For the forever weekenders from Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra, Alibaug has always been a top favourite and not without reason. It’s is a small town located in the Konkan, just a ferry ride away from the Gateway of India.

Named after a wealthy Israeli who owned several fruit orchards here, Alibaug today is a treasure trove of historical forts, serene beaches, diverse aquatic life and lush greenery. If you’re planning a trip to this beautiful island town of Maharashtra surrounded by the Arabian Sea on three of its sides, here’s what you shouldn’t miss.

A beach lover’s paradise, Alibaug beach is just a stone’s throw away from the main town of Alibaug. The highlight of this beach is the Kolaba Fort, situated in the midst of sea water. Alibag beach is abuzz and vibrant, and the reason why it’s always crowded are the various street food joints lining the beach. The place also offers water sports for adventure lovers.

If you want a quiet and peaceful evening on the beach, head to Nagaon Beach, located at a distance of 8km from the main town. This beach is known for its cleanliness and is beautifully lined by a thick network of coconut and palm trees. You can also indulge in adventure sports such as like paragliding, banana-ride and water scooter here.

For the wildlife enthusiast, Kanakeshwar forest is absolutely unmissable. Home to some of the most dangerous species of reptiles and mammals, the major species found here are snakes, panthers, mountain lizards and wild boars. This place is situated at a height of around 300m and houses a small Shiva Temple at its top.

Again situated in the middle of Arabian Sea, Janjira Fort can only be reached through boats hired from the sea port. This fort is a feast for the eyes; it is the epitome of ancient Mughal architecture. The highlight of this fort include: a huge pillared gate, ancient mosques, sculpted walls and traces of Hindu temples and war weapons like cannons and guns.