(Last Updated on : 16/10/2014)
beach is situated in the Indian state of Maharashtra
, in the Raigad district, and serves as a refreshing tourist spot, visited by a plethora of tourists. Apart from the invigorating environs and serene beauty of the place, the beach also has a historical significance. Owing to the proximity of Alibaug beach to Pune
it welcomes huge crowd during festivities, weekends and holidays. The beach is nestled in the tranquil palm groves and the place is often referred as Goa
of Maharashtra state as the town is encased by sea from three sides.
The picturesque beach is endowed with black sands and crystal clear waters. Visitors arrive in groups with friends or families or sometimes alone to cherish the serenity of this peaceful beach. The sparkling water of the beach stretches till the horizon and the coconut trees swaying along the beach creates a mesmerizing vista. Some of the enjoyable activities on Alibaug beach are sunbathing, long walks along the sea shore and riding in the six seated horse driven buggies. The beach however does not provide any water sports facilities like snorkelling
, scuba diving or boating. The beach is quite safe for swimming at high tide, but during low tide one needs to be cautious as the place does not have any lifeguards.
Climate of Alibaug Beach
Alibaug beach is best visited between the months of November and February as during this time the weather remains very pleasant and cool. The temperature rises from March onwards and the month of June brings the monsoon.
Nearby Attractions of Alibaug Beach
Being established in the 17th century, the beach has a number of churches, temples, synagogues and ancient forts, many of which still have not been explored fully. Among all, Kolaba Fort
forms a major attraction which is surrounded by the sea most of the time. However during low tide, the visitors can walk up to the fort or reach it through a horse pulled cart. A boat can also be availed otherwise. Another tourist attraction is the Kanakeshwar Temple which stands over a hill near the beach. Climbing 700 steps to the top of the hill is rewarded with a spectacular view of the colourful assemblage of smaller temples and miniature god statues. There are many other beaches nearby that can also be explored including Nagaon, Akshi, Mandwa, Sasavne, Awas, Kihim and Versoli.
Alibaug beach lies at a distance of about 110 kilometres towards the south of Mumbai city and one kilometre away from the Alibaug bus stand. From the Gateway of India
it can be reached through private boat or ferry which takes the visitors up to Mandawa Jetty in about an hour. Another 30 to 45 minutes journey through bus or auto rickshaw takes the visitors to the beach. Roadways can also be availed from Mumbai. The Mumbai-Goa Highway (NH-17) is convenient to reach in around three hours.