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3 Reasons to Visit Alibaug in India

Coastal resort town located near Mumbai, in Maharashtra region

India is a beautiful country, a diverse mix of cultural fascination and extreme poverty. Visit India and you will discover some amazing architecture, wonderful food, art, and scenery. Most people head straight to the major cities: Mumbai and New Delhi, followed by trips to India’s best known cultural attractions: the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Amber Fort in Amber, and the Golden Temple in Amritsar. There is much to see and do, but if you have time in your itinerary, it is worth visiting some of the less well-known towns and cities. Doing so will give you a more authentic taste of life in this fascinating country.

Beautiful sunset in India
For those seeking less known places in India, the town of Alibaug is an ideal destination,
located near Mumbai, where its residents and India's rich and famous go on vacation.

Alibaug is a coastal resort town in the Maharashtra region of India. The nearest major city is Mumbai and many Mumbai residents take their vacation in Alibaug. The town was the scene of several important battles in the 1700s, but today, peace reigns. There is an important scientific observatory in Alibaug, which generates vital data for the world’s geomagnetic community. The local area is also a key settlement for Bene Israeli Jews, who have made Alibaug their home.

Tourism is the main employer in Alibaug and every year, tens of thousands of people visit the region to enjoy the beautiful beaches and cultural attractions. You can fly into Mumbai and catch the ferry to Alibaug. There is also a fast speedboat service, which takes around 25 minutes. If you need to make an Alibaug hotel booking, you will be spoilt for choice, as there are hotels available to suit all budgets.

The following are three reasons why you should put Alibaug on your itinerary.

The Beaches

The beaches are undoubtedly the biggest draw in Alibaug. This stretch of coastline is stunning. Nagaon Beach is the number one rated beach in Alibaug. At low tide, you can park on the beach. There are water sports, plenty of eateries, and a lovely cool breeze blowing in off the sea. The best time to visit Nagaon Beach is in the early morning when it’s quiet. Other beaches worthy of a mention are Versoli Beach and Awas Beach.

The statue of Lord Shiva
One of Hinduism principal deities, Lord Shiva is part of Hindu trinity that includes
Brahma and Vishnu as supreme beings.

Kanakeshwar Devasthan Temple

Kanakeshwar Devasthan Temple is a beautiful temple, built in the Hoysala style in 1764. It is built on a hilltop 13km from the center of Alibaug. There is a steep climb up 650 steps to reach the temple, but the beauty of the place more than makes up for the exertion of the climb. The main temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is guarded by two ornamental lions. There are also smaller sacred temples, as well as a ‘Pushkarni’, also known as a sacred well water tank.

Kolaba Fort

As previously mentioned, Alibaug has been the scene of conflict numerous times over the centuries, so as you might expect, one of the leading attractions is a historic fort 3km from the seashore. You can walk to the Kolaba fort at low tide. Check out the Ganpati Temple and water well. There are some wonderful photo opportunities.

Other notable attractions include the Native Biodiversity Garden and Vikram Vinakyak Temple.

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