Amboli lies in the Sahayadri Hills of Western India, one of the world’s “Eco Hot-Spots” and it therefore abounds in a variety of fairly unusual flora and fauna. In the hills of Amboli village lies the source of the Hiranyakeshi river, and an ancient Shiva temple (called Hiranyakeshwar) exists at the cave where the water emerges. Amboli boasts of some of the best western ghat landscapes during monsoons but only avid wildlifers know that it is also famous for its mind boggling variety of snakes and amphibian species during the times of monsoon.
Some of the Reptiles seen here are Malabar Pit Viper, Green Vine Snake, Olive Forest Snake, Beddome’s Keelback, Banded Racer, Shieldtails, White-banded Gecko, Bombay Leaf-toed Gecko.
Some of the Amphibians seen here are Malabar Gliding Frog, Bombay Typewriter Frog, Amboli Bush Frog, Wrinkled frog, Tiger Toad (Endemic to Amboli and Critically Endangered), Beddome’s Leaping Frog, Cricket Frogs, Fungoid Frog and Caecilians.
When to go
July to September is the best time for herping around Amboli. During monsoons, the herping activity is at its peak.
During monsoons, this place bustles with waterfalls. There is a waterfall at almost every turn as one approaches Amboli from Sawantwadi side.
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