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For years Alibaug has been a grand place for spending holidays. Golden sandy beaches, historical forts and aquamarine Arabian Sea are its main attractions.
Alibaug or Alibag is a coastal township and the municipal council of the Raigad district in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, India. It is also the headquarters of the Raigad district. It is situated at around 35 km south of Mumbai and is a popular weekend getaway for the citizens of Mumbai, and surrounding areas.
Alibaug is mainly looked as a holiday getaway of Maharashtra. The magnificent forts remind you of the glorious bygone centuries. Along with that you can have a glimpse of the simple lifestyle of the fishermen. You can also know a lot about the Bene Israeli Jews who are still residing here since 19th century.
Alibaug is also a popular centre for business conferences during rest of the week, thanks to the location of the town. Alibaug is very popular with Mumbai's affluent residents. Most of them own farm houses and bungalows here which are often a few hundred meters from the sea shore, and provides the beauty and calmness which are lacking in the metro.
Colaba fort, is a major water fort in Konkan. History has it that Shivaji Maharaj built this fort in 1680 to keep Portuguese under control. At that time, this place was used for building huge ships, as a shipyard. Later on, this fort became the main place and was used for building magnificent ships. Afterwards, this fort became the main place of Maratha's Armada in North Konkan.
This seaport is the center of valour of Sarkhel Kanhoji Angre. It is in the sea, 0.5 Km away from Alibag seashore. Fort is very beautifully built consisting of huge stones and is situated on the island of length 267 meters to 297 meters through South-North direction and 109 meters wide on East-West direction. Colaba means Cape.
The 'Mahadarwaja' to the east is a special thing, decorated with idols of tigers, elephant, peacock etc. The temple of Ganesh, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva together makes the stunning"Ganesh Panchayatam"
A trip to Alibaug will remain incomplete if you do not visit this place. It is a tank having steps leading to its top from all the four sides.
There are many beaches in and around Alibag:
Other Important Forts in Alibag
- Alibag beach: It is the main beach of the town. Walk through the black sand and let the warm waters of the Arabian Sea greet you. This place is always busy- while the bathers crowd it in the morning, the health conscious and the food lovers flock here in the evening. One can see the famous Kolaba fort from here.
- Varsoli Beach: It is another beach at about a mile from the main beach, home to a very large naval base.
- Akshi Beach: The most popular among the beaches in Alibaug is the Akashi Beach dotted with innumerous suru trees. It is the best place for spending quality time in the lap of nature. It is situated 5 km away from Alibag, and is a good excuse to spend an evening away from the crowded streets.
- Nagaon beach: It is situated about 7 km away from Alibag and is famous for coconuts and betel nuts.
- Kihim Beach: Kihim is a secluded place at a distance of 12 km from Alibag. The Kihim beach is famous for dense cover of Coconut trees. It is also famous for woods which are home to rare butterflies, birds and flowers, which provides for a perfect picnic on the weekend.
- Chaul Revdanda: It is situated about 17 km away from Alibag.
- Mandawa: It is situated about 20 km north of Alibag. The catamaran/ferry services are available from Mumbai to the Mandawa jetty. Many Bollywood celebrities own bungalows here.
- Kashid Beach: It is situated at about 30 km away from Alibag, on the Alibag-Murud highway, also this beach is possibly one of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in the region with almost 'white' sand.
||Near Revdanda, Approx. 18 Km away from Alibag
||Small Sea forts, 5 km. away from Alibag
||Near Tinvira - Approx. 10 km away from east Alibag
Other nearby attraction include the Kanakeshwar Devasthan Temple which is located atop a 900 feet high hill.
Being a tourist center, tourism is one of the main industries that the town boasts of. There are many hotels, resorts and lodges in the town. Many industrial units have been set up in and around Alibag. Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers was the first industrial unit to be set up close to Alibag. It has created employment for thousands of villagers in and around Alibag. Then came companies like Ispat Industries (Mittal Group), Vikram Ispat (Birla Group), Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) and HP LPG.
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.
The best time to visit is from the month of October to May when the weather is dry.
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
How to get there
Nearest Airport: Mumbai and Pune are the nearest airport service from Alibaug.
Nearest railway station: The nearest rail railway station is at Pen, India.
Road: One can reach Alibag through Pen (28 km away), which is well connected with Mumbai (128 km away) and Goa road. From Mumbai, one can reach Alibag by going straight on Mumbai-Goa highway till Wadkhal (or Vadkhal) and from Wadkal just go straight, if we take left turn the roads goes to Goa. The distance is approximately 130 km from Mumbai.
Catamaran/Ferry: The nearest jetty is Mandawa, another one is the original oldest one "Rewas" which is built by British from where catamaran/ ferry services which are available to Gateway of India, Mumbai.
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