Alibaug is a beautiful town situated at the coast of Raigad district. In ancient times, this city was known as the ancient city of Ramnath. Sarkhel Kanhoji Aangre was the man responsible for the development of Alibaug. Kanhoji was the naval chief of Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhosle. Alibaug flourished under his guidance.
How Ramnath became Alibaug?
A rich Israeli named Ali lived in Ramnath. He owned the majority of the tree plantations. Locals called the region “Alicha Bagh” which means “Gardens of Ali”. Later the name Alicha Bagh became Alibaug.
Alibaug – A great weekend destination
Alibaug is situated close to Mumbai. It is the most preferred vacation point for many Mumbaikars. A good number of people visit Alibaug during weekends. Visitors consider it a great place to unwind themselves and take a break from their hectic lifestyle.
How to reach Alibaug:
By Boat –
It is the best way to reach Alibaug. You can reach Alibaug within 2 hours by getting a ferry ride from the Gateway of India. If you are traveling between May-October these ferries are suspended due to rain.
By Bus –
You can get a bus to Alibaug from any major town in Maharashtra. If you are not from Mumbai you are offered with a wide range of MSRTC options at the Mumbai Central Bus Station.
By Road –
If you are travelling from Mumbai then you can use the same route that is used to reach Goa. This is the reason often people on a road trip to Goa also include Alibaug into their trip. You can use the NH17 (Mumbai-Goa-Ernakulam National Highway) to reach Alibaug from Mumbai. When you reach Wadkhal naka continue to drive straight (left turn will take you to Goa). Alibaug is just 22 Km from Wadkhal naka.
If you are from Pune you can use the Mumbai-Pune Expressway via Khopoli exit to reach Alibaug.
By Train –
Alibaug doesn’t have a dedicated train station. You can reach Alibaug through Roha railway stations (50 km) or Panvel railway stations (80 km).
Tourist Locations in Alibaug:
Alibaug beach – It is the only beach in Alibaug. This beach is known for its long sea shore which makes it perfect for long walks and beach events.
Khanderi & Underi Islands – These particular islands were developed by the great Shivaji Maharaj. It is also recommended to check out the fort in this island but the most popular structure from this region is the lighthouse which was built in 1837.
Alibaug Fort – This fort was built by Shivaji to strengthen his naval defences and also to oversee any suspicious naval activity by the Britishers from Mumbai and Siddis’ of Janjira.
Varsoli Beach : 93 km away from Mumbai and 4 km away from Alibaug beach. It is also a naval base.
Akshi Beach : Akshi beach is just 6 km away from Alibaug. A great place for weekend family getaways and picnics. You will find amazing holiday homes, bungalows, cottages and farmhouses for your stay. Moreover, the beach is also famous among Indian film makers.
More interesting information for your Alibaug trip in part II of this post…!