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Alibag is a town on the western coast of India, known as the Konkan region. It is also district headquarters of Raigad district. Alibag was developed in the 17th century by Sarkhel Kanhoji Angre , the Naval chief of King Shivaji's kingdom.
Situated just south of Mumbai, Alibag is famed for its clean waters and sands. Alibag is also a weekend gateway for residents of Mumbai / Pune.
Alibag has a beach in the city as well as there are nearabout 9 beaches around the city. Like other beaches on the Konkan coast, Alibag too has a historic fort, the Kulaba Fort, which is just off the main seashore. The fort can be visited during low tide when the waters have receded.
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.
Alibag is not only a city of sun, or beaches it is also said to be the one of most amazingly budgeted place with highly exploring. A wonderful week-end location!
How to reach Alibaug
By Air : The nearest airport is of Mumbai, 113 km from Alibag. By taxi the travel costs about Rs 1500. Mumbai airport is well connected to all important cities in India and abroad.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is Pen, which is 28 km away from Alibag city. By taxi the travel costs about Rs 400.
By Road: Alibag is well connected to Mumbai and Goa through the junction Pen. Catamaran/Ferry is available to Mumbai from the nearest Mandawa jetty.
By Sea: Alibag is well connected to Mumbai by sea route also. Launches, catamaran service are available throughout the year except mansoon. Mumbai-Revas Jetty launches leave Ferry Wharf by appox. one hour duration. The journey takes one and half hour. The timetable of the launches depends upon the high and low tides. The same timetable is displayed at the Ferry Wharf for next eight days. The S.T. Stand is quite near to the Revas Jetty. Auto rickshaws are also available. The distance between Revas-Alibag takes another forty five minutes.
Speed boats and catamaran service are also available from Gateway of India to Mandwa Jetty. Interharbour Catamarans Ferry Ltd., Maldar Catamarans & Ajantha Launches provides this service. To reach Mandwa these takes thirty five minutes to one hour depending on the type of boats. From Mandwa all these three companies carry passengers to Alibag
Alibag is a tourist destination for all seasons.
Alibag can be visited anytime of the year but the best time to visit is from November to July.
- Summers (March to July) are warm but pleasant with a maximum of 36° C and are suitable for outings and sight seeing.
- Monsoons (August to October) are accompanied by frequent downpours and are naturally very attractive here.
- Winters (November to February) are cooler with temperature reaches nearly 14° C. Tourists are mostly attracted in this season.
Places Of Interest
- November to July is very good for sight seeing and outings. Beaches are ideal for relaxation during this period.
- August to October is attractive with marvelous greeneries in clear rainy days. Lakes and beaches are attractive during this period.
The main beach of the Alibaug town is the place where you are guaranteed to have a great time! Be it just sitting on the rocks enjoying the splashing of the waves or having those pani-puri (Gol-gappa) eating competition, everything is possible at this place. Turn night and this place turns quiet and is suitable for a romantic walk
It is situated just on the outskirts of Alibaug. It is relatively less visited site and as a result is a quiet beach with sparkling white sand and clean seawater. Varsoli is a small satellite village across Alibaug, complete with thick vegetation of coconut and Casuarina. This beach is very near to Akshay Bungalow and is a must visit for those who want a quiet and serene atmosphere
Murud beach is surrounded on three sides by mountains. This beach is around 50 kms from Alibaug
This beach is located near Murud
This beach is about 9 kms from Alibaug.
It is located 1 km across from Alibaug beach. The construction of this sea fort was started in 1680 A.D by the Great Maratha-warrior Shivaji. The fort has been standing for over 300 years which is 900 ft. long, 350 ft. wide and has 25 ft. high walls which has 17 bastions (burj) on all sides. The fort can only be accessed during low tide through a narrow strip of land which goes underwater during high tide. Within the premises, a well and a tank of sweet water in the midst of sea is found. Two cannons in intact condition can be seen on one of the 17 bastions. The Archaeological Survey of India charges a nominal token entry fee for the visitors.
This fort is found in the heart of Alibaug town, which was built by the British in 1720. The significance of this fort is indicated by the imposing black basalt high walls and it is said that the British's treasure used to be housed in it. Today it is used as a District Jail
This overwhelming guardian of the Siddi naval prowess over the Arabian sea, can be approached in sail boats, which leave from Rajpuri jetty, 5 kms from Murud. As we land at the front gate of the fort, two formidable bastions can be seen guarding the huge gate. Here is a sculpture in stone depicting a Lion that has overpowered six elephants. The main gate is followed by another gate where 3 lungers/anchors are clearly visible in front of shrine of 5 Peers(peerpanchayatan). Opposite of that is a big sweet water tank. Around that stand the Khasha Siddi Masjid and the ruins of houses. Next comes Surul Khan's mansion(wada). In the backyard, remnants of Hindu sculptures are visible. During archaeological excavations in 1985, temple ruins and a 'Shivaling' was found. On the background, fortified bulwarks with guns positioned, are unmistakable. There are 24 bastions in all, having their separate names. Special attraction of this fort is 3 Gigantic Cannons named Kalalbangdi, Chavri and Landa Kasam. Another gate to the west is sea- facing, called 'Darya Darwaza'
Birla Temple (Vikram Vinayak Mandir)
About 20 kms from Alibaug, this temple is one of the must visit places. This temple is on a hill top and was built by the Vikram Ispat Company. The temple is built using pure white marble and is noticable from a distance. Around the temple, the landscape is gardened. A walk in this garden is a refreshing experience. The temple is open for visit from 6:00 am to 11:00 am and from 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
Sri Kankeshwar Temple
13 Kms from Alibaug in Northeast direction is this very famous Shiv temple on a 900 ft. high hill. Its' a 5000 ft. long climb on well paved stairs, which takes around one hour landmarks along the route are tombs of MohanGiri and Balgiri, Nagoba Rest, Jambhali Plateau, God's stair, Gaymandi etc. The fatigue of the uphill climb vanishes the moment one enters the scenic temple premises . It comprises various small temples of Sri Paleshwar, Sri Hanuman, Sri Balram Krishna and Lord Shiv. The special attraction is an ancient sweet water tank enclosed in traditional structure of black stone. The ancient temple was built by Raja Ramdeorai yadav. The height of the Shiv temple is 54 ft. The front gate has Lion sculpture on both sides with traditional lamp-pillar(deepmaal) in front. The 4 ft. long 'Pindi' of Lord Shiv is Silver plated. The premises also include Nagaar-khana, Bheem Kunda, a garden for flowers to be offered to the Lord, Sri Ram Ganesh temple and Gomukha. Every year, Kartik Poornima in Hindu calender is the day of fair. On this hill, variety of herbs are found.
Sri Datta Temple, Chaul
18 kms from Alibaug on Alibaug-Revdanda road, this is another very famous hill shrine. One has to climb around 700 stairs to reach this shrine surrounded by vegatation. Important landmarks are Swami Samartha Mutt, Sadhana Kutir, HareRam retiring room, Hare Ram Baba Dhuni Mandir, Audumbar Mutt, Mai Jankibai Mutt.
This historic Port is the last destination in Alibaug Taluka, situated 17 kms from Alibaug. The creek, which meets the Arabian sea, separates Alibaug and Murud Talukas. The creek is busy with sand and fish carrying vessels. To the right across the creek, is Vikram Ispat jetty for unloading the iron ore and to the left is the Ispat factory.
Sri Rameshwar Mandir, Chaul
This ancient shrine of Shiv looks like built in 'Hemadpant' style of Architecture, though, when it was built is not known. Angre history references say that it was renovated many times. The structure comprises of prayer hall (sabhamandap), sanctum sanctorum and 7.62 meter high summit shaped dome. In front of the prayer hall, there are three tanks (kund) namely Parjanya Kund, Agni kund and Vayoo kund
Tomb Of Kanhoji Angre
Just five-minute walk from Alibaug ST stand, on way to market, is this tomb. The structure has 8 faces and the pillars are exquisitely sculpted. Though in dilapidated state today, it stands in sacred memory of the great Maratha Admiral Konhoji Angre.
Established in 1904, this observatory is the only one of its kind in Asia and one of 13 in the whole world and exchanges data every 12 minutes. The British period building that houses rare and valuable instruments like a magnatograph is built only in stone without any use of steel. The observatory records magnetic movement within the earth's' crust and also magnetic storms caused by solar storms.
When in Alibaug, you can dine at the many restaurants that serve almost all kinds of food.. Coastal cuisine is readily available and you might want to indulge in some fried prawns and the Masala Garlic Crab. There are a number of budget restaurant that offer friendly service and great food. Head out to Sanman, a restaurant that specializes in sea food. Try out their excellent selection of thalis and varied prawn dishes. Flora Restaurant also serves a good variety of Indian dishes in vegetarian and non-vegetarian. For more coastal cuisine you can also visit Sudama Restaurant in Hotel Ravikiran.
Alibaugh is more of a calming city escape than a party place. Therefore, it's best to go there with a group of people and make your own fun. There are plenty of bungalows for hire in the area, so you can have a private party. Alternatively, the Radisson Resort has a disco.