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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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Jaidev Lohia

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"A good place for seafood lovers" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Definitely the place for seafood lovers. There is not just one beach to hang out in Alibaug. Aksa beach is a must go. Water sports are available at Chondinaka. Raddison hotel is a good place to stay. There are also private bungalows available for rent.
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Mr. Ashutosh

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"Alibaug-the Nearest weekend destination for Mumbai" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Alibaug is one of the best Weekend destination from Mumbai. By road it's 120 kms away from Mumbai ( city) and if you love boat ride, you can reach Alibaug within ONE hour from Gateway of India. The best option for Bikers is to 'Take the Bike' to Alibaug from Ferry Wharf to Rewas Jetty and roam around on your own bike. You can plan a single day tour on your bike since Ferry wary to Rewas in 2 hours journey at the max.

Alibaug is famous for the variety of beaches eg Kihim, Varsoli, Nagaon and Kashid. There are variety of Accommodations in and around Alibaug. You can find Villas, Hotels, Motels, Guest houses, Bamboo huts, beach resorts here. If you love Sea food and Non vegetarian dishes, you have an ample choice but it's costly here. Water sports are also available on beaches like Kihim, Varsoli and Nagon.

If you wish to enjoy golden sand and a beach like Goa, you must visit Kashid Beach which is nearly 50 km away from Alibaug Bus stand, but it's THE BEST BEACH. Don't restrict yourself within Alibaug and Alibaug beach, the shore line from Alibaug is extended upto Mandwa so do visit to some another cool beaches like Awas or Sasawane or try some beaches in Akshi to Revdanda belt.
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Jimmy Arjani

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"A great visit if you have your own transport" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I visited Alibaug on 20th July, 2014 with my wife, looking forward to seeing the forts and the Kankaneshwar Forest. We travelled by bus from Mumbai and stayed at the Big Splash, a one- storeyed three star resort right in the middle of town.

The resort restaurant served good food but beer and liquor are steeply priced. The Deluxe room we booked was spacious and clean. The Super Deluxe rooms at the resort have a dining table outside the rooms and all the rooms are equipped with an intra call phone and television sets. The bathrooms have hot and cold running water and showers and are cleaned daily by the staff. However the channels in this resort were limited. It can be said that the prices of Rs. 2500/- for a deluxe room and Rs. 5000/- per day for a super deluxe room are quite steep because you pay extra for the food and beverage.

The wide swimming pool is safe with clear instructions that diving is prohibited as it is not very deep. There are dining tables near the pool too. The resort also has a gym and a water slide. The indoor games are a disappointment as neither the carom nor the table for table tennis are properly maintained.

The greenery, the trees, shrubs and foliage are amazing.

Greenery is an outstanding feature mostly everywhere in Alibaug.

Our visit on the first evening to Alibaug Beach was exhilarating. However, we could not visit the fort which is on a promontory in the ocean because the horse cart pliers demand exorbitant sums. Intrepid and energetic people might be able to walk there and return.

The evening of the next day we visited Varsoli beach which is a reasonably priced auto rickshaw ride away from the main town. Alibaug has developed amazingly with some great resorts near Varsoli beach too.

The town itself has some uniquely designed temples and a walk in the more quiet areas is quite soothing.

The Kankaneshwar Forest is too far and the auto driver asked for a thousand rupees so my exciting hope of visiting a forest was destroyed. We were told that the forest has 800 steps to be climbed and that the forest itself commenced only after the first four hundred steps so intrepid travelers can attempt it.

Alibaug is dotted all the way with decent restaurants and the vegetarian restaurant right at the gate of Big Splash Resort serves delicious vegetarian food at extremely economic rates. The sheera of pineapple flavor costs just twenty rupees, so does the upma and that is a heavy breakfast. Great biryani, non-vegetarian and vegetarian are available along with a host of other yummy dishes at Shalimar, a small but clean eatery opposite the Big Splash.

I must emphasize that the visitor to Alibaug can visit all the twenty eight spots only with one's own transport.

We were delighted with the low humidity and the cool air throughout our visit and it is a good spot to visit from July till March.

Government buses and private taxis are the means of transport available from Mumbai but do try to have your own transport while traveling as a family or in a group.
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A g Aranha

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"A beach for solitude seeker"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The 3 km inner approach road to this beach from the main road is narrow. The beach is long with a distant view of Murud Janjira Fort. Good for groups for playing games. Otherwise there is nothing much this beach can offer. Even the few eating stalls are not frequented by visitors. During low tide, the water level is very low - not good for swimming as there are black stones inside the water and the water is muddy. Not much watersports either!

This surely is a beach for those who want to avoid crowded beaches i.e good for solitude and to watch a quiet sunset.
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Tanya Agarwal

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"Awesome place"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 1 month 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 2 months 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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Fabias

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"A nice trip"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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 3 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 3 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 May 12, 2015
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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