My very first solo trip was to Kihim beach—near Alibaug, about 100 km from Mumbai—back in 2005. It was unplanned, random and mostly, just foolish. One really hot Sunday morning, I woke up, took a quick shower, put on my regular jeans, grabbed a comfy sling bag and headed to the Gateway of India to catch the Mandwa Jetty to Alibaug. A smooth ride later, I hopped on to a bus to Kihim.
A bicycle enjoying a solitary moment on the beach
Beautiful designs in sand made by tiny crabs
By air: Jet Airways has daily flights to Mumbai (nearest airport).
By rail: Nearest railhead is Panvel, 85 kms on the Konkan Railway.
By road: Located in Raighad district, Kihim is 136 km and Alibaug is 124 km away from Mumbai. State Transport buses ply form Mumbai to Alibag, Alibag to Rewas and Rewas to Kihim.
By Sea: Nearest port is Rewas–6 kms from Kihim. There is a regular ferry service between Mumbai and Rewas (except during monsoon). You can also take the ferry from Gateway of India which reaches Mandwa port in about 45 minutes.
MTDC has a private resort with fully furnished tents (except during monsoon).
Other resorts include;
Kihim Beach Resort, Kihim village, Alibaug, District Raigad-402201. Tel No: (021433)8172.
Sai-Inn Holiday Resort, Chondi Post, Kihim, Alibaug, District Raigad-402201 Tel No :( 021433)8102, 8246.
For more information, log on to: www.maharashtratourism.gov.in
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