Every bustling city needs an oasis of calm just around it to sheild you from the humdrum and maddening pace of every day life. Alibaug provides just the perfect home away from home for a lot of citizens of buzzing Mumbai. Accessible by a simple ferry ride all through the year except the monsoons, Alibaug is the no stress zone that will add life and freshness to your days. During the monsoons, it would take a three hour drive from Mumbai to get to Alibaug.
The best part of a regular visit to Alibaug is the spectacular journey to it by a ferry from the Gateway of India situated in Mumbai. This trip takes just under an hour and leaves you off at Mandwa jetty. And here begins a stretch of stunning silver sands that stretch almost twelve kilometers long. And for once the trip to your destination will not stress you out but in fact just serve to invigorate you.
Alibaug is a sleepy little town made up of a large number of beaches and little hamlets all a few kilometers away from each other. You can choose to stay at any of the resorts there or rent out bungalows which available on a daily basis. Here is a low down of the beaches of Alibaug and what makes them special.
The Alibaug beach itself is a small walk from the Alibaug bus depot. This charming beach is a sight for sore eyes, with its proud coconut trees swaying in the breeze and the great sea glistening in the light of the gorgeous blue skies above. Those who like a hint of adventure can wade out to the Kulaba fort, 1- 2 km off the shore of this marvelous beach. You can do this only during low tide because during high tide, you can only access this fort by boat. Do keep this in mind when you plan the time you visit this fort, and also make sure that you return back to shore before the low tide runs out.
is a mere 5 km from Alibaug on the Alibaug -Revdanda road and will take you about 15 minutes to get there by bus. A quiet fishing village with quaint houses built right in the calming shade of the coconut grove, it is a great throw back to a quiet and peaceful time and you automatically breathe easier and just leave your worries behind. This is a quiet beach frequented only by the locals. For those who are inclined towards local literature, it might interest you to check out an old epigraph that dates back to 1012 AD.
is situated 7 km from Alibaug and its picturesque beach is just what you need to revive your battered senses. This fishing village is not very touristy, so you can expect some solitude and plenty of fascinating sights to take in.
is one of the best known of the beaches in and around Alibaug. It is the best developed of them all but still retains its rustic flavour. Cool off in the sea and spend a night underneath the stars on the golden sand beach of Kihim beach in the MTDC resort tents. You can alternatively hire cottages or bungalows. It is a wonderful beach with the right mix of beauty and development, solitude and activity. An ideal place for picnickers…and a lot of them have realized this, so for those who want a quiet time, it would be advisable to stay away on week ends. An aspect of this beautiful beach that is however still unknown would thrill adventure seekers and nature lovers. The woods in Kihim beach are home to a plethora of unique butterflies, birds and flora. Kihim is so easily accessible, and so beautiful that it is the ideal getaway for a little “me” or “us” time with a variety of experiences to offer.
is located 25 km from Alibaug and besides being a very attractive beach; it has several historic monuments such as Buddhist caves, Portuguese ruins, a Hamam Khana and a range of places of worship including a church, a temple and even a synagogue.
is an absolutely mesmerizing beach almost 30 km away from Alibaug which will leave such a lasting impression that you will long to go back there again and again. With emerald green forest covered hillocks on one side and the most beautifully quiet silver sand beach on the other, Kashid is a must visit. It is great way to get away from the relatively touristy shores of Alibaug proper. A number of resorts and cottages are available for stay. Let’s hope that this haven of calm, beauty and heavenliness remains undisturbed for many centuries to come.
From Kashid you can venture towards the sea fort of Murud Janjira where you will treated to countless postcard perfect sunsets with the awe inspiring fort in the background and romantic little sailboats flitting across the horizon. Images that will last a lifetime are what you can be promised at Murud Janjira.
20 km north of Alibaug is Mandwa which is the jetty that the ferry to and from Mumbai will land. This stretch of the beach has a line of magnificent bungalows all owned by the glitterati of Mumbai. Mandwa is a lovely beach to live on if you can get a hold of one of these bungalows.
A few other noteworthy beaches on this incredibly lovely stretch of sand and sea include Awas (16 km ), Saswane (18 km), and Rewas (24 km ). So pack your bags for a lazy week end that will give you a fresh lease of life and memories that will last forever.
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