The beauty of a place lies in it lying afar yet near – the view of the Gateway of India from the Mandwa shore does just that. Located about 18 km north of Alibaug, Mandwa is a small and quaint village and is known for its calm waters, and beautiful and quiet beach.

The beach is accompanied by a quiet and quintessential village on one side dotted with coconut palm groves and the Kihim beach on the other end which is a nature lovers paradise (bird watching galore – no pun intended 😉 ) The jungle of Kihim has varieties of rare flowers, butterflies and birds. One can also enjoy perfect tent stay and a wonderful surfing. On the other hand, Mandwa captures the visitor’s heart with its overwhelming serene atmosphere.

The place is of mixed heritage and every bit of the landscape around you speaks just that. While the Kolaba Fort nearby speaks stoically of the Maratha architecture, a visit to the nearby Chaul speaks about the heavy Portugese aura that lingers on still.

To say more the place is dotted with Buddhist caves, the Hamam Khana, a church, a temple and even a synagogue – need I explain diversity anymore?

The most in vogue and popular holiday along the beaches of Kihim are the tent holidays and prior booking is a must if one wants to avoid disappointment. Tents can be hired throughout the year except during the monsoons. To see the night sky dotted with stars lying on an un-spoilt beach – BLISS is often re-fined here!

The place is easily accessible by road and rail, but if one wants to indulge completely in the holiday mood – the ferry ride is ‘the’ thing to do! Rewas is the nearest sea port 6 kilometers away, from Kihim and regular ferry services are available from Mumbai to Rewas (except during monsoons).

A quiet getaway filled with serene beaches and just the sound of splashing waves. The Gateway 108 miles away speaks home is not far away and when back the heart standing at the Gateway reassures yet again that a get away is not too far! Soon again.

Trivia: Mandwa in Marathi means a marriage booth (pandal) – guess the romantic scenery inspired many a love birds to tie the knot – the sea witness to the love :P. Che Ma – it couldn’t inspire me enough it seems 😆 .. Sponsor me for Greece next time 😉

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