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Sawantwadi (Marathi: सावंतवाडी) is a town in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. . Sawantwadi was formerly the capital of the [Sawantwadi State]] ruled by the Sawant Bhonsle royal clan of the Marathas.
Most Maharashtrians with the surname Sawant hail from this town. Until 1850, Sawantwadi was known as Sundurwadi. 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 centre of Sawantwadi. There is Beautiful Moti Lake in the Centre of the Town.
Malvani is not the predominant spoken language in Sawantwadi,but it is better known as Kudali. Malvani is spoken more in Malvan Taluka and Kudali
is spoken in Vengurla and erstwhile Sawantwadi state. Pedne taluka part of North Goa now and which was part of the Sawantwai state in medieval times is closer to Kudali than the Goan Konkani although the latter is now the official language there. There is a striking similarity between Kudali and Malvani and the notable difference is the nasal tone and certain pronunciation of certain words.Marathi is the state language, spoken widely, and also the language of instruction in schools. Goan Konkani is also understood and implemented. Hindi and English are also used in social communication. Most of the town's population are Hindu, followed by a minority Muslim 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.
Konkan Railway Corporation Limited's railway line connecting Mumbai to Mangalore, popularly known as the Konkan Railway, passes through Sawantwadi Road railway station which 47 km from the town.
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