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Alibaug Tourism

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
Alibaug, a small town in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, is known for its beautiful beaches and scenic locations. It's one of the most popular weekend getaways for Mumbaikars.  

History of Alibaug
Alibaug’s history dates back to the 17th century. The town was founded by Sarkhal Kanhojio Aangre, the naval chief during King Shivaji's regime. Alibaug has been witness to numerous historical events.

Things to do in Alibaug
A beach destination with loads of sea, sun and sand, Alibaug is a great place for travellers looking for peace and tranquility. Dotted with forts, churches, temples, there many things to do in Alibaug. For travellers looking to indulge in water sports, Nagaon Beach is a great bet where you can go on a banana boat ride, jet ski, and enjoy parasailing at reasonable prices. People interested in going on a fort exploration trail, must-visits include Kolaba, Khanderi and Janjira. There are a number of local tour guides who can be hired for local sightseeing tours. However, make sure to bargain and get the best price.

For diving enthusiasts, Alibaug is just the place. A number of stretches on the beach are recommended. Head towards Kihim, Varsoli, Akshi, Nagaon, Kashid and Murud for an exhilarating diving experience. Beaches like Aksi and Nagaon are good places for families as they are flat, have less depth and have vast expanses of sand, which is ideal for activities on the beach and to build sand castles. However, expect a lot of crowd in weekends. Travellers are suggested to carry sunscreen, flip flops, sunglasses and a frisbee.

Beaches like Murud, Kashid and Kihim are picturesque and less crowded. Since Alibaug is a popular getaway, expect a lot of tourists on weekends. Also, travellers are recommended to drive down to Alibaug in their own car as local transport is expensive.

Food & Shopping in Alibaug
Since Alibaug is located in the Konkan region, you can’t afford to miss Konkani cuisine, which comprises curries made of local fishes such as pomfret, rawas and surmai flavoured with coconut. Bakri roti and kokam sherbet are popular too. Alcohol is available across the city, however, it’s better to carry your own as many shops Alibaug only sell beer. Shopping options are limited to local produce like Konkani masalas, kokam and honey. 
 
Travelling to Alibaug

The best time to visit Alibaug is during winter, between November and February. If you are in Mumbai, the fastest way to travel is by ferry from the Gateway of India, which operates from morning till evening. At nominal charges, travellers can reach Mandwa jetty in 45-60 minutes. From there, Alibaug is 20-25 minutes by bus or auto. Do remember that this service is closed during monsoon, between July and September.  

Travellers can also reach Alibaug by road. Start early and follow the Mumbai–Goa highway. Alibaug is close to 65 km from Panvel. Grab some hot vada pav at Shri Datta Snacks at Panvel near the intersection and later make a quick stop over at Roti Shoti and Chai Nashta near Karnal Bird Sanctuary for some good and inexpensive tea and breakfast.

Be careful while you drive down the road as the stretch near Pen does not have any dividers and has heavy traffic movement throughout the day. Besides, the road condition in Pen is very poor. After Pen, roads are comparatively better with very little traffic.

Accommodation options in Alibaug
There are plenty of hotels, resorts and homestays available in and around Alibaug. You can choose one based on your preference and budget. Alibaug also has plenty of bungalows to choose from.

Contributed by: Raj Kamal, HolidayIQ.com Traveller
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Tanya Agarwal

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  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Awesome place" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Nice place having multiple beaches. Alibaug is in Maharashtra and about 154 km from car and more from bike, nice locations. Must visit murud janjira awesome place like film fest. Alibaug relaxes mind and mood for moment. Take warm clothes if travelling in winter or in late night.
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Akshay Jadhav

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"A good alternative to Konkan beaches"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Alibaug is good alternative to Konkan beaches. Travel to konkan from Mumbai takes arounds 8hrs but Alibaug is just about 3hrs long and can be a good 2 days weekend visit.

Water sports can be attraction at beaches. Other than beaches Korlai Fort, Phansad Sanctuary and temples can be good places to visit closeby.
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"A nice trip"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Better to stay outside of Alibaug. Too crowded

An excellent and huge property nestled in tiny Mapgaon and very close to Kihim. This is the place to be incase you looking for a quiet and peaceful vacation after a long drive or maybe a long day of going around places. As always my reviews have been long and descriptive. I will keep up to it this time as well with a happy one.

Access - the roads leading towards alibaug from mumbai have improved to a good extent. Few patches where road widening is in progress maybe a spoiler but we managed to reach in 2.5 hrs. The inner road leading to resort maybe a bit bumpy though. Doesn't matter as you will soon be at peace and lazing around.
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"Very nice tour, enjoyed a lot"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Original Konkan environment, visit in winter so that you can enjoy. Beaches are good but I like the beaches of Malvan Sindhudurg more as I prefer white sand beaches more. A museum of sculptures is also there which should be visited. Also you can by konkani delicacies like rice papad, masala mirch, kokam, amsul etc.
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"Simply breathtaking"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We wanted to spend the Christmas in a different way and so decided to visit Alibaug a quaint seaside city only a few kilometers from Mumbai. We spent a weekend there and celebrated the Christmas by the seaside.

Beach of Alibaug

We went to Alibaug in our own car. It was a pleasant ride with the sun shining brightly and a slight nip in the air. It took around 3 hours to reach our resort. It was a big one with a swimming pool and a huge garden. My daughter was very happy and as soon as we settled in our rooms she went out to explore the place. We had our lunch and decided to check-out the beach. It was just a five minutes walk from the resort.

The beach was a long one with blackish sand. There were lot of opportunities for watersports and my daughter was very excited. We opted for a horse ride. The sun was already crimson red and very soon in dipped into the sea giving the water a reddish tint. A cold wind was blowing from the wind and we sat on the beach for some time soaking in the ambience.

We drank tea from a roadside stall and came back to the resort. It was already pitch dark outside and we spent the rest of the evening playing badminton by the swimming pool.

The Janjira Fort is a tryst with history

Alibaug has several attractions along with its beach and we decided to explore a few of them. Next day we went to see the Janjira Fort. It was situated in the middle of the sea and was an architectural wonder that drew many tourists. A small boat took us to the fort. The ride was pleasant but a little bit scary too with the boat swaying in the strong wind.

The fort was well-planned with sanitation and water tanks. The guide explained the features of the fort. The sweeping view of the sea from the top of the fort was simply breathtaking.

We also visited the Kasad and Murud beach. They were quaint beaches with white sand perfect for strolling and other activities. We organized a small party by the pool for Christmas and enjoyed ourselves. The children danced and sang and kept us entertained.

We left Alibaug on Sunday morning. It was a short trip but very memorable with the lovely views of sea.
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Nishant Gunjan

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"A place with good forts and beaches"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The are are many small and large beaches with not much crowded and all few km from Alibaug. The most famous ones are Kashid, Nagaon, Kihim and Alibaug itself. Also, they are provided with rides, roadside dhabas, etc. There are a no. of forts and historical relics that can be visited.
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Kaustubh Modak

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"Nice weekend getaway near Mumbai"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Apr 13, 2015
Good Weekend, You can purchase local Konkani food from Alibaug like papads, pickles, etc. Awas Beach is very calm & refreshing. Must visit if you want to spend time in Peace.

Karmarkar Museum is worth visiting in Saswane. Spend time at Mandwa Jetty in evening.
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Pratik Rajavadha

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"Best place to chill and enjoy sea food"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Apr 7, 2015
Nice beaches and best people. Awesome hotels. Needless to say, do visit this place and stay at Jogalekar Cottages. If you are a fish lover then this is the best place to be. Please go to this place. Just be careful and take at least 3 to 4 days to chill. It is worth it.
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Shubham Tapdiya

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"Place for holiday in the Konkan area"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Apr 6, 2015
People from Mumbai and Pune have Alibaug as a very good place for holiday which is in Konkan area (heaven of Maharashtra). There are many beaches near to Alibaug out of which Kashid and Nagaon are the best. Those beaches also have water sports. Murud (a fort in the sea) is also place to be seen near Alibaug.
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"A small place with delicious food"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Apr 5, 2015
Alibaugh is very nice places to visit. It is situated in Maharashtra. It is village and very good atmosphere over there. There are many temples to visit. There are many different types of Marathi dishes to eat. They like to eat spicy good. Zunka bhakar is favourite food to eat.
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