Alibaug Tourism
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Alibaug Tourism

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Famed for its fresh air, clean water and sands, Alibaug is a coastal town in Maharashtra. Situated at the south of Mumbai, this town is the headquarters of Raigad district.

The captivating mix of tranquil, sleepy fishing villages and various beaches, that it provides makes it a popular weekend getaway for Mumbai revelers. The place boasts of being a well liked center for business conferences during weekdays.

Weather

This place enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year due to the vast number of trees. Monsoon is very heavy and thus, some times ferries and catamarans are not operational from mid-June to late September. However, the downpour and greenery make Alibaug irresistible during the monsoons.

Best Time to Visit?

Throughout the year, especially in the monsoons.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Bhajias on the Beach

Nature has a habit of tempting and tantalising you, and literally supplying wings to your imagination, but Alibaug, where nature, religion and history share an easy camaraderie, lets you have your head in the clouds without letting your feet stray too far from the ground. The vast water stretches in Alibaug lure you with the promise of dreamy, somnolent afternoons, punctuated with lazy sips of cool coconut water and bhajias on the beach, even as the temples up in the ghats soothe all who make the effort to reach their sanctum. A promise that they never fail to keep.

This sylvan seaside getaway has long tried to please all comers, so whatever your fancy, some avatar of Alibaug will present itself before you. So if it's an active weekend you prefer, or a spiritual retreat, or even a journey into Maratha history, Alibaug has it.

After all, not for nothing did Salim Ali, India's best known ornithologist, spend the better part of his life watching birds here. And not for nothing have the modern-day maharajas of Mumbai built their Weekend-Getaways-on-Sea by the shores of the Arabian Sea in Alibaug.

If you are the bhel puri, alu bonda loving type, you need not look beyond Alibaug Beach. Flora Restaurant in Alibaug has a good selection of Indian veg and non-veg items. Their alu paratha is worth a bite. There are several brands of local ice-creams available here, but not at most of the hotel restaurants because of erratic power supply. For a hearty South Indian breakfast head for Avni Dining Hall at Hotel Sea View, but for local Konkani veg fare head to Suman Hill Resort's restaurant. More Konkani and Gujarati food can be had at Hotel Ravikiran's Sudama Restaurant. The Royal Feast Restaurant at Big Splash is good for variety. They serve Chinese, South Indian and Punjabi. If you're visiting Versoli around noon, Parnakuti serves Konkani, but they need advance notice.



Prime Attractions of Alibaug-

The place which was developed in the 17th century by Shivaji's naval chief Kanhoji Angre houses many forts, churches, synagogues and the famous Tower of St. Barbara.

Beaches-

∑ Alibaug beach: This is the key beach of the town. The Kolaba fort becomes visible from here.
∑ Akshi Beach: It is situated 5 km away from Alibaug.
∑ Kihim Beach: Kihim is a private place at a distance of 12 km from Alibaug. The place is famous for intense cover of Coconut trees and forests which house butterflies, birds and flowers.
∑ Kashid Beach: It is situated on the Alibaug-Murud highway, about 30 km away from Alibaug.
∑ Mandawa: Situated 20 km north of Alibaug, many celebrities own bungalows here. The catamaran/ferry services are available from Mumbai to the Mandawa jetty.
∑ Nagaon beach: Located about 7 km away from Alibaug, this place is famous for coconuts and betel nuts.

Other Attractions-

∑ Kolaba fort: Built by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1652, this fort is situated just a furlong away from the shore. Its most spectacular feature is the freshwater well inside. The huge front entrance arch has tigers, peacocks and elephants sculpted on it. With two gates, one at the shore side and the other at the seaside, you can visit the fort either by walking across the seashore or taking a buggy ride. Do keep a check on the tide, though before venturing out.A prime location, this fort is situated in the sea at a distance of 1-2 km from the Alibaug shores. One can walk to the fort in waist-deep water, at the time of fall. However, during the tide, boats need to be used.
∑ Kanakeshwar temple: This religious place is falls on the way to Mandawa, is on a hill near Mapgaon village, about 12 km from Alibaug.
∑ Chaul: This historic town; 15 km from Alibaug is famous for its Portuguese ruins, an old church, a synagogue, Buddhist caves, the Hamam Khana and a temple.
∑ Vikram Vinayak Temple or Birla Temple, Salav: The temple falls on the way to Janjira, 20 km from Alibaug.
∑ Murud-Janjira: Janjira is a celebrated fort situated not very far from Alibag.
. Vrindavan Farm: Spread over 28 acres, this farm houses over 70,000 plants on sale, which include several exotic varieties of crotons and cacti to the more common species of mangoes and guavas. Also located within the farm is Tiny Wings, which is an arts and crafts gallery with several bidri ware, patta chitras and other pruce from Bastar Tribe on display.

Being a tourist center, there are many hotels, resorts and lodges in the town:

1. Big Splash
2. Hotel Ravikiran
3. Kashid Beach resort
4. Prakruti resort
5. Sand piper resort
6. Sunglow resort
7. Windmill resort
8. Tropicana Resort
9. Doctors Farm
10. Sahyadr Hotel
11. Ghanvatkar Bungalow
12.Sidz Cottage.
13.Kamath Residency
14.Sun N Sea Beach Resort
15.Sunglow Resort
16.Petron Resort
17.Seaview Hotel
18.Jogalekar Cottage
19.Vedant Holiday Home
20.Akshay Bungalow.
21.Sagar Lodge.

Activities & things to do: Mumbaikars spend their weekends in a rejuvenating way in Alibaug, play beach games on its scintillating beaches, enjoy the delicacy of the sea-food, vegggies go for pani-puris & Bhelpuris, Feel the fresh breeze of the sea on the beaches, and there are lot of activities you can do to enjoy the perfect weather of this tourist destination.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: How to get there?

Alibaug is easy to get to in about an hour by the combination of a catamaran/ferry from Gateway of India in south Mumbai (three hours) and then by bus from Mandwa jetty across the bay.
It is also accessible by road via Panvel in about three hours (124 km).


By Boat/Cataraman/Ferry-

There are three agencies that run ferry services/catamarans: PNP, AJANTA and MALDAR. The ferry/catamaran takes you to Mandwa from Gateway by the sea route and from Mandwa, buses of the respective agencies takes you to Alibag by road. Catamarans are small ships. The tickets (costing 40 or 50 rupees) have to be bought beforehand and it includes the fare of the ferry service and the bus, both combined. Suppose you catch the ferry run by AJANTA, then remember after reaching Mandwa, you should not be in a mood to roam around because you have to immediately catch the connecting Bus of AJANTA from Mandwa to Alibag. Or else you will be left behind only to wait for the next bus. AJANTA and MALDARís ferry services helps to enjoy the sea breeze while PNPís catamaran service takes you in a fully covered AC coach and as a result you can by no way enjoy the sea. Donít forget to collect a timetable of the services of each agency at the ticket counter at Gateway. The last catamaran that leaves Gateway is by PNP at 8:10 PM. If you wish you can also have a view of the sea from the top of the ferry during your travel by the sea. The guys may charge you 10 bucks extra for going to the top of the ferry. The view of the Taj and the Gateway from the sea is awesome and donít forget to snap them, although Photography is prohibited on the Ferry as per notice by the Navy. The skyline of Mumbai is worth getting snapped. BUT its wise and better to ask the ferry personnel beforehand or else you may land up surrendering your film roll etc with embarrassment. Avoid planning ur travel during monsoons because this ferry service is stopped for three and a half months during the monsoons. The time taken to reach Alibag from Gateway via Mandwa is around 2 hours. The catamarans are faster than the ferry service so if you catch a catamaran you reach faster. Small passenger service boats ply frequently between Mumbai and Mandwa or Rewas. They are cheap but take more than 90 min

By Road-
There are a number of buses plying round the clock from Mumbai, Parel, Dadar, Boriwali and Thane. Alibag is on the Mumbai-Goa route (not exactly - from Vadkhal - there is a diversion) and is also accessible by Konkan Railway. Get down at Panvel and you can catch a bus.


By Rail-
Only two options - Get down at Panvel (65 Km) or Pen (Only Konkan Railway - Get down at Ramawadi Station - 23 Km). You can catch a bus. I will not recommend this option.

By Air-
Mumbai is the nearest airport. (Approx - 110 Km). Pune is another one.(140 Km). Getting off at Pune is not a good choice. You don't get frequent buses and journey is horrible.
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Laksha Soni
  • Laksha Soni
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"Visit this place for rides" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Its a good beach and good for rides, people are very co-operative. The food I had at my hotel was good so I don't know much about other restaurants in Alibaug. The Kashid beach and burka mandir was also good for couples. I suggest is to visit....... More
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Ramesh
  • Ramesh
  • 2 Reviews

"Corporate fun trip of employees"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Here you can find a number of forts and beaches. It is near to the city of Bombay. The place is very pleasant. Horse riding on Beach is famous in Alibaug. The Fort in Alibaug is a historic one. Actually our trip was a corporate fun trip of....... More
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Kiran Deo
  • Kiran Deo
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews

"Nice and pleasing gateway for weekend"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is not far from Mumbai or Thane to reach. However the best season to go will be winter as Summer could be killing due to humidity and high mercury. If any one enjoy rains then even monsoon season could be great. For seafood lovers Alibaug....... More
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Bhushan
  • Bhushan
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews

"Experience was decent"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We had stayed at Nagaon beach. It is a nice beach with water sports facility. But all the water sports are very expensive. Also the beach does not have any good food facility near by. We had stayed in an individual bungalow. Overall it was and....... More
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Deepak
  • Deepak
  • 2 Reviews

"An awesome place indeed"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Alibuag is the place where people can relax very well. We had gone in group and enjoyed the drink and seafood. The food ordered by us was as per our wish and was very delicious indeed. We got the best of the weathers at Alibaug, so we were....... More
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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
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
Alibaugís 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 canít 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, itís 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 MumbaiĖGoa 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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