The Kihim Beach is a quiet sandy abode where tourists can enjoy light water sports and relax in the beautiful guest houses and MTDC resorts. For those planning a weekend trip to this beach heres more on how to reach and nearby places to visit.
Water Sports at Kihim Beach
Tourists can enjoy quite a few water sport activities on this beach. Some that are quite popular are:
Banana Boat Rides: In this ride, visitors sit on an inflatable banana boat which is then pulled by jet skis. Ideally, the ride costs Rs.100 per person.
Jet Skiing: Since the water here is not very deep, people can enjoy jet skiing too. Prices can be anywhere between Rs.200 to Rs. 500 for two people.
Parasailing: Experienced professionals and guides offer parasailing here. Each session may cost about Rs.1000 per person.
Bumper Rides: In this ride, groups sit on small inflatable boats which are then pulled around by high speed boats. These rides ideally cost Rs.200 per person.
Note: Most of these activities are not available during the monsoons as Kihim receives heavy rainfall during the rainy months.
How To Reach
Kihim is located to the North of Alibaug and is quite well connected with Mumbai and Pune.
Train: The railway station at Pen is the closest to Kihim. It is at a distance of 30 km.
Ferry: People coming to Kihim from Mumbai can also avail the passenger boat service that ferries people from Gateway of India and Bhaucha Dhakka to Mandwa and Kihim.
Road: MSRTC buses can be availed to reach Kihim from Alibaug.
People coming from Mumbai can drive down the NH-17 and then take the state route that connects from Wadkhal.
Auto-rickshaws are readily available here but it is advisable to negotiate the rates before boarding as the fares are not regulated by any government body.
Nearby Places To Visit
Awas Beach: This is a quiet beach 4.3 km away from Kihim beach. It is quite peaceful and far away from the maddening crowd.
Kanakeshwar Devasthan Temple: This is a peaceful Shiva temple atop a hill. Visitors have to climb about 700 steps to reach the temple but the view from the top is excellent.
Kolaba Fort: Situated at a distance of 1 km from the beach is this sea fort built by Shivaji.
Karmakar Museum: This museum with over 150 sculptures made by Nanasaheb Karmarkar on display is another good place to visit when in Kihim. The museum is about 18 km from the beach.
Since not too many people come to Kihim all year round, Bed and Breakfast facilities are mostly managed by locals here.
Aarhah Holiday Home: A well-maintained guest house at a walking distance from the beach.
Address: Behind Ram Temple, Kihim Beach Lane, Off Chondi Market Junction, Kihim Beach, Alibaug, Kihim, Maharashtra 402201
Arte Cottage: With the beach just about 2 mins away and great food and good ambience, this holiday resort is a great place to stay in Kihim.
Address: Kalbhairav Lane, Arte Wadi, Alibaug Taluka, Kihim, Maharashtra 402206
U Tropicana Alibaug: This is a fantastic resort that offers world class facilities and excellent service. This facility is located at a distance of 3.9 km from the beach.
Address: Chondi Naka, Mapgaon, Alibag, Maharashtra 402201
MTDC Resort Kihim: This is a unique resort that offers separate tents for guests. Of all the other MTDC resorts, this guest house is the most popular as it provides a rustic feel along with all the modern amenities.
Kihim beach makes for a perfect weekend getaway as tourists coming here can indulge in light water sports as well as spend some comfortable time with friends and family away from the bustle of cities.