Had been to Alibaug with friends recently, after being warned about pollution and oil in water and trust me, the experience was very unpleasant. We are not the regular kind of folks taking air at the beach and visited with the express purpose of swimming.
Kihim Beach is located between Mandwa /Rewas and Alibaug. It epitomizes what has gone wrong in our tourist policy and is filled with the types of people, to whom picnics mean listening in a group to loud music on the transistor radio, or playing *antakshari* based on Hindi film-songs, and eating junk food straight out of plastic bags and disposing of them on the beach without any consideration to consequences.
The beach is very small , and the gap between water and construction is not more than 5o meters, there are sharp rocks all around in the many portions of the beach and u could definitely cut your feet there. Worse the whole beach is highly polluted and very very saline and filled with plastic waste. I found visiting cards milk packets and chips packets etc in the water. The beach was swarming with picnicking mumbaikars on weekends and as it was holi (dry day) some of them were slightly drunk. Most would play loud music and dance around their cars not harass other revelers. Some even took to the shallows but in their own group, but a bunch of Up imports suddenly decided to get in the water stone drunk carrying their kingfisher strong loudly singing Holi khele Raghubeera..awadh mein Holi khele Raghubeera, one of them clad in banyan and chaddi was scary drunk and freaked my foreign return friend out. Luckily the drunk soon made his getaway and went and slept on the beach soon enough.
I would recommend an avoid on this one if u are a swimmer like me.Thanks Vivek for some of your quotes.