Amboli – Land of The Flying Frog
Nestled at the crest of the Western Ghats above 2,000 feet, Amboli is the last hill station in Maharashtra before the coastal highlands of Goa. Misty weather, rejuvenating rain, cool climate, and lush evergreen forest form the perfect setting for reptiles and amphibians. It is also one of the best places to see the Malabar Gliding Frog. The forest here reverberates with the calls of various frogs and toads in a colourful and loud display, singing in synchrony to attract their lady love. Amboli is part of a Biodiversity Hotspot and we can see amphibians and reptiles like Fungoid Frog, Bi-coloured Frog, Amboli Bush-frog, Amboli Toad, Beddome’s Cat Snake, Ceylon Cat Snake, Green Vine Snake, Malabar Pit Viper, and various caecilians.
Camp charges: Rs. 8,900/- BNHS members and Rs. 9,500/- others
Accommodation: Twin sharing basis in a hotel.
Reporting: Pick up at Sawantwadi railway station at 09:30 a.m. on day one. Drop off at Sawantwadi ST railway station at 04:00 p.m. on the last day. Kindly book your tickets accordingly, pick-up and drop timing may change depending on the timing of Konkan Kanya Express.
How to get there: Bus: This is the best option to reach Sawantwadi; Every Mumbai–Goa bus halts at Sawantwadi. Buses can be booked through www.redbus.in.
Train: Sawantwadi railway station is about 8 km from the ST Depot. Konkan Kanya Express (10111) reaches Sawantwadi at 08:22 a.m. Note: The train timing and schedule for Konkan Railway fluctuate during monsoon and prone to delays due to landslides.
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