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Alibag or Alibaug is a popular town cum tourist destination located in Maharashtra. The scenic beauty of the place has also earned it a title of ‘mini-Goa’. Serene beaches, ancient temples, and historic forts make the town one of the most visited places by tourists in Maharashtra. Alibaug is a coastal settlement and headquarters of the Raigad district.  

History of Alibaug

Historically the place was inhabited by Bene Israeli Jews. Legends have it that a Bene Israeli named Ali was a rich man who resided here and he had many coconut and mango gardens. Due to this, the locals started calling him ‘Alichi bagh’ or ‘Alibaug’ which meant Ali’s gardens, and this is how the place got named.  

Besides being a tourist hotspot, Alibaug is also known to be home to the magnetic observatory that was established in 1904. The observatory is operated by the Indian Institute of Geomagnetism for study and research and development of geomagnetic fields.     

Major Attractions in and Around Alibaug 

Vikram Vinayak Temple. The temple is located 20km away from Alibaug. Vikram Vinayak temple has idols of different gods and goddesses such as Lord Surya (Sun God), Goddess Durga, Radha-Krishna, and Shiva-Parvati.    

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Kolaba Fort. The fort was built by Shivaji Maharaj in the 16th century as a naval military base. Kolaba fort is surrounded by water on all sides and one may reach the fort on foot during low tides and by boats during high tides. The fort has two entrances out of which one opens into the sea while the other towards the shore of Alibaug.   

Nagaon Beach. Surrounded by tall Suru trees, the beach attracts tourists from across the country for its picturesque views, golden sand, calm shores, and numerous water sports. Located 9km away from Alibaug, Nagaon beach is also known for coconut and betel nut trees.  

Murud Janjira Fort. This mighty fort constructed on an island is located 55km away from Alibaug. The fort is also known to be an unconquered fort in India, which even the Britishers and Portuguese failed to capture. The 3 cannons are still the major attractions of Janjira fort and are called Kalal Bangadi, Landa Kasam, and Chavri.    

Kihim Beach. It is a popular picnic spot for locals and tourists alike. People often visit the beach to witness the tranquil ambiance and relax. Nature lovers and photographers clicking pictures of the surreal views around the beach is a common sight.  

Things to do in Alibaug 

Visit Raigadhi Bazaar. The market is located just 1 km away from Alibaug beach. Clothes, accessories and handicraft items are major attractions of this market. Tourists often visit the market to purchase these handmade craft items and clothes.    

Enjoy Water Sports in Alibaug. Alibaug beach is a heaven for adventure lovers. Numerous water sports such as parasailing, jet-skiing, banana boat ride, scuba diving, sea kayaking, and speed boat ride are available here. People can enjoy these fun water activities at a very nominal price. 

Best Time to Visit Alibaug 

Months between November and July are great to visit the place because the climate is very pleasant during this time. If you are considering the months between August and October to visit this beautiful destination then you have to deal with humidity because of monsoon.    

How to Reach Alibaug 

By Road. Tourists arriving at Alibaug from different cities of India may either travel via inter-state tourist bus or may drive to the town in their personal vehicle. In both cases, one is required to cover nearly 1,400, 120, 2,200, and 980 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. 

By Rail. Panvel and Roha are the two nearest railway stations to reach Alibaug. From these two stations, one is required to cover approx. 60 and 50 km respectively to reach their desired location in the town. One can take a taxi or a bus from the railway station to cover this distance. Mandovi Express, Konkan Kanya Express, and Mumbai Express are a few trains that one may consider if planning to travel by train.   

By Air. Mumbai airport is the nearest airport to reach Alibaug. Flights from all parts of the country arrive here hence traveling by air can be considered if the budget is not a constraint. From the airport, tourists may take a taxi or a bus to reach the town which is 100km away.   

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