Alibag and surrounding beaches

 


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Alibag or Alibaug is located 100 Kms. south of Mumbai / 130 Kms from Pune (3.5 hrs). It can be reached from Mumbai by road or by sea in two hours. Due to its beautiful nature and close proximity to Mumbai, it was chosen as capital of Raigad (formerly called Kolaba) by British, The Raigad District Govt. offices, District court and District Hospital are located in Alibag.

The ancient Kolaba sea fort is located very close to beach. The fort can be reached on foot during low tide periods. The Ganesh devotees can get darshan of Ganesh with trunk on right which is considered rare. The well in the fort has unsalted water which was provided to Alibag in olden days.

How to Reach (Ex Pune / Mumbai) :

  • Route 1 : Pune - Old Mumbai Highway NH4 - Khopoli - Pen - Vandal Naka - Alibaug (130 Kms). It is shortest and cheapest route to Alibaug. Road between Khopoli - Pen (30 Kms) and Vadkhal - Alibaug are also toll road and are in good shape except for few rough patches.



  • Route 2: Pune - Expressway - Take Khopoli / Khalapur exit and follow Khopoli - Pen - Alibaug route. This is faster route although you will have to pay Rs. 99 toll for the E-way till Lonavala (Khopoli exit) Or Rs. 124 for Khalapur exit. Alternately, you can take Panvel exit and join NH17 Goa highway towards Pen.

  • Route 3: For Mumbaikars, it is straight forward route. Just reach Panvel via Sion - Panvel route and continue on NH17, Goa Highway till Pen - Vadkhal Naka. At Vadkhal Naka, road straight goes towards alibaug while the road on left turn goes to Goa.

    Recommended Pit stop for break - There are many foodmalls on the e-way and dhaba on old NH4.
    • "Vitthal Kamath's Restaurant on Mumbai-Goa highway after Panvel. Chain of highway restaurant / snacks parlor belongs to Vitthal Kamath who also owns Orchid Hotel (5 star) and is owner of book "Idli Orchid & Me". Good South Indian snacks and clean rest rooms. There are such restaurant after every 100 KMs on Goa Highway.

    • Dutt Snacks near Khalapur Toll Plaza, Khopoli - Famous for maharashtrian cuisine like Vadapav, Misal, Kothimbir vadi, poha, Sabudana Khichadi and Sabudana Vada.

    • D. Samson Soda Factory @ Pali Village - This place was started by forefathers of D. Samson from Benne Isriali Jewish community which settled down in the belt of Chaul-Revdanda-alibaug 100s years ago after their ship broke while sailing on the high seas. This Soda factory was started in 1938 and is famous in the region for the flavoured Soda like icecream Soda, masala Soda, ginger lemon soda etc. While the soda is available for just Rs. 10 per glass, you can also buy pet bottles at Rs. 29 for home. This place is 2 KM from Poynad village and can't miss especially in summer due to cars parked outside this small house on the main road itself. D. Samson died 2 years ago and this outlet is now managed by his family / siblings.

For Mumbaikars, Other than getting on to NH17 to Panvel - Pen - Vadkhal Naka, best way to reach Alibag is to catch Catamaran / Ferry from Gateway of India.

Launch services are available mostly from September to May. In the rainy season, launch services do not operate. There are various types of launch services available e.g. Catamaran services offering air conditioned and non-air conditioned accommodation, normal ferry boats service etc. Mostly launch services are available between 6.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. While the boat ride is for just 45 min. you need additional 30-40 minutes for travel between Alibaug and mandawa Jetty. Combined charges (Ranging from Rs. 65 - 110 pp) for bus service from Alibag to Mandawa Jetty and launch service from Mandawa Jetty to Gateway of India, Mumbai and vice versa are taken by all launch operators which is quite cheap for the ride. Buses start right near from Alibag ST stand itself for all types of launch services run by all operators.

 

Name of the Launch Operator Alibag Bus Nr. ST Bus Stand Launch from Mandawa Jettry Launch from Gateway of India, Mumbai Type
PNP Maritime Services Pvt. Ltd.
Alibag - (02141) 225403
Mandawa - (02141) 237087
Mumbai - (022) 22885220,21

8:10, 10:10, 12:10, 14:10, 16:10, 18:30

09:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 19:30

8:10, 10:10, 12:10, 14:10, 16:10, 18:30

A/C Catamarans - Lower & Upper Deck

AJANTA Launch Service
Alibag - (02141) 224437
Mandawa - (02141) 237550,
Mumbai - (022) 22026364

6:55, 7:45, 9:45, 10:30, 11:30, 13:00, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 18:00

7:30, 8:30, 10:30, 11:15, 12:15, 13:45, 15:15, 16:15, 17:15, 18:15, 18:45

6:15, 7:15, 9:15, 10:00, 11:00, 12:30, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 17:30

Ferry Boat - Lower & Upper Deck Non AC
MALDAR Catamarans
Alibag - (02141) 223746
Mandawa - (02141) 2237464
Mumbai - (022) 22829695
8:45, 11:45, 13:45, 15:45, 16:00 9:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:30, 18:45 8:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:45 Ferry Boats & Catamarans

* Timings are subject to change without prior notice, Call up the launch operators for timings and tariff.


Best Season to Visit -

Alibaug in fact entire Konkan Coast enjoys a pleasing climate all through the year due to the vast number of trees, greenery & forest areas. Monsoon could be very heavy especially in the months of June & July. On the other hand, lots of downpour, Waterfalls en route and greenery can also make Alibaug tempting in the monsoons. The coastal weather is mostly hot and humid but it is healthy and devoid of effluence. The temperature is at its max out around 38 Degree Celsius in the months of April-May. Best season could be the Winter where temperature often falls at night. Throughout the year, specially, in the monsoons are the best time to visit Alibaug.

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Where to Stay?

Decent accommodation can been arranged at following home stay which is just 5 min walk from Varsoli beach and close to Tata's bungalow property -

Behind Ram mandir,
Varsoli, Alibag,
Dist. Raigad,
Maharashtra State,
India - 402 201

Tel: (02141) 224109

For booking, Contact : MR A.D. Lele ( Tel: (0251) 2861290, Mobile: 9819228394)

Lele Wadi Guest House is situated in the coastal village of Varsoli It is about 1 km. from Alibag bus stand and 5 minutes walk from Varsoli Sea Beach. The term ‘Wadi’ in local term is tree plantation / garden. Lele Wadi Guest House is among a garden of Coconut, Beetle nut, Mango and other trees. It is approved by MTDC i.e. Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation.

Lele Wadi Guest House has total 5 double bed rooms with attached toilets & with other modern amenities including Cable TV, inverter backup, double beds etc. 3 of the 5 rooms have air conditioners (optional) and every 2 rooms shares a kitchen which is equipped with gas, fridge and utensils. There are plenty of swings, hammocks for the guests. Delicious local Food can be arranged from the nearby houses / hotels.

*** Highly recommended for couples, Family with kids, Group picnics

    
 
     

 

For alternate accommodations in and around Alibag, refer to the following 

list -



You may also refer to following advertisements for the latest discount offers and travel packages to Alibag from various Travel Partners. They have tie-ups with most of the good hotels.


What to Shop?

Alibaug - Pen region is famous for Rice crop (Hatsadicha Tandul), thick Poha, different variety of Papads (like Poha, Potato, Nachani, Jackfruit Papad), Konkani Masala, Kadave wal (beans), stuffed dried chilly and White Sweet Onions (This is seasonal crop and available in twin Garlands of small sweet white onions which almost lasts for 4-5 months. They have medicinal values and are especially good in summer). You get all these products at many shops situated along the NH 17 Goa highway either at Vadkhal Naka or Pen.

If you are in Alibaug, just give a call to Mr. Ashish Gharpure (9923951368). He will visit you at your hotel / homestay anywhere in Alibaug on his cycle along with bag full of quality local products at reasonable rates. He is frequent visitor at Lelewadi guesthouse and also visits Pune once a while to deliver these konkan special products to his regular customers. 

    
 
     
 

What you should eat?

While you are traveling in coastal Konkan, make it a point to sample culinary delights of the region – kurkuron bombeel (crispy fried Bombay duck), Surmai / Pomfret fry, Kombadi-Wade with Chicken Curry, sol-kadhi (a tangy smooth appetiser), kelyache panchamrut (a sweetish medley of bananas and vegetables), tisrya-che kavlan (clams in thick spicy masala), Javalyache Lonche (baby prawns), kelphoola-chi bhaji, (a Konkan favorite, made of banana flower), Jackfruit bhaji, Kaju Usal, Ambole (like Appam or thick sada Dosa) and Lord Ganesha’s favorite steamed delight, the Modak* (made up of sugar / Jaggary and rice floor)

There are plenty of houses in the coastal region between Murud - Kashid - Nagaon - Alibaug - Awas - Mandwa  which serves homely vegetarian or non vegetarian meals. However, you need to inform them in advance. There are many restaurants in Alibaug near the Bus stand like Ramakant, Meera Madhav, Liliac, Big splash, Phulora, Kokan Katta etc. which serves Veg. non veg fare including that of south Indian, Punjabi and local cuisines.


Recommended Places to Visit -

Alibaug Beach & Kolaba Fort (0 KM) -

Alibaug beach is very shallow and good for swimming during high tides. Kolaba fort can be seen from this beach and just 5 min ride away. It can be accessed on foot / horse cart rides during low tide and there are boats available to reach the fort during high tide. The entire beach complex has been neatly maintained by local corporation with parking, seating areas, chowpatty, high mast lamps, demarcated safe areas for swimming etc.

It takes 45 min to 1 hour to visit Kolaba fort and it has bastions, Ganesh Mandir, ruins of few old buildings, giant canons and a lake / well with sweat water in the middle of salty ocean.

     
     
     
  

Reccomonded places 'North' of Alibaug (Towards Mumbai)

 
Varsoli Beach (1 KMs)

It is adjourning Alibag in north direction. Varsoli is famous for its calm and clean beach. It is a popular tourist spot which is frequently visited by beach loving people of Mumbai, Pune and other parts of Maharashtra. The beach is not crowded and hence is quiet. The sea water is also clean. It is pleasure to watch sunset and blue sky and stars at night. Recently, water sports have started here from Aquamarine Water Sports which includes Jet ski ride, family boat ride and few bumper rides like sofa, banana boat, ion etc.

      
Varsoli Beach during low tide when the vast expanse of beach is open and water is still shallow
      
 Varsoli beach during high tides when water almost touches the stone wall. It is still safe for swimming
     
 
      
Water sports (Jet ski, Banana boat, bumper sofa), ATV ride and Horse cart ride are few other attractions
 
        


Thal Beach and Dutta Mandir on a Hillock (4 KMs)

It is located 4 Kms. north of Alibag. It has quiet and clean beach from where the Ancient Khanderi, Underi sea forts can be seen. Thal is proud that the huge R.C.F. plant is located there which has provided employment to many local residents. Another place of interest in Thal is, Datta Mandir, located on top of the hill nearby. Aerial view of Alibag can be seen from the hill. The hill can be reached by car.

Kihim Beach (8 KMs)

It is located 8 Kms north of Alibag. It has calm and clean beach. Residential accommodation is available in Maharashtra Govt owned M.T.D.C. resort located on the beach. Kankeshwar An ancient Shankara Mandir on a hill in Kankeshwar which is located on the east of Kihim is popular place for devotees of god Shankara. Kankeshwar is also favorite of trekkers.

Kanakeshwar - Ancient Shiva temple on hill top. 700 easy steps. 1 hr of climb. Breathtaking view of Arabian sea, Mumbai skyline, lush green surrounding from the top. Drinking water is available at 3/4th distance during the climb. Hotels are available on the top for some quick snacks. Do not climb in the noon. Reccomonded to visit early morning or in the evening. worth visiting.

Kankeshwar Shiva Temple and Karmarkar Shilpalay (Sculpture Museum)

Awas & Sasawane (18 KMs)
The 2 villages are located 18 Kms north of Alibag. Sasawane is famous for the Karmarkar sculpture museum which is worth seeing. From Awas Sasawane beach, Mumbai skyline can be seen during day & at night Mumbai skyline looks like illuminated with lights. The Nagoba Mandir at Awas is worth visiting.


Rewas & Mandwa (22 Kms)

The port towns are located 22 Kms north of Alibag. Since long, Launch service is available between Mumbai's "Bhaucha Dhakka" to Revas. Lately, Catamaran service available between gateway of India and Mandwa which has made it convenient & fast to commute between Mumbai & Alibag. The catamaran takes only 45 minutes to reach Mandwa from Mumbai to cover the distance of 12 nautical miles. There is connecting Bus from Mandwa to Alibag which takes half an hour. The catamaran ticket includes the charge for the bus. You can see Mumbai skyline from here.

Reccomonded places 'South' of Alibaug (towards Goa)

Akshi & Nagaon (5 Kms)

Are located 5 Kms south of Alibag. These 2 villages have cluster of coconut & beetle nut trees which makes the places scenic. The sea front at Akshi/Nagaon is very popular with cine fraternity as a good place for film shooting. Nagaon boasts of an Ancient and beautiful temples and place for Ved-vidya.

      

Na
gaon Beach - it has become more crowded and commercial now. However, water is very shallow and beach is quite good.

Important - Recently Water-sports facility have been started at the Nagaon Beach by the locals which includes Jet-scooter, Banana Boat, Bumpy ride, Dolphin trips, fishing trips etc. There are 4 operators now

For more details, Please refer to -> 

  1. Nakhwa Water Sports - Mr. Shailesh Nakhwa (9922568368 / 9922568382 / 9673272535)
  2. Sandesh Boating Club - Nilesh Bamji (9764426550 / 7507656660)  


Revdanda (23 Kms) - Birla Mandir at Salav & Korlai Fort, Lighthouse

The beautiful Ganesh temple built by Birlas at Salav is an attraction for tourists. The light illumination of the temple at night is worth seeing. The temple is located 4 Kms from the end of Revadanda/ Salav bridge. Korlai Fort & light house is on the kashid side of the bridge. Yiou get stunning view of the sea from the fort.

Birla Temple at Salav. Photography is restricted inside the campus

Kashid Beach (30 KMs)

On the way to Murud Janjira from Alibag-Revadanda, in between there is a beautiful and famous Kashid beach.Kashid is popular mainly because of its white sand, blue seas, green mountains, paddy fields, and rivulets. Kashid has a 3 km stretch of beach tucked in between two rocky hillocks with Casuarina groves all around the seashore. This is by far the best beach in this part of the Konkan region and though absolutely deserted on weekdays, the town can attract its fair share of week-end holiday makers. 

 Kashid Beach

Murud - Janjira Fort (50 KMs)

This overwhelming guardian of the Siddi naval prowess over the Arabian sea, can be approached in sail boats, which leave from Rajpuri jetty, 5 kms from Murud. Battered on all four sides by sea waves, its strong walls yet standing intact and 40 feet high even at full tide is the majestic island fortress of the Siddis -- Murud-Janjira. Never conquered by an enemy for over 350 years since its construction by the Ahmednagar rulers under the supervision of their regent Malik Ambar in the 15th century, Murud-Janjira is probably the only impregnable fort on the 720 km Maharashtra coastline. Neither the Portuguese nor the British could subjugate the fort. And the Marathas, despite their repeated attempts failed to subjugate the Siddi power.

There is a lot to see on the fort. As we land at the front gate of the fort, two formidable bastions. can be seen guarding the huge gate. Here is a sculpture in stone depicting a Lion that has overpowered six elephants. The main gate is followed by another gate where 3 lungers/anchors are clearly visible in front of shrine of 5 Peers(peerpanchayatan). Opposite of that is a big sweet water tank. Around that stand Khasha Siddi Masjid and ruins of houses. Next comes Surul Khan's mansion(wada). In the backyard, remnants of Hindu sculptures are visible. During archaeological excavations in 1985, temple ruins and a 'Shivaling' was found. On the background, fortified bulwarks with guns positioned, are unmistakable. There are 24 bastions in all, having their separate names. Special attraction of this fort is 3 Gigantic Cannons named Kalalbangdi, Chavri and Landa Kasam. Another gate to the west is sea- facing,called 'Darya Darwaza'. There are guides available who tour you through the fort while giving you an interesting version of the forts history.

How to reach - Murud / Janjira is 50 KMs from  south of Alibag via Revdanda - Kashid - Nandgaon - Murud - Janjira. You need to take a sailboat to reach the fort. Sailboat Service is available from morning till 5:00 PM and charge is Rs. 15 Per Person. However, boat will wait for 30 Passengers. Else, you can hire entire boat for round trip for about Rs. 400. Guide charges are extra. Return trip takes close to 1.5 - 2 hrs with 1 hr on the fort. sailboats are not available during Monsoon.

Murud Beach

 Sailboat ride to Janjira fort.

 Cannon made of "Panchdhatu" (5 metals). It won't get hot even in the hot summer afternoon.

 Fort Ruins. It was a 7 Story Palace once upon a time ...

View from the highest point

Janjira Fort. Also know as Rajapuri Fort

Janjira fort is not in the deep sea like Padmadurga Fort. Janjira fort is located at the start of Rajapuri creek

 Palace of the Siddi Nawab from Janjira. This is private property and you can't see it from inside