A coastal strip of land, bound by the Sahyadri hills on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west, it is Konkan, rich in mineral resources, and offers long stretches of clean, sandy beaches, overflowing lakes, dense forests, simple people, old temples, curvy roads, and bustling seaside towns. This is a small and picturesque town in Sindhudurg District in Maharashtra, also known for its quintessential Konkani food. But there is something more unique to the place and that is the centuries-old traditional art of making wooden toys and Ganjifas (name given to an ancient card game). Sawantwadi once was the princely state established in 1580 by Khem Sawant Bhosale. The royal palace adjacent to the Moti talav is an ancestral residence of the royal Sawant family even today. Some part of this palace is now converted into a museum.