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Alibag

Raigad , Maharashtra

Ask any Mumbaikar for a weekend picnic spot and prompt will be the answer- Alibag. A three hour drive from the city it is now used not only for outings but also for business conferences which need to be conducted in a much more amiable surrounding. Located at the southern tip of Mumbai lying right on the Arabian sea this place is famous for its clear waters, pristine beaches and the sense of utter joy every single time that you visit Alibag. Surrounded by water on all three sides, this place is very commonly known as the Goa of Maharashtra. The town and its bordering villages are the historic back-country of Bene Israeli Jews. Israel Ali is a Jewish synagogue of the town. Shivaji's naval chief Kanhoji Angre developed Alibag in the 17th century. It is not only a sun city but also an amazing weekend location. The city shot into prominence after Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj built the fort of Kulaba. Thus these are some of the famous places you could visit if you want to take a respite from the sea and sand. Lying in the lap of nature, Alibag truly manages to erase all the tension of the city from you the moment you enter it. Truly beautiful, it makes you forget all the urban stress and helps you unwind in the best way possible. Alibag is a tropical island with all trees and palm lacunae beaches. The various orchards and chikoo trees have made the place an unpolluted spot even though there are many tourists at all times of the year, It is particularly fantastic during the rainy season as you escape the muck of the city and are given a chance to truly enjoy the beauty of the monsoons. With rain washed trees and the smell of the wet earth, it will makes one yearn to stay here forever.

Distance / Time Current Temperature Mean Rainfall Altitude Population Best Times Min Hotel tariff
km / Hrs 32.0°C /90.0°F 188 mm 31feet 19491.0 /km2 Jan-Dec Coming Soon

Places of Interest


  • Khanderi Fort


    "Khanderi (Official name Kanhoji Angre Island, Old British name Kennery) is located 5 km off the coast of Maharashtra (off Thal, Kihim) and 20 km south of Mumbai. Khanderi, along with its sister fort Underi(Jaidurg) formed the major fortification along the Maharashtra coast, the former falling under Shivaji's control and the latter under his opponents, the Siddis.\nThe island consists of two high hills, once facing north and the other facing south. Initially, the islands of Underi and Khanderi were uninhabited. In 1679, Khanderi was occupied by the forces of Shivaji, who oversaw the building of the fortication walls.[1] Subsequently, Khanderi fort was built during the reign of the Maratha king Shivaji in 1660 CE[2] to keep a check on the Siddis at Murud-Janjira fort and was the site of many battles between Shivaji's forces and the navy of Sidi.[3] It contained two wells to supply water to the forces within, and a temple of Sri Betal.[4]\nThe fort was subsequently ceded in 1818 to the forces of the British East India company at Bombay as part of the Peshwa territory\nMost of the fort is still intact the most prominent structure being a lighthouse built by the British in June 1867 and the two storey building upon which the lighthouse is located.[5][6]\nThe fort is a restricted area, and falls under the jurisdiction of the Indian navy.\nAdditionally, the fort a few old metal canons, the tomb of Daud Pir,[7] a local saint and a musical stone which emits metallic musical notes when struck.[8]\nIn 1998, Khanderi island was renamed Kanhoji Angre Island in honour of the Maratha General Kanhoji Angre.\nIn September 2013, The Indian Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Shipping drew up plans to develop Khanderi island and it's octagonal light house as a tourism destination.[9]"

    Khanderi Fort

  • Kolaba Fort


    "Kolaba Fort (sometimes Kulaba Fort) is an old military fortification in India. It is situated in the sea at a distance of 1-2 km from the shores of Alibag, 35 km south of Mumbai, in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, India. It is a popular tourist destination and a protected monument.[1]The first mention of Kolaba fort is when it was chosen by Shivaji to be fortified after the whole of South Konkan came under his command. In 1662, he strengthened and fortified Kolaba fort to make it one of his chief naval stations. The command of the fort was given to Darya Sagar and Manik Bhandari under whom Kolaba fort became the centre of Maratha attacks on British ships. [2]\nIn 1713 under a treaty with Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath, Kolaba along with several other forts was given over to Kanhoji Angre. He used it as his main base from which to launch raids on British ships. In 1722, the Bombay Government incensed at Angre's activities, joined the Portuguese in an expedition against Kolaba. A Portuguese land force and three English ships of the line under Commodore Mathews co-operated but the attempt failed owing to the \"cowardice of the Portuguese\". About this time Kolaba is described by Hamilton as a fort built on a rock, a little way from the mainland and at high water an island.[2]"

    Kolaba Fort

  • Undheri Fort


    "At a distance of 300 meters from Khanderi is the fort of Undheri which is an island fort. It was built by Siddi Qasam in 1680. The fort changed hands from the Siddis, Peshwas, Angres and the British. The visitors can hire local thal fishing boats to visit the fort."

    Undheri Fort

  • Akshi Beach


    "Alibag, ( ????? : ?????? ????? ?????? ) is a coastal town and a municipal council in Raigad District in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, India. It is also the headquarters of the Raigad district. The original name of this place was Ramnath which is just adjacent to main city Alibag."

    Akshi Beach

  • Alibag Beach


    "Alibag, ( ????? : ?????? ????? ?????? ) is a coastal town and a municipal council in Raigad District in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, India. It is also the headquarters of the Raigad district. The original name of this place was Ramnath which is just adjacent to main city Alibag."

    Alibag Beach

  • Brahma Kund


    "Pronounced as 'Brahmkund', 'Brahm Kund' and 'Brahma Kund', the Brahma Kund at Sihor is a stepped tank surrounded by idols of Hindu deities. Brahma Kund exhibits some fine sculptures and architecture, located in Sihor city in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. There are a few places or monuments called 'Brahma Kund' across India but the Brahma Kund of Sihor is among few famous ones. There is Brahma Kund at Haridwar, Brahma Kund at Pushkar, Brahma Kund at Vrindavan, and a Brahma Kund in Assam, all located in India. The Brahma Kund at Sihor, a Kund (stepped tank) meticulously engineered and built covering a big area, is a historical place of significance. Immediate history suggests that King Siddhraj Jaisinh after the curse from Ranakdevi, happened to pass through this region. Siddharaj was believed to have been suffering from skin disease which he developed after curse by Ranakdevi to him.\nWhile the Brahma Kund falling on the route, he stopped by there along with his courtiers and a small battalion who were all on a tour of Saurashtra with Siddharaj. Thirsty he was, Siddharaj took a few sips of water from the Kund and he instantly experienced some changes on his skin. After drinking the water, he felt very pleased and relieved. Dumb struck by this miraculous experience, he thought to testify the water and wished to pour the water on some parts of his body, especially his infected skin which had frightened him as if it was leprosy.\nTwice the experience and after a few moments his party also followed Siddharaj. They all drank water from Brahm Kund and took a bath at Brahma Kund. All the others felt great and pleased by experiencing some unexplainable vibrations, while Siddharaj made sure, the space at this place and its water are abnormal and not comprehensible by timid souls such as mortal humans.\nHe decided to break his tour and arranged to stay at Sihor as his rationale was not allowing him to make an instant judgment. Following a few weeks, it became evident that what he felt and thought about the Brahma Kund and its water was correct. After some time during his stay in Sihor, his regular visits to Brahma Kund and using its water, he found to be recovering completely. Obliged by the blessings of this place and its miracle, he decided to refurbish the place and it's the Brahma Kund of today which boasts of a renewed architecture (during 12th Century) and unbroken faith."

    Brahma Kund

  • Kihim Beach


    "The Kihim Beach is situated at a distance of 12 km from Alibag. It is a secluded place. The beach is famous for thick cover of coconut trees. \nThe place is famous for variety of woods which serves as a cover. Nature lovers will be thrilled to visit the place for it provides sight of rare butterflies, birds and flowers. The most attractive part of the Kihim beach is that the place is not entirely discovered and unpolluted. The environment is very attractive. Kihim Beach is the best place for day trippers and weekenders as well. \nAn unconventional 'Tent Holiday' with all modern facilities attached can be seen at Kihim."

    Kihim Beach

  • Nagaon Beach


    "Around 7 km away from Alibag is the unique Nagaon beach. It is famous for coconuts and betel nuts. The visitors are attracted by the loving area of the tiding Arabian sea. The area is not only charming but also breathtaking. \nA famous song 'Sagar Kinare Dil Ye Pukare' from the film Sagar was shot on this beach. The description in the song fits the beauty of the place. The place is famous for clean and serene beaches. \nBeautiful and long stretch of calm water the beach is covered with suru trees. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of water sports including parasailing, banana boat and Jet-Ski rides."

    Nagaon Beach

  • Versoli Beach


    "On the outskirts of Alibag is Versoli Beach. The beach is a quiet one. The sand on the beach is white and the sea water is clean and clear. The beach is not visited by many tourists. It houses a very large naval base. \nVarsoli is a tiny satellite village. The vegetation of this hamlet is complete with coconut and Casuarina."

    Versoli Beach

  • Kanakeshwar Forest


    "Kanakeshwar, on the Konkan coast near Alibag, is a popular place, famous for its cool climate and the old temple of Lord Shiva. The temple is situated on a small hill near the village of Mapgaon which is almost 12 km from Alibag. The hill is almost 1200 feet high and one has to climb 700 - 750 steps to reach the temple.\nIn the mid of the hill one can see \"Nagobacha Tappa\" (a Place of Snakes) and the famous step called \"Devachi Payari\" named because, it is said, God himself stepped here after the construction of the temple and the steps. The temple of Kanakeshwar is very beautiful; it is a Hoysala style structure built in 1764. A water tank, called a \"Pushkarni\", has water almost throughout the year.\nThe hill and the surroundings are good to visit. One can see the hilly region and the forest on the hill. The other places to see near Kanakeshwar are the Maruti Temple, Gaymandi (Sculpture of a Cow), Temple of Devi Putrabai, Gaymukh and the plateau of Vyaghreshwar (a small temple of Lord Shiva), etc.\nKanakeshwar is a place to feel the jungle and silence of the jungle and hills. If you want to see the beauty of the Arabian sea and the fort of Khandvi as well as the entire hilly region, then Kanakeshwar is the place to visit and rest for 2-3 days"

    Kanakeshwar Forest

  • Kanakeshwar Devasthan Temple


    "Kanakeshwar, on the Konkan coast near Alibag, is a popular place, famous for its cool climate and the old temple of Lord Shiva. The temple is situated on a small hill near the village of Mapgaon which is almost 12 km from Alibag. The hill is almost 1200 feet high and one has to climb 700 - 750 steps to reach the temple.\nIn the mid of the hill one can see \"Nagobacha Tappa\" (a Place of Snakes) and the famous step called \"Devachi Payari\" named because, it is said, God himself stepped here after the construction of the temple and the steps. The temple of Kanakeshwar is very beautiful; it is a Hoysala style structure built in 1764. A water tank, called a \"Pushkarni\", has water almost throughout the year.\nThe hill and the surroundings are good to visit. One can see the hilly region and the forest on the hill. The other places to see near Kanakeshwar are the Maruti Temple, Gaymandi (Sculpture of a Cow), Temple of Devi Putrabai, Gaymukh and the plateau of Vyaghreshwar (a small temple of Lord Shiva), etc.\nKanakeshwar is a place to feel the jungle and silence of the jungle and hills. If you want to see the beauty of the Arabian sea and the fort of Khandvi as well as the entire hilly region, then Kanakeshwar is the place to visit and rest for 2-3 days."

    Kanakeshwar Devasthan Temple

  • Mandwa beach


    "Alibag, ( ????? : ?????? ????? ?????? ) is a coastal town and a municipal council in Raigad District in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, India. It is also the headquarters of the Raigad district. The original name of this place was Ramnath which is just adjacent to main city Alibag."

    Mandwa beach

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