Sawantwadi - DOT-Maharashtra Tourism
Sawantwadi is on the western coast of Maharashtra, India. It is a taluka in the Sindhudurg district. Located at the Sahyadri mountains at an altitude of 2263 ft above sea level, Sawantwadi offers various tourist attractions to visitors. The Royal Palace of Sawantwadi is the prominent tourist attraction of the Sindhudurg district.
Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra, India.
Developed by the SawantBhosle dynasty, Sawantwadi is a township almost 300 years old. Sawantwadi province was last ruled by King Shivaji Raje Bhosle who continued independently even after the Independence of India for almost 8 years. The notable history of this town and the glimpse of olden times are visible in the form of the Great Royal Palace of 18th century and Lester gate of late 19th century. Till the 18th century, the kingdom of Sawantwadi comprised of a major portion of district Pendne, Bicholim, Sattari, presently situated in Goa and contemporary Kudal and Vengurla from Sindhudurg district.
Sawantwadi is situated on the west coast of Maharashtra, India, and bounded by the Sahyadri mountains to its east and the Arabian sea at west. As a municipal entity, it has spread over the area of 132.45 KM2 and experiences moderate to gusty winds during the day and gentle winds at night. The relief of the city ranges from plain to undulating including few hills, valleys and flat areas within the city. The geology of the city is characterized by hard laterite in hilly and plain regions and sandy soil along the coastline.
The climate of this place is hot and humid with abundance ofrainfall, the Konkan belt experiences High Rainfall which ranges around 2500 mm to 4500 mm. The temperature reaches up to 30 degrees Celsius during this season.
Summers are hot and humid, and the temperature touches 40 degrees Celsius.
Winters in the region have comparatively milder climate (around 28 degrees Celsius), and the weather remains Cool and Dry
Things to do
Tourists can visit the Sawantwadi market on Tuesday for some quick shopping. Here one can find some easy-to-carry and travel bag-friendly packs of local delicacies. These include cashew nut ladoos and jackfruit products.
Sawantwadi is popularly known for Lacquer crafts, wooden toys and artificial fruit making.
Shilpgram at Sawantwadi is a place where local manufacturers make and sell handicraft items such as Ganjifa cards, jewellery boxes, traditional lacquerware, bamboo craft, earthen pottery, hand-knit bags and purses. The most exciting part about a visit to the Shilpgram is that the artists make these crafts in front of Visitors.
MotiTalao is also a tourist attraction in Sawantwadi. It is situated in the heart of the city. Tourists can sit around it and enjoy the beautiful view. Colourful fountains in the middle of the lake can be seen after the evening.
Nearest tourist places
Other places to visit along with Sawantwadi:
The Royal Palace: The Royal Palace of Sawantwadi was built by Khem Sawant Bhosle, the ruler of this region during 1755-1803. Wonderfully constructed rooms, war weapons and verdant environs inspire you to get close to the History again. The Queen of the Royal Bhosle family still resides in the palace and shares interesting narratives with tourers on selected days.
Raghunath Market: Popular as an important handicraft centre of India, Raghunath Market is approximately 150 years old market established in Sawantwadi. The market is an excellent place to purchase Konkani handicrafts. This market is well-known for the ideal Konkani cuisine like Agul, Amla Juice and Kokum Sharbat.
AmboliGhat: Amboli is within a driving distance from Sawantwadi (31 KM - 1hours). Amboli Ghat is a perfect destination for a one or two day trip. It is a mountain pass in the Sahyadri, which is surrounded by thick forests, waterfalls and a beautiful natural landscape. During monsoon season, the ghat is at its supremacy in terms of its beauty.
Yashwantgad (Redi Fort): Travel Duration from Sawantwadi to Yashwantgad is 1 hour 15 minutes (45.2 KM). It is an amazing place to pay a visit especially if you are fond of old archaeological places. The fort was built by Marathas between 1707 and 1713. The entire fort is covered by dense trees and their roots. Once you reach the top of the fort you can catch a sight of the beach and feel the gentle cool breeze. The view from here is fascinating and gorgeous.
Redi beach: The beach is connected to the Redi fort. It has a far-reaching white sand view with sparkling white water in the company of tall coconut trees and a cashew plantation along the beach. The beach is untouched and gorgeous due to lesser familiarity amongst the tourists.
Atmeshwar Tali and Temple: Atmeshwar Tali is a very unique place in itself due to the presence of an ancient temple called Atmeshwar Temple. The temple is very vibrant and is well known for its "Shivling". Atmeshwar Temple holds supreme religious importance and hence has attraction among the tourists since it is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Velagar Beach: Velagar beach is located at a distance of 39.9 KM from Sawantwadi. The beach offers camel rides and water sports activities. Mesmerizing natural beauty accompanied by sparkling blue waters and a long whitesandsbars, tall Casuarina plantations and musical sea breeze on the beach is nothing lesser than a treat for the tourists.
Special food speciality and hotel
Being on the coastal part of Maharashtra, rice and seafood is the speciality of this place which includes dishes like Bangda (mackerel), crab gravy and fried prawns etc. On the land side, the regional speciality is kombdi vade, chicken curry mopped up with a puff of fried bread (vade).
There are various restaurants here that serve a variety of cuisines.
Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station
Various hotels and resorts are available in Sawantwadi.
Hospitals are located at a short distance.
The nearest post office is available at 0.9 KM in 3 minutes of distance.
The nearest police station is located at 1.2 KM in 3 minutes of distance via Motitalao road.
Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit
It is accessible throughout the year, but Winters and the early summers are the best time to visit. The midsummers get excessively hot, and the roads are not always in the best condition during the rainy season. Hence, an ideal time to be in Sawantwadi is between the months of September and March. There are no visiting rules as such.
Language spoken in area
English, Hindi, Marathi, Malvani, Konkani.
Sawantwadi once was the princely state established in 1580 CE by Khem Sawant Bhosale. The royal palace adjacent to the Moti talav is an ancestral residence of the royal Sawant family even today. Some part of this palace is now converted into the museum. It showcases lacquer artifacts, the Ganjifas, some stone images and also showcases a history of ancestors. The royal family always supported an art and the artisans by all means. Credit for this must go to the royal family who invited skilled craftsmen with traditional knowledge to settle in the town.
There are some places to visit apart from its wooden art. Moti Talav, a water reservoir located in the centre of the city, is so named because it glitters under starlight and is worth a visit. Mathewada is where the tombs of the royal family are located. There is a beautiful garden named after veteran freedom fighter Jagannathrao Bhonsale which is spread over an area of 5 acres.
A coastal strip of land, bound by the Sahyadri hills on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west, it is Konkan, rich in mineral resources, and offers long stretches of clean, sandy beaches, overflowing lakes, dense forests, simple people, old temples, curvy roads, and bustling seaside towns. And amidst this all is Sawantwadi. This is a small and picturesque town in Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra, also known for its quintessential Konkani food. But there’s something more unique to the place and that’s in the form of the centuries-old traditional art of making wooden toys, Ganjifas (name given to an ancient card game), and more.