Alibaug region has some very beautiful temples churches and synagogues which are worth visiting while on a holiday to Alibaug. Chaul, a historic town under the Portugese rule near Albaug is a place that you need to visit if you want to see old temples churches or synagogues in Alibaug. Rameshwar temple is one of the important temples in Chaul.
Temples in Alibaug
The konkan coastline houses some of the most visited temples in Maharashtra and the shoreline of Alibaug is no different. There are a few temples in Alibaug which are worth a visit even if not with a religious intent. The Birla temple is a must visit especially if you are staying in Nagaon or Akshi and if you sre staying Kihim side the Kankeshwar temple is worth a visit.
Bet El Jewish Synagogue
Bet El Synagogue is located in Chaul about 20 kms from Alibaug. A synagogue with a unique structure, Bet El is an almost 100 years old structure built in konkani style.
Located about 3 kms from Kihim Kankeshwar temple is located atop a hill near Mapgaon. "Brahma Kund" a rectangular tank with steps on all four sides with a semblence to 'Pushkarni' in Hampi is the main attraction of the temple.
20 Kms from Alibaug on the Alibaug – Roha route near Salav village is the beautiful 'Birla Mandir'. Built atop a hillock Birla mandir has Ganesha as the main diety. The idol of Ganesha is placed on a marble nave which is intricately carved. The idols of ‘Riddhi and Siddhi’ are placed on either sides of the Ganesha idol. There are small temples of ‘Radha-Krishna’, ‘Shiv-Parvati’ and ‘Suryadeva’ also in the Birla mandir. Aarti at the Birla mandir is performed at at 9.00 am and 7.00 pm everyday.
Lady of Mount Carmel
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is an old church located in Korlai which was established in 1741. From the church one can see the bastions of the Portugese fort stretching onto the sea.