Located almost 30 km from Alibaug and situated on the coasts of Arabian Sea, Kashid Beach is famous for its beautiful clear blue water, white colour sand and lovely streams. One of the most popular and alluring beaches of Maharashtra, the Kashid beach comes with a promise of a perfect and relaxed beach holiday. The beach is outstretched across 3 Km and surrounded by shrubs and trees called Casuarina, which enhance the natural charms of this destination. A haven for nature lovers, Kashid Beach is the perfect weekend getaway away from the hustle and bustle of the city life.
The beautiful landscape of Kashid has a number of enticing things to do in and about itself. The shoreline of the beach is adorned with beautiful white sand for as long as 130 kilometres and makes it an ideal place to take a long walk with your near and dear ones. There are a couple of Buddhist caves on the beach, and discovering these is an adventure in its own right. Surrounded by a few rocky peaks, the beach is a worthy example of the Konkan stretch. Weekends at Kashid beach are quite crowded so it would be best to visit on weekdays.
The sun-kissed, white, clean sandy beach with crystalline water offers a dream destination for water-sports enthusiasts. Skim through the frothy waters of the Arabian Sea as you jet ski your way through it, or you can enjoy a quaint boat ride with your family. Parasailing is another activity that you can pursue at the beach. Get a bird's eye view of the beach as you soar high above in a thrilling hot air balloon ride, or you can also trot your way through the beach on the back of a horse! Surfing is another popular activity here and can be pursued during the non-monsoon months when the waves are 5-6 feet high.
If you wish to stay over at the Kashid Beach, there are various options available at your disposal. A number of beach resorts are located in the close vicinity of the beach where you can make bookings online or as you reach the beach as well. A number of facilities such as breakfast in bed are available according to your preferences. Some of the resorts here include Kashid Beach Resort, Royal Villa, Nisarg Farm House and Prakruti Resorts. If you wish to have a more local experience, you can also try out the homestays here. The experience is almost like that of a private beach where you can relax and unwind without any interruptions. The people here are very warm and welcoming and you can have a one - on - one interaction with them as well. Homestays here include Akanksha Tourist Home, Swapnil Tourist Home and Gulzar Homestay. You can also camp here overnight and enjoy activities such as fishing, beach volleyball, snorkelling and cricket, but nothing beats the spectacle of the beautiful night sky as you sit around a blazing camp fire with your near and dear ones. You can camp with the Let's Camp Out and Get Set Camp.
The beach is best enjoyed between November and February when the weather is pleasant. There are very few hotels nearby and you can avail accommodation at cottages set up by locals.
Alibaug is close to Mandwa which can be an advantageous journey for people travelling from Mumbai, a ferry from Gateway of India till Mandwa. From there the bus will drop you at Chondi which is 3 Km from Mandwa, and it takes about 40 to 45 mins by ferry to reach Alibaug.
If you wish to rent a hotel near Kashid Beach, you can try the Akash Beach Hotel, Nikhil's Inn, Manan Guest House and Mahua Bagh among a wide array of others.
There are a number of food outlets here, which includes Neel Garden Restaurant, Kasar Khanaval, Sarve Huts and Surya Kiran Hotel which provide a cosy environment and delicious meals.
1. Crowded on weekends, advised to go on weekdays
2. Venturing into the sea gets dangerous during the monsoon on account of high waves and hence, should be avoided.