The best part about living in Bombay is the different places around the city you get access to for a quick weekend getaway, and yet, I haven’t been able to visit Alibaug until the last weekend. When my friend Suruchi was planning her birthday and she asked me if I would accompany her for a weekend to a villa in Alibaug, I agreed without any persuasion or before she completed telling me what her plan for the weekend was!
We took the PnP ferry from Gateway of India which costs Rs. 190 per person and is an air-conditioned ferry with comfortable seating. The tickets can be purchased on the ferry as well, so make sure to ask around and figure out the right line to stand in for the ferry you want to get on.
We got ourselves good seats on the ferry and reached our destination in about 45-50 minutes and we had the scorching heat of Alibag to welcome us. There is a fleet of taxis and rickshaws available at the port where you can negotiate basis the distance and rate to reach your destination. We paid approx Rs. 200 for a 7kms ride. We also took the rickshaw driver’s number, in case we wanted to get around the area and this was very helpful as he came by the next day to pick us up and help us with picking up our dinner and some evening snacks, too!
We were staying in a private villa we were a group of 10 people. The villa was massive with a huge garden area, a beautiful swing and a lovely drawing room with 3 bedrooms.
We enjoyed the short getaway from the city by playing some fun games, clicking lots of pictures and eating LOTS of food!
As you get off the ferry at the jetty port there are a few shops where you can get chips, snacks and coke, a Belgian Waffle co and a soon to open Domino’s. There are two restaurants – Boardwalk by Flamboyante and Kiki’s cafe and deli. We dined a Boardwalk where we enjoyed some drinks and shakes and we ordered in food from Kiki’s cafe for lunch and dinner. The food was decent and would recommend ordering from here, especially the paneer roll and the jalapeno and cheese dip with your fries!
In the night we had a theme of Glitz and glam, so all of us dressed up as per the theme, danced and sang to our heart’s content.
We got up the next day ordered the famous vada pav from a stall nearby, made Maggi and enjoyed this with a cup of chai while we looked into the plush green garden in our villa. We had our rickshaw waiting for us an hour before our ferry’s departure time. Overall, it was a fun weekend with lots of good memories, food, games and pictures (as you can see!)
I would recommend visiting Alibag at least once, but make sure you have something to do or stay as there is not much to do around apart from a few restaurants or the beach ( which I haven’t seen yet!)
Are there any other things to do, visit or eat at in Alibag that you have been to? Share with me so I can add them to my list when I make my next trip here!