Mumbai weekend trip: Alibag Beach vacation

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Christmas morning was a rush of toy opening, as expected. But, by 8:30 we were on our way to a mini get away! It was a nice time to visit Alibag. Alibaug is a coastal townRaigad District in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, India. A few years ago we visited Alibag, and we went by car. This time, we were able to drive to Mumbai and catch a boat from the Gateway of India.

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Clean beaches near Alibaug

We met my inlaws, my sister in law and her (adult) daughter and we were off to Alibag! My son LOVED the boat. I was a bit paranoid. Luckily there were enough other adults to help out. I wanted the kids to wear flotation devices, but in the end, we were all safe!

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This was the perfect opportunity for cousins to connect. Even though they’re 15 years apart, they share curly hair and a love for yoga poses!

While in the ocean, you see plenty of oil rigs, ships and boats. When you get close to the pier, people begin throwing food and the birds catch the food midair. Now to get people to not throw the wrappers in the ocean as well…

Once there, many people opt for the “free” bus into Alibag (also spelled Alibaug), as the boats mostly stop in Mandve, which is included in many of the boats. I recommend skipping the free bus as the lines are long and they have the bigger rickshaws available for a few hundred rupees.

There are many hotels to choose fro mwhen visiting Alibaug. A few years back we stayed in “Alibag” proper – and it was busy due to Ganpati season. However, the beach wasn’t as well kept it seemed as this one. We stayed at Kihim beach which was a bit less crowded (even though it was high season, Christmas), and not too dirty. The sand was clean, but like most places, the grassy areas are littered a bit. The hotel we chose was tidy, and was “shoeless” so it made for a decent stay.

Options for Visiting Alibaug – Hotel: Sea Resort Kihim

We stayed at the Sea Resort in Kihim. A converted  home (think B&B), it is a cozy, yet basic place to stay. The food and the access to a less-busy beach makes it worth the stay. Just a few rooms, we had an AC room though it was unnecessary. The top floor has better views, but all visitors have access to the second floor (Indian first floor) patio which gives great views and was used by my husband for yoga (and, according to the photo below, my daughter and niece).

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Yes, the kids enjoyed digging in the sand, some time splashing in the water (and mud), long walks on the beach and more. I was happy to see a woman in a sari coming through in a parachute.
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Sunset at the beach Kihim Alibag

 

There are plenty of places to visit in Maharashtra for a getaway. From Matheran to Dapoli, there are options to help you recharge while you are in Mumbai.

 

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