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Alibag – City of Peace in Maharashtra, India

Altitude : Sea Level
Temperature : Max 36, Min 14 degree C
Best time to visit: Any time of the year
3 hours from Mumbai, famous for its beaches and the homes of the rich and famous
Features : Beaches & more beaches

Alibag (also called Alibagh or Alibaugh) is an idyllic, peaceful town on the western coast of India (which is known as the Konkan region). It lies on almost the same latitude as the southern tip of Mumbai and is very close to this tip across the narrow strip of the Arabian Sea, conquerable by a ferry. Alibag is a place that any Mumbai dweller can think of going when he / she wants to make a getaway (same with people from Pune). Its nearness and lush tropical beauty make Alibag very attractive for those seeking a break from frenetic city life, and causes an increasing number of people to make this trip. Palm fringed beaches, lush mango orchards, chikoo-wadis and paddy fields make Alibag a pleasantly verdant and unpolluted retreat, especially with a number of beaches. Alibag is particularly beautiful during the monsoons, with rain washed trees and the goodly smell of wet earth making you wish you could stay here forever. For those on their honeymoon, nothing can be more romantic than Alibag in the rains.

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Alibag has a beach in the city as well as there are nearabout 9 beaches around the city. Like other beaches on the Konkan coast, Alibag too has a historic fort, the Kulaba Fort, which is just off the main seashore. The fort can be visited during low tide when the waters have receded. Alibag is not only a city of sun, or beaches it is also said to be the one of most amazingly budgeted place. Alibag used to be the headquarters the great Maratha Admiral, Kanhoji Angre and has the famous Kolaba fort in the sea. Kanhoji Angre created the town of Alibag towards end of 17th century. Legend has it that a wealthy Muslim named Ali Owned many plantations, which gave the town the name Alibag.
By road, the trip is longer, with the trip being a three-hour drive from Mumbai as the route winds north from the Mumbai peninsula to Navi Mumbai and then curves and moves south along the mainland coast. The hill range of the Western Ghats line the other side of the city giving it a unique character of greenery and the blue of the ocean. It’s a wonderful place to take a relaxed vacation with nothing on your mind. Alibag is a place for a vacation. An unhurried pace of life is a small town with a beautiful beach and the green hills on the other side, free of pollution and noise.
Some of the attributes that make Alibag a beautiful place are:
Eye soothing greenery with many coconut trees standing in queue
Old huge houses as the remains of the history, and excellent pieces of architecture
Historically important places
Pleasant atmosphere, accompanied by the twitter of birds, the mysterious sounds of waves

Places to see:

Mandwa & Kihim: Mandwa is a beautiful, untrodden beach. On a clear day one can enjoy a long, breathtaking view across the bay, up to the Gateway of India. Mandwa village too, has a charm of its own — with its beautiful groves of coconut palms. You can plan an unusual tent holiday nearby at Kihim. Unspoilt and isolated, this beautiful place has a soothing effect on all city dwellers. For the nature lover, Kihim has a lot to offer: woods brimming with wild flowers and rare butterflies and birds.

Chaul: 15 kms from Alibag. A historic place with Portuguese ruins, Buddhist Caves, the Hamam Khana, a church, a temple and a synagogue.

Alibag beach : It is the main beach of the town. One can see the Kolaba fort from here. It is about 15 -20 minutes walk from Akshay Bungalow.

Nagaon beach : It is situated about 7 km away from Alibag. On the way to Nagaon you’ll come across many ‘Wadis’ – Indian style farm houses with personal coconut and beetle nut gardens.

Kashid Beach : It is situated about 32 km away from Alibag, on the Alibag-Murud highway, it is one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches.

Plus, you can do trekking nearby and have a great time. And if you are fond of sea food, then you cannot find a better place varieties in sea food, such as Pamphret, Prawns, Ravas, Crabs, Lobsters, Bombay ducks etc. which are fresh delicious and cheap.

Places to stay:
Big Splash
Hotel Ravikiran
Kashid Beach Resort
Prakruti Resorts
Sand Piper Resort
Sunglow Resorts
Private Bungalow
Tropicana Resort
Akshay Bungalow
Golden Swan Beach Resort
Sun n Sea Beach Resort
Hotel Sea View
Guruji Holiday Resort
Mauli Resort
Jogalekar Cottage
Hampton Cottage
Hotel Sahyadri
Kaivalya Farms
Ghanvatkar Bungalow
Hotel Meera Madhav
Radisson Alibaug
Sandtop Hill Resort

External articles:
1. Photos of Alibagh Fort along with post (link)
2. Trip to the Fort from Mumbai (link)
3. View of Sarjekot Fort (link)
4. Photo of a beach in Alibag (link)
5. Trip to Alibag and Murud (link)
6. Trip to Alibag (link)
7. Bike trip to Alibag (link)
8. Photos of sunset at Alibag (link)
9. Photos of Alibag and beach (link)
10. Bhuvaneshvar Mandir In Alibag (link)
11. Photos of Alibag and Kashid (link)
12. Post about trek (link)
13. Photo of canons at the Kolaba fort (link)
14. Dabbas, Alibaug and Blogposts (link)

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