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Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Base Station: Alibaug

Nearest City to Alibaug: Mumbai (102 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Alibaug: October to March

Peak Season: November to February

State: Maharashtra | District: Raigad / Raigarh

Alibaug Weather: Summer: Maximum - 36°C and Minimum - 24°C
Winter: Maximum - 30°C and Minimum - 16°C

At a distance of 75 km from Lonavala, 102 km from Mumbai, 143 km from Pune, 170 km from Mahabaleshwar and 272 km from Ganpatipule, Alibaug or Alibag is a coastal town and a municipal council in Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is the headquarters of the Raigad district and is a popular weekend getaway from Mumbai and Pune. Alibaug is one of the top Maharashtra tourist places situated near Mumbai.

Alibag is surrounded by sea on three sides, it is very commonly known as the 'Goa' of Maharashtra. The town was founded in the 17th century by Kanhoji Angre who was the naval chief during the reign of Shivaji Maharaj. Earlier, Alibaug was known as Kolaba, attributed to the Kolaba Fort which was built by Shivaji in 1680 CE. Legend has it that a wealthy Muslim named Ali owned many plantations hence the town derived its name Alibag.

Alibaug has witnessed many historic battles including the one at Varsoli between Siddis and Kanhoji Angre. Another was aggression on Kolaba Fort by the English and Portuguese jointly, which they lost. Next was the battle of Chaul between the British and Sakhoji Angre which Sakhoji won and held them captive in Kolaba Fort. Alibag and its surrounding villages are the historic hinterlands of Bene Israeli Jews. There is a synagogue in the 'Israel Ali' area of the town.

Located in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Alibaug is well known for its beautiful beaches and ancient forts. Among the various Alibaug tourist places, Alibaug Beach, Kihim Beach, Akshi Beach, Mandwa Beach, Kashid Beach, Varsoli Beach, Nagaon Beach and Murud Beach are the popular beaches in Alibaug. Visitors can also visit Khanderi Fort, Kolaba Fort, Murud -Janjira Fort, Vikram Vinayak Temple or Birla Temple, Magnetic Observatory and Korlai Fort.

There are many options for tourists to reach Alibaug. Mumbai Airport is the nearest airport which is about 101 km from Alibaug. Pen Railway Station is the nearest railhead which is located at a distance of 28 km from Alibaug. It has regular trains from Mumbai, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and Diva Junction. Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the major railhead situated at a distance of 102 km from Alibaug. Alibaug is well connected by bus with Mumbai, Lonavala, Pune, Ratnagiri and Kolhapur. Alibaug can also be reached by ferry from the Gateway of India in Mumbai.

Homestays, resorts and hotels are available in Alibaug to suit every budget. Local residents also offer rooms in their houses for visitors to stay.

The best time to visit Alibag is from October to March while November to February is the peak season.

OTHER INFO
Internet Availability: Good
STD Code: 02141
Languages Spoken: Marathi, Hindi, Konkani and English
Major Festivals: Details Not Available
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HOW TO REACH ALIBAUG


By Air

Nearest Airport: Mumbai - Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (101 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Pen Railway Station (28 Kms)
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (102 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Alibaug Bus Stand ( Kms)

19 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN ALIBAUG


Beach

At a distance of 1.5 km from Alibaug Bus Stand, Alibaug or Alibag Beach is a serene beach situated at Alibaug in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. Alibaug Beach is one of the top places to visit in Alibaug and also one of prominent beaches in Maharashtra.

Alibag Beach is the main beach of the town. Popular amongst locals as well as tourists, the Alibaug Beach is well known for its clean coastline. The beach has primarily blackish sand and lot of rocky stretches. Alibaug Beach is one of the most popular beaches with the sight of Kolaba Fort providing the perfect view during sunset.

The beach is very lively with bathers in the morning and many food stalls in the evening. The beach has no facilities for water sports like boating, diving or snorkeling. Walking and sunbathing, riding in the six seated horse driven buggies are the most ideal activities in Alibaug Beach. The government has been built a good platform for the tourist to enjoy the sea and to take bath with safety. .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 1.5 km from Alibaug Beach and 3 km from Alibaug Bus Stand, Kolaba Fort or Kulaba Fort is an old military fortification situated in the Arabian Sea near the shores of Alibag in Maharashtra. It is one of the popular places to visit in Alibaug and is a protected monument.

Kolaba Fort was built by Maratha warrior Shivaji Maharaj in the year 1680 CE after the entire south Konkan came under his control. In 1662 CE, he strengthened and fortified Kolaba fort to make it one of his chief naval stations. The command of the fort was given to Darya Sagar and Manik Bhandari under whom Kolaba fort became the center of the Maratha attacks on British ships.

Later in 1713 CE, Kolaba Fort along with various other forts was handed over to Kanhoji Angre, a chief of the Maratha Navy, under the treaty with Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath. The military post was utilized as the chief base for the army of Kanhoji Angre. Due to the strong fortification of the Kolaba Fort it was impossible .....


Beach

At a distance of 3.5 km from Alibaug Bus Stand 11 km from Kihim Beach, Varsoli is a beautiful beach situated at Varsoli village in Raigad district of Maharashtra. This is one of the popular beaches in Maharashtra and also one of the top places to visit in Alibag.

Varsoli Beach is located on the outskirts of Alibaug at Varsoli, which is a small hamlet. The beach is 2 km long and is more beautiful than Alibaug Beach. It is clean and less crowded beach in Alibaug region. Though this beach serves as a naval base, tourists can enjoy the white sand and clean water. Moreover, the beach is dotted with numerous coconut and casuarina trees.

Varsoli Beach is a popular tourist spot for those who want a quiet and serene atmosphere. At this wonderful beach, there are many water sports available both for adults and children. The sunset is really worth visiting at Varsoli Beach.


Beach

At a distance of 6.5 km from Alibaug Bus Stand and 3.5 km from Nagaon Beach, Akshi Beach is a serene beach situated at Akshi village near Alibaug. This is one of the top beaches in Alibaug and also one of the popular beaches in Maharashtra.

Located on Alibag - Revdanda road, Akshi Beach is a beautiful white sand beach with Suru trees dotting the coast. The combination of the trees and white sand add charm to the beauty of the beach. Akshi is a long stretch of beach which continues onto Nagaon to its south. The beach is also a favorite among the birdwatchers and nature lovers.

Akshi Beach is an ideal for those who are seeking quietness and solitude. The water is clean and safe for swimming. Visitors can see the Kulaba Fort and Alibag at a distance from the beach. The beach is frequented by tourists in large number as a variety of birds and different flora can be seen at the beach. There is a fishermen settlement at the northern end of Akshi Beach and it is better to avoid in .....


Beach

At a distance of 3.5 km from Akshi Beach, 8.5 km from Alibaug and 12 km from Revdanda Fort, Nagaon Beach is a scenic beach situated at a small hamlet of Nagaon in Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is the best places to visit in Alibaug and also one of the popular weekend getaways from Mumbai and Pune.

Nagaon Beach is a 3 km long flat beach with soft fine mixture of white and black sand. The beach is mainly a sandy beach unlike most other beaches in Alibaug and is lined with Casurina trees which give romantic atmosphere to the clean and alluring Nagaon Beach. Nagaon Beach is a quiet and secluded beach compared to Alibaug and Kashid Beach, making Nagaon Beach more appealing to the travelers looking for refreshment of body and mind from the crowded cities.

Nagaon is the hub of water sports in Alibaug with the highest number of water sport operators functioning at the beach who also offer parasailing in the Sea. Visitors will find parasailing, jet skies, motor boat rides, banana .....


Beach

At a distance of 13 km from Kihim Beach, 19 km from Alibaug, Mandwa Beach is a scenic beach situated at Mandwa village in Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. It is a popular weekend beach destination from Mumbai city.

Mandwa is a stunning beach thronged by number of tourists. The beach is isolated from crowd and pollution. The village of Mandwa, which is located nearby, attracts visitors due to the presence of dense coconut trees. The beautiful sunset view from the beach is really picturesque. Chaul is also a popular tourist spot situated near the beach. This place is known for a church, Buddhist caves, a synagogue, a temple and several ruins of Portuguese.

Mandwa Beach is a water sport enthusiast's dream destination, infact the place boasts of being the best water sports center around Mumbai and Pune. The various water sports activities are Jet Ski, kayaking, banana tube ride, water scooters etc. The town also has another tourist attraction the Karmarkar Museum famous for .....


Beach

At a distance of 11.5 km from Alibaug and 13 km from Mandwa Beach, Kihim Beach is a beautiful beach situated at Kihim village on Mandwa - Alibag road in Raigad district of Maharashtra. Kihim Beach is one of the popular beaches on the Konkan coastline and also one of the top places to visit in Alibaug.

Kihim beach is one amongst the most popular Alibaug beaches with a long stretch of clean sandy beach intermittent by rocky stretches. The beach has soft fine sand and is black in colour. The northern part of the beach is rocky and the southern part has a long stretch of sand.

The waters at Kihim are as inviting but those venturing to swim have to take caution of the rocks strewn across the beach. The Khanderi and Underi forts loom over the horizon from the Kihim shores and along with the rocky stretches offers one of the most beautiful views of the setting sun in this part of the Konkan beaches. Kihim also offers a rustic lifestyle along with a variety of seafood and typically .....


Beach | Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 5 km from Korlai, 18 km from Alibaug and 15 km from Kashid, Revdanda Fort is an ancient Portuguese fort located at Revdanda in Raigad district of Maharashtra. The fort is located at the mouth of the Kundalika River.

Revdanda Fort, also known as Revdanda Aagarkot, was built by Portuguese Captain Soj in 1558 CE. In 1740 CE, Revdanda along with the Korlai Fort came under Maratha kingdom as per the treaty signed by the Portuguese. Angres defeated the fort in 1817 CE but it came under the British Raj in 1818 AD.

The periphery of the fort is around 5 km. The entire fortification has two main doors one from north and the other from south. Of which the northern gate was for land connection and the southern gate was used as a passage to the sea. This route opens to the main sea through the Revdanda creek. Portuguese built a dock over here which had become non-existent over time. The north and south gate is connected directly by a long road made of stones. Now, only .....


Beach | Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 5 km from Revdanda, 12 km from Kashid Beach, and 22 km from Alibaug, Korlai Fort is a Portuguese fort situated at Korlai in Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is one of the best places of sightseeing in Alibag and also one of the popular historical places near Mumbai.

Korlai Fort, also called Morro or Castle Curlew, was built by the Portuguese in 1521AD under the permission of Sultanate of Ahmednagar. It was built on Morro de Chaul Island which secures the way to the Revdanda Creek. It was meant as a companion to the fort at Chaul. The Portuguese built this fort as a strategic decision to defend their rule from Bassein to Korlai.

In 1521 AD, taking advantage of the confusion in the aftermath of the death of the Burhan Nizam the Portuguese tried to take over the fort but the Ahmednagar sultanate occupied the island. However in 1594, the Portuguese won the fort but not having enough men to stand guard there chose to destroy it leaving only the central tower .....


Beach

At a distance of 32 km from Alibaug, 20 km from Murud - Janjira Fort, and 133 km from Mumbai, Kashid Beach is a beautiful beach on the shores of the Arabian Sea at Kashid. It is one of the popular beaches in Maharashtra and also a popular weekend getaway from Mumbai and Pune.

Kashid Beach is tucked between two hillocks and is known for its clear waters, white sand and casuarina groves that line the shore. The 3 km long white sand beach is the most beautiful and alluring in the Konkan region. Kashid Beach is a quiet and soothing place and a perfect getaway from the busy city life. Kashid is not as commercially popular as most other beaches in the state. Most tourists stop over at Kashid en route Alibag or Murud.

Kashid Beach is also perfect for surfing with waves rising as high as six feet almost throughout the year. However swimming is not recommended at Kashid. Kashid is also a popular destination for water sports like water scooters, parasailing and banana boat rides. The .....


Beach

At a distance of 5 km from Murud - Janjira Fort and 48 km from Alibaug, Murud Beach is located on the shores of Arabian Sea at Murud in Raigad district of Maharashtra.

Murud Beach is a vast expanse of black sand with clear bluish waters stretching almost 1.75 km along the coastline. This is one of the famous beaches of Maharashtra and also one of the top places to visit in Alibaug. The Murud Beach is the charming destination, where stretches of sand is surrounded by hills on three sides. Rocky outcrops flank it to the north and south, while to the east lies the Murud Town and the hills beyond.

The view of the sunset is extremely beautiful and the adjoining island forts Janjira and Padmadurgad add to the beauty of the beach. The beach boasts of gentle and soothing breeze round the clock, this helps the tourists have a relaxing time tanning themselves. The beach has watersports and numerous boat trips in the area. This attracts many tourists and water sport lovers to the beach .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 5 km from Murud, 21 km from Diveagar, 53 km from Alibaug, 84 km from Raigad Fort, 170 km from Mumbai, and 162 km from Pune, Murud - Janjira is an island fort situated near Murud in Raigad district of Maharashtra. This is one of the top places to visit in Alibaug and also one of the popular heritage places to visit near Mumbai and Pune.

Janjira Fort is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on all sides and is one of the strongest marine forts of India. The name Janjira is derived from the Arabic word Jazeera which means island. The original structure was built in the 15th century by a Koli chief as defense against pirates and thieves. Originally a small wooden structure, Janjira Fort was later captivated by Siddi Sirul Khan an Abyssinian Siddi of Ahmednagar kings in the 17th century. During its construction, the fort structure collapsed thrice. Siddi realised that a sacrifice is needed, so he offered his 22 years old son to God.

The fort was attacked many times by .....


Beach

At a distance of 12 km from Kondivli Beach, 25 km from Murud Beach and 73 km from Alibaug, Diveagar Beach is a splendid beach situated at Diveagar on the shores of Arabian Sea in the Konkan coast of Maharashtra. This is one of the popular beaches in Alibaug and also one of the favorite weekend getaways from Mumbai.

Diveagar Beach stretches about 6 km long with white sand and crystal clear waters. This beach is surrounded by Suru trees and a dense cover of belu trees as well. At one end of the beach is a fishing settlement while the other end offers a sanctuary to the migratory seagulls feasting in the creek waters.

Diveagar Beach is not a flat beach unlike most of the other beaches in this region, be careful while playing in the waves as there are rocks strewn across at some parts of the beach. Sand-bubble crabs and dolphins can be found on the beach. Some sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach as well.

The village also houses a temple called Suvarna Ganesh Temple, .....


Beach

At a distance of 20 km from Harihareshwar, 20 km from Diveagar, 61 km from Murud - Janjira Fort, and 110 km from Alibaug, Shrivardhan Beach is a pristine beach located at Shrivardhan town in Raigad district of Maharashtra.

Shrivardhan Beach is about 3 km long, very clean and very calm. The beach is one of the prominent attractions of Shrivardhan town and also one of the popular beaches in Maharashtra. The majestic white sand coastline is bestowed with striking palm groves and mango plantations. One can find water sports activities like boating, paragliding, and water surfing at this beach. It is also an ideal place for swimming as the waters are shallow.

Shrivardhan also offers spectacular views of sunset. The beach is the place for seafood lovers and adventure buffs. Tourists can enjoy different varieties of seafood in this beach. Adventure lovers can go out with a small boat to explore the place where Peshwas were originally resided. This place is known for its gentle winds, .....


Beach

At a distance of 12 km from Diveagar, 10 km from Shrivardhan, 35 km from Murud - Janjira Fort and 114 km from Alibaug, Kondivali Beach is a pristine beach on the Konkan Coast near Shrivardhan in Maharashtra.

Kondivli Beach is the main attraction of Shrivardhan. The beach is frequented by water-sport lovers as it offers paragliding and water surfing to the visitors. The Shrivardhan cliffs, situated close to the Kondivali Beach, are popular for trekking. The brownish black sand of the beach with the lush forest makes it a delight to the visitors.

It is one of the few secluded beaches on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra. The sands are unmarked by footprints, and the road winds around low-lying cliffs from where tourists have to climb down to reach the waters. The currents are a bit unpredictable, but locals claim it's safe for swimming. One can also visit an old and small Shankar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati near the beach.


Beach | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 20 km from Shrivardhan Beach, 34 km from Diveagar, 52 km from Murud - Janjira Fort, and 121 km from Alibaug, Harihareshwar Beach is a pristine beach located in Harihareshwar town of Maharashtra.

Situated on the Konkan coast, Harihareshwar Beach is nestled between high mountains of Western Ghats. The black sandy beach is clean and relatively less crowded. The beach is unpolluted and mostly unspoiled. Tourists can enjoy speed boat rides and water scooter rides at this beach. The Harihara hill on the sea shore adds to the attraction of the beach. The sea at Harihareshwar is almost always turbulent. The coast is rocky and the force of the waves considerable.

Harshinachal, Brahmadri, Harihareshwar and Pushpadri are some of the hills that form a perfect backdrop for the beach. The hills are dotted with temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma, and Lord Yogeshwari. The Kalbhairav Temple is dedicated to Kalbhairav, a manifestation of Lord Shiva. Built .....


Beach

At a distance of 12 km from Harihareshwar, 29 km from Kelshi, 55 km from Dapoli and 124 km from Alibaug, Velas Beach is a small secluded beach situated at Velas, a small fishing village on the western coast of Maharashtra.

Velas is one of the most pristine beaches in Ratnagiri district and is situated close to Shrivardhan region. This beach has a fair number of outdoor recreational activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, water surfing and skiing. Visitors can even enjoy parasailing, swimming and sunbathing at this beach. In addition nature lovers will love this beach as it is considered as a small paradise and many natural green spaces can be seen along the shore of the beach.

Velas Beach becomes a hot spot for environmentalist during the breeding season of the endangered Olive Ridley turtles. Velas has always topped the list with the highest number of nests of Olive Ridley turtles and they also host the Turtle Festival each year to celebrate the release of the hatchlings. .....


Beach

At a distance of 32 km from Harihareshwar, 29 km from Velas, 34 km from Dapoli, 97 km from Murud - Janjira Fort and 146 km from Alibaug, Kelshi Beach is located at Kelshi village in Raigad district.

Kelshi Beach is a beautiful beach on the Western Coast of India which is situated near Dapoli. The beach stretches for about 2.5 km just outside the Kelshi village across the Bankot creek. Kelshi is a calm and peaceful beach and ideal for people looking for a short weekend getaway. Along the coast of Kelshi are thick woods and groves of Kevda, Cyprus, Coconut and Betel nut.

The sunsets in Kelshi Beach are spectacular. A walk on this beautiful beach listening to the Sea waves is really refreshing. The large black rocks near the place where the Utambar hill meets the Sea is a great place to sit and enjoy the Arabian Sea.

Apart from the beach, Kelshi is well known as a pilgrim center due to Mahalakshmi Temple and the Yakub baba dargah. Mahalakshmi Temple is located at the .....


Beach | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 23 km from Dapoli, 41 km from Harihareshwar, and 152 km from Alibaug, Anjarle Beach is a beautiful and unspoilt white sand beach located at Anjarle village in Dapoli taluk of Ratnagiri district. Anjarle has one of the finest beaches in the Konkan region of Maharashtra and also a popular weekend getaway from Mumbai.

Anjarle is famous for its white sandy beach and endless rows of coconut palms. The beach is located near the lagoon of the river Jog, which is about 2 km long and the coastline of the beach is also smooth. Overall, the blue waters and the white sand create a pristine feel to the place and the ambience is perfect for a getaway.

Anjarle Beach is an idyllic place for the family to enjoy swimming. For the adventurous, water sports like parasailing, snorkeling and wind surfing are available. During low tide Anjarle Beach attracts a lot of birds making this place a bird watchers paradise. Visit the beach in the evenings when hundreds of fishing boats .....

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