Often known as the Hamptons of Mumbai, Alibag is one of the city’s most popular weekend getaways—literally a 20-minute ferry-ride away. Hop onto a ferry or catamaran from the jetty at Gateway of India, and alight at the Mandwa jetty
From there, an auto rickshaw will take you to the beautiful coastal town of Alibag.The beaches at Alibag are pristine, sprawling and great to swim at. It’s an island with multiple beaches, and most beaches are lined with resorts and hotels, which are at capacity almost all year round. Something many tourists opt to do in Alibag is set up a hammock between two palm trees on the beach, and settle down in it with a good book or for a nap. Standing at the shore with the breeze blowing in your hair and the water tickling you feet, Alibag is sure to capture your heart and holidays.It goes without saying that most of your time in Alibag should be spent on the many beaches this island has to offer. Make sand castles, play Frisbee with your friends, swim in the water or simply lie back and relax—the beach is your oyster.Alibag is also well known for its fort, known as Kolaba Fort, built by Chatrapati Shivaji to protect his kingdom against the Siddis of Janjira and the British. Kolaba is the original name of Alibag. Located right near the sea, the views from the top are breathtaking.For those religiously inclined, there are a number of temples and even a synagogue that you can visit. The temples are on a certain height above sea level, so you’ll need to trek up to them, which is an experience in itself. There are a couple of islands around Alibag as well, which are a regular or speed boat ride away. It gives you a change of scene with all the same benefits. But the idea of being in Alibag is to relax and let your city stress wash away.Auto rickshaws are readily available anywhere in Alibag. However, the most convenient way to roam around Alibag is having your own vehicle or a car at your disposal so that you can go from one beach and site to another, without any stress.Keep your eyes peeled for tide warnings. Not all beaches have lifeguards and the sea can be dangerous during low tides as the waters pull away from the beach with a gradual but powerful movement
Alibag is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Mumbai at a distance of 48kms.
There is no regular trains to Alibag from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Murud which is located at a distance of 40kms.
Railway Station(s): Murud