Alibag is a town on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra near Bombay. It's best known for its historic marine forts, fine beaches and clean water. It is only 19 kms by sea situated at South of Mumbai port covered with Coconut.Alibaug is best reached by catamaran/ferry from the Gateway of India, in south Mumbai's Colaba area. The journey takes around 45 minutes to get to Mandawa Jetty. From there, the beach is another 30-45 minutes away by bus or auto rickshaw.Ferries to Alibaug operate from morning until evening (around 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) throughout the year, except during the monsoon season from June to August. Services usually resume again in late August, but it depends on weather conditions. The fare is 100 rupees, including the bus ride.Alibaug can also be reached by road. The journey takes around three hours from Mumbai. Alibag Beach is the main beach of the town. The beach has the blackest sand of the region. The beach is very lively with bathers in the morning and many food stalls in the evening.
The Akshi Beach is a beautiful wihte sand beach. Plenty of suru trees can be seen along the coast. The water is very clean and it renders safety for swimming. The beach is also a favorite among the birdwatchers and nature lovers. The hamlet of Akshi is just 5 km away from Alibag. The village is full of fishermen and it is not crowded at all. The beach at Akshi is a favourite tourist spot. One could slug around the clear beaches and step inside the warm and unruffled Arabian Sea.
The Kihim Beach is situated at a distance of 12 km from Alibag. It is a secluded place. The beach is famous for thick cover of coconut trees. The place is famous for variety of woods which serves as a cover. Nature lovers will be thrilled to visit the place for it provides sight of rare butterflies, birds and flowers. The most attractive part of the Kihim beach is that the place is not entirely discovered and unpolluted.On the outskirts of Alibag is Versoli Beach. The beach is a quiet one. The sand on the beach is white and the sea water is clean and clear. The beach is not visited by many tourists. It houses a very large naval base.
Mandwa beach is located about 20 km north of Alibag. The ferry services can be utilized from Mumbai to the Mandawa jetty. Mandwa is a natural port. The place is famous for many Bollywood celebrities bungalows. Mandwa is a superb and untroden beach. When the sky is clear the enchanting view across the bay till the Gateway of India cannot be expressed in words. They are a joy to the mind and a feast to the eyes.Around 23 km away from Alibag is Rewas Jetty. The jetty is famous and important for Mumbai Launch service. Tourists coming to Mumbai use the launch services of the Rewas jetty to travel.Rewas Jetty is 6 km from Kihim. The jetty is a weekend retreat. The rich and the famous have their bunglows along the beach. They also live in the interior of the place.
FortThe Kolaba Fort was constructed by Shivaji Maharaj. It is located 2 km inside the sea. Visitors can visit the fort only during low tide. The fort consists of sweet water well in the middle. There are many temples and fortifications along guns which face the sea. The fort is 300 years old.
Carvings of tigers, peacocks, and elephants on the entrance arch can be seen. Near the gate there are shrines of Mahishasura and Padmavathi and other gods along with fort deity. A Ganesha temple was built in front of the sweet water tank in 1759.
The Khanderi Fort is 3-4 km into the sea from Thai beach. The fort was built in the year 1678. The Fort stands on a small island. A lighthouse was constructed later on. The fort was under the British control for a long time.
The various attempts made by the British to capture the island fort of Khanderi were not fruitful till the year 1750. The Fort was finally handed over to the British as part of the Peshwa territory.
Undheri FortAt a distance of 300 meters from Khanderi is the fort of Undheri which is an island fort. It was built by Siddi Qasam in 1680. The fort changed hands from the Siddis, Peshwas, Angres and the British. The visitors can hire local thal fishing boats to visit the fort.
The Kanakeshwar Forest
The Kanakeshwar Forest is a dense forest. Tourists are allowed to venture into the forest at their own risks. The population of the forest comprises of wild boars, poisonous snakes and panthers. They are the right owners of the forest. The silence of the jungle and the hills can be felt in this area. Wild leopards can be seen roaming the forest areas . The Vrindavan Farm is spread over a tremendous area of 28 acres. The farm is located near Kanakeshwar. All varieties of alien and everyday plants can be seen in this farm.70,000 and more plants can be found to be on sale in the farm. The various kinds of plants are crotons, cacti and many kinds of mango trees. Guava, custard apple, chikoo can also be found in this farm.
The Brahma Kund
The Brahma Kund is a great work. It is on the hill top. There are two kunds the shiv pool and the Brahma’s pond. Brahma Kund is a rectangular tank which is encircled by steps on all the 4 sides. It is a very beautiful site. The site is excellent for photography.Just behind the Kanakeshwar Temple is a large Kund circular in shape. It is known as the Pushkarna Kund.
Temples in Alibaug
The Someshwar Temple is a fantastic and ancient Hindu temple. The temple was built in the Satwahana legacy.
Someshwar Temple is in Akshi which is only 3 km away from Alibag. Enroute to the beach there are many shilas. One of the shilas is close to the Someshwar Mandir. This temple is situated near the deepasthambh.