Sawantwadi Vengurla Tourism Guide

Sawantwadi and Vengurla are two talukas of the Sindhudurg district of Kokan region. The region is formed of hills with lush green foliage mainly of cashew, mango, coconut, and different kinds of berry trees. Sawantwadi was formerly the capital of the Kingdom of Sawantwadi, ruled by the Bhonsle royal clan of the Marathas. The major tourist places of Sawantwadi are Amboli, Sawantwadi Palace, Sawantwadi lake and also famous for crafted wooden industry. Vengurla is located at 30 km from Sawantwadi and well known for its beautiful beaches.

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Tourist Places (Forts, Historical Places, Heritage Sites, Museums) in Sawantwadi and Vengurla

Yashwantgad Fort, Vengurla

Yashwantgad is in ruined condition with its walls. However it offers fantastic view confluence of the creek and the sea. More Information

Moti Talav, Sawantwadi

Moti Talav is a lake situated amidst of city and also has boating facility. One can roam around the lake or can visit Sawantwadi Palace opposite to lake. The Children Park is located nearby the lake with little kid play facility.

Narendra Dongar and Garden, Sawantwadi

Narendra Dongar (hill) is located at the south-western sideways of the city of Sawantwadi at the height of 300 foot. Surrounded by lush green forest, it is popular local picnic spot with Children Park and garden. The green mountain is also popular for natural herbs as well as sunset.

Manohar-Santoshgad Fort

Manohar - Santoshgad Fort are twin forts located near Amboli at Sawantwadi. The three-cornered fort has a temple of Goddess Parvati. There is a narrow valley which separates the two fort heads. The twin forts are considered to have been built during the rule of the Marathas.

Beaches in Vengurla

Mochemad Beach, Vengurla

Mochemad beach is small and beautiful beach is surrounded by Suru plantations. The beach is located in Mochemad village at a distance of 10 km from Vengurla in Sindhudurg district. The beach is a picturesque sight enclosed by high mountain ranges and hills. This small and beautiful beach is ideal for quiet and cool holiday.More Information

Nivati Beach, Vengurla (15 km from Vengurla and 20 km from Malvan)

Nivati beach is isolated area of white sand blessed with clear blue water. Nivati Beach is famous for dolphin site and offers beautiful view of playing dolphin. Nearby Hardika beach resort offers dolphin rides and backwater cruise. More Information

Sagareshwar Beach, Vengurla

Sagareshwar is popular for clean and safe beach in Kokan coastal. More Information

Velagar Shiroda Beach, Vengurla

Velagar beach is beautiful, calm and clean beach and has resorts/hotels nearby. More Information

Hill Station near Sawantwadi Vengurla

Amboli, Sindhudurg

Amboli is picturesque hill station with dense forests and rich bio diversity, scenic valleys and awesome waterfalls. This natural eco hotspot has diversified bio sphere has rare species of plants and wildlife. Amboli is also called as Cherrapunji of Maharashtra and becoming hot monsoon tourist destination for its stunning waterfalls from Mumbai and Kolhapur. In other seasons also, the small hill station is becoming popular tourist destination because of its natural beauty and quiet place. It is located 65 km from Belgaum, 390 km from Pune, 145 km from Kolhapur and 550 km from Mumbai. The tourist places of Amboli are Amboli waterfall, Nangartas Waterfall, Hiranyakeshi Temple, Swyambhu Ganesh Temple, Madhavgad Point, Narayangad, Amboli Palace, Shirgaonkar Point, Parikshit Point and Manohargad- Manasantoshgad point.More Information

Gaganbawda, Kolhapur

Gaganbawda is unexplored hill station accessible from Kolhapur, Pune or Mumbai. Gaganbawda is also famous for Gagangad fort, Gagangiri Ashram and Pandav caves. More Information

Wildlife and Nature Trails in Sawantwadi Vengurla

Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary, Kolhapur (100 km from Sawantwadi)

Situated on the borders of Kolhapur and Sindhudurg, the thin forest of Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary is home to bison, wild deer, chital, gawa and other wild animals and birds.

Adventure Tourism in Sawantwadi

Sawantwadi Agro Tourism Center, Vangani (

Sawantwadi Agro Tourism Center, Vangani is an agro tourism place developed by a Shri Vishwanath Sawant in 2002. The activities conducted by the center are rappelling, rock climbing, river crossing, Burma bridge, commando bridge, net crossing and fan fox. It also has swimming pool, rain dance, mini train and fisheries. Further the it arranges bird watching, snake handling, astronomy, magic show, camping and riffling.

Pilgrimages (Temples, Churches, Masjids, Gurudwara) in Sawantwadi Vengurla

Redi Ganpati Mandir, Redi

Dedicated to Shri Ganesha, this beautiful idol is six feet, self-originated and two handed. More Information

Vetoba Temple, Aravali

Vetoba temple is dedicated to Vetoba, God of Ghosts. On annual fair, devotees offer Vetoba a pair of sandals and bunch of bananas. More Information

Hiranyakeshi, Amboli (5 km from Amboli bus stand)

Hiranyakeshi is place where river Hiranyakeshi originates in a cave which also has temple of God Shiva. The religious place is quite peaceful and attracts many devotees.

Shri Mauli Devi Mandir, Sonurli

Also known as Pandharpur of South Kokan, Shri Mauli Devi Mandir is dedicated to Goddess Mauli and located at 4 km from Sawantwadi railway station and 13 km from Sawantwadi bus depot. The temple is 500 years old and has four sections of Main Internal Sanctum, External Sanctum, Internal court hall, external Hall. The Annual festival is celebrated on occasion of Tripuri Pornima in month of Kartik (November). Many devotees from Mumbai, Kolhapur, Belgaum and other cities come on this occasion of annual fair called as Sonurli Jatra.

For Other Nearby Tourist Attraction, check Malvan Tourist Guide.

Cultural and Art Galleries in Sawantwadi 

Sawantwadi Palace, Sindhudurg

This old Rajwada is now place for exhibition of handicrafts items, photographs and old antique items. Moti Talav is located opposite to Rajwada with a panoramic background of Narendra Hills and can take ride on peddle boat for leisure. Market for wooden toys is with walking distance from lake and Rajwada. More Information

For Nearby Tourist Attraction, Check Malvan Tourist Guide.

Eating Spots in Sawantwadi 

Ø Bhalekar's Mahalakshmi Bhojanalay, Sawantwadi

(SH-123, Sawantwadi, Maharashtra 416510, Contact No.9421145184)

Ø Lakeview Restaurant, Sawantwadi

Ø Hotel Sadhle Mess, Sawantwadi

Ø Savali Restaurant, Sawantwadi

Ø Naaz, Sawantwadi

Shopping in Sawantwadi Vengurla

Ø Sawantwadi Bazar, Sindhudurg

Sawantwadi town is famous for crafted wooden objects such as toys, decorative items by local artists. The popular wooden items are various fruits, vegetables, birds and vehicles - bullock cart, cycle, train, fire brigade van, truck, police jeep etc. These are beautifully carved and nicely coloured. The market is located opposite to lake and some shops near bus depot.

Other Important Tourist Information about Sawantwadi Vengurla

Ø How to Reach Sawantwadi

Nearest Railway Station is Dabolim (Goa) with 67 km and Sambre (Belgaum) with 76 km. Nearest Railway Station is Sawantwadi. Buses are available from other cities of Maharashtra

Mumbai to Sawantwadi- 510 km

Pune to Sawantwadi- 380 km

Kolhapur to Sawantwadi- 170 km

Belgaum to Sawantwadi- 100 km

Ø How to Reach Vengurla ( 30 km from Sawantwadi)

Buses are available from Sawantwadi, Malvan and Mumbai to reach Sawantwadi. Nearest railway station is Sawantwadi Road.

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