You will never know the heritage, tradition, culture, and nature by reading books and watching documentaries – until you step out and reach there, touch monuments, and live the life of wanderlust!
Explore the spice Capital of Maharashtra!
Read on to know our reasons why you should visit Kolhapur!
Kolhapur is located in the southwest part of Maharashtra along the Panchaganga River. Kolhapur, one of the princely states, is 230 kilometres from Pune and has a long history that dates back to the Marathas. It is famous for its necklaces and sandals, which are sold all over the world. Here one can find the well-known Mahalakshmi temple. All around India, Kolhapuri food, jewellery, and chappals are well-known. It is a place that welcomes tourists, with easy access to lodging and dining.
The beautiful city of Kolhapur is at its most alluring on the auspicious occasion of Naag Panchami. Numerous devotees worship and offer milk and rice to live snakes. The local municipality organises Rankala Mahotsav, a cultural event for which Kolhapur is renowned. It’s a wonderful time to experience the vibrant culture and traditions of this area. This five-day festival is jam-packed with live shows, musical events, exhibitions, and culinary treats.
❖Must Visit Places Kolhapur:
● Panhala Fort:
18 kilometres to the northwest of Kolhapur is the city and hill station of Panhala. A panoramic perspective of the valley below is provided by the bustling city inside the Panhala fort. The Panhala fort is the primary historical landmark in this area.
● Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary:
Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary, formerly the Maharaja of Kolhapur’s hunting grounds, was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1985. The location, often called Bison Sanctuary, is well-known for its Indian Bison or Gaurs. In addition, one can see sloth bears, tigers, and leopards. The sanctuary, which is surrounded by lush woodlands, is the ideal escape from the city.
● Shri Chatrapati Shahu Museum:
Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj has lived in the New Palace since it was built in 1877–1884 on the Bhavani Mandap–Kasaba Bavda Road. The palace’s ground floor has been transformed into a museum, which is home to items from the king’s reign as well as some of his personal belongings.
Gaganbawada is a settlement on the Western Ghats or the Sahyadris, 55 kilometres from Kolhapur. The underdeveloped hill village is noted for the nearby Gagangad Fort, Karul Ghat, and Bhuibavda Ghat. The town is featured in several Bollywood films and also has several temples, the Lakshmapur Dam, and Pandav Caves.
There is a lot more to explore at Kolhapur and create memorable memories !!
❖ How to Reach?
Kolhapur is located on National Highway 4 which runs between Mumbai and Bangalore. Kolhapur is around an 8-hour journey from Mumbai and a 3-hour drive from Pune and it takes 1 hour 45 mins from Satara (Satara to Kolhapur Distance). One can also avail of state-run buses departing from Pune and Mumbai for Kolhapur.