Alibaug is a cliched place as every other person in Mumbai has this beach destination as their first weekend option. For non- mumbaiites like myself, Alibaug has always been an exciting beach destination. However I wanted to explore beyond the beach and after a lot of research, Alibaug itinerary had quite a few places besides the beach. A fort, a synagogue, a 900 feet high temple and the colonial remains at Revdanda formed the list of places to explore.
|The path that leads to Kanakeshwar temple|
|Well paved pathway to the temple|
|A stepped well en route to the temple|
|Main entrance to the temple|
The famous Alibaug beach was the next destination where we got dropped off by our guide cum driver who had been with us since morning. Even though the beach looked dirty with litter all over, its vastness is what attracted me and kept me engaged. Being the peak of summer, the water had receded quite a lot and the beach had become sluggish. The ubiquitous tiny crabs was the other attraction on the beach. Even though it was mid noon, people were loitering around and children were having fun on the beach.
The biggest eye catcher on Alibaug beach was the Kolaba fort. It only seemed a few hundred meters away from us, but since the beach was not very conducive for a wade across the waters, we opted for a boat ride. However the boat ride also did not happen as the water was very shallow. Now the only option left was a bumpy tonga (horse cart) ride wading through the sea waters to the fort. I had doubts about the cart getting stuck in the sands but the horses gleefully pulled us into the waters and took us to the fort.
Kolaba fort (also known as Alibaug fort) which gets secluded like an island during high tide was ruled by the Maratha ruler, Shivaji. This 17th century fort was used by Maratha admiral Kanhoji Angre as the naval base to fight the British. The tall fort walls and a big gateway at the entrance makes this a very attractive fort by the sea. However the inside of the fort looked dilapidated. The fort houses ruins of residences and offices of the Maratha army, a few temples, a huge pond, tomb of a sufi saint, a couple of canons and many bastions which were used during attacks. Vistas from the top of the fort walls looked stunning with the expansive sea and the distant horizon. After walking around the fort and gazing at the vistas in the hot sun we got back to our tonga for a water ride to the mainland.
|Fort walls and bastions|
|Entrance of the fort|
|Remains inside the fort|
|Inside the fort|
|A temple inside the fort|
|An exit into the sea|
|A view from the fort|
From the main attractions we decided to go the less trodden paths and ended up at Chaul near Revdanda. Chaul, 16 kms from Alibaug is an old Portuguese settlement which boasts of exciting places for the traveller. We had an hour to rush through whatever possible we could see before the sun went down. Our new guide, another rickshaw driver took us through a neglected Hammam khana (royal bath) , an old but still active church, Revdanda fort and Revdanda beach. The 16th century fort built by the Portuguese by the beach is completely in ruins. However there is one single tall tower that still stands along with the fort ramparts amidst coconut plantations. Sunset on Revedanda beach was a riot of colours. We had to miss out on Korlai fort, Datta temple, Rameshwar temple and Buddhist caves in Chaul-Revdanda due to shortage of time.
|Remains of the fort|
|Revdanda beach as seen from the fort|
Signing Note- Alibaug has transformed from a weekend getawy to a traveller's delight...!!
Distance- 100 Kms (by road from Mumbai)
20 Kms (from Mandwa to Alibaug after a one hour boat ride from Mumbai to Mandwa)
looks like it was quite a hurried trip... and when were u in mumbai? and for how long? we have visited Alibag a couple of times, and have visited differnt places at diff times... the kankeshwar temple was beautiful, and the walk / ride to kulaba fort is always fun! i missed out on the synagogue though... and next time u shd surely visit korlai,ReplyDelete
It was quite a short sojourn in the first week of May. Should definitely make it to Korlai and other places on my next visit.Delete
Very Nice Photo Journal. .! ! !ReplyDelete
Great virtual tour! Great shots!ReplyDelete
What an adventure you had! And lovely pictures.ReplyDelete
It was a wonderful adventure. Thank you.Delete
Thanks for the info on Alibaugh! I needed it.ReplyDelete
Glad that it would be helpful for you.Delete
a photojourney ! nice one TFSReplyDelete
Ha ha! Tanga to the fort?! Must have been a great ride!ReplyDelete
I was a bit apprehensive about it, but once the ride began, it was fun.Delete
Hmm...much more than a beach, I see.ReplyDelete
Looks like the early morning hike was a great experience. And a tonga ride through some sea water -- that's a one of a kind of experience, I'm sure. :)
Nice travelogue, Niranjan.
Thanks Divya. Yeah, the morning hike and the tonga ride were the best part of the travel.Delete
I'm sure I'll visit ur blog before I pack my bags to Mumbai.ReplyDelete
Glad to hear that. :)Delete
Great info with beautifully captured photosReplyDelete
Temple architecture is unique...nicely captured....!ReplyDelete
Wonderful experience. Must visit place.ReplyDelete
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Glad that you liked it.Delete
Well written post with attractive pictures. Post covers wonderful destinations for the weekend tour. so,ReplyDelete
thanks for sharing a good option weekend tour.
It was like a virtual tour! Looks like there's so much to see around Alibaug. The horse ride to the fort must be a joyous one! Haven't been to a Synagogue, seeing this picture, I'd love to!ReplyDelete
Glad that you liked it. Lots to see in and around Alibaug. The synagogue in Fort Kochi is the best I have ever seen.Delete
thoroughly enjoyed your narration and beautiful captures!
thanks for dropping by...
looks like a great place :)ReplyDelete
A very beautiful description of the places around Alibaug. The photographs speak for themselves. I too visited the Synagogue there and got friendly with that old man called Dandekar. However it took quite some time to locate the shrine as we were in our own vehicle without a local guide.ReplyDelete
Thank you. It is quite difficult to get to the Synagogue. Unless you mention 'Israel lane', not everyone would be able to help you locate it.Delete
Interesting place to visit...ReplyDelete
Yeah, a lovely weekend getaway.Delete
Nice clicks specially the one where horse driven cart appears going in the water!ReplyDelete
Thank you. Thanks for dropping by.Delete
Very nice report. I stayed in Mumbai for 6 years and yet never went to Alibaug. I only knew about the beach and the fort there. But now, thanks to your post, I have come to know more about this interesting place. And that water ride on a tonga must have been amazing!ReplyDelete
Thank you. Alibaug is absolutely a delightful place.Delete
Great job! Your blog shall be my handbook when we decide to explore destinations closer to home :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks Madhu. Glad that Tales of a Nomad would help you. :)Delete