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ALIBAG TOURS

ALIBAG TOURS

THE PORT OF ALIBAG was developed by the Marathas in the 17th century to protect their kingdom from the Dutch, Portuguese and the increasingly powerful British. Alibag is today a quiet town, just across the bay from Mumbal. Its most impressive sight is its beach,  5-km (3-mile) stretch of soft silver sand, lined by a stand of coconut and casuarina trees. Kolaba Fort,constructed on an island in 1680 by the Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji  looms over the skyline. It is a forbidding grey mass of lead, steel and stone, built on a rock jutting from the sea, and can be reached on foot during low tide. Within its high ramparts are enclosed a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha, and next to it a sweet-water well that must have been useful during sieges. There are two main entrances to the fort, one from the shore and another from the sea. The enormous shore-side doorway is decorated with sculptures of tigers, elephants and peacocks.

ENVIRONS: Kihim Beach, 9 km (6 miles) north of Alibag, is a tranquil getaway, with woods brimming with birds and wild flowers. It was the favourite haunt of the famous Indian ornithologist Salim Ali (1896-1987), author of the finest book on Indian birds.

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