Think about one day tour and a lot of fun in Mumbai? Alibaug is a good choice.
It a normal budget, full day, full fun and great place.
Reach Gateway Of India. [20 Mins walk / 5 Mins (Rs. 15) Taxi from Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus / Victoria Terminus]
Gateway of India
Book a PNP / Ajanta Jetty from booking stalls opposite to Gateway of India. [AC - 120, non-AC - 65]. [First ferry @ 8.30 AM – depends on tide conditions too]
Non-AC ferry, top seat is best way to travel as you can feel the breezing wind and cool waves. The birds following in the mid-sea to the ship is a different fun to capture them.
Sea Birds following Jetty
Next you will land at Mandwa port, Quick walk to the bus services provided by PNP / Ajanta to Alibaug. [It takes 1 Hr from Gateway of India to Mandwa and ~30 Mins from Mandwa to Alibaug.]
If you’re over cautious, book tickets for return journey and confirm day’s last jetty. PNP / Ajanta Jetty service offices are near by only.
The closest beach is Alibaug beach, walk-able distance from Alibaug bus stand.
At Alibaug beach you may have water bike / wave ride, or normal sea-routines.
If you’re a fort’oholic, you may choose to visit the Colaba Fort @ 100 Rs / person through a 10 minute boat ride. 1 hr. is sufficient to capture all major corners of the fort.
Colaba Fort, Alibaug
Kolaba Fort, Alibaug
I don’t much recommend Alibaug to waste your precious time on.
Akshi and Negaon beaches are on the same route. Auto will charge 120 Rs for Negaon beach ~30 mins from Alibaug Station / beach. [Take mobile number from auto driver in case of no return transport availability.]
and is really a recommended one. It has nice long beach with all those coconut trees greeting the waves to the shore.
If you’re a bunch of crazy guys looking for a place to freak-out, Negaon beach is for you. Football, cricket, Hourse riding or any beaching activity is absolute fun here. I don’t like lazy bums in the gang but they can rest under the shadows on misty sand. Gliding and water rides are of-course available.
Negaon Beach, Alibaug
Negaon Beach, Alibaug
Hotels / rooms are cheap; food is okay; though these shouldn’t impact as these are not major fun part.
You cannot cover everything in one day; nor have I visited all of the attractions there.
For 1 day tour, pack a bag and directly reach to Negaon beach.
Approx expenditure: <500 Rs / person.
By Road: One can reach Alibag via Pen (30 km away), which is on the Mumbai (78 km away) – Goa road.
From Mumbai, one can reach Alibag by traveling on the Mumbai-Goa highway (NH-17) till Wadkhal (Vadkhal) and taking the right fork from Wadkal – the left fork will lead you to Goa. The distance is approximately 108 km from Mumbai.
By Railways: The nearest rail railway station are Pen, India. Through Pen, India, it is connected to Khopoli.
Other beaches at Alibaug:
Varsoli Beach:Located about a mile from the main beach, home to a very large naval base.
Kihim-Navgaon Beach: Kihim is a secluded place at a distance of 12 km from Alibag. The Kihim beach is famous for dense cover of Coconut trees. It is also famous for woods which are home to rare butterflies, birds and flowers.
Awas: It is situated about 16 km away from Alibag.
Saswane: It is situated about 18 km away from Alibag.
Rewas: It is situated about 24 km away from Alibag.
Chaul Revdanda: It is situated about 17 km away from Alibag.
kaneshwar Mandir: It is situated about 17 km away from Alibag to karlekhind-chondi road.
Mandawa: It is situated about 20 km north of Alibag. The catamaran/ferry services are available from Mumbai to the Mandawa jetty. Many Bollywood celebrities own bungalows here.
Kashid Beach: It is 36 km away from Alibag, on the Alibag-Murud highway, also this beach is possibly one of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in the region with almost ‘white’ sand.