Sawantwadi was the former capital of the Kingdom of Sawantwadi in pre-independent India. Today it is merged with the Ratnagiri District of Maharashtra. The region is dominated by Malvanis. Like the rest of Maharashtra, Jatras & Dashavtari Dramas are very famous in region
Malvani cuisine characterised by the overlapping influences of Goan and Maharashtrian culture and ingredients. It is known for its fiery hot curries and liberal use of coconut in various forms. Some of the dishes that have become popular across India are the Malvani Fish Curry and soothing Sol Kadhi that is served with it.