10 Best Places to visit in and near Kolhapur
Are you in Kolhapur city or nearby and want to see and explore best tourist places?
Trust me; there are wonderful places which you should not miss if have an opportunity to travel to Kolhapur city in Maharashtra.
Kolhapur Tourist Places
Why majority of Indians visit tourist places in Kolhapur
1. A Kolhapur city is easily accessible via Road, Railway and Air and it connects to major cities in India.
2. The climate of Kolhapur city is very pleasant and people will not face very harsh summer as you get in the north and winters are not so chilly while monsoon is the best to explore waterfalls, mountains, and valleys.
3. Kolhapur is a very economical place to stay, eat and travel as compared to other tourist places across India.
4. Kolhapur is the tourist place where all types of people like to visit because the city is full of Natural surroundings, Historical places, Lake, Museum, ZOO, Ancient temples, Hill station and Fort, Waterfalls, Wildlife Sanctuary, River, Shopping places, Variety of eatery joints, and also easily reachable to Goa and Pune both are just 200 KM away.
Let’s have a small introduction about a heritage rich and historical Kolhapur city –
A Kolhapur city is located on the banks of Panchganga River and is surrounded by Sahyadri valleys and Mountains. A Kolhapur is very well known for its historic Architecture like hundreds of year old fort, thousands of year old temple, royal palace etc. It is one of the best places to visit if you are in Maharashtra or if you are planning to come to Maharashtra. By any chance, if you come nearby to Kolhapur city then it is worth to take out some time from your busy schedule and visit these places.
If you are interested to know more about Kolhapur city like how to travel, distance from major cities, when to visit, its climatic conditions, best and economical places to stay, best places to eat and lot more then please visit at Kolhapur page
Rankala Lake in Kolhapur city
A Rankala Lake is situated in the heart of Kolhapur city of Maharashtra and it is a manmade lake construction during the supremacy of Maharaja Shri Shahu Chhatrapati.
It is a must visit place whenever you are in the Kolhapur city.
I personally enjoy this place due to its scenic beauty and a small walk adjacent to this lake adds a charm to its beauty in addition to lots of mouth-watering snack stalls like Kolhapuri bhel, Pani Puri, spicy dosa and many more yummy dishes.
I generally don’t miss a walk on the pathway of the Rankala lake eating a roasted corn during monsoon season. Evenings are more charming at Rankala lakeside.
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New Palace, Kolhapur
One of the top tourist attractions in Kolhapur city in the state of Maharastra is New Palace. The construction history of this New palace dates back to 1877–1884 and it is done in black stones. The New Palace is situated at a wide area and consists of garden, zoo, museum, lake and wrestling ground.
This is a must place to see if you ever visit Kolhapur.
Exploring this Palace would give us an idea of how kings were used to living a life.
The New Palace has a tower in the middle and a clock was placed on this tower in the year 1877.
Today, it is the residence of Chhatrapati Shahu, the direct descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of Maratha Empire in Maharastra.
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Shri Mahalakshmi Temple Kolhapur
The Shri Mahalakshmi (also called as Ambabai or karveer Nivasini) Temple of Kolhapur in the Maharashtra state of India is one of the Shakti Peethas listed in various Puranas and literature of Hinduism and a Shakti Peetha is a place associated with Shakti, the goddess of power.
The Kolhapur Mahalakshmi Temple is of a very special religious importance and it is believed that one can get desires fulfilled. The Shri Mahalakshmi is the wife of Shri Lord Vishnu. Shri Tirupati Balaji is the incarnation of Shri Vishnu so people visiting Shri Tirupati Balaji also visit Shri Mahalakshmi Temple in Kolhapur.
There is one daily train – Haripriya Express – running between Kolhapur and Tirupati. Whenever I visit Tirupati Balaji I prefer to travel by this train.
Read more about how Festivals celebrated at the temple, How Sun rays fall on the feet of Goddess Shri Mahalakshmi, the history of the temple, How to reach the mandir and best time to visit the temple.
Shri Jotiba Temple near Kolhapur
One of the oldest temples in Kolhapur district is Jotiba temple and some people have faith they also called it Kedarnath and Wadi Ratnagiri.
Mythology says lord Jotiba helped Mahalaxmi in her fight with the demons. He founded his kingdom on this mountain.
The Jotiba temple is 18 km to the north of Kolhapur city in the deep, surrounded by green mountains and black rocks.
Lord Jyotiba is considered the union of the souls (jyotis) of 3 deities – Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesha is believed to have helped goddess Mahalaxmi to liberate the region from demons.
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Panhala Fort and Hill Station near Kolhapur
The Panhala as Hill station
It is the nearest and best hill station near Kolhapur city. People visit during both in summer and monsoon. In summer the temperature at the Panhala hill is lower then Kolhapur city and nearby places so most of the people stay at the hill as there are a lot of options available to stay on the hill. Various restaurants and hotels are available for tourist.
In monsoon, the fort turns into greenery panoramic view so most of the tourist visit Panhala hill station and also spend few days enjoying beautiful nature with hot and tasty delicacies. I personally enjoy a lot whenever I spend some time at the hill. I had traveled both in summer and during monsoon.
The Panhala as Fort
The Panhala fort is the only fort where the great Maratha warrior Shri Shivaji Maharaj spent more than 500 days beside Raigad and Shivneri. The Panhala Fort was Maratha State capital until 1782 and in 1827 it went to the British.
It is definitely worth visiting place taking into consideration its historical importance.
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Kaneri Math ( Siddhagiri) near Kolhapur
I always tell my friends and colleagues to visit Kaneri Math with family whenever you visit Kolhapur district. If you don’t have time to visit any place in Kolhapur then at least find some time and do visit Kaneri math. A must visit place near to Kolhapur with family and friends.
The main tourist attraction is Kaneri math and in Kaneri math there is “Siddhagiri Museum” but don’t get misguided by the word Museum because the Museum has got very rich cultural Maharashtra heritage which is portrayed in wax models.
You will also see large Desi cow goshala where you will India’s best breed cow.
There is also a residential school in the Kaneri math and worth to visit and see how children are nurtured and trained.
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Radhanagari (Dajipur) Wildlife Sanctuary
Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary also called as Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 50 km from Kolhapur. This wildlife sanctuary is declared as natural World Heritage Site of category ix and x since 2012 in Maharashtra state, India. It lies at the southern end of the Sahyadri hills in the Western Ghats.
It is notable as the first declared wildlife sanctuary in Maharashtra, notified in 1958, as Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary and is popularly known as the “Bison Sanctuary.
If you really like to spend time away from the hustle of cities and in nature, trees and river then this is the best place near Kolhapur and very economical to stay as well.
You can also visit Radhanagri Dam which was built by Shri Shahu Maharaj in the year 1907. I did not know that this was the first dam built in India.
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