Don’t just enjoy the view of the Kolaba fort from the beach but you can also take a tour of the fort. For which you will have to take a short boat ride. The boat ride is also seasonal. When the tides are low the water is so back up the beach that you can either walk or take a tonga ride. And if you don’t want to waste all your energy then I suggest you take the tonga ride. Be ready to bargain !
Now that you have had a nice sunny relaxed afternoon head out to Alibag beach for even a better evening. Alibag has a number of beaches, and all of them are just a few minutes drive from one another. The most visited beach here is the Alibag beach which offers a spectacular view of not only sunrise and sunset but of the Colaba fort as well.
Beaches in Alibaugh are Alibaugh beach, Varsoli Beach, Nagaon Beach, Akshi Beach and Kashid Beach. We stayed near Varsoli beach at a hotel called Riturajj Inn which is a home away from home.Beaches in Alibaugh cannot be compared to the ones in Goa but ya if you have less time and tight budget this is preferrable.If you are in Alibaugh you can also experience a bit of Maharashtrain culture, taste some yummy sea food and booze offcourse.
While we made it in time to hop on a ferry from Rajapuri creek to Murud, we couldn’t make it in time for the last ferry out from Alibag (Revas) to Bombay (1830 hrs). So instead, we rode back home via Pen / Panvel highway.A back-breaking trip but totally worth the pain. I realized that often things aren’t as tough as they seem and that sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for no good reason.
Even today Alibaug has a tightened grip on the history and legacy of Bene Israelites. The Bet El Synagogue, Jewish worship place, has witnessed joyous gatherings like village meetings, prayers and Konkan development meetings. Even Lord Curzon made a visit to this synagogue. Alicha Bagh was blooming and prosperous.But as every story ends, so did Ali’s. Another hero that Alibaug got was Shivaji, who built Kolaba Fort 2 km into the sea in 1652. By this time the Konkan region was his. He used this fort as one of his chief naval stations to keep a watch on British, Portuguese and Siddhis.Today, in 21st century, these stories seem to have faded. Shivaji’s Kolaba Fort is in ruins but its Siddhivinayak Temple which was built by Raghoji Angre in 1759 just isn’t. Though the fort has seen blood and wars in the bygone era, but today it helps it visitors fight their battle with stress. Fearless birds fly above its periphery, usually the sandpipers do, flashing poses for that perfect frame you might want. The water is either ankle-deep or sometime higher tides sway by. When its ankle-deep you can trace your footprints on the sand while heading to the fort till the sea washes it away.But I like to think of myself as a royalty on her cart with a sword in her hand. I have my metal boots and crimson cloak on, and there I point my sword towards my fort. I tighten my grip on the saddle and my white horse gloriously runs splashing the waves with sun setting on the background. So, I would opt for the other option for reaching the Kolaba Fort; Horse Cart.Alibaug caresses those looking for a serene time and it can enthral adventure-lovers. It can woo you with its art and heritage. Mumbaikars often visit Alibaug as a weekend getaway, as the glint of the sea here is not overpowered by pearly boulevard of modern infrastructure. The town is lazy and lovely.