Kolhapur, also spelled Colapore is a city in the Panchganga River Basin in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the district headquarters of Kolhapur district. Kolhapur is one of the most easily approachable cities in Maharashtra that offers abundant tourist attractions and also serves as an important travel hub to explore other places, Mahalaksmi Mandir that draws millions of pilgrims each year but is also a nodal point to visit Panhala Fort and a wildlife sanctuary just a few kilometers away. Located 377 kilometers from Mumbai and 237 kilometers from Pune, Kolhapur is very well-connected with most of the cities in Maharashtra by a good network of roads and railway. Kolhapur enjoys pleasant climate through most of the year except during the summers. The thriving farming sector, textile and mining industries and the film industry of Kolhapur are the main reasons for the growth of the city. It has one of the highest per capita incomes among several Indian cities.
Kolhapur has developed itself into a popular tourist destination in the recent years. This town can be aptly described as a perfect mix of natural beauty and history. Kolhapur is also an important spiritual centre as it houses a significant number of temples from Medieval India. It is best city to visit and explore your holiday in Kolhapur, If you wantb to relax and spend some time with your friends and Family then visit Kolhapur and have a great taste of Kolhapuri dishes.
Mahalaxmi Temple: Mahalaxmi Temple, one of the sightseeing attractions of Kolhapur, is a huge shrine dedicated to Mahalaxmi, the goddess of prosperity. This temple was built in the 7th century by King Karandev of the Chalukya Dynasty. The temple enshrines the statue of Goddess Mahalaxmi, also known as Goddess Ambabai. The statue is built as a monolithic structure adorned with various diamonds and stones. The temple enjoys a status of one of the most important pilgrim sites in India. The temple is situated about 5km from the Railway station and Central Bus depot of the city
Shahuji Chhatrapati Museum: Shahuji Chhatrapati Museum is situated on the ground floor of the Maharaja's Palace in Kolhapur. The museum is famous among travellers for its beautiful collection of artefacts, sculptures and paintings. The beautiful palace is built in black polished stone and is an marvelous architectural feat to have been accomplished in that period.
Rankala Lake: Rankala Lake was built by the Chhatrapati rulers of Kolhapur. It is believed that the lake is directly connected to a well located in the Panhala Fort. Other attractions present near the lake are the chariot of Lord Shiva and a temple with a structure of Nandi. Rankala Lake is a beautiful lake, named after the ancient temple of Rankbhairav, who was believed to be an incarnation of lord Shiva. The temple is now located in the centre of the lake. A quarry was transformed into a natural lake after the earthquakes which hit the area in the 8th/9th century AD, This place is a special favorite of the children. The well-maintained garden and the beautiful Shalini Palace, which is located alongside the lake side, attract almost every visitor of Kolhapur.
Jyotiba Temple: Jyotiba Temple was constructed by Navajisaya in 1730 and is dedicated to Lord Jyotiba. Jyotiba is considered to be an incarnation of three main gods, Mahesh, Vishnu and Brahma. Jyotiba Temple lies at an altitude of 3200 feet and is situated at around 16 km from the town of Kolhapur. Lord Jyotiba, who is the prime deity of this magnificent temple, is believed to be an Avatar of Lord Shiva.
Panhala Fort: Panhala Fort is popularly known as ‘Panhalgad’ and is situated at a distance of 21 km from Kolhapur. Built under the guidance of emperor Bhoja in 1050 A.D. Thousands of tourists visit this place for its peaceful environment and historical importance. Situated at a height of 3128 feet, Panhala Fort is considered as a perfect weekend destination in Kolhapur.
By Flight: The Kolhapur airport aka Ujlaiwadi airport, about 10 km from Kolhapur, was connected to Mumbai through Kingfisher airlines, the airport is well connected to the Mumbai International airport
By Bus: The Kolhapur airport aka Ujlaiwadi airport, about 10 km from Kolhapur, was connected to Mumbai through Kingfisher airlines, The airport is well connected to the Mumbai International airport There are regular buses from other major cities of the country to Kolhapur. Kolhapur can be reached easily from Mumbai, Pune and other places by road.
By Train: There are number of trains that leave Dadar or Chhtrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai for Kolhapur.
Kolhapur is a place one can visit during any time of the year, except for the peak summer months of April and May. Summers in the city with maximum temperature that never exceed to 38°C and the maximum lies in the band 33°C to 35°C.
Kolhapur is a famous city of Maharashtra state so Marathi is generally language to speak and it is easiest language for conversation. Marathi ranks 19th in the list of most spoken languages in the world. Marathi has the fourth largest number of native speakers in India. Marathi has several features that set it aside from most other Indo-Aryan languages. Marathi distinguishes inclusive and exclusive forms of 'we' and possesses a three-way gender system that features the neuter in addition to the masculine and the feminine
What to buy and shop in "Kolhapur"
Kolhapur is famous for Kolhapuri Chappals & Pheta
Where to buy & shop for souvenirs tourist items in "Kolhapur"
Kolhapur is a famous to shop squashes made from farm-fresh berries, pure honey and chikki
Where to buy & shop for clothes in "Kolhapur"
In Kolhapur Arpana Cloth Centre is very famous to shop all types of Garments
Where to have best food in "Kolhapur"
Vada Paav & Misal Pav is famous food to eat
Where to stay in "Kolhapur"
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Where to drink in "Kolhapur"
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Where to eat fastfood "Kolhapur"
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Where to eat Lunch & Dinner" Kolhapur"
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