Location and Getting There:
State : Maharashtra
Distance : 113 kms S from Mumbai
Location : On the south coast of Mubai Harbour.
Journey Time : By road 3 Hrs from Mumbai.
Kihim is a small village located to the north of Alibag. Commonly known to people in Mumbai as a weekend getaway, it is accessible via Road and Water.
Kihim Beach is 11 kms away from Alibaug . Major attraction in Kihim is it’s sandy beach. The beach at Kihim has soft fine sand and is predominantly a black sand beach with a slightly more coarser white sand covering. There are food stalls near the beach selling ‘chat’ and snacks near the parking area. ”. This beach is also famous for shootings of many hindi movies. You can hire tents from MTDC and spend a night under the stars.
Though Kihim was once known as a “Bird Watchers’ Paradise”, very few exotic species can be still found in the areas having dense cover of trees. Variety of butterflies are also found here. Tourists enjoying in the waves on a sunny day on Kihim Beach On a clear day Colaba area of Mumbai is visible from Kihim Beach on the north western side. The Khanderi and Underi forts looms over the horizon at the Kihim beach and along with the rocky stretches offers one of the most beautiful views of the setting sun in this part of the konkan beaches.3 kms from Kihim beach in Mapgaon is the hill of Kankeshwar Temple. Enroute the trek up is “Brahma Kund”, a rectangular tank surrounded by steps on all four sides with a semblence to the Pushkarini in Hampi. built in 1764 by Raja Ramdeorai Yadav has a silver plated idol. The temple also has a Kund known as “Brahma-Vishnu-Mahesh Kund
How to go to Kihim?
Road: Kihim is well connected to Alibag by road. MSRTC buses run to and from Alibag few times a day. It can also be accessed from Mumbai via NH-17 and then a state route connecting from Wadkhal. The distance is approximately 94 km from Mumbai. From Pune, Kihim is accessible forking out from Khopoli onto the state route leading towards Alibag after taking NH-4. Distance is approximately 144 km. Passenger ferry terminals like Mandwa (11 km) and Rewas (15 km) are also connected to Kihim via road. Auto Rickshaws are readily available everywhere for local travel, but the fares are not regulated. Its a common practice to decide the fare before hand to avoid bargaining later. One can also travel to Chondhi (1.5 km) as more frequent buses and autos are available from here for Alibag, Mandwa and Rewas.
Railways: The nearest railway station is at Pen, which is approximately 30 km away.
Ferry: Passenger boat services are available from Mandwa Jetty to Gateway of India and from Rewas to Bhaucha Dhakka in Mumbai throughout the year, except for Monsoon. There is one more ferry service from Karanja to Revas Dhakka which is functional throughout the year. Once you reach Mandwa jetty or Revas jetty you can take rickshaw from there to Kihim.
Tel for Launches :
The time table for ferry service is given as below
Gateway to Mandwa and vice versa
Gateway -Mandwa first ferry- 6.00
Gateway – Mandwa last ferry- 18.00
Mandwa – Gateway first ferry- 6.30
Mandwa – Gateway last ferry- 19.30
Revas to Bhaucha Dhakka and vice versa
Bhaucha dhakka – Revas first ferry- 6.00
Bhaucha dhakka -Revas last ferry-17.00
Revas -Bhaucha Dhakka first ferry- 6.30
Revas – Bhaucha Dhakka last ferry- 17.30