Visiting a Historical & Cultural City of Maharashtra – Kolhapur

Mahalaxmi Temple - Kolhapur
Kolhapur (Mahalaxmi Temple) distance from Major Cities in Maharashtra:
Pune – Kolhapur: 240 km by Road (Mumbai-Bangalore Highway), 267 km by Rail
Mumbai – Kolhapur: 376 km by Road, 418 km by Rail
Aurangabad – Kolhapur: 432 km by Road
Kolhapur, A major developing and growing City in the Western Maharashtra. The City is famous for Mahalaxmi Temple, Milk Products, Sugar Factories, and Kolhapuri Misal! This City has historical importance, a cultural heritage and is also developing as a business hub. It is also known for producing Marathi language Movies & Wrestling competitions. If you are visiting here for the first time, make sure to include at least these three places in your sightseeing.

Mahalaxmi Temple

The famous temple of Goddess Mahalaxmi (Locally known as Ambabai) attracts thousands of devotees every day and you can go in if you are lucky or have the patience to stand in queue for many hours. Very old temple and people visit Kolhapur mainly because of this temple.

Siddhagiri Math (Kaneri Math)

Siddhgiri Math-Kolhapur
This place is also known as Siddhagiri Gramjivan (Village Living) Museum, which is a wax museum and a complete old age village is created with 300+ statues, huts, houses and 80 different scenes. This has an entry fee but it’s worth visiting. This place is only 15 km from Kolhapur.

Panhala Fort

Bajiprabhu Status-panhala-Kolhapur
A fort of king Shivaji Maharaj well known for the dense forest around it and hill station. It is only 20 km away from Kolhapur City. You can see some old buildings and ruins of the fort along with a very large and nice garden. You will see a big statue of Bajiprabhu Deshpande (King Shivaji’s Sardar) on Panhala fort. A nice place to spend a couple of hours during day time. It would be difficult to visit this place in the evening as most of the places of tourist interest would be closed. Food and staying facilities are available on the fort also.
Other Local Attractions include:
  • Maharaja’s Palace
  • Rankala Lake
  • Jyotiba Temple
  • Bhavani Mandap
  • ‘Chandrakant Mandare’ Museum
Food options:
Kolhapur is famous for spicy ‘Kolhauri Misal’, Spicy Maharashtrian food(both veg and non-veg), Milk & Milk-Products. You can get both Veg and Non-veg food here in multiple restaurants. You can also find here some luxurious hotels providing nice stay and continental food.
Staying in Kolhapur:
There are many hotels from budget hotels to luxurious ones and lodges in the City but during School vacations (Diwali, Christmas, summer) it can be difficult to get a room if you directly land up in Kolhapur. A planned trip is better with a confirmed hotel booking. You can also consider this trip for Weekend Trips from Pune.
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