The palace, earlier situated atop of Narendra hills in Sawantwadi belongs to the erstwhile state rulers called Khem- Sawant after whom the village takes its name.
The Royal Palace of Sawantwadi (also known as the Sawantwadi Palace) is one of the major tourist attractions of the town. Built by Khem Sawant Bhonsle, the ruler of this region during 1755-1803. Entry gate (Lester gate) was built in 1895.The bricked brown walls of the palace have a very ethnic touch to it. Wonderfully carved rooms, war weapons and verdant environs inspire you to flip through your history books once again. Another specialty of the palace is the wonderful arts and crafts that are developed here. The walls of the palace are neatly plastered with old photographs, which make your sauntering around a very knowledgeable experience. The Queen of the royal Sawant Bhonsle family still lives in the palace and humbly shares interesting anecdotes with visitors on selected days.
The palace still beholds one with its grandeur and demands a visit especially to overwhelm you with its amazing collection of traditional lacquer ware goods. These include breathtaking dexterity exuded by the set of furniture, chess and board games, little dolls etc. The Chitkaris, who were skilled artistes proficient in artful painting, wooden and clay artifacts and jewelry were patronized and groomed by the Sawantwadi Royal family and the effects of these grateful artisans is visible on very part of the Palace. These paintings with convoluted archetype portray the majestic lifestyle and god fearing nature of the generations belonging to the 6th-7th century.