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Murud

Konkani Fortress

If history, quietude, nature and lip-smacking food comprise your bucket list for any travel, then Murud is the hidden gem that your travelogue has long been waiting for. Located barely 5 hours from Mumbai, Murud is a quiet township in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, one of leading producers of the king of fruits – The Alphonso Mango.

Murud came up as a township in 1885 by the British for administration purposes. Located about 50 kilometres south of Alibaug, Murud is known for its numerous sea forts, chief among which is the Murud Janjira. Murud is also home to the Palace of Nawad Siddi, head of the Siddi Dynasty that seized the Murud Janjira Fort at the time before the Maratha Sardar’s came to prominence.

The beaches of Murud are clean and pristine, with shacks and stalls outside serving delicious Konkani dishes to one and all. Alibaug as well is one of the more popular beaches in the Raigad region and in addition to its natural beauty, also has an array adventure activities for thrill seekers.

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Konkan Beaches

As Pristine As It Gets!

The Konkan belt is known for its white sand and pristine clean beaches. While visiting a beach in Alibaug or Murud, when the water recedes, the sight of the wet sea floor partially visible is one to bring out the photographer in all of us. Although the Alibaug beach itself is fairly popular, be sure to visit some of the quieter beaches around like the Varsoli beach and enjoy a fresh seafood meal in one of the local carts just outside the beach.

Murud Janjira

The Sea Fortress

An old 15th century fort built in the sea, the Murud Janjira fort is located about 50 kms south of Alibaug. If the fort itself isn’t enough, a drive through the lush green konkan belt most certainly will. 
 

Kolaba & Other Sea Forts

Fort-ti-tude

Another fortress located 2 kms into the sea, the Kolaba fort, a former military base, is accessible on boats and jetties from the alibaug beach. The architecture and the view from the fort walls is as intriguing in its form as it is in the history that goes with it.

To complete the list of sea fortresses in the belt, we also have the Underi Sea Fort, located 15 kms north of Alibaug, built as an extended part of the inland Khanderi fort. The prominent fort walls.

activities

Dining at Mandwa Jetty

No longer just a ferry tale

Ferrying tourists from the gateway of India in Mumbai, the Mandwa Jetty is often the gateway to the Konkan region for tourists not wanting to undertake the 3 and a half hour car ride. Located 20 kms north of Alibaug and another 48 kms from Murud, the Jetty has, over the past few years, gained popularity for a different reason. With new and swanky restro-bars being opened along the jetty, with the Arabian sea wrapping its calming arms all around them, the place is thronged by many from Mumbai and Pune to simply enjoy the new-found vibe of the region.

Important to note - the jetty and its restaurants remain shut during the monsoons. 
 

how to get there

Murud is well connected to other major cities in the region by road. Although a drive is the most commonly preferred travel route, a train journey, as well as a ferry ride from Mumbai to the Mandwa jetty, can be relied upon. 

By Air: Nearest Airport to Murud is Mumbai - 142 kms

By Train: Nearest railway stations to Murud is Roha - 37 kms

By Road:

Mumbai to Murud - 146 kms via NH66

Pune to Murud - 181 kms via Mumbai Pune Highway

Alibaug to Murud - 50 kms via Revdanda Murud Rd

Goa to Murud - 528 kms via NH48

Hyderabad to Murud - 740 kms via NH65

when to visit

Weather in Murud being as pleasant as its pristine beaches have the weather gods smiling brightly on the town all year round. While the monsoons mean the sea remains out-of-bounds from June to August, the rains compensate by make the region's green vibrance come alive. 

The temperatures in Alibaug range from a comfortable 15 degrees in the winters to a bearably warm 38 degrees in the peak summers.

Local cuisine

Konkani Cuisine

Coastal Delight

The Konkan cuisine is one of the most loved cuisines across India. While rice is the staple base of most dishes, it is generally paired with a palate of vegetables, fish, coconut and the most delicious array that the Arabian has to offer. Use of nuts especially peanuts and cashew nuts is also quite common in the cuisine, as are the hottest of spices of the region.

While no list can do justice to the culinary delights of the Konkan belt, here are some of the local delicacies we recommend one to gorge on - Kurkuron bombeel (crispy fried Bombay duck), Surmai / Pomfret fry, Kombadi-Wade with Chicken Curry, sol-kadhi (a tangy smooth appetiser), kelyache panchamrut (a sweet medley of bananas and vegetables), tisrya-che kavlan (clams in thick spicy masala), Javalyache Lonche (baby prawns), kelphoola-chi bhaji, (a Konkan favorite, made of banana flower), Jackfruit bhaji, Kaju Usal, Ambole (like Appam or thick sada Dosa) and Lord Ganesha’s favorite steamed delight, the popular Modak (made up of sugar / Jaggery and rice flour). 

Local Shopping

Shopping in Alibaug & Murud

She Sells Sea Shells On The Sea Shore

No journey is complete until you take home some souvenirs to make your trip memorable. Therefore shopping is always a priority for every tourist. The local knick-knacks are the best things to shop for to take back home. You will find some really pretty Kolhapuri chappals in most of the local bazaars in Murud & Alibaug. Besides this, antique jewellery, junk jewellery and bags are items that you can check out. 

The tourists can go for street shopping in the city where various souvenirs are available at cheap prices. The chief shoppers stops in Murud and Alibaug comprise of shack and shops along the beach which sell local items ranging from apparels to sea shells and local artefacts.

Although not a typical shopping item, the local onions, or locally known as the Khandale Kande, are also popular given its special medicinal values. For sea food lovers, the township is nothing short of an absolute paradise. To take back with you, try and get your hands on the local prawn pickles. 

Raigadi bazaar, which is just about a kilometre away from the Alibaug beach, is the main market of the area! The place is populated with thousands of small and medium-sized shops with a variety of remembrancers on display. During holiday seasons and weekends, this bazaar area remains crowded with visitors throughout the evening. The prices are quite reasonable too. 
 

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