First look at Sawantwadi, and you can be forgiven for wondering if it is a piece of Nainital which has lost its way and landed up at the foot of Western Ghats. The town was the seat of the Royal family of Bhonsles and still retains some of the stately grandeur. It sits in a bowl of lush green hills encircling a huge lake called Moti Talao. The palace gate and the imposing clock tower are reflected in the waters. Tourists can take a round of the lake in a peddle-boat or can simply feast on the emerald beauty while walking in the lakeside gardens. As the sun sets, streetlights come on at once around the complete perimeter of the lake. It is a moment with something extra to make your vacation unforgettable.
Activities to do:
Boating, Speed boating, Paddle boating, scooter boating facilities are available.
By Air: Dabolim, Goa
By Rail: The nearest railhead is Sawantwadi Road on Konkan Railway, 5 kms.
By Road: Mumbai to sawantwadi by Mumbai Goa Highway, 505 Kms
Kankavli to sawantwadi, 53 Kms
Places to see nearby:
Kolgaon Archway: This 300 years old stone archway in Kolgaon village welcomes visitors to Sawantwadi town.
Atmeshwar Tali: Atmeshwar Tali near Vaishyawadi area is a water reservoir created by divine powers of shri Damodar Swami around 300 years back.
Narendra Garden: You can get nice view of Vengurla beaches from Narendra Hill where this garden is located.
Amboli Hill Station : Visit Amboli, a tranquil hill station on the Western Ghats, surrounded by thick forests and tree canopied hills. The sunset point, the origin of Hiranyakeshi river Nagartas fall, Narayangad, Mahadergad, Kawalesad are some major points worth visiting.
(Contributed by Sanjeev Patwardhan)