Lying in the Konkan belt of Maharashtra, Sawantwadi is a beautiful hill station, perfect for a weekend getaway from Mumbai and also Pune. Located in the Sahyadri Mountains at an altitude of 690 meters above the sea level, this hill town has been blessed with lush green forests, beautiful valleys, overflowing lakes, various tourist attractions and pleasant climate. A visit to Sawantwadi proves to be an ideal refreshing retreat from the stressful hustle-bustle of the city life. Treat your eyes to the lush greenery spread all around. It is not only a paradise for nature lovers and holiday makers, but is also an excellent place to get your hands on some amazing wooden handicrafts, which you can take back home in the form of souvenirs.
How to Reach Sawantwadi
Mumbai (CSTM) railway station is well-connected to Sawantwadi Road (SWV) railway station by a few trains. You can get on-board a train from Mumbai to Sawantwadi.
The nearest airport to Sawantwadi is in Belgaum, which is located at a distance of 64 km. Belgaum airport is connected to Mumbai by regular domestic flights. Once you get down at the Belgaum airport, you can hire a taxi to go to Sawantwadi.
It will be suitable that you rent a cab from Mumbai to Sawantwadi. There is also an option of going aboard a state-run bus or even a tourist luxury bus to Sawantwadi from Mumbai.
Pune Junction is connected to Sawantwadi Road (SWV) railway station by a few trains.
Belgaum airport is the nearest airport to Sawantwadi that is around 64 km away. Pune and Belgaum airports are connected by regular domestic flights. After you get down at the airport in Belgaum, rent a cab to Sawantwadi.
Renting a cab from Pune to Sawantwadi is a suitable option. However, there are state-run as well as luxury bus to Sawantwadi from Pune.
Attractions in Sawantwadi
Sawantwadi Palace, the most popular and probably the oldest attraction of Sawantwadi and has passed the test of time and natural calamities. This splendid property has an archived that is worth admiring and boasts of beautiful impressive carvings. The palace interior contains amazing paintings which showcase the regal lifestyle of the royalty of the 6th and 7th century.
Moti Bag and Talao
Moti Talao or Moti Talav is an enchanting lake site along with a beautiful well-manicured garden. During your visit to this lake, you can enjoy boat riding and fishing. You can also indulge in a leisure walk white admiring the beautiful scenery. The lake is open to public all round the clock. From this lake, one can have a clear view of the Sawantwadi Palace.
Located in close proximity to Amboli in Sawantwadi, Manohargad and Santoshgad are beautiful twin forts. Triangular in shape, both these forts have a plateau of substantial size. A narrow valley between the two forts separates the 2 forts. It is believed that both these forts were erected during the reign of the Marathas and the Peshwas.
Chitarali is an excellent place where the tourists can get their hands on some amazing wooden toys as well as other handicraft items including jewellery boxes, Ganjifa cards, popular exotic lacquer ware, hand-knit bags, purses, bamboo craft and earthen pottery. Buy them as souvenirs and keepsakes.
Placed in Sawantwadi, Narendra hills comprise of land that boasts of a varied forest and several spots from where the tourists can have some great sunset as well as sunset views. You can also visit the Narendra Van Udyan that is a garden on the top. You can enjoy picnic with your loved ones there.