Alibag Things to Do
The fort, completely surrounded by water, was built in the mid to late 1600's by Shivaji Maharaj.
Because the fort is surrounded by water, you can only reach it in low tide. Many people walked through the thigh high water to the fort - a 30+ minute walk. We decided to take a carriage/cart pulled by a horse. It was such a blast. The water was just about up to the horse's belly and we wobbled around in the back. It took about 15 minutes or so to reach the fort.
The fort walls are 25 feet high and there are 2 doorway entrances. The main one faces north-east and has beautiful carvings of a peacock, elephant, deer, and tiger.
We walked around inside the fort - there were some beautiful and interesting temples including one of Devi Padmavati, (surrounded by wildflowers) and a small beach area. There were ruins as well and all sorts of great windows/doors to photograph. We walked along the top of the fort to check out the cannons and made our way around to the front of the fort. It was getting dark so it was back to our horse and driver for the ride back.
Fee for Indian Nationals Rs 5
Fee for Foreign Nationals Rs 100
Closes at dusk
Watch the tides!
Please see my travelogues below for additional photos.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
During low tide you have two options to get to the Fort, one is walking which is very doable, I did it with a six year old. The other option is the horse cart, or probably better to call it a poney cart and they wait one hour for you to visit the fort.
When the tide is high you take the boat to the fort. They will take you to the Fort wait one hour and then take you back. There is plenty to explore without going into the part of the Fort you must pay an entry fee. Only an issue for foreigners.
I had a 3 days stay over here. Belive me the food was just awesome. I never ate such a delicious food in my life. Fish fry, Prawns curry, crab curry, sol kadhi, biryani........... there are unlimited mouth watering dishes.
From the Gateway of India in Mumbai, you can take the ferry to Revas/Mandwa Jetty. From the jetty, take a bus, jeep taxi, or rickshaw. The ferry takes less than an hour (does not run in the monsoons), and costs less than Rs 100. From the jetty to Alibag takes about 20-30 minutes.Related to:
- Family Travel
Alibag Off The Beaten Path
Continue from Alibag through Kashid to Murud. It's a beautiful drive along green grass and the water.
Stop at the beaches in Kashid which are private and extremely clean (in contrast to the beach in Alibag).
While in Murud, enjoy visiting the fort, fish market, and the beach (which is also cleaner the Alibag beach, but not as private as Kashid).
See my Murud pages for more information.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons