Alibag or Alibaug is a coastal town and a municipal council in Raigad District in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, India. It is also the headquarters of the Raigad district. Alibag- its nearness to Mumbai and lush tropical beauty makes it very attractive for those who seek a break from chaotic city life. Palm fringed beaches, plush mango orchards and paddy fields make Alibag a pleasant and unpolluted hideaway. The area is particularly beautiful during the monsoons, with rain washed trees and the smell of wet mud making you wish you could stay there forever.
PLACES TO VISIT
This is the main beach of the town. The beach has the blackest sand of the region. The beach is fun and frolic and crowded with bathers in the morning and many food stalls in the evening.
Alibag is the seat of District Administration of Raigad (formerly Kolaba) district since 1852. Kolaba fort is famous for many battles, between Siddis and Kanhoji Angre, the British and the Portugese. For all those tourists who have a flair for history and the beautiful architecture of forts, this is the place to be. It is the legacy of Alibag.
If you want to have a blast with your family or friends and see less of the other people around. This beach is just the thing for you. It is a more Isolated Beach which is about 5 km from Alibag.
Varsoli beach is located about a mile from the main beach. It is situated just on the outskirts of Alibag. It is relatively less visited site and as a result is a quiet beach with sparkling white sand and cleaner seawater. Varsoli is a small satellite village across Alibag, complete with thick vegetation of coconut and Casuarina. Just the place to be to spend a peaceful holiday by the clean water under the clear blue skies.
It is situated 8 km away from Alibag. The famous Kashid beach is located 18 km from Murud. The specialty of this beach is the beautiful slivery white sand. Literally dazzling silvery on this clean beach. It is a favourite spot for advertising, TV serial and film shoots. The beach is complete with small-food stalls.
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.
It is situated about 17 km away from Alibag to Karlekhind - Chondi road.13 km from Alibag in Northeast direction is this very famous Shiv temple on a 900 ft. high hill. It is 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 exhaustion after 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.
HOW TO VISIT?
State transport buses reaching Alibag are aplenty. Some 35-40 buses ply to and from Mumbai. Alibag is also linked by state transport bus to destinations like Thane, Pune, Borivali, Nasik, Kolhapur, Miraj, Jalgaon, Sholapur etc.
You can also reach Alibag by Sea. Ferry wharf at 'Bhaucha Dhakka' in Mumbai is where launch service to Revas port (23 km from Alibag) is available from 06.00A.M to 06.00P.M. The frequency is almost every hour, both ways.
WHEN TO VISIT?
November to July is very good for seeing different places and just having a good time with your family and friends. Beaches are ideal for relaxation during this period.
August to October is luring with greenery on a clear rainy days. Lakes and beaches are attractive during this period.