There is only one cure for monotony, boredom and downright sadness and that is the sun, sand and the sea! If you are a lover of solitude, peace and calmness then Alibaug Beaches will do perfect justice to your wanderlust. A laidback and placid town located on the Konkan Coastline off the state of Maharashtra. The lovely and virgin beaches of Alibaug are well known for lending a stunning, unspoiled beauty to the region. There is also a historic fort right off the coastline of Alibaug, which is now in ruins but still enchants visitors with its beauty.
A popular weekend destination around Mumbai as well as Pune, Alibaug is a quiet seaside hamlet that is scenically dotted with forests and lush plantations of coconuts, jackfruits, mangoes and other coastal fruits and vegetables. A perfect place for a vacation with friends, family, and colleagues or just by yourself; beaches of Alibaug will surely cast their spell over you no matter where you are from!
The best way to reach Alibaug is to take a jetty in from the Gateway of India to Mandwa port and a short rickshaw ride to the rest of the Alibaug beaches. Almost 300 years old, the beachside town has enjoyed a steady stream of tourists but still managed to keep its charming beaches free from hands of modernization and concrete.
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One of the most popular beaches on the Alibaug coastline, Nagaon Beach is famous amongst tourists for its clean and uncluttered sands and surf. The clean sands and undeterred coastline as well as proximity to other beaches like Akshi make it a preferred choice of residence for most.
The beach is also well known for various water sports activities that are conducted here. A walk through the coconut and betel nut plantations will surely refresh you to no end and provide that perfect respite from hustle and bustle of everyday life!
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The beach of the namesake of the Alibaug coast, Alibaug beach is one of the most popular beaches with the sight of Colaba Fort providing the perfect view. A short boat ride from the beach will take you to the popular fort which has been the sight of many skirmishes in history. The bastion was also the sight of the headquarters of the Maratha Army. While here, you can also visit the Ganpati Temple, which is almost 400 years old.
Popular amongst locals as well as tourists, the Alibaug beach has remained popular for past many years for its clean coastline with a touch of history!
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A popular beach in Alibaug, Mandwa Beach is also one of the most common weekend getaway destinations around Mumbai due to the ferry service that runs between gateway of India and Mandawa Port. Located close to the beaches of Alibaug and Kihim, it comes forth as a destination abundant with solace and peace, those two diamonds so hard to find in the city life. The beach is a huge expanse of virgin, white sands shielded by the calming shade of the coconut palms and fronds dancing in the breeze. The Mandwa village too has its own charm of being a hamlet that is adorned in the simple pleasures of a laidback and idyllic lifestyle. There are also various tiny farms and sprawling plantations of bananas, mangoes and coconut that keep you company when you amble along the countryside. Mandwa can be easily reached from the nearby beaches by a rickshaw or in a private vehicle.
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A beach town located along the shores of the Arabian Sea, Kashid is located in the Northern Konkan Region of Maharashtra. Located approximately 30km away from Alibag this is an unspoiled beach that treats visitors with the unparalleled vistas of the horizon and azure waters. A beautiful symphony of colours; the blue waters, the lush green fields, white sands and merry silver rivulets are all the blessings you can enjoy when you visit this paradisiacal beach.
The 3km long coastline is cossetted between two sturdy outcrops of rocky hills and bracketed by groves of casuarina trees on either side. During the weekends, the beach is secluded from the visitors and is uncluttered. On this gorgeous beach which has stunning waves of epic proportions that are perfect for surfing and other water related adventure sports.
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A beautiful vantage point to the unconquered fort of Murud- Zanjira, the Murud Beach is a serene and peaceful retreat located along the coast of Rajapuri. A number of hotels, resorts and homestays dot the area around Murud that is peaceful to the extent of seeming unpopulated. The sea floor is relatively smoother and easier to swim or play in. It is also very safe for kids in terms of the dynamics of the waves and ocean movements.
You can also indulge in various sports like paragliding or para-sailing or just stroll in the fine sands to feel the sand between your toes. From Murud, it is a short ferry ride to the fort of Murud-Zanjira, which has remained unconquered despite repeated attempts by the Dutch, Britishers, Maratha and other armies.
The beach of Rewas is mainly popular for the jetty services that are operated between the port and Mumbai. Along with the Mandwa Jetty, Rewas is another popular beach from where you can play between Alibaug and Mumbai. If you love biking, then there is good news; there is a facility of carrying a two wheeler on the ferry for a nominal charge. The beach of Rewas being relatively cut off from the crowds enjoys a pleasant and tranquil climate throughout the year.
There are a number of resorts and hotels in and around Rewas where you can enjoy a fun filled day out with family and friends or a chilled out trip with just your buddies by your side. A stunning experience to remember lifelong is that while you are on the jetty between Rewas and Alibaug, you can enjoy unparalleled views of the Uran beach right from the middle of the water.
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A calm peaceful shoreline with alternating stretches of white and dark sands, Korlai lies along a quiet extent of the Arabian Sea. Adjoining the Korlai Beach is a town of Korlai Creole Portuguese-speaking Indians, who are the original natives of the land. A bridge adjoining the beach directly leads to the Korlai Fort, which is located inside of the ocean. The fort is joined to the terra by a land strip that passes through the Korlai bastions through the Korlai Village.
It is estimated that the fort was constructed by the Portuguese in 1521. The main entrance of the fort has an engraving which stands to mean ‘no entry without a battle’. The fortification has seven doors, a sweet water well, a church that is lying in disuse, a Hindu temple and a lighthouse which is still utilized for route. The existence of all these historic structures alludes to the fact that the area was indeed one of immense importance to all the armies.
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A relatively unknown beach, Kasim lies on the relatively unexplored part on the Alibaug coastline. The beach is unexplored and offbeat which makes it perfect for all those solace seekers. The Kasim beach spreads across as far as the eye can see and the sands look so inviting that you would wish to just settle down at this beautiful destination!
The unexplored nature of this destination makes it an ideal getaway for the bohemian traveller, as well as backpackers who just want to chill out in the company of nature.
Serving as a naval base of the Indian Navy, a visit to Varsoli beach is certainly worlds away from anything you have ever experienced until now. Located at a distance of approximately 3km from the main Alibaug Bus Depot, it is a popular tourist destination that is blessed with bountiful natural sights. The beach is dotted with a few rocky stretches which make it an ideal destination for water sports in Alibaug.
The rows of casuarina trees dotting the shore looks like a picture out of a storybook. The beach is also famous for adventures such as Banana Boat Rides, Parasailing, water jets etc. It is the perfect destination for all those looking to pepper up their travels with some adrenaline pumping activities.
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If a clean and clutter free beach is what you are looking for on your next holiday, then Akshi beach calls out to you! One of the most secluded beaches, it lies between Nagaon and Alibag beaches and does not see much inflow of tourists due to its location and seclusion. Populated by the localas, it is one of the places where you can see the local lives of the residents come alive in all their colours and beauty!
The best way to experience the charm of Akshi beach is to stay in one of the beach fron cottages or homestays. Who doesn’t love waking up to the sound of seagulls and the whoosh of casuarina groves and Coconut Palms!
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A rocky beach of immense beauty, Kihim is known to delight visitors with it sands and surf for the past many years. The climate of Kihim village and beach is mainly tropical with heavy rainfall during the Monsoons. You can easily reach Kihim Beach from Alibaug as it is located just 12km away between Alibaug and Mandwa beaches. Deemed as a bird watcher’s paradise, Kihim still sees a healthy inflow of migratory birds due to the dense cover of trees and forests. The combination of warm sands, rocky outcrops and rare seashells has been known to have a soothing effect on visitors!
If you are more of the adventurous kind, you can also enjoy a tented holiday sojourn right on the shores of Kihim. A walk in the woods across the beach is highly recommended if you want to see rare birds and butterflies flit by. You can also take a short trip to Kihim Pond, Kanakeshwar Temple or Karmarkar Museum.
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A relatively lesser known Alibaug Beach, Saswane lies on the continuing coastline of Awas and Alibaug. The village adjoining the beach is a largely residential with a few bungalows that directly face the seaside. The laidback town of fishermen and farmers is sure to lull you into a deep sense of calmness and solitude; the blessings of being in Alibaug!
The beach being close to the Mandwa Jetty, is a popular weekend getaway destination for travellers from Pune as well as Mumbai. The waves on the beach being relatively and the ocean floor being a flat and rarely undulating surface, it is a safe beach to indulge in water sports or activities like swimming even for kids.
If you long to explore the true nature of the Alibaug coasts, then Revdanda is the undisputed choice for you. Revdanda Beach is also famous for the Revdanda fort which is located off the beach, and can be accessed easily. The fortress holds a great importance in history as this was the place where St. Francis Xavier delivered his first sermon in India.
The chapel still exists on the fort and the ruins tella story of an era long bygone. Revdanda was also the place where the first Russian traveller landed in India and a monument hold testimony to the fact. This great historical place is also significant to the Jews in the area.