Sawantwadi is a scenic town situated in the Konkan region of Maharashtra in the Sindhudurg district. It is located on the National Highway (NH17) that connects Mumbai and Goa.
It is popular stop for people commuting to Mumbai or Goa for refreshment and rest. It is closely built town where everything is situated near each other making it an ideal pitstop for tourists.
The local cuisine here is that of Malvani food known for it's spicy food of curries and fries.
Being close to the Konkan side and Goa, little of Konkani Cuisine as also seeped in, thus you can find konkani styled fishes and Kokum Juice which is refreshing juice to have during summers.
There are decent lodging facilities in Sawantwadi. Because it is not a popular tourist place, getting accommodation isn't difficult. Usually tourists check in at Sawantwadi for overnight stays between train journeys however, one can stay longer for rest and peace as it is an ideal location for a quiet holiday.
Buses, taxis and rickshaws are readily available here. Being a popular pitstop for tourists, there are even share rickshaws and taxis available in Sawantwadi.
A single day is sufficient to explore Sawantwadi and it can be a one day pitstop in your itinerary to rest and rejuvenate yourself. Start with the Palace, the early you go the lesser tourist rush you'll come across and will be able to easily tour the palace. You can have lunch at a local restaurant and try some delicious Malvani - Konkani cuisine. Post lunch, you can visit the Raghunath Market and indulge in some shopping. Evening can be spent boating at the Moti Lake and as the sun sets and the lights come up you can see the beautiful palace lit up against the night sky.
Though hotels are available even during peak seasons, it is best to enquire beforehand especially if you plan to stay for a few days.