Top things to do in Alibaug
- At low tide, walk out to the Kolaba Fort, 2km into the sea. Built in 1680 by Shivaji Maharaj, the fort has played a part in many battles against Siddis, the British and Portuguese. In the middle of the fort is an old sweet water well, and there are also temples and fortifications to be seen.
- Go for a swim at the beach. Alibaug Beach is the main beach in town, but the water sports and tourist attractions can be found at Nagaon. From Nagaon you can also access Khanderi and Undheri forts.
- For a more secluded swim time, head over to Ashki or Kihim beach. Nature lovers and bird watchers should head to Ashki, which is 6km out of Alibaug, and is the site of many TV commercials. Situated 12km from Alibaug, Kahim beach is the place to spend some quiet time under a coconut tree.
- Visit the Israel Ali synagogue in the town centre of Alibaug.
- Trek the 700 steps up the hill to the Kanakeshwar Temple. The pain will be worth it when you see the stunning views.
- Eat some ‘Khandale Kande,’ a white onion famous throughout India for its ayuverdic – or medicinal – traits. It is especially good for eating in the hot summer months.
- Try the fresh seafood. Pomfret, prawns and lobster are all caught along this coastline.
- Catch a ferry to Mumbai to see the fabulous Gateway of India from the sea. It’s only an hour from Alibaug.
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Located just south of Mumbai, Alibaug is a coastal city known as a playground for the rich and famous. Residents of Pune and Mumbai visit Alibaug as a weekend getaway and many Bollywood stars own beach bungalows here and in the surrounding areas.
Alibaug in situated on the Arabian Sea in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, which is renowned for its wonderful hospitality and excellent seafood.
Owing to its great weather, pristine beaches and its accessibility from Pune and Mumbai, Alibaug has become a favourite setting for business conferences and meetings.
Established in the 17th century by a naval chief, Alibaug is not just a beach resort; it has a rich history and many interesting sights to see. The town itself gets it name from a prominent Bene Israelite named Ali who lived in the area and grew mango and coconut trees in his garden, which prompted the locals to call the area Alibaug, meaning Ali’s garden.
Alibaug and the Konkan region was home to a group of Jewish people, known as Bene Israel, from the 2nd century, when they came to India to escape persecution in Galilee, until the 19th century, when they migrated to cities such as Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad. Alibaug still has a synagogue.
When to go:
Alibaug is at its best – and most peaceful - from November to February, when the weather is a bit cooler. It can become very hot in April and May and is busy with school children on summer holidays.