Monsoon Meanderings: How To Explore Amboli In The Rains

Declared as a hill station in 1880 by the British, the picturesque village of Amboli in the Sahyadris is a treat for the senses during monsoons with its lush greenery, waterfalls, ruins and temples

Amboli hills grow lush in the monsoons Photo: Shutterstock

The British, always nostalgic for bad weather, had already declared Amboli a hill station by the 1880s. Even before them, Amboli's potential had been discovered by the Sawants of the neighbouring taluka of Wadi. The clouds above this village in the Sahyadris relentlessly pour rain for a good four months if not the entire year, making it the wettest place in Maharashtra. But the surrounding forests were so thick with trees and tigers at the time of the Raj, and Matheran so much closer to Mumbai, that Amboli remained unchecked on tourists' maps for a very long time thereafter. Today, however, it attracts a clutch of enthusiastic families and wildlife enthusiasts for it's many offerings, especially in the monsoons. Amboli, is worth visiting for one of these many reasons.