Alibag beach is an important and most visited beach in the town. This beach has the blackest deposits of sand that gives a perfect view to the beach at night. The perfect view of Kolaba fort from this beach is a delight for photographers. Considering the safety of visitors, the Maharashtra government has fenced the platform of this beach.
Alibag is an idyllic town on the western coast of India, known as the Konkan region. It lies on almost the same latitude as the southern tip of Mumbai and is very close to this tip across the narrow strip of the Arabian Sea. Alibag is quiet with a moderate number of tourists who come over on the weekend. Alibag is a frequent getaway for people in Mumbai with many owning farmhouses off the beach. The launch from Mumbai makes it closer although during the monsoons a boat ride is not advisable.
History of Alibaug:
Alibag is about 300 years old city. If you get down at Alibag bus stand…You will be surprized… Here is a short essay about the history of Alibag. If you find it too boring..just skip it…For the sake of completeness, adding it. Alibag was developed in the 17th century by Sarkhel Kanhoji Angre, the Naval chief of King Shivaji’s kingdom. Declared as a Taluka place in 1852.Added four Talukas and Kulaba district was fo
When & What To Visit Alibaug:
The major attractions of the beach are Fresh air, Sandy beach, sight of the Kulaba Fort, Cypress and Coconut trees. You can enjoy Coconut water, Ice-cream, Bhel-puri, Vada-pav which is special dish of Alibag. Pollution free atmosphere is specialty of Alibag. The beach resort where you can enjoy a vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian, Chinese and Indian cuisine.ne. Even most tourist are often visit to Alibag beach but there is no pollution, this reason the beach is famous as good tourist spot in Alibag. The best season to visit it is from October to May.
Things To Do In Alibaug Beach
Water-sports in Alibag
The beaches in Alibag offer Jet skiing, Banana boat ride, ATV sand bike ride and even Zorbing for water-sport adventure lovers. The zorbing adventure is the main attraction among tourists. The plastic globe allows a person to zorb on water and enjoy the gravity. The rocky roads of Alibag offer sand bike rides to biking enthusiasts and the banana boat ride attracts adrenalin junkies all year round.
Shopping in Alibag
Alibag is very famous for white onions popularly known as “Khandale Kande”. The onions are believed to have medicinal properties. If you are a non-vegetarian, then Alibag is the best place to purchase fresh catch from the fish. However, ensure it is properly packaged. Dried fish, baby shrimp, etc can also be bought in Alibag.
Near By Place To Visit
Situated between two rocky hillocks on the Alibaug-Murud road, Kashid beach is one of the finest beaches in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. Located about 30 km from Alibaug, the beach is a popular weekend getaway from both Mumbai and Pune. It is known for its clear waters, white sand and casuarina groves that line the shore. Kashid Beach is also perfect for surfing with waves rising as high as six feet almost through the year. If you are lucky, you can also spot dolphins in Kashid from November to January. Kashid is not as commercially popular as most other beaches in the state. Most tourists stop over at Kashid en route Alibag or Murud.
The wildlife sanctuary of Phansad, the marine fort of Janjira and the coastal forts of Korlai, Alibag and Revdanda are situated close by. Winters are the best time of the year to visit the beach. HOTELS IN KASHID BEACH
The entertainment capital and India’s financial powerhouse, Mumbai is located in Maharashtra and is the biggest metropolis of the state. Home to 21 million people, Mumbai along with the neighboring Thane and Navi Mumbai, is one of the most heavily populated regions of India. The city is diverse, vibrant, multi-cultural and has the most expensive home and one of the largest slums in the world. The island city, Mumbai was originally a conglomeration of seven islands on the Konkan coastline which over a span of time were joined to form the city as it is today. The fast pace of the city is a huge contrast to the rest of the country.
From museums and galleries to beaches, zoos, parks and gardens and from markets and malls to religious structures, the city has something for everyone. The colonial buildings in south Mumbai are a sight for anyone visiting the city. Walk around the streets between Churchgate and Colaba to best experience the beauty of these buildings. Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus), Flora Fountain, Gateway of India, Municipal Corporation and Police Headquarters, High Court, Asiatic Society and the Taj Mahal Hotel among many others make the south Mumbai district one of the quaintest areas of the city.
KARNALA BIRD SANCTUARY TOURISM
Popular with bird-watchers and trekkers, Karnala Bird Sanctuary lies 60 km from Mumbai and 12 km from Panvel. The sanctuary is also famous for the 11th century Karnala Fort. Straddling the Mumbai-Goa highway, the sanctuary is quite small and is spread over 12.11 sq km in Raigad district of Maharashtra. Even so, the Karnala Bird Sanctuary is home to over 150 species of resident and 37 species of migratory birds. Three rare birds — Ashy Minivet, Three-toed kingfisher and Malabar Trogon — have also been sighted at the park. Nestled in the Sahyadri hills, Karnala is a popular picnic spot. It is categorized as an easy climb and even though some stretches of the trail can get tad difficult, this is a great place for an amateur to start trekking.
The sanctuary itself comprises moist deciduous forest and the forest department has made efforts to educate the visitors by tagging several trees inside the forest. While it is a bird sanctuary, other forms wildlife also exist. Wild boars, langurs and rhesus monkeys are common here. There are four nature trails in the sanctuary. Though safe, it is advisable to hire local youths as guides for the long trails.
Recommended To Visit Alibag
- Alibaug is the closest beach getaway to Mumbai, accessible by a ferry ride (ferries operational Oct-May) across the gateway of India in South Mumbai.
- Mandawa (where you alight from a ferry) – Kihim – Alibaug is home to many a beach bungalow and a few resorts.
- While most visited beaches of Alibaug and around (Kihim and Varsoli are touristy and not good for Swimming), Nagaon a few kms away is where one finds good quality beaches, watersports and green surroundings.
- Alibaug area is known for its Coastal Cuisine and Sea Food in Sanman restaurant in Alibuag town is nothing short of an experience.
- Alibaug is home to getaway resorts, homestays, farms and small resorts that cater to Ex-Mumbai and Ex-Pune getaway seekers.
HOW TO REACH ALIBAUG
chhatrapati shivaji international airport, Mumbai is the nearest airport to Alibag. Its a 3 hour drive from airport to Alibag via Navi Mumbai. After getting out from airport one can hire a taxi or a private cab to Alibag.
Pen railway station is the nearest railway station to Alibag. Trains from CST railway station stop at Pen railway at specific time intervals. One can opt for bus, taxi or auto to reach Alibag from Pen.
Alibag is connected to the neighbouring cities by decent roads.