Alibaug (Arunima Takiar, 2019)
your pointed edges
intact sand grains
around your body parts,
unfamiliar time zones
from a past
on happy sojourns,
in shining specks
of beach shimmer
When yours truly wanted to escape for the weekend and was looking for inspiration to write a poem, a quick check online threw up plenty of options, one of them being the enchanting cousin of Mumbai called Alibaug. Enchanting because of its waterfronts mirroring pristine crystal-clear waters, the mesmerizing walks on beaches so deserted they seem private, and a quiet hamlet of holiday homes that BECKON weekend travellers to explore the quirks of life in an unusual way.
It is a mecca for sea-lovers, that quaint community that loves the seaside – from adventure water sports to long walks to camping on beaches – a community that can never get enough of it and is always eager to go back for more. Alibaug is also a haven for city-weary travellers looking for a true taste of rustic living. It is quiet and secluded, away from the monotony of car and truck horns and other city distractions.
I had the privilege of staying at one of the country-resorts in Alibaug for a weekend recently, a much-needed trip that gave relaxation a whole new meaning. U Tropicana – a resort tucked away in the quiet environs of the district – makes for a great weekend getaway. Its lavish suites and villas offer families a taste of comfort and luxury, away from the humdrum of city life.
The resort has a lot of recreation activities for families like swimming, billiards, carrom, cycling etc., which is also a good exercise for the body and mind. They also have a lavish buffet breakfast, offering Indian, continental, cakes, live counter making dosas, juices, cereal, and so on.
Alibaug has untouched beaches (or at least they feel so because of an extremely high level of cleanliness and hygiene) and I visited three of those, doing a quick round-up, as travellers do on short journeys. I am just as much a sea-lover as I am a mountain-lover. I enjoy the sea-side as I do trekking in the mountains, although a mountain trip needs more preparation than a sea-side jaunt.
Alibaug is a gem of a place, so close to Mumbai, and literally an escape, far, far from the maddening crowd – must check it out at the first chance you get!
Image courtesy: Mrs Arunima Takiar