The name alibaug means ‘The garden of Ali’. The town and its surrounding villages are the historic hinterland of Bene Israeli Jews. There is a synagogue in the “Israel Ali” area of the town. Bene Israelite Ali was a rich man in the city and based on Ali’s gardens this town was named “alibaug”. Alibaug is a captivating coastal town situated in the Raigad district of the Konkan region in the state of Maharashtra. It is an ideal gateway for the inhabitants of Mumbai.
Alibag and its surrounding villages are the historic hinterland of Bene Israeli Jews. There is a synagogue in the “Israel Ali” area of the town
Alibag houses a magnetic observatory which was set up in 1904. It serves as one of the significant observatories forming part of a global network now run by Indian Institute of Geomagnetism. The observatory has two buildings; the first building has magnetometers that record changes occurring in the geomagnetic fields. The second building consists of precision recording instruments, which give data about geomagnetic storms caused by solar storms which is shared with other countries.
Rewdanda, Chaul, Nagaon, Akshi, Varsoli, Thal, Kihim and Aawas villages were known as “Ashtagare