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About Alibag

Located just below the border of Mumbai, Alibag is a little coastal town in the state of Maharashtra. The name of the town literally means “The Gardens of Ali” and refers to the fruit orchards that were planted by Ali, an Israelite who used to live in the town during its earliest days. Owing to its convenient location by the sea, the town was regarded as an important strategic port during the British reign in India.  Being a coastal town, the beauty of Alibaug derives largely from the various beaches here. With its glittering golden black sands and clear blue waves, the clean and sparkling beaches of the town are a sight to behold. The brilliance of the beaches is often complemented by the historical fort ruins and ancient temples that can often be found scattered around the place.

Whether you’re a lover of the sea or a history buff looking for an insightful vacation, Alibaug is just the place for you. The excellent beaches here, such as the Alibaug Beach, Mandwa Beach or Nagaon Beach, among others, offer a happening day out for the entire family. Apart from the regular swimming and sunbathing, some of these beaches offer a marvelous variety of watersports as well.T hose with a penchant for the past can also spend a happening day touring all the historical attractions here, such as the Brahma Kund or the Kolaba Fort. One of the best ways to spend your time while in Alibaug is to try your hand at the watersports offered by the beach here.

Sports like parasailing, jet skiing and banana boating can be done by beginners as well as experts, and promise a fun experience for all. While in Alibaug, you can also try your hand at camping, with the several beachside campsites here offering perfect locations for the activity. Summers in Alibaug are generally hot and humid, winter months tend to be cooler and pleasant. Winter here lasts between November and February, and is generally considered to be the best time to visit. Rainfall in Alibaug generally concentrates between the months of July and September, while the winter months remain dry.

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What are the best places to visit in Alibaug?

1. Alibaug Beach: One of Alibaug’s primary attractions, the Alibaug Beach is a must-visit for all sea lovers coming to the city. Flanked by palm fronds by the shore, the stunning yellow sands of the beach offer a serene getaway in the heart of nature. While swimming is definitely an option here, you can also spend your time at the beach lounging on the chaises. Limited water sports facilities are available here as well. The 400 year old Ganesh temple that stands on the beach is an added attraction here. The beach is also known to command excellent views of the sunset, making it a much-sought after location for evening walks.

2. Kolaba Fort: Nestled by the waters of the Arabian Sea, the Kolaba Fort is an erstwhile military fortification dating back to the reign of Shivaji Maharaj. Over 300 years old, the Fort has still preserved some of its original vestiges, including cannons and fortifications. The Fort is surrounded by all sides, and although it can be reached on foot during low tides, boats need to be hired to ferry passengers to Kolaba during high tides. The Fort also houses an 18th century temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

- Timings: 10.00AM-05.00PM
- Entry Fee: INR 5

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3. Brahma Kund: Built in the 17th century, the Brahma Kund is one of the most prominent historical attractions in Alibaug. According to legend, Lord Brahma himself had once taken a dip in the waters here, thus owing to its name. The spectacular Kund is rectangular in shape, with a series of steps leading upward on all four sides.

- Location: Hilltop Raigarh District, Alibaug 402201 India
- Timings: 08.00AM-06.00PM

4. Murud Beach: A secluded black sand beach, Murud is known for its serene and quiet ambience. Dotted with coconut and palm fronds, the beauty of the beach is complemented by its clean sands and clear waters. A number of food shacks and chaise lounges on the beach enhance the casual, Riverbed vibe of the place. A number of historic fort ruins surround the beach, and are easily accessible via boats from Murud.

- Location: Murud, Raigad

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5. Alibag Magnetic Observatory: One of the only 13 such observatories in the world, the Alibag Magnetic Observatory is the pride of the city. Established during the British reign, the observatory stands testament to the city’s colonial past. The Observatory has two buildings in total, one housing geomagnetic instruments and another home to precision recording instruments.

- Location: Police Line, Alibag, Maharashtra 402201
- Timings: 10.00AM-05.00PM

6. Awas Beach: Lined with casuarina trees on all sides, Awas Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Alibaug. The golden beach generally always remains sparsely populated, making it a popular getaway for those looking for a quiet time out. The beach commands some beautiful views of the sunsets, making it a popular choice for lovers looking for a romantic evening out. The quaint villages surrounding the beach have several resorts and homestays as well.

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7. Murud Janjira Fort: Sitting atop a rock off the Arabian sea coast, Murud Janjira Fort is a historical fortress in the Raigad district. Built during the British reign, most of Murud Janjira’s biggest attractions are its cannon. The fort originally housed about 572 cannons, and some of them are still intact. The three largest cannons, called Kalalbangdi, Chavri and Landa Kasam, are still preserved in their original state. There are several other structures housed within the fort as well, such as the palace of the Nawabs, office quarters, and a couple of mosques. The gigantic gates around the Fort are important attractions here as well.

- Location: Murud, Raigad
- Timings: 07.00AM-04.45PM on all days of the week
- Entry Fee: Although there is no entry charge for the fort, the boat charges to the Fort start from Rs. 20

8. Kanakeshwar Forest: Apart from its beaches, Alibaug is also well known for its wilderness exploration possibilities. The forest of Kanakeshwar in Alibaug epitomizes the natural beauty of the place. A plethora of flora and fauna litter the place, along with some smaller animals and various birds. The forest, with its long winding paths, is ideal for trekkers and hikers. Kanakeshwar offers a good amount of jungle camping possibilities as well. The forest is also home to a special ‘Shiva sanctuary’, which can only be reached through a hike of about 1200 feet.

- Location: Kanakeshwar, Alibaug

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9. Vrindavan Farm: Located a short distance out of Alibaug is the Vrindavan Farm, which is a must-visit for those interested in gardening. Spread over 30 acres, the expansive farm is home to stunning orchards of chikoo, guava and mango. The best time to visit the orchard is during the harvest season, when the entire place can be seen thriving with fruits and flowers. There are several markets here, selling organic produce such as beeswax, natural honey and home grown fruits. A handicrafts stall can also be found selling tribal masks and souvenirs.

- Location: Lonarwadi, Daund, Maharashtra 413801

10. Nagaon Beach: Packed with suru, betel and palm trees, Nagaon is one of the most popular beaches in Alibaug. The longshore is littered with clean golden sands, with some beach shacks and food stalls serving lip smacking seafood delights to the visitors here. While swimming is a popular activity at Nagaon, people can often be found lounging on mats along the shore. Nagaon Beach, however, is the go to spot in Alibaug for water sports. A number of water activities can be availed here, with jet skiing, parasailing, boating and bumper rides being some of them. If you’re not one for water sports, you can also opt for a camel ride on the sands, which is an extremely fun and popular activity here.

- Location: Nagaon, Alibaug

What are the things to do in Alibaug?

1. Camel rides /Horse rides:
You can enjoy camel rides and horse rides in most of the beaches of Alibaug including Alibaug beach, Akshi beach, Varsoli beach, Nagaon beach, Murud beach, and more. They will take you along the shoreline with a stunning view of the sea and the forts and mountains in the surroundings.

2. Bird watching at Kihim beach:

Kihim beach is known for attracting various kinds of exotic migratory birds season to season. Taking a stroll down the beach in the evening, you can relax by the shoreline, enjoy the coconut water and watch the exquisite birds passing by. Alibaug is also a popular tourist choice for all wildlife photographers and bird enthusiasts.

3. Parasailing:
The three most famous beaches of Alibaug that host a variety of adventure sports activities are Alibaug beach, Nagaon beach, and Mandwa beach. Parasailing is one of the most popular adventure sports in Alibaug for tourists. The price for Parasailing begins from 1000 INR per person and is done under the guidance of a trained supervisor and even a lifeguard.

4. Scuba Diving:
Mandwa beach is famous for enthralling scuba diving experience in Alibaug as the shores houses many exotic sea animals including clownfish, angler fish, and even scorpionfish. You are given thorough training before your dive session.

The dive lasts for about 60 to 90 minutes depending upon your capacity. You will have an instructor and divemaster with you at all times who will help you with any inconvenience underwater.  The underwater treasure of Mandwa Janjira will give you a lifetime experience of azure waters, coral reefs, and other marine life.

5. Camping and stargazing:
There are many camping tours and camping spots on various beaches of Alibaug. You can either camp by the beach or hike up and find a beautiful spot in the hills here to get a stunning view of the sea.

The secluded piece of coastline will be an ideal place for stargazing while you enjoy the sea breeze, the sound of the waves, and watching the mesmerizing sunset. Many tours provide the whole equipment with tents, beds, cushions, blankets, bonfire, and more.

6. Kayaking at Mandwa beach:
One of the other popular sports activities famous among the tourists in Alibaug is Kayaking. There is something about paddling your Kayak in the sea all by yourself and floating on the fresh seawater enjoying all the tropical sun. Nagaon beach and Mandwa beach are popular for being the ideal spot of Kayaking with clear water and scenic beauty around.

The availability mostly depends upon the low tide and high tide status and the cost for sea Kayaking at Mandwa starts from 300 INR per Kayak. There are also many other water sports activities like jet skiing, banana boat ride, speed boat ride, and more in Alibaug that one can enjoy. All the safety measures are taken and extra precaution is taken with the kids for all the adventure activities on the beach.

Which are the best resorts to stay in Alibaug?

1. Dewdrop Retreat Resort:
One of the most picturesque and beautiful resorts of Alibaug that will emit the soothing vibe with its ambiance, the courteous staff, and the lush green beautiful surroundings.  Situated at a distance of 200 meters from the Varsoli beach, you will wake up to the views of clear blue skies and ocean waves.

2. Paradise Resort:
Renowned as one of the premium properties in Alibaug, Paradise resort indeed feels like a tropical paradise. With big spacious rooms, separate play area for kids, swimming pool, multi-cuisine restaurants, indoor games, and other recreational facilities, your stay in this stunning Paradise resort will be both relaxed and entertained.

3. U Tropicana Resort:
U Tropicana Resort in Alibaug is a luxury deluxe resort located close to Kihim beach offering beautiful escapades around. The resort beholds lavish rooms, suites, and villas with facilities like restaurants, gym, lounge bar, spa, library, and more. The resort also allows their customers the benefits of 24 hours check in check out service and all-day breakfast facilities.

4. Big Splash Resort:
Situated near the bus depot of Alibaug, Big Splash resort is a very comfortable and centrally located resort. There are tons of spacious rooms in the property with king-size beds, kettle, air-conditioner, and various other toiletries. The tropical vibe, the enormous swimming pool, and the exquisite multi-cuisine restaurants will give you the perfect holiday feels.

How many days are enough for Alibaug?

3 days are enough for having a great time in Alibaug without missing out on leisure, relaxation, and adventure altogether. You can cover most of the serene beaches, experience adventure sports like parasailing, scuba diving, camping, jet skiing and visit the historical temples and forts for a fun vacation.

What can I buy in Alibaug?

Kolhapuri slippers and Khandale Kaande or white onions are two prominent specialties of Alibaug. You can get different varieties of sea souvenirs from Alibaug local markets too. The Bazaar streets also comprise different kinds of handicrafts, fresh fruits, jewelry, accessories, clothes, and more.

How far is Alibaug from Mahabaleshwar?

Alibaug is located at a distance of 168 km from Mahabaleshwar and it takes about 4 to 5 hours to reach Alibaug if you take the NH 66 route. But if you take the NH 48 route, you will take about 6 hours to reach Alibaug from Mahabaleshwar.

How to reach Alibaug?

The only way to reach Alibaug is via Mumbai. If you’re travelling by rail or flight, you must first make a stopover at Mumbai’s International Airport or railway junction. From there, you can head on over to Alibaug. There are several ways to do this.

By Ferry: The quickest way to reach Alibaug from Mumbai is to take a ferry from the Gateway of India port to Mandwa Jetty. From Mandwa Jetty, one can then take a bus to Alibaug. The entire journey takes about an hour, and regular ferries ply between the two towns at regular intervals.

By Road: Alibaug is connected to Mumbai via the Mumbai-Pune Highway. It takes about four hours to drive between the two places. Regular buses ply between the two places as well.

What is the best time to visit Alibaug?

The best time to visit Alibaug is during the winter season, between the months of November and February. During this time, the weather here remains cool and pleasant, offering a plethora of sightseeing opportunities. The weather remains dry during this time as well, making it an ideal time for exploring the beaches.

What is Alibaug famous for?

Alibaug is best known for its various beaches here. Being a coastal town, Alibaug is home to some of the best beaches in Maharashtra, such as Alibaug Beach, Nagaon Beach, Awas Beach and many more.

How much time does it take from Mumbai to Alibaug by ferry?

It takes about an hour to reach Alibaug from Mumbai by ferry. The ferry makes a stop at the Mandwa Beach, from where one must either take a bus or a cab for the rest of the journey to Alibaug.

Which are the famous beaches in Alibaug?

1. Alibaug Beach: Deriving its name from the town itself, Alibaug Beach is one of the biggest and most beautiful beaches of the city. The glittering golden sands of the beach is complemented by the beauty of clear blue waves lapping on the shores. Some historic fort ruins and ancient temples add to the charm of the place.

2. Kihim Beach: One of Alibaug’s rare rocky beaches, Kihim is a special attraction located a little outside the main city.  Apart from commanding some excellent views of the sun, Kihim Beach is also regarded as a bird watcher's paradise, with myriads of migratory birds flocking the beach during the winter months.

3. Nagaon Beach: With its unlittered sands, this 3 kilometer long beach is one of Alibaug’s best attractions. Apart from its scenic beauty, Nagaon Beach is also known for its water sport opportunities, offering a plethora of activities such as parasailing, jet skiing, boating and much more.

4. Varsoli Beach: With its brilliant white sands and glittering blue waters, Vasoli is one of the most beautiful beaches in Alibaug. The beach serves as a naval base for the Indian Navy as well, making it a landmark attraction here.

Which are the best water sports to do in Alibaug?

1. Jet skiing: A fun sport suited for people of all ages, jet skiing involves charting across small waves on a jet ski. Jet skiing does not require any previous experience, and can be done by beginners as well as experts alike.

- Location: Alibaug Beach

2. Parasailing: A sport built especially for thrill seekers, parasailing involves sailing across the blue waves of the sea on a parachute that is ferried by a motorboat below. Suspended high in the air, the rider gets treated to some of the most beautiful panoramic sights of the beach and the city around it.

- Location: Mandwa Beach

3. Banana Boat Ride: An extremely fun and easy family sport, the banana boat is literally a banana shaped boat which riders must alight and ride across the waves of the sea. Banana boating is a group activity, and can be attempted in groups of 3 or 4.

- Location:  Mandwa Beach

4. Sea kayaking: Although kayaking is generally done in rivers, this specialized form of the activity now makes sure that you can do it on calm sea waters as well. Kayaking is a solo water sport where one must navigate their way across the seawater in a solo-rowed boat.

- Location: Mandwa Beach

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Which are the best camping sites in Alibaug?

1. Alibaug Beach: Alibaug Beach is one of the most popular spots for camping in the city. The campsite here offers an authentic tent-stay experience, with some excellent and unparalleled views of the coastline.

2. Revdanda Beach: Revdanda Beach is another popular beachside campsite in Alibaug. The camp offers well equipped swiss tents for stay. Bonfires and open air movie nights are added attractions at this campsite.

3. Varsoli Beach: Beach camping can also be done on the coast of the Varsoli Beach. Set on a secluded portion of the beach, the campsite is well equipped with homely tents for stay.

4. Kanakeshwar Forest: If you’d rather pitch your tent in a forest than a beach, then Kanakeshwar Forest is just the place for you. Filled with thick forests, the campsites in Kanakeshwar are ideal for those with an adventurous bent of mind.

Which are the best beach resorts to stay in Alibaug?

1. Sanman Beach Resort:
A serene laid back beach resort with comfortable rooms, family-friendly setting, 24 hours room service, and most importantly the beautiful view of the beach. There are many tourist attractions situated near the resort-like Colaba fort, Alibaug beach, and more. You can also always take a stroll down the beach situated right in front of the resort.

2. Tranquil Coast Resorts:
Situated near the Nagaon beach in Alibaug, Tranquil Coast resort offers you a platter of comfortable accommodation, courteous staff, personalized hospitality, in house restaurant, beach view room, a swimming pool and a huge garden in the vicinity. A perfect place for a rejuvenating getaway with your friends and family.

3. Casa de Kihim:
As the name suggests, Casa de Kihim is a well-maintained property located near the Kihim beach known for its pleasant ambiance and mouth watering food. The beach is easily accessible from the resort and you can also play outdoor games like badminton, volleyball, and more in the property.

4. Radisson Blu:
Radisson blu already has a renowned place in the hospitality and travel industry. The Alibaug beach property matches the standard of the hotel chains. Lavish rooms, fitness center, full-service spa, and a huge library is set up for the guest’s comfortable experience in the property.

Which are the best villa stays in Alibaug?

1. Rosa by Vista Rooms: Vista rooms are known for their lavish yet comfortable properties pan India and their Alibaug property Rosa is no different. Situated at a 15 min walk distance from Kihim beach, this dreamy 4 BHK villa comes with spacious rooms, a swimming pool, an outhouse, a garden, and even a furnished kitchen.

2. Casa Royale Villa: If you are a group of 15 to 20 people, this huge 5BHK villa is your perfect choice to stay in Alibaug. The convenience of the central location, a private pool, private parking, a well equipped kitchen, and even the entire terrace will make your get together or a getaway a memorable one.

3. Shirke’s Holiday Home: Shirke’s Holiday offers you comfortable accommodation with well-equipped rooms, Wi-fi facilities, a flat-screen TV, ample space for parking, and even the access to the garden and terrace area to lounge. There is also a separate game room perfect for the visitors of every age to have fun.

4. Mama's House: Located near the Varsoli beach, Mama's house in Alibaug is the ideal spot for vacationers in Alibaug. It has contemporary architecture, a private swimming pool, bathtubs in the washroom, a beautiful porch, a well-equipped kitchen, and even a terrace garden for the guests to unwind and relax.

How can I explore Alibaug in 3 days?

Day 1:
Arrive at Alibaug and set to explore the local attractions including:
- Alibaug Beach: Alibaug Beach is known popularly for its thrilling water sports and enchanting sunset and sunrise views.
- Kolaba Fort: Located near Alibaug Beach, this 300 years old fort is home to ancient temple buildings, vestiges, and historical artefacts.
- Brahma Kund: Constructed back in 1612, Brahma Kund is known popularly for its mythological significance.

Day 2:
On this day, you will pay a visit to:
- Raigad Bazaar: The beat destination to shop for locally produced apparel, accessories, and footwear at cheap rates.
- Vrindavan Farm: Spread across an area of 28 acres, Vrindavan Farm is the best place to enjoy nature walks and shop for natural local produce like honey, bee wax, spices, and candles.  
- Varsoli Beach: Varsoli is a calm white sand beach that is dotted with numerous casuarina, suru, and palm trees.  

Day 3:
Before proceeding on your onward journey back home, enjoy a half-day local sightseeing tour, and explore:
- Kanakeshwar Devasthan Temple: Perched at an elevation of around 900 feet, Kanakeshwar Devasthan Temple is dedicated to lord Shiva.
- Mandwa: Mandwa is a beautiful beach destination that is famous for its golden sands, exhilarating water sports, and scrumptious seafood.

What are adventure sports I can do in Alibaug?

1. Beach Camping:
Being one of the most beautiful coastal regions in Maharashtra, Alibaug is known for its beach camping sites and tours. There are many beautiful beaches like Kihim, Alibaug, Murud, and more that provide a separate isolated section for camping and you can pitch your tents by the beach and spend your night amidst the waves and the stars.

2. Trekking:
Sagargad monsoon trek is famous among the tourists in Alibaug. The easy to moderate trek is full of lush green vegetation throughout the trail and you will be able to see the mesmerizing panoramic views of the Arabian Sea from the top as well.

3. Quad Biking:
You can also enjoy the thrills of ATV Quad biking on Mandwa beach. If you are a first-timer you will have a guide sitting behind and helping you out throughout the ride. The ATVs are about 150 CC and powerful enough to challenge your adrenaline rush while you are riding on the beach by the shoreline.

4. Jet Skiing:
Embrace the fresh seawater of the Arabian Sea by riding the Jet Ski and rattle through the waves in the Nagaon beach of Alibaug. You will have your safety jacket on and a professional to help you with the ride if you are a first-timer. The 10 to 15 minutes of Jet Skiing will be an enthralling experience for you.

How to reach Alibaug?

Alibag can be accessed by Air, Road and Train.

  • Air: The nearest airport to Alibaug is the Mumbai Airport. Alibag is approx. 140 KM from there and you can hire a private taxi that will bring you to Alibag.
  • Road: Mumbai is connected to Alibag via NH 66. It is located at about 95 Km from Mumbai. The drive takes around 2 hours. You can drive yourself, hire a private cab or take bus. There are around 35-40 state busses that ply between Mumbai and Alibag. Alibag can also be accessed via bus from other cities like Thane, Pune, Nasik, Borivali, Kolhapur, Miraj etc.
  • Train: The nearest Railway Station is at Pen, a small town in Mumbai. Pen Station then connects to Panvel Railway Station in Mumbai City.

What are the romantic places to visit in Alibaug?

1. Alibaug Beach: Packed with coarse black sand and huge rocks, Alibaug Beach is the perfect destination to enjoy a dreamy beach holiday. The beach also lets the visitors enjoy a plethora of water activities including paragliding, jet skiing, kite surfing, and sky kayaking.

2. Kolaba Fort: Considered to be a hub for history buffs today, Kolaba Fort served as a huge naval station during the reign of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Surrounded by the waters of the Arabian Sea on all sides, this fort manifests a picturesque architecture.

3. Raigadi Bazaar: Raigadi Bazaar attracts tourists owing to its amazing souvenirs that are available at cheap and bargainable rates. Here, you can shop for fashion apparels, jewelry, footwear, and local handicrafts.

4. Kanakeshwar Forest: Packed with umpteen varieties of lush vegetations, Kanakeshwar Forest makes for an ideal place to spot a plethora of wildlife. Also known as Shiva Sanctuary, this place even offers the visitors the chance to enjoy trekking and camping.

Alibag Reviews

Nayan Jain
Reviewed: 14 Mar 2024
One of the best trip ever . Outdoor games , dj night , live music , movie , beach games with friends just make this one of the best memorable trip . We are in the limelight because we were from Surat Gujarat and everyone was like " inn logo ne khub mazze kiye h " . Food was ok ok . 3 Common clean T... Read More
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Shubham Kanojia
Reviewed: 07 Feb 2024
Enjoyed the camping. It was my first time camping. Reached there around 3 pm. Location is exact and easy to navigate using maps. All the inclusions that are mentioned were delivered right from the welcome drink to evening snacks to live music to dinner and late night open air movie screening along ... Read More
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Reviewed: 15 Feb 2023
Was okay okay, not that great
Ashutosh Trivedi
Reviewed: 15 Nov 2022
The hosting staff was quite good. They tried their best to make this camping experience memorable for everyone and I must say they were successful in doing so. They listened to each and every traveller and tried their best to cater to everyone at the individual level. Their food was quite decent, bo... Read More
Ashutosh Trivedi
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Ankita Dolas
Reviewed: 13 Dec 2022
• Budget friendly camping experience with a good staff and arrangements. • Delicious food and place to chill with your loved ones. • Dj and live music adds some more funn to the night. • washroom and sink basin could be more clean and hygienic. •Overall a good experience and place...
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Smita Poojary
Reviewed: 30 Jun 2022
Beach was the highlight of camping.Best beach ever
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