Akola Tourism

Akola Tourism

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Akola Info

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • Altitude: 1643 m
  • District: Akola
Akola lies in the Vidharba region of Maharashtra and is situated approximately 600 km away from the state capital, Mumbai. Spread across an area of 54 square km, it is known as the ‘cotton city’ of India. Akola produces the most amount of cotton in the country. Apart from cotton, Akola is also known for its oil, pulses and textile mills.

Akola, together with Berar, was part of the magnificent kingdom of Vidarbha. The region, until the 14th century, saw the rule of many dynasties, viz. the Mauryans, the Chalukyas, the Satvahana, the Rashtrakuta and the Yadava dynasty. In the late 14th century, the region came under Muslim Rule with the coming of Alauddin Khilji. It remained under the rule of the Bahmani Sultanate until the late 15th century.

It was in the 1670s that the region came under the Maratha rule, under the guidance of Chatrapathi Shivaji. The Maratha regime was at its prime during that time. The region saw many wars during the British Rule, and Akola along with Berar was finally ceded to the Nizam of Hyderabad after the Marathas lost to the British.

After India’s independence the states and provinces were shuffled and Akola became a part of the newly formed state of Maharashtra. The city has various forts which stand testimony to its vibrant history which include the Narnala Fort, the Akot Fort and the Akola Fort.

Apart from being an industrial hub, Akola also holds religious significance. A large number of devotees make a pilgrimage to Raj Rajeshwar Temple here, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Some other significant temples of the city include the Birla Mandir, Jain Temple, Shreenath Dutta Mandir and Swami Samarth Temple.

Akola also holds a cultural significance. It has played host to the Marathi Sahitya Sammelan twice which is a significant conference on Marathi Literature.

With the Melghat Hills lying to its north and the Purna River flowing through it, the city at an elevation of 925 ft above sea level has a tropical climate. The temperature hovers at about 28-32° Celsius throughout the year, with high levels of humidity.

The city is well connected by all means of transport - road, rail as well as air. Akola has a domestic airport as well as multiple railway stations which connect it to different cities of India.   

Akola is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Aurangabad and Nagpur.

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Akola Traveller Reviews

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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 232 Reviews
  •  515 helpful votes
  •  583794 readers

"Nice place to visit"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Jul 11, 2016
I had been to Akola by train in the month of March 2016. Akola is an important stop-over in the tourism circuit of Maharashtra. There is a daily train from Kacheguda Junction in Telangana state to Akola which departs daily at around 7 am. The must-visit attractions around Akola include Balapur fort, Ganesh Temple and the Vital Rukhmani Temple. The Balapur Fort is located 26 kilometers from Akola and is on the confluence of the Man and Mhais rivers. The Baladevi Temple is located on the southern side of the fort. Lord Ganesha Temple was built in 1886 and Sri Vinayak Digamba is believed to have laid the foundation stone of this majestic temple. The Withal Rukmani Temple is located at the heart of Akola town and believed to be built around 300 years ago.
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Sonal Karale wankhade

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  • Sonal Karale wankhade
  • Lives in Pune
  • 21 Reviews
  •  11 helpful votes
  •  22242 readers

"Very good destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 29, 2015
If you plan trip in summer it's very complicated to you. The temperature is very high in the city. The city is nice, the Akola fort is very nice to visit. Rajeshwar temple is also good. The food is also good on the street, specially bhel puri is very good, I like most. Good quality of ice-cream is available near Santoshi mata temple. We are busy in shopping and sightseeing everyday. The big malls are not there, but very huge shops are in the city, we enjoyed shopping. This is very special visit for us. If I will have chance to go there I will visit again. Go with train if you have possible really the journey is very good with train. Garib Rath train is best. Keep umbrella with you if you will go in summer.
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Vitthal Patil

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  • Vitthal Patil
  • Lives in Pune
  • 37 Reviews
  •  20 helpful votes
  •  22200 readers

"Amazing destination and hassle free"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 19, 2015
I visited the Shree Sant Gajanane Maharaj Temple. The temple is ever seen in my life. I went with my family and stayed with them for two days. The city is quite clean, there were more rush to visit the temple. The people called Panchari of Vidharbhas to this city. The temple campus is very very clean. Once you go there cant think to go back to your home. The staff at the temple are polite, they have very good dress code. The bus stand is very small, the city is small but very good. Some big shops are there but not big malls in the city. The project developed by temple trust that is Anand Sagar is the point that will satisfy you to complete your trip. That is very huge project, its area is about 350 acres, the food provided in the Anand Sagar is excellent. Big garden is in it, playground, events, train ride, swing, and lots of activities can do in it. Free bus facility to Anand Sagar from temple is available. Really it is joyful place, we enjoyed lot, must go again to such a great place. Bring camera with you.
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Anirudha Rajeghorpade

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  • Anirudha Rajeghorpade
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  253 readers

"Top dusty place"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Sep 12, 2015
I would suggest you to complete your work within day and move to Amaravati for night stay, as it is horrible to stay there. It is third largest city of Vidarbha but not developed as compared to Amravati. Mostly known for Agro commodity trading, cotton Hub, ginning mills, oil mill, dal mill is the major industrial work.
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Prajwal Joshi

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  • Prajwal Joshi
  • Lives in Akola
  • 7 Reviews
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"A nice city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 17, 2015
Nice city with good cultural background but too much pollution. Also this city is underdeveloped. So only one time visit is sufficient. I promise you that you will definitely not get bored in akola or during your akola visit. Rajrajeshwar mandir is also one of the main feature of Akola.
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Rahul Mahale

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  • Rahul Mahale
  • Lives in Noida
  • 2 Reviews
  •  11 helpful votes
  •  3050 readers

"OK OK City"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 18, 2013
Akola city is middle level town. Seems like not much places to visit and no places for couples.
Also costs of the things was not very expensive (like autos)

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Can get variety of local food corners, can get full stomach in cheap rates

Activities & things to do: Not much to do in city

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Better you go by train by either side
Bhusawal or Nagpur
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Naresh Goel

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  • Naresh Goel
  • 2 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
  •  3171 readers

"akola trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 6, 2013
Akola is very nice place and peoples of akola is also very kind.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Sightseeing is nit much in akola but pani puri is famous in akola and maggi lover enjoy Foi.

Activities & things to do: Gurudwara near akola station nd fresh air in mrng gives lots of energy .

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From mumbai cst to akola so many train running between these two imp. Station daily.
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Hemant Khadke

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  • Hemant Khadke
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  4781 readers


  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 24, 2013
Akola is a OK place to stay for one night. There are not many good veg. hotels near railway st.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Shegaon a holy place near by Akola

Activities & things to do: Nothing

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Nothing
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Siddarath  Parmar

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  • Siddarath Parmar
  • Lives in Gurgaon
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  5194 readers

"Quick Specs"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 4, 2011
Small untidy town with little to do for leisure. Business center for adjoining districts/villages and caters to local demands only.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: No fancy restaurants, but small eating joints.

Activities & things to do: Shop for clothes from New Cloth Market.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Mumbai, Pune or Nagpur by train.
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