Till 1850 Sawantwadi was known as Sunderwadi (A beautiful locality). The name Sawantwadi came into the practice because of surname of this erstwhile state’s ruling family of Khem-sawants. The palace was earlier atop Narendra hill. Khemsawant III constructed the existing palace in late 18th century (Construction period 1755-1803). The famous Moti-Talao (Talao-lake) built in front of the palace in 1874 has added to its beauty. Now the palace is a pride of Sawantwadi.
The ruling family has been supporting the local artisans in a big way. The ‘Ganjifa Art’, ‘lacer work’, ‘woodwork painting’ date back to 18th century. In the palace, training sessions and workshops are conducted for new generation of artisans. This has been a major attraction for Domestic as well as foreign tourists. The present Queen-mother H.H. Satwashiladevi has taken keen personal interest in promotion of these arts. To add variety to the traditional designs in Ganjifa she interacted with the artisans of Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Kerala and Vishnupura.
What to buy here: Wooden toys and fruits are very famous in Sawantwadi. Visitors buy decorative items made out of wood while in Sawantwadi.
Map: Sawantwadi map
Accommodation is available in Sawantwadi town.
By Air: Nearest airport is Dabolim, Goa - 87 Kms
By Railway: Nearest railway station is Sawantwadi Road on Konkan Railway.
By Road: It’s less than a kilometer from Sawantwadi Bus Stand.
Mumbai – Sawantwadi, 499 Kms
Pune – Sawantwadi, 379 Kms.
Kolhapur – Sawantwadi, 165 Kms
Near by Places to see:
Moti Talao: This is in front of the palace.
Raghunath Market: Raghunath Market is yet another speciality of Sawantwadi.
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 the top of 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.
(content by Prasad Ghanekar)