Sawantwadi

 

Sawantwadi is a miniature replica of Konkan training along the Western Ghats of India. It is replete with Ecological and Cultural Heritage providing rich and unique bio-diversity with interesting eco-tourism locations such as Narendra Hills and Narendra Forest Park as well as heritage spots such as Rajwada (Royal Palace), Mathi and several others. Monsoon rain water of Western Ghats canalized on to lake and absorbing the rest deep underground provides the small town lush greenery throughout the year and creates ecological wonders like Atmeshwar Tali.

Rich, cultural, artistic and cultural heritage of Sawantwadi is the lifeline of it's economy. Colourful wooden toys seen in most parts of India and manufactured in Sawantwadi. These local tradition going back to seventh century using simple raw material such as timber, paper-mache and lacquer. The artisans of Sawantwadi creates colourful toys painted with natural dyes. The local artisans are skilled in the art of painting of playing card (Ganjifa), wooden and slay artifacts, jewellery and other embellishment. The painting have intricate patterns depicting royal life style as well as spiritual beliefs of the people in the region dating back almost the 7th century.

Sawantwadi is an interesting Tourist Circuit. It is the entry point from famous tourist place Goa. The famous hill station Amboli which is known as queen of hills. Amboli is also known for wild life. National Highway No. 17 passes through Sawantwadi. Sawantwadi road railway station is ten minutes run and Dabolim-Goa Airport is one and half hour run from this city. Major cities like Belgaum (Karnataka) Kolhapur (Maharashtra) and Panjim-Goa are 100 kms. and 50 kms.


 

In rainy season this area looks like newly bride with green sari, endowed beauty. The delicious fruits like Mango (Alphonso)- The King of fruits, Jackfruit, Cashew Nuts, Jamoon, Kokam etc. can't stop you having its taste. Nature endowed the city with beauty which justifies its name Sundarwadi on geographical account Sawantwadi is a fine example of peripheral city. On the periphery of Moti Talaw this beautiful city is situated. The famous Moti Talao is a pearl situated in natural beautiful shell. Sawantwadi surrounded by high green tree & Hills - Narendra, Amboli, Sahyadri.


The oldest Ruling Family in Konkan (Maharashtra) are the Sawant Bhonsles of Sawantwadi. The Kingdom was established in the year 1627 by Khem Sawant I. In the year 1692 Khem Sawant II established Sawantwadi as his capital which was a part of the Village of Charatha. Here he built a fort known as "Nava Kot" (New Fort).

The Gadi of Sawant - Bhonsale Dynasty of Sawantwadi was founded here by Shri. Khem Sawant I. His grandson Lakhan Sawant who was a contemporary of Great Shivaji Maharaj use to occupy at all times. A fort situated on a hill in the village Charatha. Since it was a well protected area. After his death his brother's son Khem Sawant II built another fort on the side of the lake, also in the same village and called it Sundarwadi. This became capital of state in 1690.

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