Alibag 300 years old city, enigmatic capital of Shivaji’s admiral Kanoji Angre, home to a Jewish Synagogue and cemetery, the only place in the konkan to have a Portugese and a Maratha seafort on opposite banks of the same inland waterway.
Alibaug is the closest beach getaway to Mumbai, accessible by a ferry ride (ferries operational Oct-May) across the gateway of India in South Mumbai.
Mandawa (where you alight from a ferry) – Kihim – Alibaug is home to many a beach bungalow and a few resorts.
While most visited beaches of Alibaug and around, Nagaon a few kms away is where one finds good quality beaches, watersports and green surroundings.
Alibaug area is known for its Coastal Cuisine and Sea Food Alibaug is home to getaway resorts, homestays, farms and small resorts that cater to Ex-Mumbai and Ex-Pune getaway seekers
- Alibag beach: This is the main beach of the town. A very flat stretch makes for a long walk. Reasonably clean beach and has thin crowds during the week. The sand has a hard texture and is a shade black. Not easy to create sand-castles. Note that the tide rolls in from all sides. You may have to wade through water on the way back.
- Siddheshwar Mandir near Khandale: This is famous Shiva temple situated near picturesque hills near village Khandale just 4 km from Alibag-Pen state highway. You can drive your vehicles just near to hillocks and with small trek you can reach this beautiful temple. The beauty around this temple is awesome during Shrawan month when hundreds of people throng to worship this temple during Shrawani Somwars.If you further travel from this temple you can see the remains of ancinet fort called ” Sagargad”.
- Alibag Fort: Alibag is the seat of District Administration of Raigad (formerly Kolaba) district since 1852. The name Kolaba is attributed to a Sea Fort Kolaba built by Shivaji the great, in 1680 to fight the mighty naval prowess of the Siddis’ (Abyssenians) of Janjira and the British of Mumbai. Kolaba fort is famous for many battles, between Siddis and Kanhoji Angre, the British and the Portuguese.
- Khanderi & Underi Islands : Just few kilometers from sea shore of Kihim Beach one can visit Khanderi & Underi islands. These islands are heavily fortified and built by Shivaji Maharaj as sea observation posts in 1660 CE to keep a check on the Siddis at Murud-Janjira fort. However later on it lost its importance. Most of the fort is still intact the most prominent structure is a lighthouse built in 1837 which is still in service and used for sea navigation.