Amboli is a hill station in south Maharashtra(India) located at an altitude of 690 meters in the Sahayadri Hills of Western India, one of the world's "Eco Hot-Spots", in Sindhudurg district, 70 kms from Belgaum.
It is the last hill station before the coastal highlands of Goa and a relatively unexplored one. It therefore abounds in a variety of fairly unique flora and fauna.
Amboli hilltop gives a fine bird's-eye view of the Konkan coast. Colonel Westrop developed Amboli as a hill station after the opening of the Ghat Road from the coastal town of Vengurla, in southern Maharashtra, to Belgaum.
Amboli village came into being as one of the staging posts along the road from Vengurla port to the city of Belgaum, which was extensively used by the British, to supply their garrisons in south and central India.
Gokak Falls is a waterfall known for its beauty. It is at a distance of 60 Kms from Belgaum and 10kms from Gokak town. Located right on the main road is a celebrated tourist centre in the district. This falls has a height of about 170 feet. The river Ghataprabha after winding a course of a long route takes a leap of 52 meters, over a rocky bed 170 feet down. The falls is famous for its spread and shape. The rugged valley and the picturesque is what inspires poetry.
The dull roar of the falls can be heard much before you reach it. "Except in width and colour of the water, the general features of the fall, its height, shape and rapidity above are much like those of Niagara". The falls are horse-shoe shaped at the crest, with a flood breadth of 177 metres. June to September is the best season to visit Gokak as it bees in full bloom. Electricity was generated here for the first time in the country in 1887. This generating station can be reached on the rope way.
16 Kms. from Gokak, it is at a fine spot located to the west of the Gokak-Konnur road in a deep green valley. Markandeya River takes the first jump from a height of about 25 metres and flows into a rocky valley and after a short distance from here it takes a second jump at a height of about 18 metres.
Dudhsagar Falls (literally meaning Sea of Milk) is a tiered waterfall located high up on the Mandovi River in the state of Goa.
The falls lie high up in the Mandovi River's watershed and so are not particularly spectacular during the dry season. During the monsoon season however, the falls are transformed into one of the most powerful falls in India. Dudhsagar Falls is listed as India's 5th tallest waterfall, and is 227th in the world at 310 mtr. The water plummets hundreds of feet in large volumes during the monsoon season, forming one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in Goa. It is a major part of Goa's ecosystem.
The multitude of beaches in Goa offer something for everyone, from luxury resorts to makeshift huts, and trance parties to tranquility. The Goa beach, that's right for you will depend on the kind of experience you want to have.
Terekhol Beach, situated on the river Terekhol is the northern most beach in the state of Goa. It is one of the last untouched and peaceful region in the Goan state. It is 133 Kms from Belgaum (Via Sawantwadi).It lies on the north bank of the Terekhol river and is located in the northern most part of the state of Goa, near the Maharashtra border.
Terekhol is a wild, beautiful, unspoiled and completely uncommercialised region in Goa.
A fort that was originally a Maratha fort is located here on a piece of high ground facing the sea. It is lapped by the sea on one side, and has a dry moat surrounding it on the other three sides. The Portuguese captured it in 1776 and built a church here. The fort is now a hotel, the Hotel Tiracol Fort Heritage. It offers some very stark but beautiful views.
The area surrounding the fort also makes for some good rides on a motorcycle, and you could stop for a swim on deserted Querim Beach. There is very little to see or do at the fort itself, apart from admire the views, for this is one beach that is yet untouched by commercialization.
Gokarna is one of the rare places that are holy pilgrimage centers which also attract leisure tourists with equal ease. The beautiful temples and the attractive beaches make Gokarna a prominent tourist destination.
Gokarna is fast becoming a favoured tourist destination and it has several wonderful beaches that could rival the beaches of Goa. The Kudle Beach, Gokarna Beach, Half Moon Beach, Paradise Beach and Om Beach are the five main seaside attractions here.