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Alibag

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"Coconut groves and Sandy Beaches"

Alibag Tourism

A little coastal town tucked away in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Alibag or Alibaug is a very popular weekend getaway and has earned itself the name of 'mini-Goa', owing to the high tourist footfall all year round. Steeped in colonial history, Alibaug is a quaint little town located about 96 km from Mumbai and 150 km from Pune, and is replete with sandy beaches, clean unpolluted air and plenty of forts and temples, ensuring that despite being a small town, you never run out of activities to do.

Alibaug is famous for its numerous beaches, which are only a few minutes’ drives away from each other, so you won’t have to worry about which beach to visit and which one to leave out. The most visited beach in Alibaug is, of course, Alibaug Beach, which offers a spectacular of view of not only the sunrise and sunset but of the Kolaba Fort as well, which you can take a short boat ride to. The Colaba fort was once the cornerstone of the Maratha Empire, and most of the edifice is still in good shape. Other popular beaches in the area include Kihim Beach, and Nagaon Beach, with Kihim beach being a photographer’s paradise.

Alibaug is also home to Mandwa Beach, a beach famously known for the innumerable number of movie shootings that take place here. The beach offers a stunning view of the Gateway of India from its bay, and you can sit and sip on a cool drink on the sand under the orchard of coconut trees lining the beach. Having black sand and rock faces, the new addition of water sports in Alibaug like jetski and boating has made Alibag a perfect weekend getaway in Maharashtra. Most tourists spend at least one night in Alibag.

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Beach Paradise

Because the town is surrounded by sea from three sides, Alibag is regarded as "Goa of Maharashtra". The tranquillity of the beaches has left many tourists awestruck. These beaches in Alibaug are famous in Maharashtra for being fine weekend getaways from Mumbai, Pune and other nearby places 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.

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Temples of Alibag
Alibaug is dotted with temples, and a few major temples where tourists flock to are the Someshwar Temple, the Hanuman Temple, and the Shiva Temple. Most of these temples are situated on top of small hills, but the sweeping views of the Konkan coastline from the top is worth the climb.

Forts of Alibag
Alibaug is famously known for its forts, as the city played a very important part in the pre-colonial era. Other than the Kolaba Fort, other forts in Alibaug include the Khanderi Fort, Revdanda Fort, Undheri Fort and Murud Janjira Fort, all of which have a rich history of their own.

Alibag Magnetic Observatory
Apart from the temples, forts, and beaches, a very famous tourist attraction in Alibaug is the Alibaug Magnetic Observatory, which is one of the very few British-made buildings that exist in Alibaug. This observatory is not only the only one of its kind in the entire Asian subcontinent, but it is also one of the only 13 such observatories present all across the world. The observatory records geomagnetic data using precise recording instruments, and is a popular tourist spot, especially in the winter.

Restaurants and Local Food in Alibag

Alibaug's cuisine sustains quite a variety with a subtle dominance of seafood - owing to its location along the coastline. It is a popular weekend destination from Mumbai and caters to the need of its tourists. Typical of the places located on the Konkan coast, the food of Alibag is dominated by rich coconut milk and fragrant spices. The staple food consists of steamed rice with fish or meat curry. The accompanying vegetables often feature coconut shavings and mustard seeds. 

Being a popular tourist destination, many cafes and eateries have sprung up in Alibaug serving cuisines from almost every region of India. 
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What are the top hotels in Alibag?

There are 207 in Alibag which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Alibag are Stay Ya! Cottages, Roma by Vista Rooms, Moksh, Nagaon Eco Center, Ekdant Holiday Home Alibaug, Nirvaan. You can see all the hotels in Alibag here

What are the places near Alibag?

The top places near to Alibag are Mumbai which is 46 km from Alibag, Lonavala which is located 57 km from Alibag, Matheran which is located 56 km from Alibag, Kashid which is located 24 km from Alibag, Raigad which is located 36 km from Alibag

What is the local food in Alibag?

Alibaug's cuisine sustains quite a variety with a subtle dominance of seafood - owing to its location along the coast line. Alibaug is a popular weekend destination from Mumbai and caters to the need of its tourists. You can enjoy a variety of food style ranging from South-Indian to Continental and restaurants ranging from budget to expensive, fine-dine ones. One can also indulge in Chinese preparations as well as flavors of local and traditional cuisines.
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What are the things to do in Alibag?

The top things to do in Alibag are Water Sports in Alibaug, Kolaba Fort, Alibaug Beach, Vrindavan Farm, Nagaon Beach, Murud-Janjira Fort. You can see all the places to visit in Alibag here

What is not so good about Alibag?

Difficult to reach.

What is the best time to visit Alibag?

November to July is the best time to visit Alibaug to enjoy the beaches. Between August to October, you can explore the region in the rainy days, which exposes the lush green beauty of Alibaug. However, do note that boat service between Mumbai and Alibaug is not functional during the rainy season. The weather from November to February is cold and dry and provides the perfect ambience for sightseeing. The temperature starts rising from March and lasts until the arrival of monsoon in June.
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What is famous about Alibag?

Lovely beaches. Great getaway.

Who should visit Alibag?

Alibag is a great getaway from Mumbai and Pune.

What is the best way to reach Alibag?

Mumbai and Pune are two major cities near Alibaug. On your drive to Goa, Alibaug is an attraction in the middle of the journey and therefore can be visited by trains, airways and road. Take private or public transport from Pune or Mumbai. The nearest central railway to Alibaug is Koha and Panvel. Nearest airports are Pune and Mumbai.
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Gurmit kaur 6 months ago
Alibaug is popular for beautiful seashore. Its awesome place to visit. Famous for weekend trip. Homestay in Alibaug a good place to stay. Eveything you need for enjoying the beach is here
Surbhi Parashar 2 years ago
Just 100 km away from Mumbai, this place is a popular weekend getaway for Mumbai and Pune folks. Alibaug is a subdivision in the Raigad district of Maharashtra and it has many serene and beautiful beaches, known for its mesmerisingly calm weather and dense coconut groves. Apart from the beaches, there are many historical and intricate temples in this region which are also interesting for tourists here. A walk amidst dense, refreshing coconut groves could also be very enchanting and relaxing if you are looking for some solidarity. Kihim beach, Alibaug beach, Kanakeshwar devasthan temple, Kanakeshwar forest, Kolaba Fort, Hanuman temple are among the popular spots here for the tourists to enjoy. Murud is also very nearby to Alibaug and Janjira fort is just 1-2 hours away from Alibaug.
Kovid Kapoor 2 years ago
Alibag is a quick weekend getaway located less than 150 kms from Mumbai and is easily accessible by a three-hour car journey or one-hour ferry journey. Alibag Beach, the most commercial area in the town, has black sand and rock faces that make it a scenic location along with the new addition of water sports like jetskis and boating. Another site worth seeing is Janjira Fort which is known for its big canons, secret tunnels, and rounded bastions that are still intact. It is recommended to spend at least one night in Alibag and enjoy the many cottage accommodations on offer.
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