Why Alibaug is a great winter getaway! - Baltic Master
Why Alibaug is a great winter getaway!

Why Alibaug is a great winter getaway!

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Be it a toasty sea beach, chilly hillside or serene forests; the winter season is the best time to plan a trip to Maharashtra—the commercial capital of the south. Alibaug is an undervalued gem among top tourist places in and around Mumbai. The locals own many farms, cottages and hotels situated by the sea. Rest assured, you can always find warm and cosy hotels in Alibaug to make the most of your winter vacations.

Does that spark an idea? We’ll give you not one but 7 reasons why Alibaug is the perfect winter holiday destination.

Pleasant Climate

The cool winter breeze, coupled with hazy sunlight and a piping hot cup of coffee gives a terrific start to a frosty winter morning. With a short trip, Mumbaikars and Puneites can enjoy a laid-back chilly climate and an exciting road trip to Alibaug away from the madding crowd. November to July is the best time to visit Alibaug. The temperatures fluctuate from 15 to 30 degree Celsius - the perfect climate for a quick excursion.

Water Sports

Alibaug is a preferred beach destination, often referred to as the ‘island town of Maharashtra’ due to its proximity to the Arabian Sea. It is surrounded by the waters on all three sides. This is why winter sports are a common occurrence during winters. Famous beaches in Alibaug like Kihim, Nagaon, Varsoli and Akshi offer different water activities ranging from kayaking to jet skiing, scuba diving, ATV sand-bike riding, kite boarding and banana boat riding. Water-sport enthusiasts love zorbing—the chief attraction here.

The beaches

The winter sun leaves a rosy tan on your skin. The black and grey sand is what differentiates Alibaug beaches from rest of the beach destinations in India. The seashores in Alibaug hustle and bustle from the wee hours until midnight. Since a lot of beach parties and activities keep happening, it may get a little crowded at the weekends around Christmas and New Year.

Want to escape from the fast-pacing city life? Escape to the serene Kashid beach. Love clicking pictures of your beach trip? Head to Korlai beach beautified by the alternate strokes of white and black - a mesmerizing picture put up by coarse sand granules.


Just think of the amount of sweat you would discharge if you plan a daytrip around Alibaug during summers. However, winter is the perfect time to go trekking in Khanderi and Korlai—two quaint and breathtaking forts in Alibaug.

Khanderi, situated at a distance of 2 km from the shore, was built by Shivaji Maharaj some 300 years ago. It is surrounded by a sweet water well, shrines of the Fort Deity and numerous other temples. The stately entrance to the fort has intricate carvings of animals found in the woodlands of Maharashtra. Due to its nearness to the city, you can visit the fort during low tides only.

Camping in the Woods

Are you looking for a thrilling forest adventure? Head to NagobachaTappa: the Place of Snakes, situated in the Kahankeshwar Forest. The forest has an awesome collection of rare flora and fauna. Located on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra, this is where you can set up a camp to enjoy late-night bonfire parties.

The jungle receives cool breeze from the waters nearby. There are several scenic attractions in the surrounding regions, such as Pushkarni water tank, DevachiPayari steps, Maruti temple, Shiva temple on the hill (you’ll have to climb some 700 steps to reach there), Mapgaon village and the Vyaghreshwar Plateau.

A Visual Treat for History Lovers

Brimming with history, art and culture from the Maratha and the Portuguese empires, Alibaug is an ideal destination for people who love old artefacts. You would love visiting the Karmakar museum, which displays beautiful sculptures and paintings influenced by the 20th-century art. There is also a magnetic observatory built by the British that provides geo-magnetic data.

Wild Christmas and New Year Bash

Besides Mumbai and Goa, count Alibaug as one of the best places for hosting the most happening Christmas and New Year parties. Dotted with guest houses, villas, resorts, eco-resorts and hotels, it promises memorable casino, dance and DJ experiences near the beach.

There are enough reasons to visit Alibaug this winter, isn’t it? Before you get excited and start packing your bags, make sure that you book a stay before you run out of reservations. The list of best Alibaug hotels includes Maple, Radisson Blu, U Tropicana, Lotus-the Lake View and The Fern Silvanus. Hurry and book your accommodation today itself!

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