1. Alibaug Beach: One of Alibaug’s primary attractions, the Alibaug Beach is a must-visit for all sea lovers coming to the city. Flanked by palm fronds by the shore, the stunning yellow sands of the beach offer a serene getaway in the heart of nature. While swimming is definitely an option here, you can also spend your time at the beach lounging on the chaises. Limited water sports facilities are available here as well. The 400 year old Ganesh temple that stands on the beach is an added attraction here. The beach is also known to command excellent views of the sunset, making it a much-sought after location for evening walks.
2. Kolaba Fort: Nestled by the waters of the Arabian Sea, the Kolaba Fort is an erstwhile military fortification dating back to the reign of Shivaji Maharaj. Over 300 years old, the Fort has still preserved some of its original vestiges, including cannons and fortifications. The Fort is surrounded by all sides, and although it can be reached on foot during low tides, boats need to be hired to ferry passengers to Kolaba during high tides. The Fort also houses an 18th century temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
- Timings: 10.00AM-05.00PM
- Entry Fee: INR 5
3. Brahma Kund: Built in the 17th century, the Brahma Kund is one of the most prominent historical attractions in Alibaug. According to legend, Lord Brahma himself had once taken a dip in the waters here, thus owing to its name. The spectacular Kund is rectangular in shape, with a series of steps leading upward on all four sides.
- Location: Hilltop Raigarh District, Alibaug 402201 India
- Timings: 08.00AM-06.00PM
4. Murud Beach: A secluded black sand beach, Murud is known for its serene and quiet ambience. Dotted with coconut and palm fronds, the beauty of the beach is complemented by its clean sands and clear waters. A number of food shacks and chaise lounges on the beach enhance the casual, Riverbed vibe of the place. A number of historic fort ruins surround the beach, and are easily accessible via boats from Murud.
- Location: Murud, Raigad
5. Alibag Magnetic Observatory: One of the only 13 such observatories in the world, the Alibag Magnetic Observatory is the pride of the city. Established during the British reign, the observatory stands testament to the city’s colonial past. The Observatory has two buildings in total, one housing geomagnetic instruments and another home to precision recording instruments.
- Location: Police Line, Alibag, Maharashtra 402201
- Timings: 10.00AM-05.00PM
6. Awas Beach: Lined with casuarina trees on all sides, Awas Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Alibaug. The golden beach generally always remains sparsely populated, making it a popular getaway for those looking for a quiet time out. The beach commands some beautiful views of the sunsets, making it a popular choice for lovers looking for a romantic evening out. The quaint villages surrounding the beach have several resorts and homestays as well.
7. Murud Janjira Fort: Sitting atop a rock off the Arabian sea coast, Murud Janjira Fort is a historical fortress in the Raigad district. Built during the British reign, most of Murud Janjira’s biggest attractions are its cannon. The fort originally housed about 572 cannons, and some of them are still intact. The three largest cannons, called Kalalbangdi, Chavri and Landa Kasam, are still preserved in their original state. There are several other structures housed within the fort as well, such as the palace of the Nawabs, office quarters, and a couple of mosques. The gigantic gates around the Fort are important attractions here as well.
- Location: Murud, Raigad
- Timings: 07.00AM-04.45PM on all days of the week
- Entry Fee: Although there is no entry charge for the fort, the boat charges to the Fort start from Rs. 20
8. Kanakeshwar Forest: Apart from its beaches, Alibaug is also well known for its wilderness exploration possibilities. The forest of Kanakeshwar in Alibaug epitomizes the natural beauty of the place. A plethora of flora and fauna litter the place, along with some smaller animals and various birds. The forest, with its long winding paths, is ideal for trekkers and hikers. Kanakeshwar offers a good amount of jungle camping possibilities as well. The forest is also home to a special ‘Shiva sanctuary’, which can only be reached through a hike of about 1200 feet.
- Location: Kanakeshwar, Alibaug
9. Vrindavan Farm: Located a short distance out of Alibaug is the Vrindavan Farm, which is a must-visit for those interested in gardening. Spread over 30 acres, the expansive farm is home to stunning orchards of chikoo, guava and mango. The best time to visit the orchard is during the harvest season, when the entire place can be seen thriving with fruits and flowers. There are several markets here, selling organic produce such as beeswax, natural honey and home grown fruits. A handicrafts stall can also be found selling tribal masks and souvenirs.
- Location: Lonarwadi, Daund, Maharashtra 413801
10. Nagaon Beach: Packed with suru, betel and palm trees, Nagaon is one of the most popular beaches in Alibaug. The longshore is littered with clean golden sands, with some beach shacks and food stalls serving lip smacking seafood delights to the visitors here. While swimming is a popular activity at Nagaon, people can often be found lounging on mats along the shore. Nagaon Beach, however, is the go to spot in Alibaug for water sports. A number of water activities can be availed here, with jet skiing, parasailing, boating and bumper rides being some of them. If you’re not one for water sports, you can also opt for a camel ride on the sands, which is an extremely fun and popular activity here.
- Location: Nagaon, Alibaug