An idyllic town, on the western coast of India, Alibag is a wonderful place to take a relaxed vacation, with nothing on your mind. With it's candid tranquility, simple rustic beauty, palm swaying, enchanting, enthralling beaches, miles of seductive sand and hours of shushing waves, would definitely be music to your ears. While the hill range of the Western Ghats, adds a unique character of greenery ,to the blue of the ocean, the beaches, temples, forts and the slow pace of village life of this Konkan beachside resort, is sure to mesmerise you completely. As you enjoy the cool, breezy sea cruise, you will realise how easy it is to forget the noisy, polluted, and fast life of Mumbai and gradually sink into the paradise you have been longing for years.
Earlier known as Colaba, on the shores, were many bags (gardens) owned by a certain rich man, whose name is said to have been Ali. Alibag was named after him and his gardens. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, on the shore, built the Colaba fort in 1652, to check the British from Bombay, an example of his military foresight. Kanhoji Angre, the great Maratha admiral, established the township towards the end of the 17th century. The main village at that time, was today's Ramnath. Kanhoji Angre even issued a silver coin called the Alibagi rupaiya. Alibag saw three major wars in 1706, 1722 and 1730. In 1706 Kanhoji Angre defeated the Siddhi of Janjira. In 1722, the British and Portuguese attacked the fort jointly, but were defeated. In 1730 the British and the Marathas fought at Chaul. Angre defeated the British and brought the captain to the fort. Sakhoji created history, by defeating the combined might of the British, the Portuguese and the Siddhi.
Culture - Climate & Geographical Location -
Alibag has a calm and pleasant climate throughout the year. Surrounded by the sea on three sides, Alibag lies in the Konkan region in Raigadh district. 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.
T O U R I S T P L A C E S :Murud - Janjira - Murud, is today popular, for is alluring beaches, coconut and betel palms, and an ancient Fort. A sleepy coastal town with neat Indo-Gothic buildings and meandering pathways, Murud-Janjira is a picture post card,perfect beach with the promise of lazy, sunny afternoons and cool dips in the clean sea. From the main strand, one can see the broken fortifications of the Kasa fort in the middle of the sea. Even as you amble, drive, swim, walk towards Rajpuri, 4kms south from the main Murud town, you catch sight of the dark edifice of the 300 year old Janjira fort, still withstanding the surge and retreat of the Arabian sea. The only fort in Maharashtra that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj could not conquer, Janjira inspires awe and admiration and is an architectural marvel. Just a few Kms away are two unspoilt beaches Nandgaon and Kashid. The nearest railway station is Panvel.
Nagaon Beach - Nearly 7 km away from Alibag, the Nagaon beach, lies between Alibag and Revdanda. The beach is lined with cypress and is clean and beautiful.
Kihim - Kihim lies at an equidistance from Mandwa jetty and Alibag ,at 13 km. You can see the Khanderi fort from Kihim beach, but getting there is very costly and not that easy, as there are no means of transport for reaching it. One can hire a boat to get there, but the cost is a stiff Rs 1,000 for a round trip, for a group of up to 10 people. The beach itself is clean and empty, much better than the one at Alibag. Since it is closer to Alibag, one can stay in Alibag and swim here instead. As there are no lifeguards, it is better not to venture into deep waters, unless one is a good swimmer. But if one wishes to stay at Kihim, one can enjoy the comforts of an unusual tent holiday organized by MTDC. The nearest railway station is Panvel 85km. By road Kihim is 136km from Mumbai.