Alibaug is an idyllic town on the western coast of India, known as the Konkan region. It lies on almost the same latitude as the southern tip of Mumbai and is very close to this tip across the narrow strip of the Arabian Sea.
By road it is a three-hour drive from Mumbai as the route winds north from the Mumbai peninsula to Navi Mumbai and then curves and moves south along the mainland coast. Alibag has a lovely beach that is unspoiled. There is a historic fort that is now in ruins just off the beach. The hill range of the Western Ghats line the other side of the city giving it a unique character of greenery and the blue of the ocean. It’s a wonderful place to take a relaxed vacation with nothing on your mind. Alibag is a place for a vacation. An unhurried pace of life is a small town with a beautiful beach and the green hills on the other side, free of pollution and noise.
Alibag is quiet with a moderate number of tourists who come over on the weekend. Alibag is a frequent getaway for people in Mumbai with many owning farmhouses off the beach. The launch from Mumbai makes it closer although during the monsoons a boat ride is not advisable.
Alibag is an old town relating to the Maratha.
History of Alibaug
Alibag is about 300 years old city. If you get down at Alibag bus stand…You will be surprized… Why this guy is calling it as a city? No…It is a village (in US terms) and a town (in Indian terms). So don’t blame me…I have already warned you !!!
Here is a short essay about the history of Alibag. If you find it too boring..just skip it…For the sake of completeness I am adding it.
Alibag was developed in the 17th century by Sarkhel Kanhoji Angre, the Naval chief of King Shivaji’s kingdom.
Declared as a Taluka place in 1852.
Added four Talukas and Kulaba district was formed in 1869.
Many people used to call Alibag as Shribag. (Specially our Sanskrit teacher). Now they formed ‘Shribag’ as a part of Alibag. Some people used to mention Alibaug as ‘Kulaba’.
The population of alibag was around 5000 in 1881. (I don’t guarantee about the authenticity of this information. I read it somewhere on internet)
Starting of Schools in 1924.
Alibag was not directly connected to Mumbai at that time. People used to travel by sea from Revas, Dharmtar or Mankule. The scenario changed in 1964. The bridge of Dharamtar Creek was built, alibag got attached to the other cities like Mumbai.
Earlier Mangaon was the main place of Raigad district.
Now??? ….Ofcourse Alibag !!!
Geography of Alibaug
Altitude : Sea Level
Rainfall : 170 mm
Temperature : Max 36, Min 14 degree C
Area Code : 02141
Pin Code : 402 201
District : Raigad
State : Maharashtra
Country : India
Alibaug – Sea – Beaches – Seashore :
All beaches are good…emm…not better than Kerala beaches but certainly 1000 times better than Miami beach… Once in a blue moon I go to sea shore…May be we can meet…Just Kidding.
Get down at Alibag bus stand…It is approximately 1.1 Km from that. (Near Raigad Zilla Parishad or Civil hospital). You may hire an auto.
Fresh air, Sandy beach,sight of the Colaba fort are the major attractions. In addition to that you may enjoy Bhel-puri, Coconut water, Ice-cream, Sea Food, Alu Bonda etc.
The right time to visit : November to January
Nagaon Beach :
Do you remember “Sagar Kinare Dil Ye Pukare” from film Sagar ? That is Nagaon..approximately 7 Km from Alibag. Famous place for Coconuts and betel-nuts. You will get nice food out there.
Mandwa Beach :
Approximately 20 Km from Alibaug. You might have seen Mandwa in movies like Insaaf (Vinod Khanna, Dimple Kapadia), Sagar (Rishi Kapur, Dimple Kapadia), Agnipath (Amitabh, Madhavi, Danny)etc. It is a nice place. You can see lot of baglows of Filmstars.
Kihim Beach :
“You are from Alibag… Do you know “King Ham” beach?” Somone in US asked me last week. “Emm..No”…I was trying to recall but could not…Suddenly I realized that he was talking about Kihim.
Approximately 9 Km from Alibag. Crowded with employess of Rashtriya Chemical Fertilizers(RCF, Thal) employees. Do you know that the great ornithologist Salim Ali used to stay here?
You can stay in Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation(MTDC)’s resort.
Kashid Beach :
On the Alibag-Murud Highway….just 32 Km from Alibaug…Place away from the hustle and bustle of the city…
Akshi Beach :
Just 5 Km from Alibag….Akshi is a nice place…Full of fishers…Generally not crowded…(That’s the reason I love it)
One more important thing…Don’t miss the epigraph prepared by Raja Keshidevaray in the year 1012. If you are studying Marathi literature…you might be knowing that.
Alibaug – Temples and Forts :
You’ll love to visit these places…I have not included the detailed info. ‘coz you don’t need it at all….Alibag is a small place….when in doubt…Ask..Ask and Ask…!!!
Colaba Fort :
Colaba fort, major water fort in Konkan… Shivaji Maharaj built this fort in 1680…Nine hundread feet long and three hundread fifty feet wide….Having two ‘dwars’ (gates).. one from the shore , another from the sea side.
The ‘Mahadarwaja’ to the east is a specail thing… decorated with idols of tigers, elephant, peacock etc. The temple of Ganesh, godess with eighteen hands ,Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva together makes “Ganesh Panchayatam”
Better to visit here only during the low tide. Here is a time table for tide according to the tithis
Vikram Vinayak Mandir (Birla Madir),Salav :
Approx. 20 km from Alibag….My friend forced me to visit this place and I was taken aback..
Great place….More or less similar to Hiranandani Garderns, Powai… The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. The tranport facilities are OK and affordable to all classes… Don’t miss it….
Hardly 6 kms form my home and 12 kms from Alibag.. cool climate and old temple of Lord Shiva.
The temple is situated on a small hill and the nearby village is ‘ Mapgaon ‘ which is almost 12 kms. from Alibag. The hill is almost 370 m high and we have to climb 700+ steps to reach the temple.
Ask somebody about ‘Nagobacha Tappa’, ‘Devachi Payari’, ‘Pushkarni’, ‘Gaymukh’ and ‘Vyaghreshwar’
It’s fun to visit this place…I’m sure..You’ll love it…
How to Reach :
By Sea :
Regular scheduled AC / Non-AC Catamarans & Speed boats with a capacity of 80 to 250 seats, from Gateway of India to Mandwa between 6.30 hrs to 20 hrs on hourly basis with courtesy transfer by coach up to Sai-Inn.
By Road :
Mumbai 110 Kms off NH 17 Goa road good motorable scenic road. Pune 128 Kms. State Transport busses available from Mumbai Central, Borivali and Thane.
Nearest Railway Station : Panvel
Airport : Mumbai
Season & Climate :
Winter : Nov. to Feb., Temp. between 15° to 22° C
Summer : March to May & Oct., Temp. between 28° to 32° C
Monsoon : June to Sept., Rainfall 2000mm