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Amboli: Herping And Photography Tour

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Konkan Railways: A Memorable Journey

We started our Amboli trip with Konkan Railways from Rajkot, Gujarat and I'm so glad that we took the train instead of a flight because of the amazing views while traveling through that region. Just when you cross Gujarat and reach Mumbai you will start noticing the refreshing green Konkan belt with amazing views. The best time for this trip is during Monsoon as during this period the west coast offers spectacular waterfalls, hills, rivers, tunnels, and more. There, the azure blue-green Konkan belt makes your experience memorable.
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Our train stopped at 1 railway station which has this small waterfall so many people started taking pictures and videos of it. There were also some bonnet macaques on that station so we enjoyed seeing them play.

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Thereafter, our train stopped at another station which has some nice trees and old structures to capture our pictures. Then it suddenly started raining and we decided to buy some fresh fruits to enjoy this beautiful weather.

At night, we reached our first destination i.e. Madgaon, Goa where we had our night stay and then we had to catch our early morning train from Madgaon to Sawantwadi.

After reaching Sawantwadi. we started our climb uphill to Amboli Hill Station by a local car. This 1 to 1.5 hours drive gives you some of the best views you have ever witnessed like waterfalls, forest area, mighty hills, beautiful animals, & more. As you're about to reach Amboli, you can literally touch clouds because of its height. During the whole climb, you can listen to beautiful birds chirping which makes the journey even more enjoyable. Due to plenty of fog, it provides you great views and feels like a trip to heaven. You can also capture some timelapse while climbing uphill.

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You will also witness one of the best waterfalls during this climb i.e Amboli Waterfalls. During peak monsoon, you can see its natural beauty to the fullest and the fog makes it more mystical. The best time to visit this waterfall is during the early morning where there is a fewer crowd and you can also eat some corn, etc as there are many local food stalls around.

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Finally, we reached our destination Amboli Ghat which is the last hill station before the coastal highlands of Goa. It has astounding biodiversity and is the home to numerous endemic species of reptiles and amphibians. This ghat receives heavy rainfall and is surrounded by dense forests, waterfalls, natural landscapes, and more. We went there mainly to photograph herpetofauna and were lucky enough to witness some of the fascinating species during this tour. As the weather was marvelous we enjoyed our stay and herping trails.

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Sharing some of the group photos.....
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During this trip, we saw many unique species so here is just a glimpse of one such species "Green Vine Snake". I will be sharing another blog soon with a detailed species list with their photos. Meanwhile, you can keep an eye on my Instagram @shah_harsh15 for some early posts. Also, please feel free to DM me on instagram if you've any queries, would love to help you out.

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On the last day, we started our downhill climb to travel back on the same route and then reached home full of memories.

Posted by Harsh Shah 09:34 Archived in India Tagged landscapes waterfalls mountains trees animals sky fog nature india green jungle waterfall snake forest photography amboli maharashtra herping western_ghats amboli_waterfall

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