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Sawantwadi Travel Guide

The Konkan belt of Maharashtra is blest with natural beauty in copiousness. Mountain ranges, overflowing lakes, abundant forests, great people and astonishing culinary spreads; Konkan has it all and so it gets as no surprise when Sawantwadi reflects every bit of the Konkani flavor. A holiday trip to Sawantwadi an average sized township in Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra is certainly to enamour the human senses and plunk right to the bottom of the heart and remain there forever. For the lost souls, Sawantwadi is also one of the entranceways to the ever beguiling Goa.

Sawantwadi is beleaguered by abundant forests and mounds from tri-directions and is blest with the warding presence of Arabian Sea from the fourth quarter. Conferred by Mother Nature, Sawantwadi swanks of irreproducible biodiversity, which cuddles a wide form of wildlife including leopards, bison, tiger, wild boar etc. The medicinal herbs and trees in the circumferential forests are refreshfully maintained and heartwarming. A famous market for the towns and villages in the locality trade booms in coconut, cashew nut, betelnut, fish and marvelously crafted wooden articles.

The Sawant Bhonsale dynasty was subservient in anticipating and making the township almost 300 years ago. Sawantwadi province, last reigned by King Shivaji Raje Bhonsale proceeded independently even after Independence of India for around 8 years. The noteworthy history of this town and the marks of past times are seeable in the form of the Great Royal Palace of 18th century, Lester Gate of late 19th century, Atmeshwar Tali of late 19th century, Kolgaon Darwaja around 200 years old and Vithal Mandir.

The locale differentiates in kalasutri, wood products; especially it is wooden toys, bamboo and pottery art and traditional art paintings and chitrakathi. Ganifa Cards hand-crafted from circular pieces of paper describing illumination designs of 10 renascences of lord Vishnu are being made here since over 300 years. The game of Ganghifa (102 cards game) was designed, developed and spread by Sawantwadians. “Shilpa Gram”, the craft village, furnishes an ideal platform to local manufacturers to exhibit their craft and wares to the holidaymakers. Gandhiji was so impressed very much during one of his visits that he addressed Sawantwadi, the “Ramarajya” (Utopia).

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