A Konkan beach trip means experiences of serenity, unspoiled beauty, breath-taking sunsets, and delicious seafood. Alibaug Beach is no different. It is the best laid back place, a perfect destination for your weekend or a holiday. The added advantage of visiting this place is that you can visit historical forts, temples and a one-man curated museum nearby.
Take a long walk, enjoy playing with the waves, be charmed by the sunset and savor the local cuisine…. There is no end to how you can enjoy yourself alone or with your loved ones here. The beauty of this area will mesmerize you no end!
The beach is clean, and the sand is black in color. It is a bit crowded than other Konkan beaches but still gives you a personal place. It is a place to enjoy with your entire family. Kids will love the sea and also the water sports around this place. One can take up water sports like the Banana ride, parasailing, horse ride, biking, and camel rides.
There are numerous food stalls on the beach. You can get to eat tasty bhel puri, sev, seafood and raw mango on the beach itself. You can also go through the small streets to savor other local Konkani dishes. The areas nearby are populated with plantations of coconuts, mangoes, jack fruit, and other coastal plants. There is also a dense cover of the forest around here.
A lot of tourists have vouched are attracted to its serenity. There is ample parking place and hence you need not worry about parking your vehicle.
Major Attraction: Kolaba Fort – Places which promotes Alibag tourism and are the Best Places to visit in Alibaug
The Kolaba fort is visible from the beach itself. It is just 1 or 2 km away from the beach. Some people just start walking from the beach to the fort during low tides. Of course, it is better to go by boat during high tide.
Kolaba fort was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to develop it as one of his important naval stations in 1662. In 1713 it changed hands and was received b the Koli King Kanhoji Raje Angre. In 1842 the British sold away from the wooden structures and auctioned off all the stone from this fort.
The fort walls are about 25 feet high. There are two entrances to this fort. One is on the Alibaug side and the other opens to the sea. The other features inside this fort are Dargah of Haji Kamaluddin, two English Cannons on the Northern Gate and Siddivinayak temple built by Raghoji Angre. The fort has fresh water wells in spite of being in between the salty Arabian Sea. There are many persons still residing this fort and Ganesh festival is celebrated with fervor here.
The entrance fee is Rs.15. Spend at least 2 hours to explore all the parts of this amazing fort. The view from atop the fort is amazing and you can just set your cameras and start clicking.
Nearby Attractions: Shree Vikram Vinayak Temple
Another place you should surely add to your itinerary on your visit to Alibaug is the Shree Vikram Vinayak Temple. Built by the industrialist, Aditya Vikram Birla this temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is situated in Vikram Ispat Premises at Salav across the Revdanda bridge, some 20kms from Alibaug.Idols of Lord Shiva-Parvati, Lord Surya, Goddess Durga, and Shri Krishna Radha are also installed inside the temple beside the main deity Lord Ganesh.
Made purely of marble this temple is one of the most marvelous temples of modern times. It is located on a small hillock and you can have stunning looks of the surroundings from the top. Carpets of grass and flowering plants are on both sides of the steps that lead to the temple. There are well-kept gardens and a few fountains around the temple as well.
Nearby Attractions: Karmarkar Museum
Karmarkar Museum is about 18kms off Alibaug on the Alibaug Rewas road, in the village called Sasavne. Not known to many travelers, it is slowly gaining popularity by word of mouth communication.
This museum has works of one-man Late Nanasaheb Karmakar – a professional sculptor. His house cum museum has 150 busts and life-size sculptures of eminent leaders, common people, animals, and monuments. These include exhibits of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Lok Manya Tilak, Mahatma Gandhi and some other important leaders of India, Maharashtra in particular. There are exhibits on other themes such as women holding the pot, women holding children, Pets, cows, cats, tree and even monuments such as forts.
This museum is open through the week. But you need to check the opening and closing times. The entrance fee for this museum is Rs.5/-.
- Nearby Attractions: Korlai Fort
While Kolaba is a Maratha fortification Korlai was built by the Portuguese. It is on the island of Morro de Chaul, fortifying the Revdanda creek. It was built to further support the Chaul fort that defended the area between Koralai to Bassein.Architectural features
Dimensions of the fort are 2800 feet long and 90 feet breadth. It has 305 battlements for guns. There are 11 gates to enter this fort and four of them are in the outer rings.
There is a church inside the fort built in 1630. Each of the 7 bastions in this fort is named after Christian saint of Portuguese.
This fort is now under the Indian Navy. There is a modern lighthouse inside with 100 steps before the fort. Do not miss the views of the mighty Arabian sea from the top of the fort.
Water Sports in Alibaug
The best time to visit the beach and its surrounding attractions is from September to May. The climate is good and you can also avail all facilities like boating and water sport activities during this time.
How to reach Alibaug beach
Alibaug is just 3 to 4 hours from the major cities of Mumbai and Pune. You can reach this place by taking a jetty from Gateway of India to Mandwa Port. From here it is but a short rickshaw ride to the beach.
Government buses moving to and fro this beach and Mumbai are also available in plenty. The best of all would be traveling on a two-wheeler alone or with your special person hair flying and the wind biting your cheeks!
While traveling, especially with family we are always on a lookout for proper accommodation in places we tour. There are numerous hotels near the beach that you can choose from.
The ones listed below have good rooms, and amenities for a family or individuals to stay. The prices are affordable too. There are about 5 3-star hotels, one 4-star hotel and more than 25 budget hotels here. They have received good reviews from tourists who have already stayed there. Another advantage of lodging in any of these hotels is the proximity to the beach and the other attractions mentioned above. Take your pick from:
- Hotel Ravikiran
- Ruturaj Inn
- Paradise Villas & Resort
- Dolphin House Beach Resorts
- Joglekar Cottage
- Hotel BigSplash
- Hotel Guruji
- Alibaug cottage
- Hotel Swaraj
- Hotel Chirag
- Prasanna hotel
- Paradise Villas & Resort
- Nivaant Holidays
- Orbit Adventure Resort
- Sai Inn Resort
Konkan Beaches, like the beach, are the new destinations for individuals seeking peace and solitude away from congesting lives in big towns. The air is free of pollution, there is adventure and food are just amazing. So, why not try Alibaug beach this holiday season? If you have any questions regarding alibaug tourism, feel free to comment below and we will reply back instantly.