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Alibaug Tourism

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Alibaug Info

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • Pincode: 402201
  • District: Raigad
  • Language: Hindi,Marathi
  • STD code: 02141
  • Weather: Summer 22 to 40°C, Winter 12 to 33°C

History of Alibaug

Located in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Alibaug is a small coastal town known for its beautiful beaches and pleasant weather. It lies in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is a popular weekend getaway from Mumbai and Pune.

Alibaug was founded in the 17th century by Sarkhel Kanhoji Aangre who was the naval chief during the reign of King Shivaji. Alibaug has witnessed many historical events. It is a great destination for tourists who are looking for a quiet retreat from the city life. Alibaug attractions include churches, historical temples, beautiful beaches and forts.

 People and Culture of Alibaug

The rich history of Alibaug is evident from the numerous ancient forts and monuments present in and around the place. The major population of the town comprises Marathas.

Marathi and Hindi are the two predominant languages of the place. Nag Panchami and Pola are some of the important festivals of the region.

 Things To Do in Alibaug

Alibaug sightseeing mainly comprises beaches and ancient forts. Among the various Alibaug tourist places, Alibaug Beach is a popular tourist attraction. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. Located at a distance of 1 km from Alibaug Beach, Kulaba Fort is also among the well known places to visit in Alibaug. The Fort was built 300 years ago by Shivaji Maharaj who was a Maratha warrior. Kihim Beach is also among the noteworthy places to see in  Alibaug. Being less explored, it retains its natural beauty. Some of the other popular Alibaug places to visit are Mandwa Beach, Varsoli Beach and Nagaon Beach. Located at a distance of 4 km, the Khanderi Fort also attracts many tourists. It was built in 1678 on a small island by a Maratha ruler. Tourists looking for adventurous things to do in Alibaug can take part in water sports available at the beaches.

 Food and Shopping in Alibaug

The cuisine of Alibaug is influenced by Konkani cuisine and is dominated by seafood which includes lobsters, crabs, prawns and pomfret. An Alibaug tour is incomplete without indulging in fresh and sumptuous seafood. Sanman, Sai Vatika, Aparanta and Flora are some of the popular restaurants of the place that serve mouth watering food.

After sightseeing in Alibaug, one can go on a shopping spree and purchase clothes, Kolhapuri chappals, antiques, accessories, etc. Raigadi Bazaar is dotted with shops selling a wide range of items at reasonable prices.

Accommodation in Alibaug

There are many options for tourists who are wondering how to reach Alibaug. Alibaug can be reached by ferry from the Gateway of India in Mumbai. The closest railway station to Alibaug is pen which is located at a distance of 30 km. Regular buses also ply from Mumbai to Alibaug.

One can also rent a car and drive down to the place.

Tourists can choose from among the many hotels and resorts in Alibaug according to the budget and preference. One can also look for accommodation in the vicinity of the major tourist attractions.


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Aditya Ravikumar

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  • Aditya Ravikumar
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 13 Reviews
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"Day trip to Alibaug" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Alibaug is a great location for a day trip from Mumbai with friends especially in the months from November - March

There are ferries heading to Mandwa jetty from Mumbai (Gateway of India ). Rs. 106-170 ticket price. Frequency, every hour. Tickets to be bought at the spot.

Once you alight at Mandwa jetty, there a few restaurants for breakfast. We stopped by Kikis cafe and deli. Great Omelettes, sandwiches, cold coffee and tea. They serve vending machine based tea, which could improve :-)

Nagaon beach is the most popular beach in Alibaug.

There are numerous water sports eg banana boat ride, ATV, jet ski run by many operators on the beach. This can be combined together or done separately.

For those who wish to try local seafood, there are many restaurants next to the beach which offer the same. Highly recommend if you haven't try Konkan / Malwani sea food.

The time taken to get back to the jetty is around 1.5 hour and the last ferry to Mumbai departs at 19. 00. So accordingly, you could departy by 17.
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Pradipta sahoo

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  • Pradipta sahoo
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Good place for 2 days relaxation" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
This is a place to visit for relaxation with family.

Visit during winter Nov to March.

Must visit places are Alibaug Beach, Kolaba Fort, Nagaon Beach, Kashid Beach, Murud Jajira, Birla Temple.

I stayed near Varsoli Beach (1.5 km from Alibaug Bus Stand).

Hotel stayed was Ruturaj Inn. Booked this hotel through Makemytrip. You can get good discounts from other sites as well. Hotel cost in weekdays are cheap and you can get good discounts also.

Day-1:

- Started from Gateway of India (Mumbai) at 09:15 am by Ferry (Ajanta). Cost was Rs. 105 including ferry and bus fare from Mandwa to Alibaug.

- Reached at Mandwa Beach 10:30 am.

- Mandwa to Alibaug by bus and reached at 11:45 am (Buses are very crowded during holidays and weekends).

- Reached hotel by auto at 12 pm.

- Lunch at Hotel. Non-veg food (especially seafood) is really good but price is high and quantity of food is less.

- Relaxed at Hotel for 1 hour after lunch.

- At 5 pm, we went to Alibaug beach and Kolaba fort. Kolaba fort is inside the sea. During high tide you have to use local boats (cost was Rs. 60 per head) and low tide you can us Tanga (Horse-Cart) and even walk. Water depth in few spots are 2-3 feet.

- Kolaba fort is a place which is not well maintained. Just a place to visit as you have came here for once.

- Back to hotel and my children enjoyed in the swimming pool till 8 pm.

- Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

- Walked little around the hotel and went to sleep at 11 pm.

Day-2:

- My friend was having the vehicle. We started for sightseeing at 9:30 am.

- Breakfast done on the way.

- Our first destination was Nagaon beach, where we reached at 10:30 am. Here there are good water sports. You need to bring additional clothes as you would be wet while using any of the water sports. We missed it.

- From Nagaon beach we went to Kashid Beach which is around 20-25 km from Nagaon beach.

- Reached at Kashid beach at around 12:30 pm. This beach is more clean and good beach in comparison to Alibaug & Nagaon.

- We spent almost 4 hours here. Swings are available by all beach hotels. We had lunch in one of the beach hotel. Food is not that good and cost also high. So not recommended to have food here.

- Murud-Jajira is 20 km from here. We did not visited this place.

- On the way you can go to Birla Temple(15 km from Kashid beach). We did not visited that place.

- We reached hotel at 6 pm. My children spent 1 hour in the swimming pool.

- Varsoli beach is nearby(1 km) that we visited in the evening also.

- We had dinner in a nearby home (Gharguti Khana). To have food in such places, you have to tell previous day. Food is very good and cheap. Non-veg food was excellent (Surmai Fry).

- Relaxed a bit outside hotel lawn and went to sleep at 11 pm.

Day 3:

- Started from Hotel at 10 am and reached Vapi (Gujarat) at 5 pm.
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Keith Sequeira

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  • Keith Sequeira
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Hotel Big Splash - Alibaug"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Jul 24, 2016
To begin with you hope to get of "pothole ridden" Mumbai and when you do, you are hoping for lush green landscape and good enough roads like the Gujarat, Daman roads or Lonavala/Pune roads. Instead we got worse roads than Mumbai and all the way to Alibaug, it took away the whole fun of the drive and simultaneously worried us knowing that we had to go the same way on our way back to Mumbai.
Then came the hotel stay courtesy of Make My Trip. We were booked at Big Splash which turned out to be a nightmare. We were the only guests there which we quickly realized from the car park, only one wing of the hotel was operating and it looked like a haunted place. We have a 2yr old daughter and feared for the worst, if the electricity went off, they surely wouldn't run the generator just for us (that too presuming they had one). I had been to Big Splash many years ago and it seemed like they left it just like that, honest! Mosquito infested, grass was a foot high, swimming pool water was green, all the amenities shown online were not available, we wouldn't dare to eat the food either. There was fungus from the dampness in the room, the tv was not even a 21" and was the one with a big box at the back, the main door would not close and the list goes on. I called MMT and told them to sort it out before it got dark because we didn't know the place and finding an alternative hotel once dark would be really difficult in these kind of places. It was 2pm when I first spoke to MMT who promised to sort it out in 30 first with the hotel managemwnt and then with an alternative hotel, it was past 8pm by the time I called them for the fifth time and told them irrespective of them refunding our money, we were leaving. Our room by then had a swarm of mosquitoes through a gap in the window a/c a the we were just happy that we. Chose to leave when we did. MMT did not even find a replacement hotel for us because it would take them too long !!! We were left to fend for ourselves in a strange town, after dark with no clue of where we were.
Mind you the room cost of Big Splash was approx 4500 rs and we had booked for 2 nights.
That was the worst trip ever in recent times and Big Splash is a definite no-no. Alibaug is a nice place, good seafood. We lost our first day only in sorting out the hotel, eventually found a costlier hotel. Till date, it's been more than a week, MMT has not refunded our money though they promised us it would be 3 days.
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Varun Vashishtha

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"Very good place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 17, 2016
We reached Alibaug around 2 am... No one was there on beach except me and my friends... Beach was so calm and cool breeze blowing there.. I still remember the night that was full moon night and the reflection of moon in sea was just fabulous. Very nice beach.
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Mr.. Steve

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"One day affair"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted May 10, 2016
We went to Alibaug by car and I think the distance is roughly about 100 km. There is not much to do or see in alibag, however it would be a perfect weekend getaway and do not bother to spend more than 2 days out there and be sure to explore the beaches and the fort in the middle of the sea whose name I had forgotten.
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Ratri Banerjee

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  • Ratri Banerjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Here sea comes back to meet hills"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 28, 2016
Alibaug a small town at the outskirts of Mumbai welcomes it's guests with the cool breeze that comes from seaside, soft shadows provided by multiple coconut and mango trees and smiling flowers of different colours that generates on both the road sides.

Just 150 km away from a metro like Mumbai, Alibaug still hugs it's nature and here nature exists on its own conditions.

In some places clean beaches are spreaded out to meet the sky and at some places sea water comes back every time to kiss the hills.

Small cottages surrounded with plenty of greenery offer tourists lodging n specially konkani food.

Alibaug - a place to be loved and remembered forever.
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Mritunjay gauttam

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  • Mritunjay gauttam
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Alibaug - A must visit weekend gateway"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 27, 2016
We went to Alibaug through ferry from gateway of India, Mumbai. Ferry is easily available at every 15-20 minutes. Ferry drops us at mandwa jetty. From mandwa jetty alibaug is about 40 mins away but don't worry ferry operators will drop you there. Our hotel was in the midway so we drop off there only. We were not having any vehicle but need not to worry we took one bike on rent which is available only at Rs 400. We visited alibaug beach. If you're sporty person then you can enjoy there and do the water sports. From there we went to nagwa beach which is located 10 km away from the alibaug but located at very beautiful place. Beach is really beautiful. There you can enjoy bathing in the sea. From there we went to kihim beach which is wonderful to bath in sea. So overall Alibaug is a must visit weekend getaway to relax after a hectic week.
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Priyanka verma

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"An overrated holiday spot, visit only for its beaches"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Apr 9, 2016
Alibaugh - a place known for its beaches, the beach lovers will enjoy the range of beaches offered by this place. Apart from the beaches there are also ancient historical forts like Kolaba fort, Janjira fort etc. For the history lovers. Birla temple should also be visited.

The places which shouldn't be missed are Murud-Janjira fort and Kashid beach. This beach with white sand and clear water has water sports as the main attraction, along with the activities like horse riding, camel riding, motorbike riding etc.

Nothing more to say about this place. As I'm from Mumbai (a place surrounded by a spectrum of beaches), I didn't find anything new and exploring about this place, apart from the forts. If you're from Mumbai then the only difference you'll find between the two places is that the beaches of Alibaugh are comparatively less crowded.

So if you want to cut off from the city life for a day or two, do visit this place. A must carry item will be a sunblock cream. Mumbai people can take a ferry from Gateway of India for Alibaug and enjoy the launch ride while you're travelling.
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Jitendra Tanwar

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"Relaxing and soothing experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 9, 2016
If you want to relax and want to get closure to the nature then this one is one of the best weekend getaways near Mumbai. You can enjoy the long dry sand beds which gives you picture of pretty good Indian beaches. You can enjoy horse riding and many more activities on the beach. Sunset view is amazing on this beach. Overall, the beach is totally calm and relaxing.
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Iravati Chitrav

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  • Iravati Chitrav
  • Lives in Pune
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"Visit for beaches and scenic hotels"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 27, 2016
Alibaug has a couple of places around with clean beaches. It is just 3 hours travel by car from Pune. Hence it makes a good weekend destination. You can just check in hotel and relax, talk a walk in the village or visit the beach in the evening. Or you can plan and go sightseeing. Either way it is going to be a memorable trip. Food is excellent and a feast for non-vegetarians.
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