Designed in a modern, minimalistic Mediterranean style, Mango Beach House is ensconced in a lush tropical landscape. The property comprises of large ensuite rooms, a swimming pool and a full service spa. Best of all, it is only a short walk away from the beach. Whether taking a dip in the ever so inviting pool, listening to the birds chirp in the garden, or simply sitting on the beach watching the sun slip silently into the glistening sea, Mango Beach House is the place for you to be.
Summer: Min 28°C, Max 40°C
Winter: Min 20°C, Max 34°C
Best time to visit: September – May
By Air: Mumbai Airport (99 km, 2 ½ hrs)
By Rail: Wathar Railway Station ( 101 km, 2 ½ hrs)
By Road: Mumbai (92 km, 2 ¼ hrs)
By Ferry : Maldar & PNP operate a regular ferry service between Gateway and Alibaug.
THINGS TO DO
Scenic beauty – The real reason to be here is to experience nature in all its forms and in all its moods. The lower reaches of the Western Ghats, giving way to the sometimes sandy and sometimes craggy coastline, take on different mantles at different times of the year. From being quietly still in the cool winter to raging violently in the dark, noisy monsoon, there is a visible beauty at all times. The beach at Kashid is especially lovely although the ones at Awas, Kihim, Varsoli, Nagaon are not too far behind. There are some sections of the countryside that allow for lovely walks and the beach areas of Kihim, where the Late Dr. Salim Ali the noted Indian ornithologist once resided, will surprise you with its varied bird life. There is also a wildlife sanctuary just past Kashid village, at Phansad, which is home to the Giant Malabar Squirrel along with a number of other indigenous bird species.
Forts in and around Alibaug – As you approach Mandwa Jetty from the sea, to the right are the twin islets of Kandheri and Undheri both of which were settled at one time and were more than likely used for some military purpose. They are now primarily used for normal fishing activities.
Further down the coast, off Alibaug City, lies the capital of Shivaji’s admiral Kanoji Angre’s, sea fortress – Kolaba, This fortress can be accessed on foot at low tide or by row boat when the tide is high.
Next comes the Maratha fortress at Revdanda, with impressively massive walls which encircle parts of the village. Interestingly, right across the inlet river, perched on a hillock, in the isthmus of Korlai, lies a Portuguese fort, ostensibly guarding the same river.
Both are worth a visit, although the one at Korlai involves a small trek. Further South, at Janjira, is another charming sea fortress, which can be accessed by archaic sailing boats. This fortress was built by the Siddis of Janjira, and has the enviable reputation of never being ransacked.
Places of worship – There are several ancient temples in the Alibaug District but some of the more note worthy ones would be the Nageshwar temple in Awas, the Kankeshwar temple accessible from Chondi and involving a steep climb over rough hewn steps, and the Datta Mandir at Chaul. Chaul village is also reputed to have a temple for every day of the year, which may not seem unreasonable when one drives through the neighborhood. Whatever their lineage, most of the temples in the area are fairly uncomplicated with only a few that boast any architectural complexity.
At village Kihim there is an interesting cemetery whose doorway maps a list of all the Synagogues in the Raigad and Thane districts. There is a wonderful Synagogue in excellent repair in Alibaug City.
Most of the major mosques in the area are South of Alibaug City, where the bulk of the Muslim settlements were concentrated. In fact, the Islamic penchant for horticulture is easily visible in the verdant landscape, which boasts some of the lushest orchards and plantations in the district. The best and oldest examples of Mosques will be found in the Murud/Janjira area, which has traditionally been a Muslim strong hold.
Churches in the area are mainly in the larger townships, with many of these providing educational facilities of the highest standard. The most intriguing one along the coast is in Korlai, where the populace speaks an unusual variant of the coastal language. Korlai was a Jesuit Portuguese settlement.