About Kolhapur

Country: India | State: Maharashtra

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest City to Kolhapur: Kolhapur, Pune (237 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Kolhapur: November to February & June to September

Peak Season: November to February

At a distance of 48 km from Sangli, 113 km from Belgaum, 125 km from Satara, 188 km from Mahabaleshwar, 209 km from Panjim, 210 km from Hubli, 237 km from Pune, 250 km from Solapur, 388 km from Mumbai, 452 km from Nashik, 584 km from Hyderabad, and 609 km from Bangalore, Kolhapur is a city and the district headquarters of Kolhapur district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is one of the popular places of temple towns in India , and among the most famous places to visit in Maharashtra.

Situated on the banks of the Panchganga River, Kolhapur is a beautiful city famed for its religious and historical sites. The ancient city finds its mention in the holy Devi Bhagavata Purana as a place of Kollamma worship. The town derives its name from a mythological story of Kolhasur - a demon who was slain by Goddess Mahalakshmi. The famous Mahalakshmi Temple is situated here in honor of Goddess Mahalakshmi, who is considered the guardian deity of the city, and among the most popular Kolhapur packages. Kolhapur is known worldwide for its Kolhapuri chappals, Kolhapuri jewellery, and Kolhapuri Cuisine. It is also a hub of aspiring wrestlers as it boasts some of the best training centers in the country.

Kolhapur is one of the oldest civilizations in the country. The city was ruled by many Indian dynasties including- the Mauryas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas, Shilahars, and Yadavas. The state of Kolhapur was established by Tarabai in 1707 because of the succession dispute over the Maratha kingship. The Maratha throne was then governed by descendants of Tarabai. One of the prominent Kings was Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj. The city mostly prospered under the rule of the Marathas when it became a cultural hub for various arts, music, dances, and sports. Later, it was annexed by the British during the 19th century and after India's independence, it was merged with Bombay State.

Often referred to as Dakshin Kashi, Kolhapur is an important spiritual center as it houses a significant number of temples from Medieval India, including Mahalakshmi Temple. Temblai Temple, Bhavani Mandap, New Palace Museum, Jyotiba Temple, Sri Binkhambi Ganesh Mandir, Rankala Lake, Kopeshwar Temple, Panhala Fort, Shalini Palace, Siddhagiri Gramjivan Museum, Town Hall Museum, Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, and Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary are among the most prominent Kolhapur tourist places. Besides, Kolhapur is a crucial business center as it deals in the manufacturing of commodities, like Kolhapuri Necklaces and Kolhapuri Leather Slippers, that are sold worldwide. If you are a food lover, this town will not disappoint you as it is the origin of Kolhapuri cuisine, especially noted for its mutton dishes prepared with rare spices.

Kolhapur, the sacred land of Goddess Ambabai celebrates many religious as well as other secular festivals with incomparable pomp and enthusiasm. Some of the most important festivals of the city other than the traditional Indian festivals like Holi, Diwali, Ganeshotsav, Gudi Padwa, etc include, Navratra Mahotsav, Lalita Panchami, Kirnotsav, Rathotsav, Kolhapur Rankala Mahotsav, Jyotiba Yatra, etc.

About 10 km from Kolhapur Railway Station, Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj Airport is the nearest airport and is well-connected by flights with cities like Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Mumbai. The nearest international airports to Kolhapur are Pune International Airport (243 km), and Goa International Airport (246 km). Kolhapur Railway station has direct trains from Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Tirupati, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Bangalore, Gorakhpur, Satara, Sangli, Solapur, Dhanbad, Bidar, and Mangalore. As situated on the NH-4, Kolhapur is well connected by bus with Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Belgaum, Solapur, Sangli, Panjim, Satara, Mahabaleshwar, Nashik, Hyderabad, and Hubli.

November to February is the best time to visit Kolhapur as the weather becomes extremely pleasurable at this time. One can also visit Kolhapur during the monsoon as the city receives medium rainfall from June to September. The summers in Kolhapur are incredibly hot, hence it is advisable to avoid the months between March-May.

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Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 0231
Languages Spoken: Marathi, Hindi, Konkani & English
Major Festivals: Navratra Mahotsav, Lalita Panchami, Kirnotsav, Rathotsav, & Jyotiba Yatra
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How to Reach Kolhapur

By Air

Nearest Airport: Kolhapur - Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj Airport (10 Kms)

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Nearest Train Station: Kolhapur (0 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Kolhapur Bus Station (1 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Kolhapur

#1 of 28 Places to Visit in Kolhapur

At a distance of 2.5 km from Kolhapur Railway Station, Sri Mahalakshmi Temple is a prominent Hindu temple situated in the city of Kolhapur, Maharashtra. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in India, and among the must include places in Kolhapur Tour Packages.

Sri Mahalakshmi Temple is dedicated to the goddess of wealth, Sri Mahalakshmi, also known as Goddess Ambabai, the guardian deity of Kolhapur who killed demon Kolhasura. Also known as Dakshin Kashi, Shri Mahalakshmi Temple is one of the six abodes of 'Shakti' (Goddess of Power) from where one can attain fulfillment and salvation of desires. The temple was built in the 7th century by Chalukya ruler Karandev. King Gandaraditya of the Shilahara dynasty, built the circumambulation path along with two sanctum sanctorums for Goddess Mahakali and Mahasaraswati in the 11th century CE. It is one of the prominent places to visit in Kolhapur.

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#2 of 28 Places to Visit in Kolhapur

At a distance of 2.5 km from Kolhapur Railway Station, and 3 km from Sri Mahalakshmi Ambabai Temple, New Palace Museum is a heritage museum located on Kasaba Bawada Road in Kolhapur. Also known as Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Museum, it is one of the popular museums in Maharashtra, and among must-visit tourist places in Kolhapur.

The New Palace was constructed in 1877-84 and has been the residence of Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj. It is one of the most famous places to visit as part of Kolhapur packages. The beautiful palace is built in black polished stone and is a marvelous architectural feat. The whole building is eight-angled and has a tower in the middle. The principal south facade presents a double-storeyed range, with Neo-Mughal lobed arches beneath and temple-like columns and brackets above. This scheme is interrupted by trefoil arches capped with curving .....

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#3 of 28 Places to Visit in Kolhapur

At a distance of 2 km from Sri Mahalakshmi Ambabai Temple, and 4 km from Kolhapur Railway Station, Rankala Lake is a picturesque lake in Kolhapur. Marked by the natural beauty and serene environment, make it one of the must-visit places as part of Kolhapur Tour Packages.

The Rankala Lake was constructed by late Maharajah, Shri Shahu Chhatrapati. It is believed to be linked directly to a well in Panhala Fort which Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is believed to have crossed.

The lake has a circumference of 4.5 miles and a depth of 35 ft. The water of the lake is used mainly for irrigation, and the water is let through a sluice gate in the bound. This gate was operated from a minor type of beautiful structure called 'Rankala Tower'. Near the tower is the Rajghat, a flight of board steps leading to the water. On the northern bank of the lake stands the regal Shalini Palace and on the eastern side & slightly in the lake stands the 'Sandhya-Math'. It is a structure of stone columns .....

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#4 of 28 Places to Visit in Kolhapur

At a distance of 14 km from Kolhapur, Siddhagiri Gramjivan Museum is a sculpture museum situated at Kaneri in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. It is a unique project, perhaps the only project in India, and among the interesting places to visit in Kolhapur.

Siddhagiri Gramjivan Museum is situated within the campus of Shri Kshetra Siddhagiri Math, which was built around the Moola-Kaadsiddheswar Shiva temple. Also known as Siddhagiri Museum, the museum depicts the self-sufficient village life of the people in Maharashtra, before the invasion of the Mughals with the help of wax and cement statues. This initiative was the dream of Mahatma Gandhi and was created through the vision and efforts of the Siddhagiri Gurukul Foundation.

Sprawling over 7 acres, the museum is surrounded by lush greenery and countryside locales. Every aspect of village life has been depicted in almost 80 scenes that showcase more than 300 statues. Each sculpture is lifelike and represents activities performed .....

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#5 of 28 Places to Visit in Kolhapur

At a distance of 1 km from Mahalakshmi Ambabai Temple, and 2 km from Kolhapur Railway Station, Town Hall Museum is a museum situated at Shaniwar Peth, Kolhapur. It is one of the interesting places to visit in Kolhapur.

The Town Hall Museum is situated in a heritage building with elements of neo-Gothic architecture. The building served as an administrative office during the British period and later became home to the diwan of the local monarch, Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj. The structure was built along with a bandstand during 1872-76 under the supervision of a British engineer, Charles Mant, and required an investment of 80,000 from the royal treasury. The museum was inaugurated in the year 1945.

The museum was established to preserve the items obtained from excavations at the Brahmapuri Hills in the 1940s that belonged to the Satavahana, and Shilahara-Bahmani periods. Later paintings of renowned local artists were added to the collection in 1953. The collection of the museum .....

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#6 of 28 Places to Visit in Kolhapur

At a distance of 20 km from Kolhapur, Jyotiba Temple is a sacred Hindu temple situated near Wadi Ratnagiri in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. It is one of the revered places of pilgrimage in Maharashtra, and among the top places to visit near Kolhapur.

Standing 3124 feet above sea level, the glorious temple of Jyotiba is dedicated to Lord Jyotiba, who was believed to be an embodiment of three different deities Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwar. According to mythology, Jotiba helped Mahalaxmi in her fight with the demons. He founded his kingdom on this mountain. It is believed that this temple should be visited after visiting the Mahalakshmi Temple of Kolhapur.

The Jyotiba temple was made in three different stages. The original temple was established by Navji Saya while the main temple that stands today was built by Ranoji Shinde in 1730 in its place. It is 55 feet in length, 37 feet in width, and 77 feet in height. The second temple of Kedareshwar was constructed by Daulatrao .....

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#7 of 28 Places to Visit in Kolhapur

At a distance of 3 km from Kolhapur Railway Station, and 6 km from Sri Mahalakshmi Temple, Temblai Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Vikramnagar locality of Kolhapur, Maharashtra. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Kolhapur.

Located atop Temblai Hill, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Temblai or Tryamboli. Temblai Devi is a form of Renuka Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The temple complex has two temples, the bigger temple on the southern end is dedicated to Temblai Devi while the one on the northeastern side is a smaller one dedicated to Yamai Devi. The temple complex has a large idol of Ganpati in the open plateau section on the northeastern side of the temple.

The idol worshiped in Temblabai Temple has four hands and is made of black stone. The goddess idol is placed in a way that its back is turned to the Mahalaxmi Mandir. According to legend, Goddess Renuka is the sister of Mahalaxmi and she actively supported Mahalaxmi in her endeavors to slay .....

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#8 of 28 Places to Visit in Kolhapur

At a distance of 2.5 km from Kolhapur Railway Station, Bhavani Mandap is a historical building nestled inside the walled city of Kolhapur. Located near the famous Mahalaxmi Temple, it is one of the popular places of heritage in Maharashtra, and among the top places to visit in Kolhapur.

Bhavani Mandap is one of the biggest and oldest structures in Kolhapur. It was built during the period 1785 to 1800 by then the ruler of Kolhapur, Shivaji Maharaj II. It was constructed according to the architectural style of the British Empire with 14 squares. In about 1813, the Muslim ruler Saadat Khan invaded the palace and a part of it was burnt. After repair, 7 squares survived. Bhavani Mandap used to be the court and palace of Chhatrapati Maharaja in the yesteryears. The king conducted important meetings, litigations, and celebrations inside this building. The place also had living quarters for many of its court officials. As per history, Bhavani Mandap is the very place where Shambhu alias Abasaheb .....

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#9 of 28 Places to Visit in Kolhapur

At a distance of 2.5 km from Kolhapur Railway Station, Sri Binkhambi Ganesh Mandir is a Hindu temple situated at Shivaji Peth locality of Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Situated near Sri Mahalakshmi Ambabai Temple, it is one of the revered temples in Kolhapur, and among the must-visit places during your Kolhapur Trip.

Situated at the Sawarkar Marg, Binkhambi Ganesh Mandir is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is believed that the idol of Lord Ganesha enshrined in the temple was discovered while repairing a well. Built-in the year 1882, the temple got its name Binkhambi meaning no pillar as the sanctum sanctorum of the temple has been built without the use of any pillar. Further, it is also believed that the idol was much older than the time of its actual establishment in the temple. The exterior of the temple is adorned with stone carved tortoise along with many other carved structures.

Popular as Joshirao Ganapati Temple among locals, it is thronged by numerous archaeological students .....

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#10 of 28 Places to Visit in Kolhapur

At a distance of 40 km from Sangli, and 61 km from Kolhapur, Sri Kopeshwar Temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated at Khidrapur village in the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. Located at the border of Maharashtra and Karnataka, it is one of the ancient temples in Maharashtra, and among popular places to visit near Kolhapur.

Built on the banks of River Krishna, Kopeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is one of the must include places in Kolhapur tour. According to archaeologists, the construction of the temple began by Badami Chalukyas in the 7th century AD and remained incomplete for a long time. It was patronized by the Shilahara Kings during the 12th century. Lord Shiva has worshiped here in the form of a Shivalinga as well as a sculpture of his fierce form, Veerbhadra. Legend has .....

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