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Amboli Varsha Mahotsav attracts tourists

Published in Travel & Tourism Friday, 18 August 2023 15:41

 

 

To become an All-Season Tourism Destination for National & International Tourists

 

Kochi / Amboli (Sindhudurg, Maharashtra): Amboli Varsha Mahotsav (Amboli Monsoon Festival) organised by the Directorate of  Tourism, Government of Maharashtra at Amboli, a hill station situated at Sindhudurg District in Southern Konkan of Maharashtra, attracted many tourists from and outside Maharashtra. Considering the focus on development, Amboli will soon become an all-season destination for national and international tourists, opined Shri Deepak Kesarkar, Minister of Education and Marathi Language, Government of Maharashtra while inaugurating the festival. Shri Girish Mahajan, Minister of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra conveyed his wishes to the festival. 

 

The Amboli Varsha Festival was inaugurated on 12th August to go on till 16th August, 2023 at the hands of Shri Kesarkar. Other dignitaries present were Smt Savitri Palekar, Sarpanch, Amboli Grampanchayat, Smt K Manjulekshmi, District Collector, Sindhudurg, Shri Saurabh Kumar Agrawal, District Police Superintendent, Sindhudurg District, Dr B. N. Patil, IAS, Director, Directorate of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra and others. 

 

The Minister stated that Amboli would soon become an international tourism destination attracting tourists not only from Maharashtra and outside; but also from the world due to its rich bio-diversity, serene nature and wildlife. The festival also targeted tourists and tour operators from Kerala.  

 

Shri Kesarkar claimed that Amboli, which is known as the Cherapunji of Maharashtra known for the highest rainfalls could be well-developed as a round-the-year tourism destination by holistically developing the tourism assets known for its rich natural endowments, wildlife including the species of butterflies, snakes, frogs, etc. and introducing new-age tourism activities such as adventure tourism, jungle safaris, hang gliding.  

 

Explaining the idea behind organising the Amboli Varsha Mahotsav, Dr B N Patil, IAS, Director, Directorate of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra said, “Our thrust on leveraging Maharashtra’s tourism potential for tourists continues with Varsha Mahotsav at a nature’s heaven like Amboli. We are committed to take Amboli and the 

surrounding region on the national and international tourism maps where tourists from within and outside Maharashtra and even from foreign countries will throng in to witness its natural beauty and ecology.”

 

Smt Savitri Palekar, Sarpanch of Amboli lauded the efforts of the people of Amboli and stated that the local nature lovers who have worked hard to promote Amboli as a tourist spot for its bio-diversity is gradually getting rewarded.

During the festival in Amboli, the tourists visits were organised to explore Hiranyakeshi River, Kawalesad Point, Nangartas Waterfalls, Phanaswadi Dam, Butterfly Garden with activities such as trekking, rappling, site seeing, swimming, mud games, etc.  Further, many adventure activities such as jet skiing, banana rides, bumper rides at Dhangarmula near Amboli and trekking near Hiranyakeshi mountains have been organised. Moreover, educative presentations on bio-diversity and adventure tourism were given by researcher Shri Hemant Ogale and Shri Kamlesh Chavan; respectively. Other activities such as river crossing, rappling were organised for tourists. It also has organised cultural attraction like Dashavatar and Chitrakathi and on 15th August, a special activity to pay tributes to the Ex-Army Soliders at Shaheed Hawaldar Pandurang Gawade Memorial. 

Amboli is a hill station situated at Sindhudurg District in Southern Konkan, which is the world’s well-known ‘ecological hotspot’ in the Western Ghat and about 489 kms from Mumbai (via Pune – Satara – Kolhapur Highway), 31 kms from Sawantwadi, 72 kms from Chipi Airport in Sindhudurg and 118 kms from Goa.  Amboli is known for its abundant natural beauty, waterfalls and mountains.  It lies in the Western Ghats and is peculiar because of its geographical relevance. It is 700 metres (2,300 feet) above sea level and is the last hill resort before ending in the coastal plains of Goa state. It is one of the world's ‘Ecological Hotspots’ abundant with an unusual flora and fauna adding an element of pristine beauty. It has a 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. The near-by Sawantwadi has a historical significance being a princely state of Sawant – Bhosale’s, a royal clan of the Capital State, which is also known for wooden toys in today’s times. 

 

 

 

 

 

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