I have had a hectic November. Round the clock work left me with no scope for even taking weekends off. The University decided to top it with semesters and I was served with one bitter dish. I could take it no more.
I prayed for a change and I was happily granted one. Bang in the middle of my semester’s, I got a message that displayed “Tomorrow 7 am, be ready. Heading to Alibag” . I had butterflies in my tummy. Alibag ! The place held so many memories. My first official trip with my love was to Alibag. Hell, I wanted to reminiscence in it all over again.
For those of you who aren’t Indians, Alibag is a quaint old coastal town in Maharashtra that was built by Sarkhel Kanhoji Aangre , the naval chief of King Shivaji‘s Kingdom.
It is surrounded by beaches and flanked by tiny little cottages and villages all around. Though since the past few years quite a few buildings have come up.
Alibag has got 7 beautifully breathtaking beaches that one can gaze at forever. Kashid beach, Kihim Beach, Akshi Beach, Nagaon Beach, Alibag Beach, Awas Beach and Varsoli Beach.
We took a 8.15 am ferry from Gateway of India uptil Mandwa port. I should suggest you only take the PNP ferry. Not only is this the only ferry with safety measures onboard(though we did have to face a ship exchange in the middle of the sea!), it is the only ferry that doesn’t let its catamaran get overcrowded. I have been going to Alibag since a few years and have personally tried and experienced every catamaran service that the ferries have to offer. One word of caution, never ever get on the catamaran of the Ajanta, I was once placed on a ferry that had no life jackets, no visual-hearing aid and I am pretty sure we were held at the mercy of an unlicensed sailor. Such was the boat ride that I and my other half had exchanged our vows to each other on the ferry and mentally prepared that journey to be our last.
Anyways, moving on. You can either choose to be seated on the upper deck where seagulls will whiz past you and if you’re a little lucky, it may come and sit right beside you on the deck. The lower deck is little mainstream , boring and filled with chatter. But who knows, the aunty beside you will have filmi stories of her conniving neighbour and the girl-next-door with no morals.
You can opt for the A.C seating. (PNP’s lower deck is fully air-conditioned , while the other catamarans have their lower and upper deck without A.C , but they have a tiny room where seating is provided for A.C.)
After reaching Mandwa port, we took the bus uptil Alibag beach. The bus ride lasts for usually 15-20 minutes and drops you off to the main Alibag market. We headed towards Kihim Beach, that’s around 10 km from Alibag Beach. Gaze at the clear sky and breathe in the fresh salt-laden air.
All in all, it was one helluva trip. The beaches are so serene and on a weekday, you’re going to feel as if you own the beach. There ain’t gonna be a soul buddy (Save for one or two fishermen in the distant corner, kilometers away) So you can do anything that you want 😉
Go, kiss him right in the middle of the sea, walk bare-feet, feeling complete. Let him pick you up and lay you down slowly on the glistening sand and feel the wind give you goosebumps as your love slides in right beside you. No worries. No world. Just you both . Revel this moment. Cos in the city, such peacefulness is hard to get.
Happy Loving y’all!