Things to do in Alibag for a Perfect Beachside Vacation


Top things to do in Alibag

Alibag is renowned for its picture perfect beaches and sturdy fortifications. Besides sunbathing on the beaches, there are umpteen activities and things to do in Alibag. You can explore the forts or try the several water sports available on the shores. You can also visit the local markets and shop for handicrafts, footwear, accessories and local trinkets and souvenirs. All in all, there is no dearth of exciting things to do in Alibag. It is the most famous weekend getaway in Maharashtra and has earned itself the name of 'mini Goa'. Given below is a list of things to do in Alibag. Have a look!

Here is the list of 15 Things to do in Alibag for a Perfect Beachside Vacation

1. Sun Soak at the Picturesque Alibaug Beach

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Located along the coast of the Arabian Sea, the Alibaug Beach is a picturesque stretch of sand situated in Maharashtra. Alibaug is a black-sand beach which offers the panoramic sight of the Kolaba fort from the shores. Amber sand lies underneath its coarser black counterpart, and its unique sight is further accentuated by the rocks that lazily lie around the entire landscape. The beach is famous for its picturesque sceneries of sunrise and sunset that one must marvel when in Alibag. It is a great place to spend time in leisure while you marvel at the Arabian sea and the silhouette of the Kolaba Fort. Visiting the beach is one of the favourite things to do in Alibag among both the locals and the tourists.

2. Adventure Sports at Nagaon Beach

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Located on the shores of the Arabian sea, Nagaon beach is 9 km away from the Alibaug city centre. Lined with the subtle greenery of palms, betel, and Suru trees, the yellow stretch of the beach is most famous for its cleanliness. The silky sand of the Nagaon Beach is famous for a host of water-based adventure activities like jet skiing, banana boat ride etc., which you can enjoy here at a reasonable price. This is also one of the prime things to do in Alibag. The beach also acts as the central place for surrounding other beaches like Murud, Kashid, Akshi, Alibaug, Kihim and Mandva.

3. Take a Tour of the Magnificent Kolaba Fort

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Situated amidst the sea and surrounded by waters of Arabian sea from all sides, Kolaba Fort or Alibag Fort is one of the most important tourist attraction in Alibag. It is a 300-year old fort which was once chief naval stations during the reign of Shivaji Maharaj in Maharashtra. This isolated military fortification located amidst the Arabian sea is a spectacular sight. Located not more than 2 kilometres from the Alibaug beach, it can be reached by foot during low tides, but during high tides, a boat must be hired. The walk is quiet and scenic as the area is scarcely populated with only a few beachgoers here and there. Visiting here is one of the prime things to do in Alibag.

4. Visit the Beautiful Vrindavan Farm

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One of the most touristy things to do in Alibag is visiting the beautiful orchards of Vrindavan Farm. Spread over a sprawling 28 acres, the place is synonymous to a day trip of nature walks through countless mango, chikoo, guava, custard apple trees, cacti, crotons and more. It also houses a art and craft museum. One can also shop for a number of natural products here such as varieties of honey, spices, bee wax candles and much more. One can also take home tribal and folk art and craft.

5. Explore the Splendid Murud-Janjira Fort

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About 21 km from Kashid Beach, this fort is surrounded by the turquoise colored waters of the Arabian Sea. Dating back to 15th century AD, built under the rule of Emperor Malik Amber, the ruler of Ahmednagar, the structure sports an enchanting entrance to the fort depicting a carving of a tiger trapped by six elephants. The structure is known for the canons here. The fort was built in order to protect it from the pirates of the sea. Making a visit to the fort is one of the top things to do in Alibag.

6. Stay in a Gorgeous Villa

Staying in any one of the gorgeous villas facing the seaside is one of the popular things to do in Alibag. Besides enjoying a pleasant stay, sumptuous meals and a glamorous view, you can also avail the several spa and massage facilities available at these villas. These beautiful villas will help you relax and rejuvenate royal style.

7. Walk Through the Deadly Kanakeshwar Forest

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The beautiful, dense and majestically mesmerizing lush green Kanakeshwar Forest is known for its richness and abundance of flora and fauna. Poisonous snakes, Panthers, Leopards, Wild boars can be spotted here roaming around the forest. The forest is so rich in vegetation so as to block any sunlight and the interiors also has a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The trail is a little risky to undertake and is only advisable with prior precautions.

8. Relax at the Picturesque Kihim Beach

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Interspersed with dense coconut trees and enveloped with a pollution free green atmosphere, the Kihim Beach is famous for a variety of reasons. Located just 12 kilometres from Alibaug and 120 kilometres away from Mumbai, the proximity of the beach to Mumbai adds to the increasing reputation of the beach. The place boasts of extraordinary beauty and picturesque scenes and is the perfect place for nature lovers to come and relax in the lap of nature, and for photographers to click some fantastic shots. Furthermore, the beach beckons tourists because of its cleanliness and fresh air. Be sure to include visiting here in your top things to do in Alibag.

9. Buy Traditional Footwear and Handicrafts at Raigadi Bazaar

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Located within a kilometer from the Alibaug beach, this place has a lot of small bustling shops selling all kinds of small items, handicrafts, clothes and accessories. You will especially enjoy it if you have good bargaining skills. Browsing this market for local goods and souvenirs is one of the prime things to do in Alibag, more so among the tourists.

10. Visit the Beachy Village of Mandwa

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A popular weekend beach destination from Mumbai city, this beach is situated in the village of Mandwa in Maharashtra. It is very accessible because of the direct ferry services which are available near Mandwa beach to and from Mumbai city. It is also famous for it's sandy golden beaches, scrumptious food & Water-Sport activities, A full fledged beach holiday is guaranteed if you make up your mind to visit this gorgeous place.

11. Religious Retreat at Brahma Kund

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The kund is 20 km away from Alibaug, built in 1612, Brahma Kund is immensely popular for its religious belief. Located on a hill to, there are two kunds the Shiv pool and the Brahmas kund. It is a spectacular rectangular shaped kund surrounded by steps on all four sides. It is believed that the water in the kund was collected by constructing walls when Lord Brahma bathed Lord Krishna in an era bygone. Other tourist attraction of the kund is a small Maruti mandir and Mirchi baba.

12. Enjoy a Ride in the Rewas Jetty

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The jetty is 23 km away from Alibaug, famous and significant for Mumbai Launch service. Besides enjoying the panoramic vistas of the sea, you can also scan through the elite bungalows of the celebrities and movie stars lined along the beach. With cool breeze hitting your face and indigo waters of the sea surrounding you, this surely be one of the best experiences of your life. Be sure to include this in your bucket list of things to do in Alibag.

13. Bask in the Serenity of Akshi Beach

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If you're looking forward to getting lost in a serene place, stop looking because Akshi Beach is all you need. Sandwiched between Nagaon beach and Alibaug beach, Akshi is a fisherman's village which is not very popular amongst tourists making it secluded and peaceful. If you are looking for peace, this is THE place for you. Visiting the beach is one of the top things to do in Alibag. The calm waters hitting the shore laden with palms and coconut trees are what makes this place an absolute delight. It is one of the cleanest beaches in India.

14. Visit the Undheri Fort

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A fort that fell from one reign of ownership to another is an island fort, by the name of Undheri Fort, at a distance of about 300m from the Kandheri. A local fishing boat can be hired to visit the fort.

15. Beach Hopping

Alibaug beaches are famous in Maharashtra for being fine weekend getaways when one needs to escape the routine and noise of the concrete jungles. The amazing combination of sun, sand and sea found at these unspoilt beaches are perfect to help you unwind over the weekend and recharge before returning to the fast-paced life of the city. Alibaug is quite well connected with Mumbai by the sea with ferries plying regularly except during the monsoon. Replete with a number of beaches, beach hopping is one of the topmost things to do in Alibag.

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