About Alibaug

Country: India | State: Maharashtra

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest City to Alibaug: Mumbai (102 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Alibaug: October to March

Peak Season: December to January

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 beach destination that can be visited as part of Mahabaleshwar packages as well as Lonavala tour packages. Alibaug is one of the top Maharashtra tourist places situated near Mumbai.

Alibaug 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.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Good
STD Code: 02141
Languages Spoken: Marathi, Hindi, Konkani and English
Major Festivals: Details Not Available

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)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Alibaug


#1 of 19 Places to Visit in Alibaug

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 tourist places near Mumbai.

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 .....

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#2 of 19 Places to Visit in Alibaug

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 Alibaug 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 .....

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#3 of 19 Places to Visit in Alibaug

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 beach. Nagaon Beach is a quiet and secluded beach compared to Alibaug and Kashid Beach.

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 rides and .....

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#4 of 19 Places to Visit in Alibaug

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 Pune and Mumbai. It is one of the must include historical places in Lonavala packages.

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 .....

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#5 of 19 Places to Visit in Alibaug

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 .....

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#6 of 19 Places to Visit in Alibaug

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 .....

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#7 of 19 Places to Visit in Alibaug

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 Alibaug.

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 .....

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#8 of 19 Places to Visit in Alibaug

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 .....

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#9 of 19 Places to Visit in Alibaug

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 .....

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#10 of 19 Places to Visit in Alibaug

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 .....

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