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"Coconut groves and Sandy Beaches"

Alibag Tourism

A little coastal town tucked away in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Alibaug is a very popular weekend getaway holiday destination 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 110 kilometres from Mumbai, 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 has numerous beaches, and all the beaches 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 in the beach in Alibaug is, of course, Alibag beach, which offers a spectacular of view of not only the sunrise and sunset but of the Colaba 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 fort 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 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, and while away o lazy afternoon or two.

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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. Alibag is a great escape for people who have a huge love for beaches, forts and temples.

What Makes Alibag An Amazing Tourist Destination

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 that you need to climb in order to reach the temple, but the sweeping views of the Konkan coastline from the top is worth the climb.

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.

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.

Being a coastal city, Alibaug’s cuisine predominantly consists of seafood, but you can also try other styles such as Continental or South-Indian in the numerous eateries spread all across the city.

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 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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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive at Alibag, check-in and rest. Then visit Alibag Beach, Nagaon Beach and Rewas Jetty.
Day 2- Visit Kihim Beach, Versoli Beach and Kolaba Fort.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Lovely beaches. Great getaway.

What's Not So Great?

Difficult to reach.

For Whom?

Alibag is a great getaway from Mumbai and Pune.

How 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 2 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 1 year 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 1 year 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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