Spanning lush forests, picturesque lakes and towering mountain ranges, the Konkan Belt interwoven with its complex and varying cultural hues makes for a true blessing from Mother Nature.
Sawantwadi, nestled in the south-west of Maharashtra is a town in the Sindhudurg District. The Khem-Sawants, the former ruling family is where the town’s name derives its origins.
Sawantwadi in essence stretches from the Sahayadris or the Western Ghat wall on the east to the Arabian Sea on the west. It’s a poetic place, slow paced, and serves as an ideal place to kick back and introspect, help create endless memories. It reflects Konkan flavor and is a stone throw away from the world famous beaches of Goa.
Earlier Sawantwadi was a strong hold of the Maratha Empire. Later, it became a separate principality which is now referred to as the ethnic Malvani. The people here are attached to their culture, skilled in art & crafts and live here relatively slow, serene lives.
The population majorly includes the Marathas while the Konkanhast Brahmins, Dalits and Malvani Muslims also live here in small numbers.
The Bhalerao Khanaval is one of the famous food joints in Sawantwadi which nobody can afford to miss. This place serves you a platter full of traditional Konkani food, each item cooked with coconut as the governing ingredient.
Tourists here can enjoy and shop for art and craft items. These are prepared in small scale or home based industries and include wooden items like toys and curios, paintings and other artwork and bamboo art. The popular languages spoken in Sawantwadi are Konkani, Marathi, Urdu and English. Those interested in wildlife shouldn’t miss getting a glimpse of wild bisons, leopards, boars and tigers and for the nature lovers, the medicinal herbs and trees.
Tourist Places in Sawantwadi
Sawantwadi, gives you a glimpse of India’s rural yet contemporary flavour with its interesting sights & sounds. Tourists must visit the famous Moti- Talao (Talao-lake) and Royal Palace. Atmeshwar Tali, Narendra Garden, Hanuman mandir, Amboli Hill Station, Kolgaon darwaja, Vitthal Mandir are some interesting sights one must visit.