The coastal town of Alibagh is a municipal council of Raigad District in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, India. The region occupied by the town and its surroundings are the historic boondocks of Bene Israeli Jews. Sarkhel Kanhoji Aangre the naval chief of King Shivaji's Kingdom developed Alibag, in the seventeenth century. The town came to be called as Alibagh, due to the beautiful gardens, of the wealthy Bene Israelite Ali. Besides the regular garden variety flora, numerous plantations of mangoes, coconuts were grown in the garden, so the locals started calling the place Alichi Bagh. The best time to visit Alibag is from November to July, although it can be visited any time of the year. There are a number of other places of interest that one can visit by hiring cabs from Mumbai to Alibag. Car rentals in Alibag also make it easy for people on business trips to commute from one part of the city to another. Travelling by hiring a radio taxi is very convenient and economical, as it allows visitors to visit and explore all the places in and around Alibag. Contemporary Alibag is on the way to Goa from Mumbai, at a distance close to 108 kilometers, via the Mumbai-Goa-Ernakulam National Highway 17. The drive from Mumbai to Alibag by car would take close to three hours. Taxi at Mumbai airport are also available for travelling to Alibag. Alternately, tourists may even hire cabs from Pune to Alibag, and reach by taking the Mumbai-Pune Expressway (a 150 kilometers), which is a four hour drive. The small village of Khandale, which is just three kilometers away from the Alibag-Mumbai highway, heads the Gram Panchayats. Khandale is hedged by Sidheshwar, Kankeshwar and other wonderful Shiva temples, which are visited by hordes of Alibagkars on each ‘Shrawani Somwars’ (Shrawan – the period between July to August; Somwars - Monday). The scenic beauty and allure of these hillocks are also at its peak during the months of Shrawan. White onions grown here are sold all over Maharashtra, and are called as "Khandale Kande". Distinguished by its unique color and sweeter taste, this breed of onions has been an important ingredient in Ayurvedic medicines.