The entire area in the vicinity of Alibaug which includes the villages of Revdanda, Chaul, Nagaon, Akshi, Varsoli, Thal, Navgaon, Kihim, and Aawas were together known as “Ashtagare” (Eight Villages). It has been a home to several communities like Hindus, Muslims, Portuguese Christians, Bene Israel Jews and Parsis. Apart from being famous for its picturesque beauty, this region also holds a great historical significance. Alibag, is a combination of two words: ‘Ali’ that is a name of a person and ‘Bag/Baag/Baug’ that is garden. Thus, Alibag/ Alibaug can be translated as ‘Ali’s Garden’. It is said that the name comes from a rich Bene Israeli person named Ali/Eli, who dug many wells and gardens in the area. He had several mango and coconut plantations in his gardens. Hence the locals called it “Alichi Bagh” which with time became Alibaug.