frogs. These are the primary attractions of this region. One can also witness a great variety of flora here. The Amboli forests are a dream destination for wildlife photographers who wish to capture some exclusive images of reptiles and amphibians of Western Ghats.

beam of sunrays falling on the forest of amboli maharashtra india

Indian snakes found in this region include the green vine, the Malabar pit viper, the bronze back tree snake, and the olive forest snake. Amphibians like the Malabar gliding frog, endemic specialties like the Amboli toad and the Amboli bush-frog, and understated beauties like the Dobson’s burrowing frog and an assortment of wrinkled frogs are also found in the Amboli forests.