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|Elevation||111.86 m (366.99 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
The name Sawantwadi came into usage because of the surname of the state's ruling family of Khem-Sawants. Sawant-Bhonsale family were the rulers of Sawantwadi. They also participated in 1857 National Revolt.
The taluka headquarters is Sawantwadi which has a municipal council, which is a local civic body.
Sawantwadi is known for its wooden handicrafts, hand-made cards colourfully painted. It is also becoming a major tourist attraction.
The focus of the town is a lake in the center of Sawantwadi called as "Moti Talav".
Malvani is the predominant spoken language in Sawantwadi. Marathi is the state language, spoken widely, and also the language of instruction in schools. Goan Konkani is slightly understood but not implemented. Hindi and English are also used in social communication. Most of the town's population are Hindu, followed by a minority Muslim and Christian population.
Sawantwadi is well connected to other towns of Sindhudurg district and cities of Maharashtra state by MSRTC buses as well as Goa & Belgaum. Private buses, Sharing Rickshaws & Bikes are used to travel locally to connect the small villages to the city. There is a national highway 10km away from Sawantwadi and it connects Goa to Mumbai
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