Alibag was developed in 17th Century by Sarkhel Kanhoji Aangre the naval chief of King Shivaji's Kingdom. Alibag is costal town and municipal council in Raigad district in Kokan region of Maharashtra, India. It is the headquarter of the Raigad district. Raigad's first name was "Kulaba".
Today's Ramnath was the main village at that time. There were gardens of Ali who was a rich man so the area is known as Alibag. Ali had lot of Mango Trees, Coconut Trees in the gardens so local people called the place alichi bag(Gardens)and formally and officially, Alibag.
Rewdanda, Chaul, Nagon, Aakshi, Varsoli,Thal, Kihim and Aawas villages were known as "Ashtagare" at that time. During those times there were some Navy Battles out of which one was fought at Varsoli between Kanhoji Aangre and Siddhi of Janjira in the year 1706. In 1722 English and Portuguese jointly attacked on Kulaba fort and they lost this war. At chaul there was a battle between the English and Sakhoji in 1730. Sakhoji won this war and brought down the losing party along with their captain at Kulaba. Kanhoji even issued his own currency in the form of a silver coin called the Alibagi rupaiya. Alibag is declared as the Taluka place in 1852.
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 for woods which are home to rare butterflies, birds and flowers. In fact, not many know that Dr. Salim Ali, the famous ornithologist used to call Kihim as his home.
Other Beaches :
Thal beach, on the sea-shore, 6 kms north of Alibag, is a straggling village stretching 5 km from north to south. There are more Koli fishermen here than in most of the Alibag coastal villages. It is also a great fishing centre. On the shore to the north-west of Thal, about a mile east of the island of Underi, is the small ruined fort of Khubladha or the Great Fight.
Located about a mile from the main beach, home to a very large naval base.
It is situated 8 km away from Alibag.
It is situated about 10 km away from Alibag and is famous for coconuts and betel nuts.
It is situated about 16 km away from Alibag.
Other Places :
There many more places other than beach
It is situated about 18 km away from Alibag, Sasawane is well known for Sculpting Exhibition of great artist late Mr. Karmarkar.
It is situated about 17 km away from Alibag.
It is situated about 17 km away from Alibag to karlekhind-chondi road. It is a nice place and famous for cool climate and especially because of old temple of Lord Shiva. The temple is situated on a small hill and the nearby village is ' Mapgaon ' . The hill is almost 1200 feet high and one has to climb 700 - 750 steps to reach the temple.
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.
It is situated about 24 km away from Alibag.